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AMD announces Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card, available from 18 March

By Aaron Yip - on 4 Mar 2021, 11:42am

AMD announces Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card, available from 18 March

AMD has announced the forth graphics card in their Radeon RX 6000 line of GPUs, which is based on the company's RDNA 2 architecture. Unlike its more powerful 6800 and 6900 predecessors, the RX 6700 XT is designed for more mainstream gaming - that is, 1440p and the occasional 4K gaming. This also puts the new Radeon card squarely against NVIDIA's similarly-tiered RTX 3070 and 3060 Ti graphics cards.

According to AMD, the RX 6700 XT will be available via its self-made cards as well as AIB partners such as ASUS, Gigatebyte and MSI with an SRP starting at US$479. Interestingly, this puts the RX 6700 XT’s pricing between NVIDIA's RTX 3070 (US$499) and RTX 3060 Ti (US$399) but with a higher specifications than both cards on paper - with 12GB of GDDR6 memory and a boost clock of up to 2.424GHz.

AMD has also shared some benchmark results of the card when compared with both NVIDIA cards, which are good indications of how the card fares in the games tested on but as always I'd always prefer to take those with a pinch of salt and form my own opinion once I've got my hands on a review sample from AMD. Also, how it performs with ray-tracing enabled will be questionable, of course, as our benchmarks with the more powerful RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT shows pretty poor performance (as compared to NVIDIA's similar offerings) when the feature is switched on.

Still, if raw power is what you seek and ray-tracing isn't important to you, the Radeon RX 6700 XT looks like a promising card to consider. The perennial issue is stock shortage, which have been an ongoing issue for both AMD and NVIDIA with their newest GPUs. AMD has claimed however, that they will be doing their best to provide more GPU supply and is “on track to have significantly more GPUs available for sale” at the launch of the RX 6700 XT.

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