When AMD announced its first RDNA 2 video card for PC in late 2020, it moved away from its usual strategy of trying to dominate the mid-sized 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 something of a return to the form. For $ 479, the RX 6700 XT is $ 100 cheaper than the RX 3800 and splits between NVIDIA’s two best GPUs, the $ 399 RTX 3060 Ti and the $ 499 RTX 3070. It is also the successor to AMD’s most important graphics card in recent years, the RX 5700 XT.
The 6700 XT offers 40 computing devices, a 2,424MHz game clock and 12GB of GDDR6 RAM while using 230 watts of power. How does it compare to the RX 6800? AMD’s latest features have 20 fewer computing devices and 4 GB less RAM. A downgrade, to be sure, but practically translates these capabilities into a GPU that excels at 1440p, the current sweet spot for PC gaming.
According to AMD’s reference values, the RX 6700 XT can consistently deliver more than 60 frames per second in graphically demanding games such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla while rendering them with maximum settings. In some cases, it can even surpass both the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070 – although there are almost as many games where the latter beats it easily. Furthermore, in competitive shooters like Overwatch and ValorantAMD claims that the RX 6700 XT can deliver over 200 frames per second at 1440p, making it more than capable of running the latest crop of QHD monitors that have better than 144Hz refresh rates.
As with AMD’s other RDNA 2-based GPUs, hardware-accelerated radiation tracking is on the table. The RX 6700 XT also supports AMD’s Smart Access Memory technology. It’s a feature that allows Ryzen 5000 Series processors – and now most 3000 Series processors – also get full direct access to the high-speed VRAM on the RX 6700 XT. Depending on the game, you can expect up to 16 percent better performance.
The Radeon RX 6700 XT will be available from AMD tablet partners such as Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and XFX on March 18. Of course, the announcement of availability and the actual fulfillment of this promise are two separate things – as AMD itself has consistently shown since the launch of Zen 3 processors. Like its NVIDIA counterparts, the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 have been almost impossible to buy since their release.
For what it’s worth, a spokesman for AMD told Engadget that it will have “significantly more” RX 6700 XT shares at launch than it had of its first RDNA 2 cards last year. The company also said it is taking several steps – without detailing what they entail – to address stock shortages.