AMD is bringing us a new affordable graphics card, the RX 6700 XT. It’s a followup to the October launch of its Radeon RX 6000-based GPUs, the. The launch comes just after Nvidia launched an entry-level card incorporating its latest Ampere architecture, the . AMD’s new card seems more of a competitor to the or , though, since its $479 list price falls between the two.
It’s slated to launch on March 18, with both AMD’s own cards and all the usual suspects for third-party cards. It will also be available in regular retail PCs; HP has already announced that it’s planning to add the card as an option in its Smart Memory Access. (International prices aren’t immediately available, but $479 is about £345 or AU$615.)desktops at the end of March, along with an option so you can take advantage of AMD’s
The big question is how to keep the new cards out of the hands of bots and cryptocurrency miners and in the hands of regular folks — and at their budget launch prices. Unlike Nvidia, whichby throttling the RTX 3060’s mining-related performance, AMD didn’t address the issue at all in its announcement.
|AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT|
|Memory bandwidth (GBps)||384|
|GPU clock (GHz, base/boost)||2,321/2,581|
|Memory interface||192 bit|
|Texture fill rate (gigatexels per second)||413|
|Texture mapping units||160|
|TGP/min PSU (watts)||230/650|
|Bus||PCIe 4.0 x 16|
|Size||2 slots; 10.5 inches (267mm) long|
|Ship date||March 18|
AMD may be at a disadvantage compared to Nvidia’s latest competitors in some respects. The RX 6700 XT draws more power and requires a bigger power supply than they do, and draws slightly more power than theit replaces. AMD’s card needs eight-pin plus six-pin power connections, while the RTX 3060 is just eight-pin. Unlike the RX 5700 XT though, AMD says it’s worked to make the fans quieter, at least on its own card.
While many of its specs are similar to the 5700 cards — it has the same 40 compute units, for example — the newer model shares the generational jump to RDNA 2, which adds ray-tracing acceleration, and bumps up to 12GB memory to better handle the larger textures required by the higher 1440p resolution it’s designed for.
It also debuts at $479, however, slightly higher than its predecessor. But if we can find it for less than $1,000 (if at all) at launch, I’ll eat my keyboard.