AMD RX 6800 GPU Review vs. RTX 3070: Gaming, Ray Tracing, Thermals, & Smart Access Memory

AMD RX 6800 GPU Review vs. RTX 3070: Gaming, Ray Tracing, Thermals, & Smart Access Memory

Our review of the AMD RX 6800 video card compares it vs. the NVIDIA RTX 3070, where the 3070 struggles in rasterization, but pulls way ahead in ray tracing. SAM testing, power, & OC included.
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Watch our AMD RX 6800 XT GPU review here:
Watch our AMD RX 6800 XT tear-down here:

This review includes a lot of benchmarking. The complexity of adding Smart Access Memory (SAM), the variability of RTX or RT features like DLSS, and the differing behavior at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K means we had to balloon the testing matrix to almost impossible levels. Either way, we’re now benchmarking the AMD RX 6800 vs. the RTX 3070, joining our existing benchmarks of the RX 6800 XT vs. the RTX 3080 and 3090. Additional testing includes power consumption of the new RDNA GPUs and Ampere GPUs, overclocking performance, thermals, fan RPM response, frequency behavior, and more. This will help you determine the best GPU for your gaming PC in 2020.

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – AMD RX 6800 vs. RTX 3070
02:29 – RX 6800 GPU Frequency vs. 6800 XT
03:19 – RX 6800 Fan RPM vs. Thermal Response
04:31 – Acoustic Behavior of RX 6800 & 6800 XT
05:24 – Smart Access Memory Benchmarks
06:10 – SAM: Shadow of the Tomb Raider (RX 6800)
07:09 – SAM: Red Dead Redemption 2 (RX 6800)
07:39 – SAM: Total War: Three Kingdoms (RX 6800)
08:30 – SAM: Rainbow Six Siege (RX 6800)
09:31 – SAM: Hitman 2
10:10 – Normal Game Benchmarks – Tomb Raider
12:46 – Total War: Three Kingdoms (4K, 1440p, 1080p)
15:36 – Horizon Zero Dawn (RX 6800 4K, 1440p, 1080p)
16:40 – Hitman 2 RX 6800 vs. RTX 3070 Best GPUs for Gaming
17:34 – Red Dead Redemption 2 GPU Benchmarks
18:27 – RT Games – Tomb Raider RX 6800 vs. RTX 3070
19:51 – RT Games – Control RX 6800 vs. RTX 3070
21:51 – RT Games – Minecraft 6800 vs. RTX 3070
24:13 – Power Consumption – FurMark
24:53 – Power Consumption – TWTK
25:31 – Power – PCIe Slot Draw
26:10 – Overclock Stepping
28:04 – Conclusion

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