AMD's Big Navi Graphics Cards Launch Nov. 18 With Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT

From PC Mag: AMD’s “Big Navi” graphics cards land on Nov. 18, starting with the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT, before the company unleashes the heavy-hitter RX 6900 XT on Dec. 8.

The products arrive to counter Nvidia’s RTX 3000 graphics cards. And according to AMD, the new Radeon GPUs pose a competitive threat. The company has upgraded its 7-nanometer graphics technology to deliver more bandwidth, reduce the latency, and boost the performance-per-watt by 54 percent, thanks to the next-generation RDNA 2 architecture.

Through DirectX 12 support, AMD’s new cards can also generate ray-tracing for better lighting and shadow effects in games, akin to what Nvidia’s RTX series can currently do.

AMD is touting the RX 6800 XT as a card that can go toe-to-toe with Nvidia’ RTX 3080 when it comes to running PC games at 4K and 1440p resolution.

AMD's benchmarks show the two cards generally perform similarly. But to really undercut Nvidia, AMD is pricing the RX 6800 XT at $649—or $50 less than the RTX 3080. The situation is a bit different for the RX 6800, which costs $579, or $80 more than Nvidia’s RTX 3070 card, which goes on sale tomorrow.

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