So far, AMD’s Big Navi graphics cards have actually lived up their name, offering players a real option to erstwhile market leader Nvidia. The RX 6800, 6800 XT and 6900 XT have actually shown that Team Red can complete at the greatest level of the graphics card market, something that hasn’t held true for generations. Now however, AMD is broadening its RX 6000 lineup, towards the more mid-range and traditional cards that will far outsell the ‘halo’ items at the top of the stack. The primary step is available in the type of the RX 6700 XT, a mid-range graphics card targeted at high-end 1440p video gaming.

The brand-new $479/£419 card is meant to slot in between – and take on – the $399 GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and $499 RTX 3070, and begins shipping from tomorrow, March 18th. With those rate points, we anticipate to see a card that trades blows with the RTX 3070, using the exact same significant functions, consisting of hardware-accelerated ray tracing and other DirectX 12 Ultimate goodies, while can be found in a little less expensive. It’s a dish that has actually worked well for AMD in the past, and with both next-gen consoles utilizing the exact same RDNA2 architecture, the business simply requires a standout – yet inexpensive – PC item to finish the trifecta.

From a hardware viewpoint, the RX 6700 XT is interesting. As with past Big Navi styles, the RX 6700 XT utilizes an Infinity Cache to accelerate its memory subsystems, a salve meant to provide comparable efficiency to the high-performance GDDR6X memory in Nvidia’s highest-end cards at a portion of the expense. It works likewise to the L3 cache in AMD’s Ryzen processors, saving just recently or frequently-requested information in your area so that slower information courses need not be utilized. Here, the Infinity Cache is 96MB instead of 128MB as we saw in the RX 6800 and up, however AMD still guarantees extraordinary efficiency – 2.5 times the efficient memory bandwidth of a 256-bit bus, provided with a memory bus that’s just 192 bits broad.

As we saw on the RTX 3060 late last month, the bus size implies that AMD might equip their card with 6GB or 12GB of GDDR6 memory, and like Nvidia they opted for the latter alternative, offering this card a healthy quantity of RAM for its desired efficiency tier. This card, like its brethren, likewise supports Smart Access Memory (likewise understood by the more generic term Resizeable BAR), which supplies processors direct access to that whole 12GB of memory instead of needing them to go through a little 256MB I/O buffer. Enabling this tech on supported motherboard and CPU mixes can enhance in-game frame-rates by around 15 percent in some circumstances; we’ll reveal the outcomes of our screening here later in the evaluation.

AMD GPU Specs CUs Game Clock VRAM Mem Interface TDP Price
RX 6900 XT 80 2015MHz 16GB GDDR6 256-bit + 128MB IC 300W $999
RX 6800 XT 72 2015MHz 16GB GDDR6 256-bit + 128MB IC 300W $649
RX 6800 60 1815MHz 16GB GDDR6 256-bit + 128MB IC 250W $579
RX 6700 XT 40 2424MHz 12GB GDDR6 192-bit + 96MB IC 230W $479
RX 5700 XT 40 1755MHz 8GB GDDR6 256-bit 225W $399
RX 5700 36 1625MHz 8GB GDDR6 256-bit 180W $349
RX 5600 XT 36 1375MHz 6GB GDDR6 192-bit 150W $279
RX 5500 XT 22 1717MHz 8GB GDDR6 128-bit 130W $199

The remainder of the specifications likewise produce intriguing reading (if you’re a huge geek like me, anyhow). The RX 6700 XT’s style utilizes 40 calculate systems, precisely half the enhance of the RX 6900 XT flagship, with the clock speeds called method as much as make up for the lessened calculate. In video game, this card tends to runs in between 2400 and 2500MHz, an amazing figure even for a 7nm style – considered that the 8nm RTX 3070 is more like 1850 to 1920MHz. These incredibly high clock speeds are shown in the healthy 230W TDP, simply 20W listed below the RX 6800 which utilizes a much bigger 60CU Navi 21 GPU.

In regards to the commercial style, the AMD-designed referral RX 6700 XT is right away recognisable as a Big Navi card. We’ve got 2 axial fans, instead of 3 on the RX 6800 and 6800 XT, with the Team Rocket ‘R’ in between them. The metal shroud sandwiching the dual-slot style offers the card a specific heft and aura of strength; I was impressed with the gen-on-gen style enhancement when we initially saw RX 6000 cards in the flesh and I’m still struck by it today. The card needs one six-pin and one eight-pin power input, with AMD suggesting a 550W PSU for comfy operation.

In regards to I/O, we’re taking a look at the normal selection – 3 DisplayPort 1.4b and one HDMI 2.1 port, the latter primarily helpful for hooking the card as much as any 4K 120Hz or 8K 60Hz shows that you may having lying around. Inside, the card supports AV1 translate, a contemporary video format that permits much lower bandwidth at a provided quality level; this must enable you to maximize even fairly sluggish house broadband and is supposedly presenting among services like Netflix and YouTube.

With the specifications and includes out of the method, let’s briefly run through the setup of our test rig for the standards to follow. You’ll see a couple of brand-new elements here if you have actually not taken a look at our Radeon 6000 evaluations yet, however for those of you that recognize there are not a surprises here. We have a Core i9 10900K locked to a 5GHz all-core frequency and cooled by a 240mm Alpacool Eisbaer Aurora AiO – which keeps the overclocked system at around 75C under complete load, and significantly chillier than that the remainder of the time.

The 10900K is backed by an Asus Maximus 12 Extreme Z490 motherboard and 2 8GB sticks of G.Skill Trident Z Royal 3600MHz CL16. Our video games are ranged from a capacious 2TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe drive provided by British electronics retailer Box. The entire rig is powered by a 850W gold-rated Gamer Storm power supply.

With the intros concluded, let’s get splitting with what we’re all here to see: some video gaming standards.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT Analysis

  • Introduction, Hardware and Power Analysis [This Page]
  • Doom Eternal, Control, Borderlands 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Game Benchmarks Part 1
  • Death Stranding, Far Cry 5, Hitman 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Game Benchmarks Part 2
  • Metro Exodus, Dirt Rally 2, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Game Benchmarks Part 3
  • RT Game Benchmarks – Control, Metro Exodus, Battlefield 5
  • Resizeable BAR Testing – Watch Dogs Legion, Battlefield 5, Metro Exodus
  • AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT – the Digital Foundry decision