The AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT aims for 1440p gaming on March 18

Despite the fact that the order books at the circuit manufacturers are full and the store shelves echo empty, AMD and Nvidia are not waiting to expand the Radeon RX 6000 and Geforce RTX 3000 series, respectively. Following the green team’s RTX 3060 launch at the end of February, AMD is now joining the first middle-class RDNA 2 contribution. Completely in line with previous rumors, the name is RX 6700 XT.

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The newcomer differs from the three already released sibling cards by scaling down both memory volume and bus width, while the reduced number Compute Units (CU) points out that the Radeon RX 6700 XT is the first to adopt the graphics circuit Navi 22. The card comes with 40 CU or 2,560 stream processors – half of the top card RX 6900 XT and a third lower than the RX 6800.

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Specifications: Radeon RX 6000 Family

RX 6900 XT

RX 6800 XT

RX 6800

RX 6700 XT

Architecture

RDNA 2

RDNA 2

RDNA 2

RDNA 2

Technical

7 nm TSMC

7 nm TSMC

7 nm TSMC

7 nm TSMC

Circuit

Navi 21

Navi 21

Navi 21

Navi 22(?)

Circuit surface

520 mm²

520 mm²

520 mm²

335 mm²(?)

Transistors

26.8 billion

26.8 billion

26.8 billion

~ 17.5 billion (?)

Compute Units

80 st.

72 st.

60 st.

40 st.

Raster units

128 st.

128 st.

96 st.

64 st.

Texture units

320 st.

288 st.

240 st.

160 st.

Ray Accelerators

80 st.

72 st.

60 st.

40 st.

Streamprocessorer

5 120 st.

4 608 st.

3 840 st.

2 560 st.

Playing frequency

2 015 MHz

2 015 MHz

1 815 MHz

2 424 MHz

Turbo frequency

2 250 MHz

2 250 MHz

2 105 MHz

2 581 MHz

Calculating power (FP32)

23 040 GFLOPS

20 736 GFLOPS

16 166 GFLOPS

13 215 GFLOPS

Infinity cache

128 MB

128 MB

128 MB

96 MB

Memory bus

256-bit

256-bit

256-bit

192-bit

Memory amount

16 GB GDDR6

16 GB GDDR6

16 GB GDDR6

12 GB GDDR6

Memory speed

16 000 MHz

16 000 MHz

16 000 MHz

16 000 MHz

Memory bandwidth

512 GB/s

512 GB/s

512 GB/s

384 GB/s

Power supply

8+8-pin

8+8-pin

8+8-pin

8+6-pin

TBP

300 W

300 W

250 W

230 W

Price at launch

999 USD

649 USD

579 USD

479 USD

With the fewer cores, on the other hand, comes higher clock frequencies and in the usual order, AMD lists a maximum turbo frequency and a game frequency, which the company believes is typically achieved when just playing. These are on very specific 2,581 MHz and 2,424 MHz respectively, where the latter is just over 100 MHz higher than the base frequency. The numbers can be compared to the big brother Radeon RX 6800, which has turbo and gaming frequencies 2,105 and 1,815 MHz.

AMD believes that the fresh card is designed for high frame rate in 1440p gaming and during the presentation, the company shows its own performance figures from games such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Cyberpunk. The card reigns supreme at 60 FPS in all titles and is compared to Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti, a duo card that by a certain margin gets beaten in the majority of the hand-picked games. Watch Dogs Legion is an example where both Nvidia cards give the Radeon RX 6700 XT the nut.

During the presentation, AMD takes the opportunity to emphasize that the Radeon RX 6700 XT also comes with features that apply to the more powerful sibling cards, where ray tracingSupport is available in a handful of titles. The image enhancement FidelityFX feature with support for “over 40 games” can also be powered by the card, while Smart Access Memory is a third aspect that is lifted – a function that can also be achieved in the future with the Ryzen 3000.

Like the newly launched Geforce RTX 3060, AMD’s newcomer comes equipped with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory and this over a 192-bit wide bus. The manufacturer explains that modern games in 1440p resolution need more memory than before, and gives Nvidia a boot by showing that both 8 and 10 GB of memory are in the smallest team. However, 12 GB marks a step down from the three previous RX 6000 cards, all of which have 16 GB of memory and 256-bit wide memory buses.

With scaled-down specifications also comes reduced TBP value, which takes a discreet step down from 250 watts on the Radeon RX 6800. Power supply on the reference model of the RX 6700 XT therefore takes place via 8 + 6-pin PCI Express, instead of double 8-pin. However, the radiator solution appears to remain at the same level, in the form of a 267 mm long story with a thickness of two expansion points – but with a step down from three to two fans.

Finally, the recommended price is also scaled down, more specifically to 479 USD – 20 USD under Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3070. Translated with the current exchange rate, 479 USD corresponds to just over 5,000 kronor including VAT, but if the Radeon RX 6700 XT launch follows the same habits as the sibling cards this will not apply in store. What will happen to the availability will be answered at 15:00 on Thursday 18 March, when sales will start selling.

Are you thinking of upgrading? Do you think the Radeon RX 6700 XT can be a boon, if availability and price stay on the mat? Tell us in the comments thread!

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