On March 3rd, AMD officially announced its latest RDNA2 graphics card, the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT. According to the red team, this new GPU will release on March 18th, will have a $479 MSRP, and will be available from both AMD and AIBs.
The AMD Radeon RX 6700XT features 40 Compute Units, 96 MB Infinity Cache, 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and will support AMD’s Smart Access Memory. AMD also shared the first gaming benchmarks for this graphics card.
The red team claims that the AMD Radeon RX 6700XT is noticeably faster than the RTX2080 Super. Furthermore, this GPU can compete with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU as well.
Now we have some more gaming benchmarks of this upcoming Navi 22 GPU, courtesy of Wccftech. Their sources have provided them with a list of gaming and ray tracing performance benchmarks for the upcoming RDNA 2 graphics card. The benchmark FPS results consist of various AAA PC gaming titles which were tested at 1440p resolution.
The RX 6700 XT GPU is going to be in strong demand amongst gamers, based on the card’s price/performance ratio. Even though AMD claims this card will have a $479 MSRP, it is highly unlikely this GPU will sell at MSRP, given the recent supply/demand market trend.
It remains to be seen whether there will be any GPU available at launch. After all, PC gamers cannot find – even to this date – an RX 6900XT or an RX 6800XT. The availability of this GPU is surely going to be a major cause of concern.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the benchmarks as shared by Wccftech. The gaming benchmarks consist of two graphs that show the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT pitted against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPUs, respectively.
After all, the RX 6700 XT is going to compete with these two Nvidia GPUs. Several DX11 and DX12 titles were tested at 1440p, along with some RAY Tracing performance benchmarks being done on 1080p screen resolution as well.
The performance appears to be slightly inconsistent; though judging from the FPS numbers, overall the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT is definitely faster than the RTX 3060 Ti and also the RTX 3070 in several titles. The Ray tracing performance takes a hit though, as the RX 6700 XT was slower than the RTX 3060 Ti in several titles.
With the exception of some AMD RDNA2-optimized games, such as Dirt 5, Fortnite, Godfall, and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, where the RX 6700 XT offers a strong performance jump.
Ray Tracing 1080p benchmarks as shown below:
Based on these early benchmarks, the RX 6700 XT appears to be a strong contender for Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 Ampere gaming cards. The RX 6700 XT GPU is going to be the third entry in the RX 6000 series graphics family, based on the Navi 22 silicon and RDNA 2 architecture.
Videocardz has managed to make a chart based on these FPS numbers, which is in easier to read format as shown below.
This mainstream/mid-range GPU might offer more value for money than the other flagship Big Navi cards, but assuming we can buy one at the MSRP rate set by AMD, which seems unlikely.
These cards are aimed at the sub-$500 GPU market segment, and target 1440p gaming. Once again, GPU’s stock, price and availability are going to an issue, given the recent demand/supply market trend, and manufacturing and shipping costs involved.
Gamers are helpless in the end if they cannot grab any new GPU due to scalping and other issues like stock/price/availability etc. Also, don’t expect these cards to be easily sold in retail shelves at least at the MSRP rate set by AMD. They are going to have a premium price tag.
We also expect AMD to announce the non-XT variant as well. The Navi 22 GPU silicon might initially come in two variants, the Radeon RX 6700 XT and the Radeon RX 6700 non-XT, 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, the Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU will have 40 Compute Units, which amounts to 2560 Stream processors/SPs. This is the same CU count as the RX 5700 XT, thus making it an RDNA 2 replacement of this GPU.
This graphics chip will also features 40 Ray Accelerators/RAs for ray tracing. The card is expected to feature an 11 phase PCB design which will be powered by an 8+6 pin PCI-E connector configuration. When it comes to the TDP, the card is rated at 230W.
RX 6700 XT will feature 12 GB of VRAM attached on a 192-bit wide memory bus interface. AMD will also use 16 Gbps memory dies which would provide a total bandwidth of 384 GB/s.
The GPU additionally packs 96 MB of Infinity Cache. The GPU is fully Gen 4.0 compliant as well. Display outputs will include three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and a single HDMI 2.1 port.
AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT Big Navi GPUs 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 the 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.
Stay tuned for more tech news!
Wccftech has posted some more gaming benchmarks, but this time the RX 6700 XT is being compared with the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPUs.
Moreover, all of the benchmarks reported are with SAM (Smart Access Memory) enabled. These are full PC specs used for the testing.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
- Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi
- Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX (2x8GB) DDR4-3200MHz
- HDD: Sabrent Rocket Q 4TB NVMe
- Display: Samsung U28D590D 3840×2160 Display
- Display: Driver Version 20.50-210215n, NVIDIA Driver 461.40 WHQL
- Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit Version 20H2 (19042.804)