ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Introduction,Finally we have caught up with the reviews that we\’d lost in the great server crash of 2020. If ever a moment encapsulated how bad this year has been then the OC3D server coughing up it\’s guts and spewing lots of unreleased content into the ether was the final kick in the plums.,It\’s nice to roll to the end of the year with something positive coming out of the Annus horribilus, and it\’s the launch of the Radeon RDNA2 series of cards that finally brought AMD back on level terms with Nvidia as a genuine contender for your hard-earned cash. The RX 6900 XT might have been a little bit disappointing in performance terms, particularly when given its high price, but the RX 6800 XT has been a superstar, blending price and performance perfectly.,ASUS have long been famed for producing high end takes upon a particular graphics card and with their Strix range this has definitely been the case in recent years. Rather than just slap their triple fan cooler on the RX 6800 XT they have instead built a dual-radiator AIO to drop temperatures to the floor and push performance through the roof.,Let\’s cleanse our palettes of the misery of this past week with a look at a card that will have everyone reaching for their wallets.,Technical Specifications,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Up Close,If you very carefully cropped this picture to remove the lengthy cooling hoses and 240mm radiator we think it\’s fair to say that the internet would be up in arms. The hateful blower cooler style that has been the bane of many a cards potential performance is, however, only required to keep the GDDR6 and VRMs cool, a job that someone with good lungs and a straw could manage, and so we don\’t mind at all. Whilst it doesn\’t look spectacular when it\’s powered off, as you can see above there is plenty of RGB when it\’s on.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Preview  ,Having spare room for a 240mm radiator is going to be the defining factor in how interested you are in this particular card. Most people have room in their case roofs, but those are full of CPU AIO radiators. We can count the number of cases with room in the exhaust spot for two fans on the fingers of one hand, so it\’s going to have to go in the front of your case and either pump hot air into your case, or you\’ll have to find an alternative arrangement to bring that cool air in. At least ASUS have given us plenty of cooling hose length to maximise your options.,
ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Preview  ,The two colour shroud might have looked a little flat in our opening picture, but turn it towards the light and it comes alive. It\’s certainly eye catching and will also catch the attention of any RGB lighting you have in your case. Such as the fans on the Strix RX 6800 XT LC radiator.,
ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Preview  ,Like all the other RX 6800 XTs we\’ve looked at the Strix has a pair of 8pin PCIe power inputs. We might have expected another given it has a pump to power, but nope. Just the two.,
ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Preview  ,Powering fans is always a cable tidying nightmare and when you need to power them from something up to 60cm away it is not all that surprising that the Strix LC has a big bundle of cables attached to one of its carefully braided hoses.,
ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Preview  ,As well as RGB fans and RGB lighting on the shroud there is also the famous ROG eye logo next to the hose hole. Beneath all of this ASUS have included a huge copper plate to cover both the GPU and GDDR6, so your key elements will be kept frosty under even the hardest loadings, whilst an additional heatsink is powered by the blower fan and keeps the power stage cool.,
ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC PreviewASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Test Setup,Clock Speeds
,The latest RDNA2 architecture has proven to be capable of incredible clock speeds when pushed and given sufficient cooling headroom. Naturally with an AIO providing the cooling on the Strix we were expecting some fast speeds, but even taking this into account the boost clocks were unbelievably high, 2544 MHz peak and 2492 MHz average!,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review  ,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Borderlands 3,Borderlands 3 saw Gearbox Software return to developing their most famous IP following the somewhat dubious reception The Pre Sequel received. Borderlands has plenty of settings to tweak and, despite looking superficially similar to Borderlands 2, it’s significantly more demanding upon your hardware. At higher resolutions only the most performance rich need apply. Naturally we run with everything at the maximum possible settings.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Control,Remedy Entertainment’s Control is one of those games that demonstrates everything available to you in modern engines and with modern hardware. Not only does it have destructible environments but it supports all the hardware tricks, including Ray Tracing and DLSS on hardware with either or both of those features. We’re testing in every possible combination to demonstrate how each can impact your frames per second. The first graph is all resolutions in \’plain\’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing on.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review
ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Crysis Remastered,Crysis used to be the definition of a system’s performance potential, being one of the first game engines that used all the tricks available to it to push image quality to ever higher places. Of course that was long in the past so Crytek have remastered it to the point that even Pixar would probably struggle to turn everything on to maximum. Is that a case of a stern test or poor optimisation? That’s a debate for another day.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Dirt 5,The latest version of Codemasters long running Rally game has plenty of visual splendour. Sure it’s never going to be mistaken for Richard Burns Rally or any of the genuine sims out there, but if you want to get muddy and know your “medium left over crest don’t cut”s from your “5 right tightens” then it’s a good place to start.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,F1 2020,Despite being launched at a time when there wasn’t any motorsport – or any sport – in the world, F1 2020 is everything it could realistically be. No, the track list doesn’t match the real 2020 F1 season, but the cars are close to their real-life counterparts and the graphics engine brings all the glorious imagery we’ve come to expect from Codemasters F1 titles. We’re running with it all to the stops, because of course we are.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Gears 5,A game where we always mentally add “of War” to the title, the most recent addition to the Gears franchise saw The Coalition stick rigidly to the formula that has made this title a success on the Xbox. It’s more of a ‘best of’ than a new title, but still brings all the graphical glory to your screen as befits a game aimed at the console market. With everything turned up to ten the graphics can bring even beefy systems to their knees.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Horizon Zero Dawn,Alongside God of War, Horizon is one of the best titles from this generation of games. A massive open world and story rich game with none of the ‘collect 500 tiny things’ that plagues many open world titles, the breath-taking vistas and gorgeous animation of Aloy’s adventures should be experienced by all gamers. The PC release required some fine tuning to be all it could be, but graphically it’s still jaw-dropping and with everything up to the hilt as we have here, few games look better.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Metro Exodus,Along with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Control, Metro Exodus is one of a triumvirate of games in our test suite that takes full advantage of all your graphical hardware can offer. With Ray Tracing and DLSS support along with the gritty, post-apocalyptic aesthetic for which 4A Games are famed, it is a great title with which to flex the power of your new graphics card. The first graph is all resolutions in \’plain\’ mode. The second graph is with Ray Tracing enabled.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review
ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Microsoft Flight Simulator,A title that doesn’t just require you to have some beefy hardware to maximise the visuals, but also a fairly empty hard drive to squeeze on one of the largest install sizes on the market, the newest instalment in the famous Flight Simulator series is gorgeous. Without any combat you’ve plenty of time with which to appreciate the satellite based ground imagery as well as the hand-crafted airports. With all the detail settings maximised it’s a stern test of your system.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Monster Hunter World,Capcom’s Monster Hunter World might be, compared to other titles in our test suite, getting a little long in the tooth but it’s still a gorgeous title with beautiful scenery punctuated by boss fights that wouldn’t look out of place in a From Software title. The introduction of the Iceborne expansion pack boosted the graphics a little further, and as always we’re running everything as high as we can push.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Resident Evil 3,Another Capcom title, the newest instalment of the remade Resident Evil franchise continues to up the ante in graphical glory. As someone old enough to have played the originals, seeing Jill Valentine in all her high definition glory never stops being impressive, and whilst the gameplay doesn’t quite shine as brightly as the two games that bracket this in the Res line-up, it’s still fun to turn everything up to max and murder some zombies.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,The Witcher 3,The original Witcher flew under the radar a little bit in the mainstream, whilst winning an army of fans amongst the RPG hardcore. The Witcher 2 brought everything to it’s knees and was the Crysis of it’s time. The Witcher 3, rightfully, is legendary amongst gamers as the perfect blend of open-world, choices matter, graphically gorgeous role playing. Comfortably one of the best games ever.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Total Warhammer 2,Creative Assembly rewrote the book for strategy games with their Total War series, and with Total Warhammer they brought fantasy into that sphere. Total Warhammer 2 took all that was great about the first entry and filled it so full of content that you can play the Mortal Empires campaign for literal years if you wish. The CPU does as much work as the GPU here, thanks to hundreds of units and vast draw distances.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Total War Saga: Troy,A game everyone probably owns thanks to the free 24 hours on the Epic Store, Troy might not have the breadth of some of the more fully-fledged entries in the long Total War series, but it’s still a good way of showing off the well-rounded nature of your system. You need every component to be finely tuned to really pump those frames out.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,3DMARK: Port Royal,One of the first Ray Tracing benchmarks to appear, the value of Port Royal cannot be overstated. Games always take a while to adopt new technologies but benchmark/demos can get on board much faster and show off where your hard-earned is going. With the next generation of consoles supporting Ray Tracing too it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a bigger part of our lives.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,3DMARK: Time Spy,If you’ve been using 3D Mark since the days when it was largely full of dragons and Matrix-esque FPS games, you’ll appreciate Time Spy taking you on a trip down memory lane whilst also showing the future too. It’s always a  lovely thing to watch which, as people who’ve seen the Fire Strike benchmark a thousand times or more, is a feature we appreciate.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Unigine Superposition,The Unigine range of benchmarks has been long standing parts of the OC3D test suite. From Heaven to Valley and now Superposition it’s one of the best ways of not only testing your new purchase but putting it through the mill too. In fact the Superposition test is the one we use to test our temperatures. If you haven’t seen it running you’re really missing out.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Temperatures and Power Draw,Modern graphics cards no longer rely upon the user to overclock them, as the drivers now make the most of any spare power or thermal headroom available to boost the clocks to give the smoothest performance. Thus the temperature graph is a little less important than it used to be unless the manufacturer has created a godly cooler, whilst Power Draw is fun on your energy bill, but most of us just care about performance rather than a handful of Watts here and there. With slight variance in ambient temperatures we\’re also including the delta temperature too, so you know exactly how well the card performs relative to the air temperature.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review
ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Conclusion,Oh yes, that\’s the stuff.,When we reviewed the RX 6900 XT we were left feeling slightly disappointed at the performance difference, or relative lack of, between it and a good RX 6800 XT, and we postulated that perhaps a truly brilliant RX 6800 XT would be the match for the biggest of the RDNA2 cards. There just isn\’t enough extra architecture on the 6900 XT that a high clock speed couldn\’t make the difference. With the ASUS Strix RX 6800 XT LC this idea we had is born out. Not only is the clock speed insanely high – pretty much 2.5 GHz average – but as you saw in our testing this heightened the performance enough that it often matched the more expensive Radeon offering.,One of the slight negatives to AMDs first attempt at producing a card which supports Ray Tracing is the actual performance of that RT hardware. It is, if anything, closer to Nvidia\’s first attempt with their RTX 20×0 cards. However, clearly if you can get the card running hard enough there is some gains to be found as in Port Royal the ASUS Strix RX 6800 XT LC managed to outperform the RX 6900 XT. Elsewhere the story remained the same too, as the RX 6800 XT LC managed to match the 6900 XT, and in titles such as Monster Hunter World, Microsoft Flight Simulator or The Witcher 3 the ASUS card proved to be capable of out-performing the 6900 XT.,We\’re not sure what more needs to be said. The performance is a match for the 6900 XT but you\’re gaining many other things beyond the simple price difference between the two cards. As an ASUS Strix product you\’re getting the build quality we\’ve come to expect from the ROG brand. As you can see from the image that\’s graced the top of this review you\’re also getting loads of RGB lighting either on the card on the fans themselves. Additionally as a liquid cooled card the temperatures are frosty indeed and this means the Strix is basically silent in operation.,The only negative is the fact that with a double wide radiator to fit into your case you\’ll need to do some careful planning on your build and/or case purchase, particularly if you already have a large AIO cooling your CPU. The air coming out of the radiator is sufficiently warm we\’d be loath to use this at the front of our case. It\’s certainly pumping hotter air than that which comes out of our CPU AIO. The only other thing is that with the AIO the Strix naturally costs a little more than most RX 6800 XTs, although we feel the extra expense comes with a lot of performance and usability benefits which outweigh this.,If the AMD RX 6800 XT is the sweetest of the new Radeon range then the ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC is the ultimate expression of all that GPU can be, and wins our OC3D Enthusiast Award. Fantastic.,The ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC is available with an MSRP of £899.,ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC Review,Discuss the ASUS ROG Strix RX 6800 XT LC in our OC3D Forums.

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