AMD has heard you loud and clear: you may’t purchase its wonderful RX 6800 and 6800 XT graphics playing cards at something near their retail costs. As we speak, the corporate’s asserting a brand new GPU which may (however in all probability gained’t?) change that: the Radeon RX 6700 XT.
“With the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT launch, we’re on monitor to have considerably more GPUs out there on the market at launch,” AMD tells The Verge. Even higher: AMD claims it’ll start refreshing inventory of RX 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 CPUs each week on its own website, the place it’ll promote them at their retail costs. We’ve been ready for that for almost two months.
The brand new RX 6700 XT will arrive on March 18th for a urged retail value of $479. In a standard, sane 12 months, that might slot it between Nvidia’s $500 RTX 3070, which we known as “the 1440p candy spot,” and Nvidia’s bang-for-the-buck $400 RTX 3060 Ti, the place you may have to dial down the settings right here and there. It’s additionally a full $100 lower than AMD’s $579 RX 6800, which we discovered had sufficient oomph for entry-level 4K gaming.
This isn’t a sane interval for GPU patrons, although. In December, the precise avenue costs of the $400 3060 Ti, the $500 3070, and the $579 RX 6800 have been $675, $819, and $841, respectively — and that was earlier than Trump’s tariffs pushed Nvidia and AMD’s board companions to boost their retail costs. “We all know it’s loopy on the market, we’re doing all the pieces we will,” says AMD’s Nish Neelalojanan, a director of product administration. That not solely contains more inventory at AMD.com but in addition further provide for board companions and producers promoting prebuilt gaming PCs. AMD wouldn’t say how a lot of that inventory is being allotted towards GPUs that’ll be bought at AMD.com, although. It says it doesn’t set its companions’ retail costs both.
Assuming for a second that AMD pulls it off, managing considerably higher availability than Nvidia’s latest stumble, the RX 6700 XT appears like it may very well be a compelling decide. With 230 watts of energy, 12GB of video reminiscence, and 40 compute items (in comparison with 60 for the RX 6800 and 80 for the RX 6800 XT), AMD’s promising you’ll be capable of play the entire newest video games at most settings at 1440p decision. With a quick sufficient CPU, AMD suggests you must be capable of hit 212 fps in Overwatch, 272 fps in League of Legends, and 360 fps in Rainbow Six Siege, sufficient for esports avid gamers to justify a number of the quickest screens in the marketplace. AMD says it needs to be quick sufficient for ray tracing at 1440p as effectively.
The corporate’s early benchmarks (see above) present it pulling forward of Nvidia’s 3070 and 3060 Ti, although not in all video games. It’s value noting these numbers have been generated utilizing the body price enhance of AMD’s Sensible Entry Reminiscence (generically referred to as Resizable BAR), one thing that’s solely simply beginning to roll out to Nvidia’s graphics playing cards and usually requires newer CPUs to work. That mentioned, AMD additionally simply introduced that it will start rolling out Resizable BAR to its Ryzen 3000-series processors, not simply the newer Ryzen 5000 ones.
The brand new card will require two energy connectors, an 8-pin and a 6-pin, and the GPU needs to be clocked considerably sooner than in earlier RX 6000-series playing cards at as much as 2424MHz.
Clearly, we’ll have to check the RX 6700 XT’s efficiency ourselves, however nothing issues more than availability — and the place that availability will go away the cardboard’s precise value by the point you should buy one. AMD claims playing cards will be out there on March 18th from the entire common board companions, 40 completely different system builders, and AMD.com.
Whereas AMD’s personal model is a dual-fan card with the identical primary reference design because the RX 6800 and 6800 XT, it seems lots of AMD’s companions are choosing three-fan designs. These usually carry a premium value as effectively.
And in case you’re questioning, AMD has no plans to nerf the crypto mining efficiency of the RX 6700 XT the best way Nvidia did for Ethereum with the RTX 3060. “We have no plans to restrict the product in that method,” AMD informed journalists this week.