AMD announced the Radeon RX 6700 XT, reading for purchase on March 18th via AIC partners. While comparing the MSRP, this a bit cheaper than RTX 3070 on paper. While Nvidia’s availability is extremely stifled resulting in price gouging, AMD has been making assurances:
“With the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT launch, we are on track to have significantly more GPUs available for sale at launch. We continue to take additional steps to address the demand we see from the community. We are also refreshing stock of both AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards and AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processors on AMD.com on a weekly basis, giving gamers and enthusiasts a direct option to purchase the latest Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs at the suggested etail and retail price.”
MSRP is just a number, now…
Regardless, MSRP has little to no value until respective chip manufacturers. It can be resolve by addressing issues with production, scalpers and miners. Nothing was said about AMD Radeon’s attempt to implement a hash limiter, yet! We’ll just have to wait and watch how the whole melodrama (if any) unfolds post-March 18th. Interestingly, Yeston is listed in its promo. Yeston is a domestic brand in China recently known for its “cat” graphics card designs. Yeston, however, is not a new name and it is sold through third-party importers with little to no support.
There have been leaks about the Indian pricing. While it is likely to be a placeholder pricing, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon 6700 XT is “confirmed” for Rs. 47,000/-. Of course, don’t take any word for it since retail pricing wildly changes from time to time.
Radeon RX 6700 XT’s Performance Segment
AMD is placing this card ideal for 1440p at max in-game settings. Since 1440p is pretty much a mainstream choice with a high refresh rate, it makes sense for graphics of this class to target 1440p. The Radeon RX 6700 XT, as said before, is based on RDNA2 architecture and uses Navi 22 core. It was 40 CU, each with 64 stream SP with RDNA2. While the core count is less than RX 6800, it has a much higher game clock speed since it claimed to have up to 2424 MHz. Radeon RX 6800 is clocked at 1815 MHz. The Radeon RX 6800 performs 10% on average better than the RTX 3070.
Sure, AMD did release some performance numbers but it should be taken with a bag of salt, just like you should do with Nvidia and Intel. Regardless of where it stands, driver support and experience plays a significant role with purchasers. Among content makers and streamers, NVENC encoding is something they prefer long term.
The TGP on the RX 6700 XT is at 230W, about 20w lower than the RX 6800. It will be interesting to see where the performance lies between the RX 6800 and the RTX 3070. The stock Radeon RX 6800 pulls 361 watts while RTX 3070 Founders Edition 8GB pulls 336 watts.
Between all these GPUs, there’s also the RTX 3060 Ti.
AMD seems proud to have more GDDR6 count with 12GB, Vs 8GB GDDR6 on the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti. But this is running at 192-bit memory speed, while RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070’s memory is at 256-bit. Together with its AMD Smart Access memory and Infinity Cache, its uncertain how things with play out. The selective flow of information, including benchmarks, after the official announcement, leaves a bad after taste on buyers just days before its retail availability.
What about the RX 6700??
There’s no announcement or word about the RX 6700, which would make sense as pricing and availability tend to go for a toss. It would act as a last-minute purchase preference if one would like to buy an RTX 3070 or RX 6800 or RX 6700 XT but pricing and availability become an obstacle.