When AMD announced its early RDNA 2 video cards for PC in late 2020, it moved away from its usual strategy of trying to dominate the mid-range market. Instead, it announced three GPUs designed to compete directly with the best NVIDIA had to offer at the time. AMD’s latest video card is kind of a comeback. At $ 479, the RX 6700 XT is $ 100 more affordable than the RX 3800 and the slots between NVIDIA’s two best GPUs, the $ 399 RTX 3060 Ti and $ 499 RTX 3070. It is also the successor to AMD’s most important video card in recent years, the RX 5700 XT.
The 6700 XT offers 40 compute units, a 2424 MHz gaming clock and 12 GB of GDDR6 RAM while consuming 230 watts of power. How does this compare to the RX 6800? The latest version of AMD has 20 fewer compute units and 4 GB less RAM. A downgrade, sure, but in practical terms those capabilities translate to a GPU that excels at 1440p, the current sweet spot for PC gaming.
According to AMD’s benchmarks, the RX 6700 XT can still deliver over 60 fps in graphically demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla while returning them to the max. In some cases, it can even outperform both the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070 – although there are almost as many games where the latter easily beats it. In addition, in competitive shooters like Overwatch and Valuing, AMD claims that the RX 6700 XT can deliver over 200 fps at 1440p, making it more than capable of handling the latest crop of QHD monitors offering refresh rates above 144Hz.
As with other RDNA 2 based GPUs from AMD, hardware accelerated laser tracing is on the table. The RX 6700 XT also supports AMD’s Smart Access Memory technology. This is a feature that allows Ryzen 5000 series processors – and now most 3000 series processors as well – to have full direct access to high-speed VRAM on the RX 6700 XT. Depending on the game, you can expect up to 16% better performance.
The Radeon RX 6700 XT will be available from AMD partners such as Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and XFX on March 18. Of course, announcing availability and keeping that promise are two separate things – as AMD itself has consistently shown since its release. Zen 3 processors. Like their NVIDIA counterparts, the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 have been virtually impossible to buy since their release.
For what it’s worth, an AMD spokesperson told Engadget that the stock of the RX 6700 XT at launch would be “much larger” than that of its first RDNA 2 cards last year. The company also said it was taking additional steps – without detailing what that involved – to address inventory shortages.