With yesterday’s presentation of the graphics card Radeon RX 6700 XT from AMD, partner manufacturers are allowed to show off their products. In addition to AMD’s own reference cards on the model, graphics cards based on the Navi 22 circuit were promised in several editions – more specifically from as many as eight manufacturers. Among these, the AMD-exclusive manufacturers Sapphire, Powercolor and XFX are not entirely unexpected – but also Chinese Yeston, in addition to the “usual” brands for us in the Nordic countries.
Asrock featured in AMD’s presentation with a Phantom-smelling graphics card, complete with RGB-equipped center fan. Officially, it is quiet from the Asrock side – but in addition to cards in the said Phantom series, different variants of cards in the Challenger series are also expected.
First out in alphabetical order is Asus, which rides the Radeon RX 6700 XT out onto the battlefield on three models – ROG Strix, TUF Gaming and Dual. The former takes up three expansion slots with its large cooler and offers not only triple fans with a semi-passive curve but also RGB lighting and a short, self-developed printed circuit board.
TUF Gaming takes up the same number of expansion slots, but instead scales down the aesthetic appearance. Semi-passive cooling is also found here, while the lighting is limited to the TUF logo on the radiator side – like the ROG Strix variant, the card is based on a self-developed printed circuit board.
According to Asus, the Radeon RX 6700 XT in Dual design is the choice for those who want a smaller card. It still takes up three expansion slots, but according to the manufacturer, its shorter length makes it excellent for Micro ATX and Mini ITX builds. However, length is not yet stated.
Gigabyte is also investing in three models of Radeon RX 6700 XT – Eagle, Gaming and a reference model from AMD without a suffix. The former gets triple fans of 80 millimeters and heat pipes that make direct contact with the graphics processor’s core, as well as a semi-passive fan curve. The back is adorned with a sheet metal, while RGB lighting is limited to just below the company logo on the short side.
The card called Gaming offers the same cooler with a recast aesthetic and a different color theme. The card probably also differs between both the reference model and the Eagle in terms of higher clock frequencies – an area where Gigabyte has not yet eased the reins and released the information.
MSI’s card was by far the shortest during AMD’s presentation, which can be explained by the fact that the company has chosen to be inspired by the reference card’s design with only two fans. AMD’s reference design will start, but it will be flanked by two or three models, depending on how we calculate.
Like other manufacturers, MSI does not yet state clock frequencies, but the model series will already be known as Gaming and Mech. Gaming and its top model Gaming X get the most cooling, where the company’s cooler Twin Frozr is up in its eighth version. The power supply is fed with double contacts about 8 pins, and so also in the case of Mech – which is positioned just above AMD’s reference card in the range.
Powercolor has chosen not to present any self-developed Radeon RX 6700 XT yet, but assisted with AMD’s presentation with a picture of what it looks like to represent a Red Devil card. The company’s website is so far adorned only with a card by AMD’s reference design, but a new product series called Hellhound is promised on Twitter “soon”.
AMD’s perpetual weapon carrier Sapphire does not make much of a fuss before the launch. No Radeon RX 6700 XT still appears on the company’s website, but judging by AMD’s presentation, the company will, in addition to a reference card, provide at least one card of the Nitro + model.
The last of the manufacturers known to us in Nordic latitudes is XFX, another AMD-exclusive brand that sits still in the boat. The company is expected to start on March 18 with at least one card in addition to the reference model – Speedster Merc 319.
Undoubtedly the most colorful graphics card to be seen came from Chinese Yeston. The company already has something of a tradition of creating colorful and odd creations – which is also reflected in the flower-adorned (!) Card whose full name is Radeon RX 6700 XT Sakura Hitomi. The model series already houses cards of, among other things, Radeon RX 6800 cuts.
More information regarding cards from primarily Asrock, Sapphire and XFX is expected in the run-up to the launch of the Radeon RX 6700 XT on 18 March. The reference card has a price recommended by AMD of 479 USD, corresponding to approximately SEK 5,000 in Swedish trade – but if recent graphics card launches are something to judge by, the price should remain a recommendation.
Which Radeon RX 6700 XT are you most looking forward to?