We are checking out a graphics card that I have been very keen in to get my hands on, and it is the Asus 6800 XT. Now some of you may recall the issues are exposed with the tuf gaming 5700 series issues that ultimately forced a series to discontinue that product line and replace it with the tuf evo series featuring a complete redesign of the cooler since then. We have seen evidence that the asus 6800 xt is paying careful attention to the cooling design of the annual graphics cards. I'm making a number of improvements to the 5600 XT range with further improvements made to the tuf gaming ampere graphics card.
Now we have the asus 6800 xt model, so it has an asus graphics card that truly let their lesson and avoided cutting corners on stuff like memory cooling. Well, let's go find out I'm fairly confident that I can go out on a limb here and say that asus has learnt their lesson at this tuf gaming asus 6800 xt is going to be a based and that is purely based on a quick visual inspection of this graphics card while holding it.
It is a very, very heavy for a tuf gaming graphics card. This thing weighs in at 1727 grams, and that makes it 80 percent heavier than the 5700XT version.
Asus Graphics Card 6800 XT
Quite shockingly, it's also 25 percent heavier than the excellent RTX 3080 tuf gaming graphics card that I reviewed late last year, so it's heavy, even high-end graphics card standards; therefore, you would be surprised to discover that it's also physically very large measuring 320 millimeters long 40 millimeters tall and 58 millimeters wide making it a triple slot cod design-wise it is very similar to the RTX 3080 version as was the case with that model I really like how there is no plastic on the card apart from the fans of course. This means rather than use plastic asus graphics card constructed the fan shroud from aluminum, giving it a very premium look and also feel as you'd expect the asus graphics card using the axial tech fans.
Moving around to the backside of the card, we find a full-length aluminum backplate that features a few indentations behind the memory modules or at least where they are located on the front side of the PCB. Asus graphics card is done this to reduce the thickness of the thermal pads which improves efficiency, and we look more at that moment then towards the end of the backplate is a cut out to aid in airflow overall I have to say the backplate does look decent and the small tuf gaming branding is tasteful enough.
Actually, I do really like how this graphics card presents, especially from the outer facing edge. The Radeon branding is relatively small, and there's nothing else written on the side of the card very clean, and the RGB tuf logo towards the end of the card isn't over the top either then around the IO window into the card, we find a single HDMI 2.1 port and 3 DisplayPort 1.4 outputs so just a basic display output configuration and I should not for display ports are supported simultaneously. As it's been the case with all new issues graphics cards ever since the release of the ampere range, then again used a stainless steel IO bracket which they say protects against rust while providing a more durable and secure mount.
So that's a look around the asus graphics card. Now it's time to pull this thing up hot for a better look starting with the heat sink and fans. We have a very serious looking heatsink here. It's very large and very heavy, weighing at 1222 grams. That's a massive cool to include on a tuf gaming graphics card. Surely the Strix version really copy that much more significant, and hopefully, that's something we'll check out another day.
But getting back to the huge heatsink, it really is one massive hate sink that's not broken up by any hate pops. Basically, an asus graphics card used 100 percent of the area available to cram in as many aluminium fins as possible, of course, there are still a number of heat pops. In fact, there are 76-millimetre nickel-plated copper heat pipes that help transfer heat away from the base, and into the many fans all 7 of these couple pipes are connected to a sizeable nickel-plated copper base which cools the GPU along with the gddr6 memory then asus graphics card has used an aluminum plate to cool the VRM compartments.
There's also an aluminum Brace or reinforced metal frame as a asus graphics card calls it, which has been used to serve two purposes firstly, it's strong support for the PCB, helping it avoid any bending under the weight of that massive cooler and secondly it's used to help extract heat from the VRM components so quite an intricate design here from an asus graphics card.
On the backside of this card, we find an aluminium backplate that weighs is 164 grams. Asus graphics card has also employed a series of thermal pads to remove built-up hate from the result of the PCB behind VRM and gddr6 memory chips, and then finally, there are also a few cuts to aid airflow.
Now in terms of clock specifications, an asus 6800 xt cores clock frequency of 2340 megahertz, which is a full percent boost over the 2250 megahertz defaults spec. Of course, the gddr6 memory has been left at 16 gigabits per second.
Though should not the both the core and memory I have a clocks have been limited by AMD that is artificially limited the asus graphics card could technically or really should overclock higher than but these are the limits enforced by AMD quite disappointing there on AMD behalf but this is what I have chosen to do with all of that rdna 2 GPUs.
Finally, whatever clocked the card sucked down 366 watts, so just a 15 percent increase in the stock factory OC configuration. I just finally please note that I'm still using my AMD Ryzen 9 3950X test system for testing these AIB graphics cards. However, I am transitioning to the 5950x for all of our other GPU testings, and the system uses 32 gigabytes of DDR4 3200 memory.
Shadow of The Tomb Testing
Here is a quick look at FPS performance in the shadow of the tomb raider 1440p; out of the box, the asus graphics card gaming is just 8 percent faster than the AMD reference model, making it less than a frame slower than the power color red devil so in other words very typical stock performance. With 3 manual overclocking, I was able to boost performance by a further 8 percent, not quite as good as the red devil but still a solid result overall.
The margins are all say much the same a 4K he the manual overclock boosted performance by 9 percent to 88 FPS again making the asus graphics card game in just a few frames slow up in the red devil as for power consumption, the asus graphics card gaming isn't quite as efficient as the AM D a reference model though it is compatible to the red devil and speedster Merck.
For example, asus graphics card increased power usage by 15 percent. Another asus 6800 xt gaming was sucking down 366 watts. He's looking at the GPU edge temperatures out of the box using the stock fan prior fall, so these results don’t take operating volume into account. This is just how they performed by default. As you can see, out of the box, the asus 6800 xt game informs very well thanks to the 1850 RPM fan speed, which kept the edge temp at 65 degrees which is 7 degrees cooler than the red devil and eight degrees cooler than the nitro plus.
The hot spot temperatures are also very good, peaking at just 82 degrees which is a nine-degree reduction from what we saw with the speedster Merck red devil and nitro plus; it's also a 12-degree reduction when compared to the AMD reference model the VRM temperatures out of the box are also very good peaking at just 63 degrees which is 3 degrees cooler than the spades to Merck and 5 degrees cooler than the red devil that said all models including the reference card ran the VRM are very cool very safe operating temperatures.
GDDR6 Memory Temperature
The hot spot temperatures are also very good, peaking at just 82 degrees which is a nine-degree reduction from what we saw with the speedster Merck red devil and nitro plus; it's also a 12-degree reduction when compared to the AMD reference model the VRM temperatures out of the box are also very good The stock memory temperature was quite shocking really just 56 degrees for the peak with the asus 6800 xt gaming clearly that logic of a base plate is working wonders here as that is a 6-degree reduction when compared to the red devil now accounting for the operating volume by noise normalizing these graphics cards we find the GPU edge temperature is 66 degrees for the asus 6800 xt gaming at that place to power with the red devil and just a degree cooler than the nitro plus and AMD reference model.
It was also just 3 degrees hotter than the speeds to Merck, which is the best-performing air-cooled model that I've reviewed today that said if we look at the hot spot temperatures, the asus 6800 xt gaming does match the speeds to Merck 83 degrees along with the red devil, so performance is very similar when comparing the various air-cooled models king at just 63 degrees which is 3 degrees cooler than the spades to Merck and 5 degrees cooler than the red devil that said all models including the reference card ran the VRM are very cool very safe operating temperatures.
However, there is considerably more variation in the VRM temperatures that the asus 6800 xt gaming again performed very well, picking it to 63 degrees again it was just a degree cooler than the red devil. However, as noted in the stock testing, all these results are very acceptable and well within safe operating parameters.
Then lastly we have the gddr6 memory temperatures we get the tough gamey performed exceptionally well and in fact, was the coolest of the air-cooled asus 6800 xt here peaking at just 57 degrees, so they have it this is asus 6800 xt is a very impressive graphics card, of course, the only bad news right now being availability as all 6800 series products are virtually nonexistent.