RX 6700M vs 6800M – Worth Paying More For 6800M?

Should you get AMDs RX 6700M or RX6800M in your next gaming laptop? Obviously we expect the higher tier 6800M todo better, but the question is by how much,and is it worth paying more for? Here are the differences in specs between thesetwo laptop GPUs. The higher tier 6800M has 11%more stream processors and compute units, whichalso act as ray accelerators. The 6800M also has2 gigs of extra GDDR6 memory, and the memory hasmore bandwidth with a larger memory interface too.

The 6800M has a higher maximum power limit,but this will depend on the specific laptop.

To do this testing Im using the Delta 15 fromMSI for the RX 6700M and the Strix G15 from ASUSfor the RX 6800M. Both laptops were testedwith the exact same physical kit of memory,16 gigs of DDR4-3200 CL22 x8single rank memory in dual channel. Unfortunately there is a CPU difference atplay here, as the Strix G15 has the Ryzen9 5900HX while the Delta 15 has the Ryzen 75800H. Both are still 8 core processors andwhen I compared them in this video herethere wasnt that big of a difference,and given well be focusing on games at bothhigher setting presets and the higher 1440presolution where were more GPU bound I dontthink thisll matter too much.

But that said,a small part of these differences may be dueto those processors, so its important to note. Unfortunately I just couldnt get both ofthese laptops with the same processors,this is the only way I could do this comparison.Ive also tested both laptops with an externalscreen connected as this bypasses the integratedgraphics and gives us a speed boost in games. Im also not actually sure if both laptops runtheir GPUs at the highest power limit possible.I know the Delta 15 definitely doesnt whichmakes sense as it is a thinner design but itkind of just is what it is.

At least asfar as Im aware this is the only 6700Mlaptop that you can get right now and this isthe only 6800M laptop you can get right now,so this is the only way to do this comparison.

Alright lets start out by comparing bothlaptops in 17 different games at 1080p and1440p resolutions, then afterwardswell compare things like pricing,content creator workloads and power draw. Lets start out with Cyberpunk 2077. Ivegot the 1080p results down the bottom andthe 1440p results at the top, with the RX6700M results below the RX 6800M results.The 6800M had above average gains over the6700M when compared to the 17 game average,with a 22% higher average frame rate at the lower1080p resolution, and a 25% boost at the higher1440p resolution, and even its 1% low was higherthan the even the average FPS from the 6700M.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested with thegames benchmark, and this time were lookingat a below average difference between thesetwo laptop GPUs. Realistically the 6700M isstill doing quite well here, 80 FPS at highsettings at the higher 1440p resolution is agreat result for a laptop, though the 6800M hadan 18% lead, and a smaller 14% lead at 1080p. Assassins Creed Valhalla is generallya game that Ive found to do betterwith Radeon graphics compared to Nvidia,however the 6700M and 6800M werent allthat different here. This was the secondsmallest difference out of all 17 gamestested at both resolutions.

The 6700Mwas still around 60 FPS even at 1440pvery high settings, the 6800M was just16% faster, or about 9 FPS higher.

Control on the other hand had the second largestdifference out of all 17 games tested. At 1080pthe 6800M was reaching 23% higher average FPS,and then almost 28% higher at the higher 1440presolution, and even the 6800Ms 1% low is nearthe average FPS that the 6700M was capable of.This game also has ray tracing, andby enabling this the 6800M had a 26%lead at 1440p, so percentage wise the changeisnt all that different when compared to notusing ray tracing at all.

Honestly withthese frame rates even at 1080p Id belooking at turning the settings downa little. This game has DLSS support,but thats only supported by Nvidiaoptions, theres no FSR here.

Watch Dogs Legion at max settings needsaround 8 gigs of VRAM to run this test,so this is more of a worst case in terms ofVRAM requirements out of the 17 games tested.Both GPUs were running the game finethough, in fact this game had the thirdsmallest difference out of all gamescovered, implying that the differencebetween 10 and 12 gigs of VRAM isntmaking that big of a difference here.

Call of Duty Warzone wasrunning well on both laptops,even at 1440p the 6700M wasrunning fine at max settings,though the 6800M was able to offer a 22% higheraverage frame rate, with a 1% low that was aheadof the 6700Ms average FPS, something thathappens in a number of the games tested. Microsoft Flight Simulator was testedin the Sydney landing challenge.Were looking at an 18% boost to averageframe rate with the 6800M at 1080p,though the difference in 1% lows was muchsmaller at just 3 FPS or so.

Theres alarger difference in the 1% lows at 1440pthough, where once more even the 6800Ms1% low was above the average frame rate fromthe 6700M. The 6800M was otherwise 27% fasterin terms of average FPS at this resolution, thethird largest difference out of all games tested. Fortnite benefits more from a higher framerate given its a competitive esports title.Again the 1% lows at 1080p were muchcloser together compared to 1440p,though the average FPS differences weremuch larger. The 6800M was reaching 26%higher average FPS at 1080p, thebiggest difference at this resolutionout of all games Ive tested here.

Thegap actually closes a little at 1440p,at least in terms of average FPS, as the 6800Mnow has a 22% lead, but the difference in 1%lows is larger now, so definitely a more stableexperience at the higher resolution on the 6800M. F1 2021 was tested with the highest setting presetwhich enables some ray tracing effects by default,as denoted at the top of the graph.

The 6700Mwas still near 60 FPS even maxed out at thehigher 1440p resolution, so not too bad at all,but the 6800M was reaching a 24% higher averageframe rate. The difference was smaller at 1080p,where the 6800M had an 18% lead over the 6700M. Instead of talking through the restof the 8 games individually in depth,Ill just blast through them so wecan get into the average differencesas thats more interesting, even if all ofthis testing did take many hours to complete.

A larger selection of games is importantto help get a better rounded average.Feel free to pause the video if you wanta closer look at these additional games. On average over all 17 games tested at 1080p,the higher tier RX 6800M was 18% faster thanthe RX 6700M.

Worst case at the bottomof the graph were seeing about an 11%boost with the 6800M, whilebest case were seeing 26%higher frame rate in Fortnite at the top. Iwould expect the subtle CPU difference to makemore of a change at this lower resolution,as 1440p would generally be more GPU bound.

Stepping up to the higher 1440p resolution andthe 6800M was now almost 22% faster in termsof average frame rate compared to the 6700M inthe same selection of games. Many of the gameswere now more than 20% better on the 6800M,a reasonable boost, though some were lower,including Metro Exodus which was basicallyan outlier and had no real change here. The 6800M laptop was using more powerat the wall as youd expect. About 32%more wattage in Control at 4K tomake it as GPU bound as possible,and granted I only benchmarked frame rateup to 1440p, that was still 28% faster onthe 6800M in this game, so a similar FPSboost relative to the extra power consumed.

Here are the SPECviewperf results which test anumber of professional 3D workloads.

The 6800Mwas ahead in all tests as expected, though themargin could vary a lot depending on the test. Cool, so the 6800M performs better as expected,surprising no one. The real question is how muchmore does it cost compared to the 6700M and isit worth considering? Prices of both will ofcourse change over time, so refer to thoselinks in the description below for updates.

At the time of recording, MSIs Delta 15 withRX 6700M graphics is $1600 USD, granted this iscurrently on sale, full price is $1700.

The ASUSStrix G15 on the other hand is $1650 USD, andthats with both higher tier CPU and GPU, so itsonly $50 more than the Delta 15 when its on sale. If the Delta 15 isnt on sale, thentechnically the Strix G15 with highertier CPU and GPU ends up being cheaper, soeither MSIs overcharging on a new productor theres just some other cost associated withproducing it.

Even with the Deltas sale pricethe Strix G15 is like 3% more money or $50and as weve seen on average in 17 differentgames its giving us an 18% performanceboost at 1080p. Seems like a no brainer! Now that said, I should also note thatwhen I compared both of these GPUs forthis video I tested both with the same memoryinstalled.

If you were to actually buy both ofthese laptops from say BestBuy for example,the Delta 15 comes with x8 memory while theG15 comes with slower x16 memory, and as Iveshown in the Delta 15 game test video here,in some cases this could actually beat the 6800Mjust due to that memory change. So yeah althoughit makes more sense to of course test bothGPUs in this comparison with the same memory,if you were actually going to buy one of theselaptops the memory in the Delta 15 is technicallybetter. So if you were going to get the Strixwith 6800M it might be worth budgeting somemore money to get some better memory, otherwisein some games the 6700M might outperform it.

Now both of these laptops do offer FSR support,and right now in late September I just dontthink theres that many great games that havethat feature. No offence to anyone that doesplay any of those games, but most of themare just not titles Ive really heard of.

The first game that Im interested in testingis Far Cry 6, as that does have FSR support,and I would have loved to have tested thathere. Unfortunately that comes out in abouta week from when Im sitting here recordingthis video. But I think by the time youreactually watching this video that game will beavailable.

Time travel magic! Unfortunately I hadto send the 6700M back before Far Cry 6 cameout, so I wasnt able to do that comparison.

As for the VRAM differences, I dont thinkthe extra 2 gigs in the 6800M is really worthconsidering. I mean yeah obviously the 6800Mis better and if this laptop is cheaper thanthat one then this does make more sense to get.Im just saying I wouldnt be making the choicebased purely on the VRAM. Realistically 10 gigs inthe 6700M is going to be fine for most people evenat 1440p resolutions. Personally I still think 8gigs is a nice sweet spot, so having 10 is evenbetter for the future, and hey both of these stillhave more VRAM compared to Nvidias mobile 3070and 3080.

Well at least the 8 gig 3080 becausethey do also have one with 16 gigs of VRAM.

Speaking of Nvidia, you can find out howwell the 6700M compares against the RTX 3060and 3070 in one of these videos next. Im alsogoing to compare the 6800M against Nvidia soon,so make sure youre subscribed to the channelfor that comparison, and come and join me and thecommunity in Discord and get behind the scenesvideos by supporting the channel in Patreon.

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