AMD today announced the Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card. The 6700 XT is based on the same RDNA2 architecture as other RX 6000 series graphics cards but is the cheapest model in the series to date, starting at $ 479.
The 6700 XT has a new GPU that is smaller than that of the other three cards in the 6000 series. This GPU contains 40 compute units, 64 ROPs, 160 texture units and 2560 stream processors.
One of the interesting things about the 6700 XT is the aggressive clock speed. The average clock speed under load, or “game frequency” as AMD likes to call it, is 2424MHz.
This gives it computational performance of 12.41 TFLOPs, helping it close the gap on paper with the more expensive and $ 100 less expensive RX 6800. Of course, the actual game performance will depend on many other factors.
On the memory side, the 6700 XT has 12GB of GDDR6 at an unknown speed with a 192-bit memory interface and up to 384GB / s of bandwidth. AMD has downsized Infinity Cache to 96MB on this model.
In terms of connectivity, the 6700 XT has three DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC and one HDMI 2.1. The reference card requires standard 8 + 6 pins and the card has a typical board power of 230W.
AMD provided some rough estimates of the card’s performance during its launch keynote. In one blueprint, the 6700 XT is shown to easily outperform older cards like the NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti and RTX 2080 Super. In another case, hit trades were offered with the $ 399 RTX 3060 Ti and $ 499 RTX 3070. We will have to wait for independent third-party reviews to confirm the performance and also provide more data points.
The $ 479 price tag for the 6700 XT puts it in an interesting position. The RTX 3070 appears to be the main contender but it will also entice some RTX 3060 Ti buyers to spend more for potentially higher drip performance. Of course, AMD’s ray tracing performance is still lacking, and AMD has been careful not to show any ray tracing benchmarks again. The company has also failed to demonstrate any alternative to NVIDIA’s proprietary DLSS technology, which should distance the 6700 XT from RTX cards in ray-tracing applications.
Of course, the real concern today will be finding the cards in stock when the 6700 XT goes on sale on March 18th. The 6700 XT will be available as a dual-slot dual-slot reference card direct from AMD and also as partner models such as ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE and XFX. Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine things getting better in inventory at this launch, as has been everything over the past six months.