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Leak suggests custom Radeon RX 6800 XT card overclocked to 2.5 GHz can almost match Nvidia's RTX 3090

The custom RX 6800 XT cards are rumored to display an impressive overclocking potential. (Image Source: AMD)
The custom RX 6800 XT cards are rumored to display an impressive overclocking potential. (Image Source: AMD)
We can already imagine the overclocking potential of the upcoming custom RX 6900 XT cards planned for early 2021. If the RX 6800 XT can match the RTX 3090 that easily, Nvidia's rumored RTX 3080 Ti might still not be enough to secure the crown.
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We are just days away from the NDA lift on the reviews for the new Radeon RX 6000 GPU series now, and everybody can barely wait to see if AMD’s claims really hold true in third party tests, plus we really want to test the ray tracing performance on these babies. Together with the reference boards previewed by AMD on October 28, Team Red’s AIB partners should also be launching some non-reference models that are rumored to have an outstanding overclocking potential. We are hearing that some RX 6800 XT cards can hit core clocks in excess of 2.5 GHz and this rumor is now backed by Twitter user Raichu, who is claiming that the cards can easily be overclocked to more than 2.5 Ghz, allowing them to almost match the performnace of the RTX 3090 cards from Nvidia.

The reference RX 6800 XT cards are running at 2.25 GHz, and from what AMD has shown, it can beat the RTX 3080 in quite a few scenarios. If 250 more MHz is all it takes to match the RTX 3090 cards, then we can only imagine what an overclocked RX 6900 XT can do. Admittedly, AMD has not yet mentioned anything about non-reference RX 6900 XT cards, but there already is insider chatter regarding the arrival of top-of-the-line cards in early 2021. Just recently, Videocardz reported that ASRock is planning to release no less than three custom RX 6900 XT cards, including Taichi, Phantom Gaming and OC Formula versions.

From what we can gather, Raichu was forced to delete the picture he provided with his post, as he does not want to breach NDA. He also appears to be giving a clue about the brand of the card in question. In one of his posts, he mentions that “it is magic of phantom,” so we suspect he could be referring to the newly teased Phantom Gaming series from ASRock that should be launched in December.

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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-11-13 (Update: 2020-11-14)