You wouldn't know it, but there actually is a variety of AMD RX 6800 XT models coming onto the market. Just very slowly. Some have mega power delivery systems for overclocking, while others are tuned for silent and cool running. Others still demand to be shown off in all their RGB glory inside windowed display cases. Gigabyte has its high end Aorus designs to address those uses, but there’s still a place for more value-oriented offerings such as this Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming OC version.
Some people just want solid performance and will simply plug their card in and fire up their games, leaving the card out of sight and out of mind. It’s these buyers who will find the Gigabyte RX 6800 XT Gaming OC card most appealing.>
If a particular card isn’t the fastest, or the quietest, or the coolest running though, it must offer good value. In the current market, however, a card otherwise positioned as an affordable one might prove to be impossible.
The RX 6800 XT is the most compelling card out of the three AMD RX 6000-series cards. It’s not a lot more expensive than the straight AMD RX 6800 yet it’s pretty significantly quicker, and a lot more affordable than the AMD RX 6900 XT too.RX 6800 XT Gaming OC specs
GPU - AMD Navi 21
Architecture - AMD RDNA 2
Lithography - TSMC 7nm
Base clock - 1,850MHz
Boost clock - 2,285MHz
Memory - 16GB GDDR6
Memory speed - 16Gbps
Memory bandwidth - 512GB/s
Outputs - 2x DP 1.4a, 2x HDMI 2.1
Power connections - 2x 8-pin
Where the RX 6800 XT features a boost clock of 2,250MHz, the Gigabyte Gaming OC features a small 35MHz overclock resulting in a 2,285MHZ boost clock. The memory specifications of the reference RX 6800 XT and the Gigabyte Gaming OC are identical, with 16GB of 16Gbps memory over a 256bit bus.
The Gigabyte RX 6800 XT Gaming OC is one of the more compact cards on the market, not because of its length, but its height. It still protrudes above the top of the PCIe bracket, but its comparatively compact dimensions mean it should be easier to accommodate in slimmer cases. It is still a triple slot card, and at 286mm in length it’s not one for a small ITX case.
The Gaming OC features a custom PCB with dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors and a dual BIOS. The card ships with the default OC setting enabled, while switching to the silent BIOS aims to provide quieter operation with lower clocks, temperatures and noise levels. The Gigabyte logo on the side features the only RGB lighting present on the card. If disco ball laser light shows aren’t to your taste, the Gigabyte's more subtle lighting might work for you.
Notably it comes with a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports to go with two 1.4 DisplayPort connections. Cards with dual HDMI ports aren’t all that common, so it's something to note if that’s important to you.