AMD’s latest release of the RX 6800 and 6800 XT have been met with high praise offering competitive or outright superior performance relative to NVIDIA’s own RTX 3000 series graphics cards across various differing resolutions.
So it comes as no surprises really, well maybe a little surprise when the RX 6800 XT shatters the world record on 3DMark Fire Strike in the hands of overclockers.
The record, previously held by LN2 cooled RTX 3090’s has been broken by Chinese overclocker Takukou who achieved an overall score of 48890 points. Takukou achieved this feat with a reference design RX 6800 XT on liquid nitrogen clocked at 2.8GHz alongside a Ryzen 9 5950X CPU running at a staggering 5.6GHz.
While the submission itself isn’t featured on 3DMark’s hall of fame section this is undoubtedly the highest single GPU score as verified by HWBOT.
However the highest Fire Strike score ever of 48,890 isn’t the only feat here, that would also be the graphics score of 61,831 which is vastly above that of even LN2 cooled RTX 3090’s which only only been pushed around the 55,000 mark. Not only does this make the RX 6800 XT the fastest GPU on 3DMark Fire Strike but also the first ever GPU to breach a 60K graphics score.
One thing noteworthy to mention is that Takukou used AMD’s WattMan Radeon Software to achieve 2.8GHz on the reference design. Which if you didn’t know is actually capped with a maximum frequency of 2800MHz meaning the actual card itself is limited both for power target and the core as well.
Which theoretically means that after some potential BIOS flashing and modifications you’d be able to achieve even HIGHER frequencies on LN2. In fact our next topic for instance shows an aftermarket RX 6800 XT reaching 2.65GHz on air. Meaning that most likely with higher power targets you’d be able to reach or at least get close to 2.8GHz on water.
If that ends up being the case I seriously have next to zero hope for NVIDIA to end up redeeming themselves with the current state of Ampere.
Sadly there are no other runs on other 3DMark tests at this current time so we don’t know exactly how Takukou‘s or somebody else’s 6800 XT fares on Time Spy for instance but knowing the crushing performance of it on Fire Strike relative to an RTX 3090 is simply mind blowing.
If you think the 6800 XT is fast enough already I can’t wait to see how the 6900 XT fares on December 8th.
PowerColor RX 6800 XT Red Devil Achieves 2.65GHz OC on Air
Now, PowerColor has never been a particularly reputable brand however their Red Devil aftermarket GPUs are quite notorious as the years have gone by.
Nonetheless the company has teased their own aftermarket Red Devil RX 6800 XT featuring a big and grotesque triple-fan design and the usual RGB fuckary that aftermarket GPUs tend to have these days.
However the Red Devil comes with a Dual BIOS which is excellent for anyone wanting to push their 6800 XT to the edge, a 14+2 phase design which is rather beefy, hell even the reference AMD design is certainly no slouch. And it comes with a vented backplate so that your gaming aesthetics aren’t smothering the card itself.
However in a now privatized YouTube video showed overclocking figures and performance results, mainly 3DMark Fire Strike of the Red Devil RX 6800 XT.
Luckily for us screenshots of the video were captured to give us slight indications of what the video contained. The video went straight into overclocking of the Red Devil RX 6800 XT where according to GPU-Z shows default frequencies of 2090MHz Base and 2340MHz Boost.
He then went on to showcase many failed manual overclocking attempts which weren’t very stable at all, but eventually managed to secure a OC of 2600MHz and 2650MHz which proved to be stable enough for a 3DMark Fire Strike run giving a graphics score of 56,756 points.
A graphics score of 56,756 at 2.65GHz puts it around the levels of where an LN2 cooled RTX 3090 would score. Showcasing in full detail the overclocking ability of an otherwise power limited 6800 / XT that scales extremely well.
Suffice to say, if aftermarket RX 6800 XT’s can reach frequencies of 2600MHz and that the WattMan utility is capped at 2800MHz, just how far can RDNA 2 be pushed on LN2? And just how far would regular consumers be able to reach with a flashed BIOS and water cooling?
Exciting times indeed.