Yesterday AMD announced their absolute best 1440p gaming graphics card or the Radeon RX 6700 XT, a successor to the insanely popular RX 5700 XT. However, being priced at $479, only $100 less than the 4K gaming capable RX 6800 and $169 less than the flagship Radeon RX 6800 XT, does it makes sense against NVIDIA’s GPUs?
One of the biggest advantages AMD is giving gamers is that they want to keep these cards future-proof, so stuffing the GPU with over 10GB of VRAM on all cards makes sense. So, even though the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT is made for 1440p gaming but has been provided with 12GB of GDDR6 of memory.
Though in our RX 6800 series review, we saw that that enormous amount of VRAM is not required as of today but if games like Cyberpunk continue coming down the road, having extra VRAM is good. Also, these cards with such huge memory is a good deal for content creators as well, who needs that memory bandwidth.
In our Radeon RX 6800 XT vs RTX 3080, we saw how AMD’s memory bandwidth is ripping NVIDIA in productivity benchmarks, so the RX 6700 XT few fewer cores, a 192-bit memory interface, and 96MB infinity cache, however, comes with a higher game clock speed.
AMD showed how 144Hz refresh monitors are widely becoming popular among gamers as gamers prefer 1440p gaming these days. So, delivering the absolute best gaming GPU for 1440p gaming makes sense, but that $479 price tag is higher than RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3060.
The Red team also gave some benchmarks to compare the new GPU against the older NVIDIA ones and showed how 12GB RAM plays an important role and the RX 6700 XT comfortably beat RTX 2080 Super in almost all games.
Interestingly, AMD showed another slide where they compared the new card against RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070, wherein 1440p the AMD GPU comfortably beats them except the NVIDIA favoring Watch Dogs Legion. This comes as no surprise to us in our RX 6800 series review; we saw AMD has the edge over NVIDIA in 1440p gaming.
AMD also announced some new games which will support ray tracing, but we know AMDs FidelityFX is not the absolute best against NVIDIA’s mature ray tracing tech.
We know how popular eSports gaming has become in recent days and players love 1440p gaming with high frame rates. So, they showed how in games like CSGO, Hyper Scape, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, and Valorant you get 100s of frame rates at 1440p.
AMD also showed some of their software features like Radeon Boost, Anti-Lag, Image Sharpening helps to improve gaming performance along with their new Smart Access Memory feature. However, the main feature which we are waiting for has to be the FidelityFX Super Resolution or an NVIDIA DLSS replacement on RDNA 2 based GPUs.
As per AMD, they want to implement it across all platform including consoles, laptops, desktops, all at once, so its taking time for them to implement it. Now, until and unless we see that tech and how that affect games, NVIDIA has a slight edge over AMD.
As of the pricing & availability, AMD will be launching the card on March 18 and they have assured customers with good amount of stocks and promised gamers can get the reference GPUs from AMD.com each week.
This will be a grand launch as on the same day, board partners including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE, and XFX will also make their own Radeon RX 6700 XT available. Interestingly, with the $479 price tag, they have stated it to be subject to change, so if it decreases to like $449, this could be a lucrative deal for gamers.
Stay tuned for the RX 6700 XT review on TechnoSports 😉