Launched on October 28th and September 1st of the year 2020 respectively, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 are both high-end graphics cards that supports DirectX 12 Ultimate.
This support allows both these devices to allow a realistic gaming experience because of its support for hardware ray tracing, mesh shaders, variable rate shading, and some other technologies.
However, the hardware and base technologies used in both graphics cards are significantly different. So, they do not provide the same performance across all games and other software.
Differences Between 6800 XT and 3080
|Specifications||RX 6800 XT||RTX 3080|
|GPU Cores||4,608 Stream processors||8960/8704 CUDA cores|
|Ray tracing cores||72 Ray Accelerators||70/68 Gen 2 RT cores|
|Tensor cores||N/A||280/272 Gen 3 Tensor cores|
|Base Clock||1825 MHz||1260/1440 MHz|
|Boost Clock||2250 MHz||1710 MHz|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||12/10GB GDDR6X|
|Memory Clock||2000 MHz||1188 MHz|
|Memory bus width||256-bit||384/320-bit|
|Thermal Design Power||300W||320W|
|Texture Mapping Unit||288||272|
|Render Output Pipeline||128||96|
|Outputs||1x HDMI 2.12x DisplayPort 1.4a1x USB Type-C||1x HDMI 2.13x DisplayPort 1.4a|
|Power Connector||2x 8-pin||1x 12-pin|
AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT has a Navi 21 variant GPU that uses the RDNA 2 architecture. In contrast to that, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080 uses the GA102 variant GPU with Ampere architecture.
Going into the differences between these GPUs will take a whole article. But the main thing is that Navi 21 has 5120 total cores or shaders and GA102 has 10752 total cores. AMD and NVIDIA both disabled some of the processing cores on these GPUs to reach the target number of 4,608 Stream processors and 8704 CUDA cores on 6800 XT and 3080 respectively. In the 12 GB version of 3080, NVIDIA enabled an additional amount of 256 cores, increasing the total count to 8960.
Now, while 3080 has an overwhelmingly high number of shaders, it does not directly correlate to performance. In GA102, half the number of CUDA cores are dedicated Single-precision Floating point (FP32) processors and the rest can work as either FP32 or Integer (INT32) processors. The Ampere architecture of GA102 also takes two cycles to resolve an instruction set or a thread group. In Navi21, however, all cores can be either FP32 or INT32 processors and RDNA 2 only takes one cycle to complete a thread group.
Clock and SGRAM/Memory
You don’t really need to consider the clock that much. In real use, the clock speed you’ll get will be different than both the base clock and the boost clock. Also, the clock only indicates the speed of one single instruction cycle. Each complete render takes a bunch of such instruction cycles and depends on other factors, such as bus width as well.
So, what you need to consider is the difference in the memory or SGRAM’s capacity and speed.
6800 XT provides 16 GB of SGRAM memory which is significant considering the 10 GB that the previous versions of 3080 used to provide. Now that, 12 GB models are also available, the difference is not that consequential. For most games, you won’t run into bottlenecks due to having this 4GB less memory. And for games where you do, both these graphics cards are not sufficient, so you’ll want to use higher-spec hardware anyway.
The GDDR6X SGRAM on 3080 provides a much higher transfer ratecompared to GDDR6 on 6800 XT and you’ll experience fewer stutters and lags. With enough capacity, you’ll experience more smooth performance with GDDR6X.
For more information on the difference between these SGRAMs, we recommend checking out our article on GDDR6 vs GDDR6X.
Base Frame Rates
After benchmarking several games with the same settings, we found varying results across the board.
We set the games to the highest graphic settings and tested for the average FPS on 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolutions. We disabled Ray Tracing as most games don’t support this feature yet and used the latest graphics drivers available at the time.
While there was no unanimous winner, we could draw a conclusion by analyzing the performance of most games.
- NVIDIA RTX 3080 provides much better performance for most games at 4K. Even in some games where AMD shows more frame rates, the difference is not that high.
- At 1440p, the difference is not that significant. But for the most part, NVIDIA still performs slightly better. You’ll usually get 100+ FPS with both devices so the difference may not matter.
- At 1080p, we observed that AMD performed slightly better than NVIDIA for the majority of the sample games. But the difference is still not that significant considering both perform on an average of 120 FPS.
We can’t say that we tested on an extremely high number of games. However, we still benchmarked 50+ popular games to come to this conclusion. But as the results differ greatly among the games, we still recommend you to check the benchmark for your own
Ray Tracing (RT)
Ray Tracing technology provides a real-life light effect on shadows and reflections. When we consider this technology, NVIDIA performs remarkably better than AMD.
While AMD 6800 XT includes 72 Ray accelerator cores, which is slightly more than the 70 or 68 RT cores on NVIDIA RTX 3080, these generation 2 cores on NVIDIA provide much better performance.
If you benchmark games with Ray Tracing at the highest setting, you’ll experience extremely low frame rates with 6800 XT, especially on 4K. With RTX 3800, the frame rates will still be lower than average, but not as low as 6800 XT.
Also, if the games you usually play have very high-quality shadows and reflection textures, the game may be unplayable with 4K RT. You will similarly need to use upscaling with lower resolutions even for NVIDIA, which doesn’t look as good as regular 4K. So, since you are not likely to use ray tracing in such a scenario, you might find 6800 more suitable.
Upscaling – FSR 2.0 vs DLSS
Another parameter you need to consider is the upscaling technology used in these graphics cards. Higher resolutions like 4K drastically drop the FPS. In such cases, you can set a lower resolution like 1080p while upscaling to a higher resolution to get a similar effect but without the drop in performance.
The quality will not be fully on par with the regular high resolution and you may get smudged renders or uneven blends on textures. However, with better upscaling technology, you won’t notice many inconsistencies unless you try being nitpicky.
NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) has a marked advantage over AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution 2 (FSR 2.0). So the upscaled graphics on 3080 looks much better than that on 6800 XT. But if you don’t compare them side by side the 6800 XT renders will still look pretty good if your base resolution is 1440p or higher.
Since the upscale algorithm needs more work to produce quality work with lower base resolutions, such as 1080, here you’ll see stark differences in the images rendered by the two graphics cards.
FSR 2.0 is also a newer technology than DLSS so there are fewer games that support it. You can mod in the support for FSR but that’s too much work to enable it in just one game.
Smart Access Memory vs Resizable BAR
Resizable BAR (Base Address Register) is an optional PCIe technology on Intel CPUs. It helps improve game performance in some games by transferring assets as requested by the GPU according to the BAR size instead of individual textures or shaders multiple times.
Since this technology only improves performance for some games and decreases it for others, NVIDIA has created a list of applications where this technology applies. So, when you enable it on your settings, the feature only applies to those games.
The Smart Access Memory (SAM) is AMD’s proprietary BAR. It is a similar technology with the main difference that, if enabled on your system, it applies to all games. Also, AMD GPUs only allow using the SAM technology, not Resizable BAR. It is also one of the main reasons why AMD GPUs work way better with AMD CPUs.
Certain games, such as Forza Horizon 5, show improved performance with SAM or Resizable BAR. However, if NVIDIA has not enlisted it, you need to manually use third-party apps like NVIDIA Profile Inspector to enable it on the game. So, it will show high performance with 6800 XT if you enable SAM. If you often play similar games on your computer, this graphics card is more suitable for your use.
NVIDIA and AMD both have their own proprietary adaptive sync technology, FreeSync, and G-Sync to prevent screen tearing. And both technologies need separate dedicated chips inside the Monitor.
Contrary to AMD GPU, which only supports FreeSync, NVIDIA works great with both G-Sync and FreeSync. Also, FreeSync provides lower input lags while G-Sync is better at resolving screen tearing. So, depending on your need or the technology in the monitors you already have, you might prefer AMD RX 6800 XT or NVIDIA RTX 3080.
Apart from these, you should also note that the 6800 XT also includes a USB-C monitor port, which RTX 3080 lacks.
If you want to stream your games, you need a good GPU encoder. NVIDIA RTX 3080’s NVENC encoder has a crushing advantage over AMD 6800 XT’s encoder in this regard. NVENC provides better quality and smooth streaming at lower data rates.
The Thermal Design Power (TDP) for RX 6800 XT is 300W and that for RTX 3080 is 320W. While the power consumption in real-time depends on other factors as well, RTX 3080 is definitely more power-hungry than its counterpart.
AMD’s RDNA 2 cards are more efficient than NVIDIA’s Ampere ones so you can get higher clocks and transistor density with more efficient power usage.
The temperature on both cards does not rise much though. This is in part due to the fantastic cooling systems but the case still stands. So, you’ll not get thermal throttling issues unless you overclock these GPUs.
As of the time of this article, the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of AMD 6800 XT stands at 650$ and that of NVIDIA 3070 is 800$ for the 12 GB one and 700$ for the 10 GB one. While the actual prices fluctuate widely depending on customization by motherboard companies, the AMD GPU should be somewhat cheaper.
Which One is Better?
The above comparisons might have given you a better idea of the pros and cons of the graphics card. So, you may already be leaning toward one of the two depending on your situation.
To summarize, if you don’t need Ray Tracing and play varieties of games at 1080p or 1440p, you might prefer 6800 XT because of its cheaper price and more than enough performance.
However, if you are a 4K gamer and Ray Tracing is important to you, the NVIDIA GPU is obviously the best choice. It is also a good choice for 4K gaming as it has DLSS as the better upscaling technology.
That said, if you value performance more than appearance, as E-Sports players or professional app users do, you need to look at the relevant benchmarking instead.
Finally, also make sure that your CPU or RAM does not bottleneck the GPU as your gaming performance will drastically suffer in such scenarios.
4 Ways to Reset BIOS Password
Getting into the BIOS settings is crucial if you want to modify the boot priority, overclock the CPU or troubleshoot system-related issues. However, if a password is set and you are unaware of it, this can be quite a hassle when you want to boot into the BIOS or even the operating system.
If you do know the administrator password, you can reset it by entering the BIOS settings. You can also clear out the BIOS password by clearing the CMOS battery.
Before going into the password reset process, it is worth knowing the two different password types you can set on the BIOS.
- Administrator Password: If this password is set, users have to enter it every time they try to enter the BIOS. It restricts unauthorized access or modification of the BIOS settings.
- User Password: You will be asked for the user password before the operating system loads up. This password is also referred to as the System password on some devices. The operating system will not boot up unless you provide the correct user password.
Reset the Password From BIOS
If you remember the Administrator password for the BIOS, you can clear or reset it from the BIOS settings.
- Restart the computer and press the specific BIOS key for your device when you see the manufacturer logo. The key to enter the BIOS could vary with the manufacturer but it is usually F1, F2, F10, F12, or DEL.
- It will ask you for the administrative or user password to access the BIOS. Enter the password.
- Now, find the section for configuring the BIOS password.
- Navigate to the section and hit enter, then enter the current password.
- When asked for a new password, leave the field empty and select Ok. Do the same for both the Admin and the User Password.
- Save and Exit from the BIOS.
- This will clear out the BIOS password. You will now have access to the BIOS without having to enter a password.
Using Clear CMOS Button
Some new higher-end motherboards come with a CMOS reset button that can revert the BIOS configurations to their factory default. This button is usually located in the back I/O panel of the motherboard. The name of this button can vary with the manufacturer. You may find it labeled as “ClearCMOS”, “Flash” or “Reset CMOS.”
- Shut down the computer and disconnect all the cables attached to the computer’s case.
- Find the CMOS reset button on the back of the case.
- Press and hold the button for 15-20 seconds.
- Put the computer back in place and then turn it on.
- Using your device-specific BIOS key try to boot into BIOS. See if it asks you for the password.
If you did not find a CMOS reset button on your computer, you can also use the BIOS jumper to reset the password. The jumper is a series of metal pins located in the motherboard. These jumpers are responsible for opening, restricting, or bypassing an electrical circuit.
CMOS jumper is a three-pin conductor located in the motherboard near the CMOS battery. To reset the BIOS password you need to shift the CMOS jumper from its default position.
- Turn off the computer and disconnect all the cables and peripherals connected to it. Now press and hold the power button for about 20 seconds. This will drain the excess power stored in the motherboard.
- Open the side panel of the CPU to gain access to the motherboard.
- Locate the CMOS Jumper. It must be labeled CLRPWD, RESET, CLRTC, CLEAR, CLEAR CMOS, or similar phrases.
- You will see three pins in the Jumper with the default configuration 1-2.
- To reset the BIOS, shift the jumper to position 2-3.}
- Wait for a while and move the jumper back to its default position.
- Finally, reassemble the computer, turn on the computer and try to boot into the BIOS. You will not be asked for any passwords
On the laptops, you will not find the jumpers or Clear CMOS button. Reseating the CMOS battery becomes the only option in that case. The CMOS battery is responsible for retaining the BIOS configurations including its password. When you remove the CMOS battery, there will be nothing to power up the BIOS firmware, and the configurations including the password revert to their factory default.
For the Laptops, you need to open the back panel to get access to the motherboard and then the CMOS battery.
Some Laptops come with a soldered CMOS battery which makes it difficult to reset or replace them. In that case, visit the service center for resolving the issue.
Does Your Desktop Have Wi-Fi? Here’s How to Find Out
The easiest way to tell if your desktop has Wi-Fi is by checking the back side of your chassis for Wi-Fi support. Your desktop might have a built-in Wi-Fi module, a PCIe Wi-Fi adapter, or a USB Wi-Fi receiver installed. Alternatively, you may find a port labeled “Wi-Fi” on the back of the computer.
But there are cases where the Wi-Fi adapter or its driver is disabled in your system. This will restrict the OS from accessing Wi-Fi, leading you to think that the desktop does not have Wi-Fi. So you need to perform several steps to determine if your desktop has Wi-Fi.
Check Motherboard Manual
Your motherboard user manual contains every detail about the motherboard, its supported component, and how to connect each component. Using the manual, you can check if your motherboard supports Wi-Fi.
Check System Tray Icon
Check Windows Settings
Network and internet settings in Windows allow you to access and change any network-related settings. This includes Wi-Fi as well. If you do not see Wi-Fi listed on the Network and Internet settings, your desktop does not support Wi-Fi.
- Press the Windows + I key to open Settings.
- On the left panel click Network & internet.
Now, on the left panel, you will see a list of network settings. If the list contains Wi-Fi, your desktop has Wi-Fi. Enable it to connect to a network wirelessly.
You will not see Wi-Fi in Windows settings if it is disabled from the Control Panel. In that case, you need to check Network Connections as well.
Check Network Connections
Network connections contain the list of all your system’s built-in or connected network devices. Besides this, you can also disable/enable each device driver, manage its properties and diagnose the device. Using Network connections, you can determine whether your system has Wi-Fi.
- Press the Windows + R key to open Run.
ncpa.cpland press Enter to open the Network Connections window.
- Here, check if Wi-Fi is listed.
To ensure this is not the case, we recommend you check if the device is removed from the Device Manager or disabled from the BIOS.
Check Device Manager
When uninstalling a driver using Device Manager, the OS will not acknowledge the device. Even if the device is connected, you cannot access its functionalities. The same goes for the Wi-Fi driver.
You cannot access Wi-Fi settings if the Wi-Fi driver is uninstalled or not installed at all.
- Press the Windows + X key and select Device Manager.
- Right-click on the top of the list where you see the Desktop name.
- Click on Scan for hardware changes. By doing this, the Device Manager will automatically check the system for drivers and install them.
- Now, Check Network connections to see if you see Wi-Fi.
BIOS, or the Basic Input Output System, allows users to access and change the settings related to hardware connected to the motherboard. You can also enable and disable Wireless LAN or WLAN using the BIOS. If disabled, your OS will not detect the Wi-Fi adapter.
You need to enable WLAN in the BIOS to ensure that the OS uses Wi-Fi.
- Repeatedly press the BIOS key during startup to enter the system BIOS. The BIOS key could be any of the function keys or the delete key.
- Navigate and find settings such as, WLAN, OnBoard WLan Controller or WLAN enable and Enable it.
- Save and exit the BIOS.
- Boot into the OS and check if the Network Connections displays Wi-Fi.
How To Reset Ethernet Adapter
Resetting the Ethernet adapter usually involves disabling and re-enabling it. Disabling the adapter unloads the device driver and sets the interface state as Disconnected. It also leads to other device-specific procedures like clearing the ARP table entries.
This is why a basic adapter reset fixes so many networking errors in Windows. If simply restarting the adapter doesn’t help, you can also try a complete reset by resetting and reinstalling the networking components.
Performing a basic reset on your Ethernet adapter will solve various errors (e.g., network protocols missing). Let’s look at some other cases though.
Instead of resetting the Ethernet adapter, disabling the wireless adapter helps with the Err_Network_Change problem. Disabling the Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter can fix DNS errors. Disabling all adapters except the Ethernet adapter can solve the Unidentified Network error.
The point here is that resetting the Ethernet adapter will fix some problems, but resetting or disabling the rest will be more effective for others. Please keep this in mind when troubleshooting your current problem.
Restart Ethernet Adapter
Do note that your account must be a member of the Network Configuration Operators or Administrators group to reset the Ethernet adapter.
- Press Win + R, type
ncpa.cpl, and press Enter.
- Right-click your Ethernet adapter and select Disable.
- Then, right-click it and select Enable.
- Press Win + I and select Network & internet > Advanced network settings.
- Disable the Ethernet adapter here, then re-enable it.
- Press Win + R, type
devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
- Expand the Network adapters section.
- Right-click your network adapter and select Disable device.
- Press Yes to accept the confirmation prompt.
- Then, right-click it and select Enable device.
- Press Win + R, type
cmd, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
netsh interface show interfaceand note the interface name of the Ethernet adapter.
netsh interface set interface <interfacename> disable. If the interface name contains spaces, use double quotes as shown in the picture.
- Re-enable the adapter with
netsh interface set interface <interfacename> enable.
- Press Win + R, type
powershell, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
Get-NetAdapterand note the interface’s Name.
Disable-NetAdapter -Name <interfacename>. If the interface name has spaces, use double quotes.
- Enter Y to confirm the action.
- Execute the
Enable-NetAdapter -Name <interfacename>command to re-enable the adapter.
When a basic reset isn’t enough, you’ll need to resort to a thorough reset to fix any problems with your Ethernet adapter.
Step 1: Reset Network Components
To start, we’ll reset the Winsock catalog to a clean state. Then, we’ll reset the TCP/IP parameters, which does the same thing as removing and reinstalling TCP/IP would.
- Press Win + R, type
cmd, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
- Execute the following commands:
Netsh winsock reset
Netsh int ip reset
- Restart your PC and check if your problem is resolved. If not, check the next step.
Step 2: Fix Ethernet Driver
A corrupted Ethernet driver falls among the most common reasons for networking problems. Sometimes, simply updating to the latest driver will fix the problem. In other cases, the latest driver might be the problem and you’ll need to revert to an older stable version.
- Press Win + X and select Device Manager.https://836cef854dc2b940ae0605013c696649.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html
- Expand the Network Adapters section.
- Right-click your Ethernet adapter and select Update Driver.
- Select Search automatically for drivers and follow the on-screen instructions.
- If auto-update doesn’t help, download the driver from your device manufacturer’s site.
- If they provide a driver installer, use that. But if they provide
.inffiles, open Device Manager again.
- Follow Steps 2-3 and select Browse my computer for drivers.
- Select Browse and locate the folder containing the driver files.
- Press Next > Ok and follow the on-screen instructions to update the network driver.
As stated, updating to the latest driver will generally fix networking problems. But sometimes, you may need to try out different driver versions until you find a compatible one.
What If Resetting Doesn’t Work?
In rare cases, the adapter keeps getting disabled automatically, or users are unable to turn it back on. If this is happening to you, here’s what we recommend:
- Press Win + X and select Device Manager.
- In the Network Adapters section, right-click your Ethernet adapter and select Properties.
- In the Power Management tab, ensure the Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power option is not enabled.
- If you made the change just now, press Ok to apply it.
Aside from this, we’ve mostly seen this problem occur after updating or upgrading Windows. As such, updating to a newer patched version, or reverting to an older stable one is the best course of action here. Installing a compatible driver directly from your device manufacturer, as detailed in the previous section, can also help.
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