AMD introduces the Radeon RX 6700 XT, new GPU to go head-to-head with the RTX 3070

AMD introduces the Radeon RX 6700 XT, new GPU to go head-to-head with the RTX 3070

This Wednesday (3), AMD confirmed the rumors that circulated on the internet a few weeks ago and presented its new video card to the market: the Radeon RX 6700 XT, model that arrives to face with GeForce RTX 3070, the offer Nvidia’s intermediate line in the high-end segment.

In an online presentation this afternoon, Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s graphics business division, pointed out that the new component takes advantage of all the benefits of RDNA 2 microarchitecture and comes with GPU Navi 22, 40 computational units and 2,560 cores running at a clock rate of 2,424 MHz. With these specifications, AMD’s goal is to serve the public that plays in resolutions up to 1440p and does not intend to reach 4K there. The reason for this is that, according to the company, this was the segment that grew the most in 2020, with sales 44% higher than in 2019.

Main specifications of the Radeon RX 6700 XT presented today by AMD

Main specifications of the Radeon RX 6700 XT presented today by AMD (Image: Reproduction / AMD)

In this way, with the RX 6700 XT, the company is able to combine high performance with a good cost-benefit ratio in relation not only to the other models of its video card family, but also in relation to the competition. Proof of this is that the product is positioned just below the Radeon RX 6800, being able to surpass the performance of the RTX 2080 Super in games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War in 1440p. In direct confrontation with the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070, its direct competitors, the AMD board also looks good, surpassing them or, in the worst case scenario, delivering performance equivalent to 1440p.

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Much of this firepower, of course, is due to the improvements promoted by the RDNA 2 microarchitecture, which we have already detailed in detail here at FreeGameGuide. But AMD also assigns some of the responsibility to the 12 GB of VRAM GDDR6, which not only allows the GPU to work loosely, but also gives them a longer lifespan; and visual improvements promoted by FidelityFX.

Comparative shows good performance of the RX 6700 XT compared to the RTX 2080 Super, one of the reference plates of the past generation

Comparative shows good performance of the RX 6700 XT in relation to the RTX 2080 Super, one of the reference cards of the previous generation (Image: Reproduction / AMD)
Comparison between RX 6700 XT and its main competitors: RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070
Comparison between the RX 6700 XT and its main competitors: the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070 (Image: Reproduction / AMD)
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In addition to the GPUs themselves, AMD has confirmed that as of today all Ryzen 3000s support Smart Access Memory. One of the features most alarmed by the company during the announcement of the Ryzen 5000 and Radeon RX 6000, it gives a performance boost of up to 16% in-game by allowing the processor to directly access all of the GPU’s VRAM memory, which generally has a clock and bus higher than RAM memories. With the novelty, now PC gamers playing on the red side will no longer have to update the processor to take advantage of this functionality – something extremely welcome in times of pandemic and crazy parts and components market.

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AMD Radeon RX 6000
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT AMD Radeon RX 6800 AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
Architecture RDNA 2
Computer units (CUs) 40 60 72 80
Clock GPU 2424 MHz 1.372 MHz 1.487 MHz 1.529 MHz
Clock GPU (Boost) ? 2.105 MHz 2.250 MHz 2.250 MHz
Infinity Cache 96 MB 128 MB
Memory 12 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6
Interface 192 bit 256 bit
Shading units 2560 3840 4608 5120
ROPs 32 96 128 128
TMUs 144 240 288 320
FLOPs 12,4 TFLOPS 16,17 TFLOPS 20,74 TFLOPS 23.04 TFLOPS
Food 2 x 8 pins
Connections 3x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.1 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI, 1x USB-C
TDP 230 W 250W 300W 300W
Launch March 18, 2021 November 18, 2020 November 18, 2020 December 8, 2020
Price US$ 479 US$ 579 US$ 649 US$ 999

Speaking of the market, Herkelman ended the presentation acknowledging the scarcity of video cards on the market, but promised that there will be “many more GPUs available this time”. The promise came with information that the Radeon RX 6700 XT will be available for purchase in both its reference model and partner manufacturers on March 18, 2021 for as little as $ 479. If that will be enough to meet demand, only time will tell. Let us wait.

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