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.
|Category||Radeon RX 6700 XT|
|Launch date||March 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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All the rest of the 6x00 series have a 256-bit wide memory bus. The 6700XT has a 192-bit wide memory bus, but the much higher clock speed on the GPU makes up for that (and the big Cache.) The memory speed of the 12GB of GDDR6 has not been detailed by AMD. AMD also announced they are bringing their implementation of the PCI Resizeable BAR feature (AMD calls it Smart Access Memory) to their Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. Previously it was only available on Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. Nvidia also supports this on their 3060 cards.
For the price difference of $20, I would go with a RTX3070 (if you can find one) if only for the much more mature Ray-Tracing. Also, DLSS is downright magical in what it does for frame-rates. No such thing on AMD cards.
But, competition is GOOD.
I don't expect this card to be any better availability than the other 6x000 cards from AMD either.
GPUs are getting way to expensive, a Vega 56 was the same class of GPU as the 6800, but at launch the V56 was 400$ and not 580$ like the 6800. It's kinda weird how consoles got an insane increase in value for the hardware comparatively to last gen, but PC components got way worse.
All the consoles are sold at a LOSS, with game sales and things like XBox Live/GamePass and Playstation Network making up the sales difference for the manufacturers (Microsoft and Sony.)
When it comes to PC hardware, there is no vendor subsidy to lower the price.
It has to stand on it's own sales feet. Also, the design is much more complex with the power regulation and form factors they must adhere to and have no control over (and the volume of chips is less for each individual board manufacturer. Sony and Microsoft place orders for 10's of millions of APUs from AMD. Someone like a Palit or EVGA may order 10000 at a time. Huge difference in price because of that.
The only thing keeping prices where they are at this time is the Crypto-Miners who have driven up even last year's models (RTX20xx for example) to ridiculous levels.
I know all that, but it doesn't make the PC prices any less insane and this is not even taking into account that the GPUs have a fake MSRPs.
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