The AMD RX 6800 XT ships in a very clean-looking black box, with a semi-obscured image of the graphics card visible on the front. The back of the box is almost entirely bare, apart from a few paragraphs of text in the top left corner.
The top of the box lifts up to reveal the inside, with the graphics card itself sitting beneath another insert. It comes very well packaged in a stiff foam cut-out.
The RX 6800 XT is undoubtedly AMD’s most attractive reference design yet. It uses a die-cast aluminium shroud, with some prominent silver sections adding contrast against the black metal.
Of course, it is highly significant that AMD has finally ditched the blower-style design that it used for years – this is now a tri-axial configuration, with three 80mm fans. The air from the fans is pushed out of the side of the card.
In terms of its dimensions, the reference 6800 XT measures 267 x 115mm, and unlike the RX 6800, it is actually slightly thicker as it is a 2.5-slot card.
The front side of the card is home to the Radeon logo, which lights up with red LEDs once powered on, while a red trim runs along the edges of the cooler.
As for the backplate, this is almost entirely silver, and it stretches the length of the card. There’s a cut-out behind the GPU core, but other than that it is entirely solid.
Power requirements consist of two 8-pin power connectors. AMD makes a point of referring to these as ‘industry standard’ connectors, in a thinly-veiled jibe at Nvidia’s new 12-pin connector.
For display connectors, there’s 2x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.1, and 1x USB-C.