AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT vs. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT vs. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070

Budget battle in a new generation.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 gets ten stars in our review, cementing its place in our best graphics cards list, and AMD’s latest product, the Radeon RX 6700 XT, plans to compete for the title of best budget graphics card.

Understandably, the graphics card market is volatile today, with players scrambling to snatch a graphics card from the limited supply before bots and crypto miners sweep the fresh arrivals off store shelves, so getting any of these graphics cards today will be difficult. But when the dust settles and we finally see a normalized market, which graphics card will suit you best?

Since the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT is not out yet, we won’t know the full specs until we test the graphics card ourselves. Despite this, we can get a good idea of ​​​​what the cards will be on paper until the review of the latest representative of the Radeon family is published.


It should be easy to compare the RTX 3070 and RX 6700 XT in terms of pricing, while the RTX 3070 has a MSRP of $499 (R37500 + VAT), while the RX 6700 XT will hit the market for a slightly cheaper $479 (R36000 + VAT).

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However, given the current video card market, you could throw all those price tags in the trash – all the latest generation graphics cards today are available with monstrous price tags that are three times the RRP, so getting one of them at a real market price is a miracle. We can’t tell you what to do, but we strongly recommend that you don’t buy any of these graphics cards at the insanely inflated prices that other GPUs available for sale online charge.

We actually expect prices to stabilize as inventory levels bounce back and the current cryptocurrency boom passes, so be patient and eventually you will see normal price tags next to acceptable inventory.


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The RTX 3070 has already proven itself to be a capable graphics card for gamers. Here are the specs:

  • CUDA cores: 5888;
  • Boost frequencies: 1.73 GHz;
  • Base frequencies: 1.5 GHz;
  • Video Memory: 8 GB GDDR6;
  • Memory interface: 256 bits;
  • TDP: 220 W;

And how does the graphics card compare to the Radeon RX 6700 XT? Here are the specs:

  • CUDA cores: 2560;
  • Boost frequencies: 2.58 GHz;
  • Base frequencies: 2.3 GHz;
  • Video Memory: 12 GB GDDR6;
  • Memory interface: 192 bits;
  • TDP: 230 W;

The RX 6700 XT offers 12GB of VRAM as a big selling point for gamers looking to play at 1440p, with AMD claiming that headroom will ensure the graphics card’s future as more AAA games use over 9GB of VRAM. The RTX 3070, on the other hand, relies on 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, which is enough to run games in 4K.

And when comparing two video cards, we see a mirror effect every now and then. The RX 6700 XT offers high clock speeds, but it loses catastrophically in the number of CUDA cores, the RTX 3070 offers twice as many cores as the competitor.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070

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Comparing these graphics cards in terms of performance is not easy given that the RX 6700 XT is not yet on sale, but stay tuned for updates as soon as we test the new AMD.

However, on paper we see a serious challenge. During the official presentation with AMD benchmarks, we saw that at maximum graphics settings at 1440p resolution, games show comparable numbers to the RTX 3070, with both cards apparently on an equal footing. However, it’s important to note that these tests didn’t mention ray tracing, and early leaks suggested that this is where the Nvidia RTX 3070 would strike back with a crushing blow.

Not surprising considering we threw the RTX 3070 through the toughest games and it handled it with the confidence of a champ. Horizon Zero Dawn and Red Dead Redemption 2 delivered a solid 75 FPS at 1080p with maximum graphics settings and minimum MSAA, so Nvidia’s competitor has already proven capable, even at 4K with some games.

However, we can’t strictly judge the yet-to-be-released graphics card as some leaks suggest that the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT may be faster than the RTX 3070 in some games, especially in gaming benchmarks optimized for the RDNA 2 architecture.


Probably the right question to ask is “what can you buy?” given the catastrophic shortage of graphics cards on the market, but if you are lucky and find yourself in a situation where both graphics cards are available, we would recommend the GeForce RTX 3070.

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In leaked (and unconfirmed) RX 6700 XT benchmarks, we noted that the graphics card could be slower than the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, meaning it’s just not worth the $20 savings over the powerful RTX 3070. We won’t know for sure until we get our hands on it, of course. one of the graphics cards in your hands, but that’s, even beyond the missing DLSS on AMD cards, meaning an Nvidia graphics card is likely to be a better investment in the future as more games use AI-powered accelerators.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed as the Radeon RX 6700 XT could be a worthy investment over the GeForce RTX 3070, but no matter which option you choose, you’re getting solid performance in today’s AAA games, especially if you’re moving from those graphics cards. like 1070 Ti or RX Vega 56.

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