The PowerColor Red Devil RX 6800 XT takes on the Reference RX 6800 XT & the RTX 3080 in 37 Games

The Red Devil RX 6800 XT arrived at BTR for evaluation on a short-term loan from PowerColor on Wednesday, the same day the card launched for sale with very limited supply and with no manufacturer recommended pricing although it has been listed out of stock for $799.99 at Newegg.  We have been benching it versus the $699 RTX 3080 Founders Edition (FE) and the $649 RX 6800 XT reference card that we got that same day from AMD using GPGPU, workstation, SPEC, 37 games and synthetic benchmarks.  We concluded from our preliminary 9-game PC and PCVR 15-game review relative to the RTX 3080, that the reference RX 6800 XT is probably faster at pancake gaming than at VR gaming.

We will also compare the performance of these competing cards with the RX 5700 XT Anniversary Edition (AE) and the GTX 1080 Ti FE to see how older cards fare, and we also include all of the GeForce Turing Super cards and the Ampere cards to complete BTR’s 10-card Big Picture.

Left to Right: Red Devil RX 6800 XT, Reference RX 6800 XT, RTX 3080 FE

The Red Devil RX 6800 XT is factory clocked 90MHz higher than the reference version using the OC BIOS.  According to its specifications, the Red Devil RX 6800 XT boost can clock up to 2340MHz out of the box.  It also looks different from older generation classic Red Devils, arriving in a more neutral gray color instead of in all red and black.  The Red Devil RX 6800 XT features a RGB mode whose LEDs default to a bright red which may be customized by PowerColor’s DevilZone software.

The Red Devil RX 6800 XT Features & Specifications

Here are the Red Devil RX 6800 XT specifications according to PowerColor:


Source: PowerColor


Here are the Red Devil RX 6800 XT features.

Source: PowerColor

Additional Information from PowerColor

  • The card has 2 modes, OC and Silent. 281W / 255W Power target. There’s a bios switch on the side of the card. Even on performance mode it’s considerably quieter than reference board but the silent mode is truly whisper quiet, with a normal case with a optimal airflow, you most likely see the card run around 1000 rpm.
  • The board has 16 Phase VS the 11+2 Phase VRM design on the reference design meaning is over spec’d in order to deliver the best stability and overclock headroom,not only capable of well over 400w but by having such VRM it will run cooler and last longer.
  • DrMos and high-polymer Caps are used with no compromises.
  • The cooler features 2 x 100mm with a center 1x90mm fan, all with two ball bearing fans with 7 heat pipes (3X8Φ and 4X6Φ heatpipes) across a high density heatsink with a copper base. The PCB is shorter than the cooler.
  • RGB is enhanced, Red Devil now connects to the motherboard aRGB (5v 3 pin connector).
  • Red Devil has Mute fan technology, fans stop under 60C.
  • The ports are LED illuminated. Now you can see in the dark where to plug.
  • The card back plate does not have thermal pads but instead there are openings across the backplate for the PCB to breathe.
  • Red Devil RX 6800 XT Graphics Card Limited Edition provides the unique and high quality crafted Red Devil keycap to make your keyboard look Devilish.
  • Buyers or Red Devil Limited edition will be able to join exclusive giveaway as well access to the Devil Club website. A membership club for Devil users only which gives them access to News, Competitions, Downloads and most important instant support via Live chat.

The Big Navi 2 Radeon 6000 family

The Radeon 6800 competes with the RTX 3070 and is priced a little higher at $579 while the RTX 6800 XT at $649 competes with the RTX 3080 at $699.  Next week, the RTX 6900 XT releases at $999 to compete with the $1499 RTX 3090.

Here is a die shot of the GPU powering the Radeon 6000 series courtesy of AMD

AMD has their own ecosystem for gamers and many unique new features for the Radeon 6000 series.

The Test Bed 

BTR’s test bed consists of 37 games and 3 synthetic game benchmarks at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and at 3840×2160 as well as SPEC, Workstation, and GPGPU benchmarks.  Our latest games include Watch Dogs: Legions, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.  The testing platform uses a clean installation of Windows 10 64-bit Pro Edition, and our CPU is an i9-10900K which turbos all 10 cores to 5.1/5.0GHz, an EVGA Z490 FTW motherboard, and 32GB of T-FORCE Dark Z DDR4 3600MHz. The games, settings, and hardware are identical except for the cards being compared.

First, let’s take a closer look at the new PowerColor Red Devil RX 6800 XT.


  1. So the 2080 Ti and 3070 demolish every other card including the 3080 in CoD: Cold War at every resolution with RT on? Something tells me that might be a mistake.

    • Thank-you for catching the typos on the chart. The 2080 Ti and the 3070 were not benchmarked in CoD:CW at all. Fixed!

  2. Hello!

    Such a nice and comprenhensive review.

    Just a quick note: in Assetto Corsa Competizione, which is a DX11 title not DX12, the 2080Ti and the 3070 performs WAY better than both the 6800xt and the 3080…are you sure about those numbers?

  3. So, for some enthusiasts it looks like they would have no issue running AMD on their rig, even if there was a small performance hit, it seems like an option now at least. The only thing is availability. These cards are nearly impossible to get and since the reference has been discontinued, in all honesty and no fanboy-isms it seems like a better idea if you can get your hands on and invest in an RTX card instead. Even though these cards looks promising. Price point and availability is the killer here, unfortunately.

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