Graphics Cards

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Smart Access Memory (SAM) Review

If you’ve been hyped for the new AMD graphics cards, we can certainly relate. The new cards are here, and we’ve just been busy testing the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT. Check out our review of it right here! This feature will be a big spoiler for that review, but long story short, it’s a very good card.

Of course, there’s more to it than that, as this GPU can support AMD’s new Smart Access Memory (SAM) feature, so long as it’s paired with their latest 5000 series CPUs.

Smart Access Memory (SAM)

“In conventional Windows-based PC systems, processors can only access a fraction of graphics memory (VRAM) at once, limiting system performance.
With AMD Smart Access Memory, the data channel gets expanded to harness the full potential of GPU memory, utilizing the bandwidth of PCI Express to remove the bottlenecks and increase performance.” – AMD

AMD claims this can deliver up to 11% extra performance in select titles, and that’s quite a big improvement, especially if it can help in more demanding tests like 4K, ray tracing, etc.

Requirements

  • AMD 500 Series Motherboards
  • AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series Processors
  • AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series Graphics*

What AMD Had to Say

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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