AMD announces Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU for maxed-out 1440p gaming

AMD RX 6700 XT
AMD RX 6700 XT (Image credit: AMD)

Amd Rx 6700 Xt Announce

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What you need to know

  • AMD announced the Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU today at its virtual hardware event.
  • The graphics card is built for 1440p gaming at max settings.
  • AMD compared the card to the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti and 3070 during its virtual event.

AMD unveiled the Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU today during its virtual hardware event. The company built the GPU for 1440p gaming at max settings. It's the fourth member of AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series and should be one of the best graphics card options you can buy.

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CategoryRadeon RX 6700 XT
Stream processors2,560
Compute units40
Texture units160
Ray accelerators40
Base clock2,321MHz
Game clock2,424MHz
Boost clock2,581MHz
Memory12GB GDDR6
Infinity Cache96MB
Recommended PSU650W
Slot size2
Launch dateMarch 18

On the hard specs side of things, the RX 6700 XT has 40 compute units, 2,424MHz game clock, and 96MB Infinity Cache. It has 12GB of GDDR6 memory and has PCIe 4.0 support. It also supports DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 (with support for 4K@120Hz or 8K@60Hz), so it should easily connect to the best computer monitors.

The RX 6700 XT has a die-cast aluminum frame with three heat pipes with fins. It has 8+6 pin power and 10-layer PCV with two layers of 2oz copper. The die-case aluminum frame should prove rigid, and its two-slot size should make it easier to fit into your case as compared to the larger 2.5-slot RX 6900 XT and RX 6800 XT.

During the event, AMD compared the RX 6700 XT to slightly older cards like the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super, as well as the newer RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070. In the performance marks shown during the event, the RX 6700 XT stacked up well against NVIDIA's cards, including outperforming them for several games at 1440p.

The Radeon RX 6700 XT is expected to be available on March 18 for $479. There will be made-by AMD versions of the card and cards from other manufacturers. Over 40 system builders will also have the RX 6700 XT inside systems.

At $479, the RX 6700 XT is a more affordable way to enter the current generation of high-end PC gaming. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 is the next jump on on AMD's side of things at about $600.

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