GIGABYTE’s New Custom Radeon RX 6800 Series Graphics Cards Aren’t Cheap
Recently, GIGABYTE announced its line of custom RX 6800 series graphics cards based on the RX 6800 XT and RX 6800. The company announced three different models, but confirmed they will be launching more models, including a water-cooled series featuring white cooler designs.
Starting with the most expensive, we have the AORUS RX 6800 XT Master 16G. This card features a triple-fan cooling solution in a 2.5 slot form-factor, an all-black design with some pretty RGB illumination on the shroud and backplate. It also features a built-in LCD display along the side which can display things like GPU temperature or even custom gif images. The card features a factory overclock of 2310 MHz (compared to 2250 MHz for the reference) on the Boost Clock and 2065 MHz on the Game Clock, which itself is up from 2015 MHz from the reference specifications.
The card is powered by 2x 8-pin PCIe connectors, and provides 2x DisplayPort 1.4a ports, as well as 2x HDMI 2.1 ports. Additionally, there is a variant of this card which provides USB Type-C in place of one of the DisplayPorts.
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming OC 16G – $849
Next up, the GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming OC 16G. This card also features a triple-fan cooling solution and 2.5 slot form factor, but comes in a black and silver design with much more restrained RGB lighting, only the GIGABYTE logo and a small strip on the side is illuminated. This card features a slightly more modest factory overclock of 2285 MHz on the Boost Clock and 2045 MHz on the Game Clock.
Power connectors and ports are the same as the aforementioned AORUS Master. Although, there is no Type-C variant available.
AORUS Radeon RX 6800 Master 16G – $719
Finally, we have the AROUS Radeon RX 6800 16G. This one is physically identical to the AORUS 6800 XT Master, but uses the less performant GPU. In terms of specifications, we’re looking at 2190 MHz Boost Clock, which is up from 2105 MHz for the reference. The Game Clock is increased to 1980 MHz compared to 1815 MHz reference.
The high pricing here isn’t itself a surprise, as anyone who’s seen a listing for a custom RX 6800 series graphics card will know that these have been severely inflated compared to the MSRP of $649 and $579, for the RX 6800 XT and RX 6800, respectively. That said, it is surprising to see these prices come from GIGABYTE directly, as no other AIB has specified price increases themselves, with inflated prices usually being communicated by the channel partners/e-tailers. This may be a sign that GIGABYTE intends to hold onto these higher prices for quite a while. We’ll see.
Unfortunately, these new announcements also don’t change the fact that regardless of price, these RX 6800 series graphics cards are nearly impossible to obtain. Hopefully, the new year brings with it a lot more supply.