AMD RX 6800 XT GPU breaks world record while overclocked to 2.65GHz – and without any fancy cooling


Darren Allan

19 November 2020

3DMark Fire Strike record broken and RTX 3090 dethroned – with caveats


(Image credit: Future)

AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT

has only just been released, but it has already taken one world record in a benchmark – albeit with a caveat – and proved that those rumors about Big Navi having great overclocking potential are true.


spotted ‘Lucky_n00b’ (Indonesian overclocker Alva Jonathan) pushing the RX 6800 XT with a boost overclock to 2.65GHz on air – in other words, just using the graphics card’s stock fans, with no fancy cooling, which is seriously impressive in itself. Although the CPU it was paired with (AMD’s Ryzen 5950X) for the 3DMark Fire Strike record on HWBOT was liquid nitrogen-cooled (and ramped up to 5.4GHz).

The resulting tally of 47,932 took top spot on HWBOT, dethroning the reigning champion GPU which was

Nvidia’s mighty RTX 3090

. However, note that tessellation was disabled for the Big Navi card, which isn’t allowed when it comes to 3DMark’s Hall of Fame, hence this score didn’t count for that ranking.

Also, the RX 6800 XT only sneaked past the 3090 (by just over 200 points), and we must remember that this is just a single (modified) benchmark. As we observed in our

full review

of AMD’s new GPU, the matchup for this graphics card in terms of price bracket is the RTX 3080, and the 6800 XT beats out its Nvidia rival in some tests, but equally gets beaten in others (and certainly loses on the ray tracing front).

The Fire Strike benchmark, incidentally, is also a strong suit for AMD in our review, you won’t be surprised to learn.

In other words, let’s not get carried away, and the other caveat here, as Lucky_n00b


, is that the 2.65GHz overclock was the “boost setting applied from Performance Tuning panel, not the real clock during load (GPU is power-limited)”.

Overclocking monster

Still, this is an impressive feat, and as we said at the outset, it backs up the

stream of speculation

we’ve heard in recent times about AMD’s new graphics cards being able to hit 2.5GHz overclocks – or indeed more.

Of course, the 6800 XT is the fastest current Big Navi GPU, but the

RX 6900 XT flagship is still waiting in the wings

, and will be giving Nvidia even more competition when it emerges in just a few weeks on December 8.

Well, we say the performance battle is heating up, but the real competition might be which GPU giant can actually get graphics cards out there on the shelves soonest, because it seems

AMD isn’t doing any better

than Nvidia’s poor performance with the available stock of Ampere graphics cards.

Going by the rumor mill, though,

AMD will have more stock

coming through next month, although

Nvidia has already admitted

itself that RTX 3000 inventory levels won’t improve meaningfully until 2021 at the earliest. Theoretically, then, that could mean PC gamers keen for a next-gen GPU snapping up far more AMD cards in the early running…

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