Today AMD teased its new Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics cards. These theoretically
go on sale for USD$479 in two weeks, though of course managing to beat out the
scalpers and cryptocurrency miners will be a tall task.
offers the details:
Overall, today’s event from AMD was a
bit less than a full reveal, but a bit more than a teaser. AMD isn’t offering a
complete technical work-up about the RX 6700 XT two weeks before its launch – if
only to have something left to showcase on the 18th – however the company has
disclosed the most important points about the card. With 40 CUs, 12GB of VRAM,
and a surprisingly high game clock, the RX 6700 XT is a natural fit for AMD’s
lineup, paring down their RDNA2 hardware to something more appropriate for the
1440p gaming market that AMD will be targeting.
As rival NVIDIA’s own launch cadence has been a couple of months ahead of AMD’s,
AMD once again gets the advantage of knowing well in advance how their latest
part will compare to its green competition. For all practical purposes, the RX
6700 XT will be going up against NVIDIA’s own 1440p anchor card, the $499
GeForce RTX 3070. Compared to its rival, the RX 6700 XT will be landing with
more memory (12GB vs. 8GB) and, interestingly, a slightly lower $480 price tag.
According to their presentation, AMD believes that they’ll trade blows with the
RTX 3070, but the decision to undercut NVIDIA is a sign that we shouldn’t expect
the two cards to be perfectly matched.