The AMD Radeon RX 6000 family has a new member: the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, a graphics card that allows access to the advantages of the RDNA2 architecture and brings them closer thanks to the fact that it is the most affordable model in the family.

So, while its big sisters focused on enabling 4K gaming -especially the beastly RX 6900 XT-, here AMD lowers the bar a bit and directs these graphics cards to gamers who want to play at 1440p and the highest level of detail.

Technical specifications

The new Radeon RX 6700 XT is a step below the other members of this family but still has remarkable specifications.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

It has 40 Compute Units that can run at 2,424 MHz, a striking frequency for being the highest of the whole family, and also have 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, a figure that is still very striking and that even being below the 16 GB available in their older sisters is remarkable.

AMD’s reference design once again features Dual Axial fans, which AMD claims reduce the perceived noise generated by the graphics card by 50%. They can operate in fact with a “Zero RPM” mode like their counterparts when there is low activity in our computer, thanks in part to the passive dissipation system based on Heatpipe and small “fins” that relieve the heat dissipated by the components of the graphics card.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XTAMD Radeon RX 6800AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Stream Processors2,5603,8404,608
CUS406072
ROPS6496128
Native Frequency2,424 MHz1,815 MHz2,015 MHz
Maximum FrequencyNa2,105 MHz2,250 MHz
Throughput (FP32)12.4 TFLOPS13.9 TFLOPS18.6 TFLOPS
Memory Frequency16 Gbps16 Gbps
Memory Bus Width192 bits256 bits256 bits
VRAM memory12GB GDDR616GB GDDR616GB GDDR6
Cache96MB128MB128MB
Consumption230W250W300W
Photoli-phographic Process7nm7nm7nm
Number of Transistors26.8 billion26.8 billion
ArchitectureRDNA2RDNA2RDNA2
GPUNavi 22Navi 21Navi 21
Release Date3/18/202111/18/202011/18/2020
Price$479$579$649

These graphics cards also offer good connectivity options: they make use of a PCIe 4.0 connection and are powered through a combination of two 8-pin and 6-pin connectors. On the back are DisplayPort 1.4 and also HDMI 2.1 connectors, allowing computers with these graphics cards to benefit from connection to TVs and future monitors that support this specification.

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Gaming at 1440p and high refresh rates makes a lot of sense

AMD’s new graphics cards are interesting because of their somewhat less ambitious orientation: the balance between price and performance is adjusted and makes it possible for gamers to have a solution specifically designed for gaming at 1440p resolutions (2K, or 2,560 x 1,440 pixels) at the highest level of detail without losing fluidity.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

Company officials explained how the industry is seeing how more and more users are buying monitors that are no longer 1080p, but 1440p. Also, a high proportion of these are panels that support refresh rates above 100Hz.

This is an interesting strategy: the demands of 4K resolution make it unfeasible for current graphics cards to support high FPS rates with the highest level of detail: only the most powerful graphics cards can achieve this, and this solution is aimed precisely at those users who do not need to play at 4K and who have 1440p gaming with excellent FPS rates as their goal.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

The performance that can be expected on this graphics card is yet to be determined in independent tests. AMD’s preliminary data was certainly debatable in their first benchmark because they pitted it against the older GTX 1070 Ti and 8GB RTX 2080 Super.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

The performance of the Radeon RX 6700 XT outperformed those models in AMD’s tests, but according to AMD it also outperformed much more appropriate graphics cards for comparison such as the RTX 3060 Ti or even the RTX 3070 in several games, at least at 1440p resolution.

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Pricing and Availability of Radeon RX 6700 XT

The new AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT will be available starting March 18 for a retail price of $479.

At AMD they have indicated that there will be both cards with AMD’s reference design as well as various manufacturers offering their variants.

We will see if AMD can cope with the strong demand for this card and its siblings, although it seems clear that a priori it will be difficult to get one of these graphics cards in the short term, as is also happening in the case of NVIDIA’s rivals.

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