According to a recent report posted by Cowcotland, AMD is now expected to launch its Radeon RX 6700 series by the end of March 2021. It appears that these Navi 22 GPUs are launching later than previously expected, as previous rumors actually pointed out for a January release date.
“According to our sources the two new AMD graphics cards are scheduled for the end of the first quarter of this year, so end of March”. -@Aurélien LAGNY, Cowcotland.
AMD has already released its Navi 21 flagship Big Navi graphics cards, the Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RX 6800, respectively. The Navi 22 SKU might end up in the RX 6700 series of GPUs.
The Navi 22 GPU might initially come in two variants, the Radeon RX 6700 XT and the Radeon RX 6700, respectively. The Radeon RX 6700 XT will be based on the NAVI 22 XT GPU, whereas the non-XT plain RX 6700 GPU variant will sport the NAVI 22 XL silicon.
Coming to the specs, Cowcotland reports that the Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU will sport up to 40 Compute Units, which amounts to 2560 Stream processors/SPs. This is the same CU count as the RX 5700 XT, making it an RDNA 2 replacement of this GPU.
It has also been reported that the card will have 12 GB of VRAM attached to a 192-bit memory bus interface. The RX 6700 non-XT GPU is also expected to feature 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, and a 192-bit memory bus interface. The exact CU count of this non-XT SKU has not been fully confirmed yet, but the card will be a cut-down variant having fewer CUs.
Few months ago, a picture of one RX 6700 series “reference” design SKU was also leaked on the web. The card is expected to feature a dual-fan cooler design, and may also require up to two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. It supports the PCIe Gen4 interface as well.
AIB partner cards will obviously offer a much beefier cooling solution, along with a custom design PCB.
These lower-end Radeon 6000 series GPUs might offer more value for money than the other flagship Big Navi cards, assuming you can buy one at the MSRP rate set by AMD. These cards are aimed at the sub-$500 GPU market segment.
AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT will replace the company’s existing RX 5700 series models, offering gamers the benefits of the new RDNA 2 architecture. The cards will support Microsoft’s DirectX 12 Ultimate feature set, higher clock speeds and hardware-accelerated ray tracing (via Vulkan, and DX12 mode).
Both XT and non-XT variants will also feature AMD’s Infinity Cache memory, Smart access memory/SAM, and RAGE Mode. Lastly, Radeon RX 6000 GPUs will also support the DirectStorage API, which might help reduce the game load times.
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