AMD has heard you loud and clear: you’ll be able to’t purchase its wonderful RX 6800 and 6800 XT graphics playing cards at something near their retail costs. At the moment, the corporate’s saying a brand new GPU which may (however most likely received’t?) change that: the Radeon RX 6700 XT.
“With the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT launch, we’re on observe to have considerably extra GPUs out there on the market at launch,” AMD tells The Verge. Even higher: AMD claims it’ll start refreshing inventory of RX 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 CPUs each week on its own website, the place it’ll promote them at their retail costs. We’ve been ready for that for nearly two months.
The brand new RX 6700 XT will arrive on March 18th for a urged retail value of $479. In a traditional, sane yr, that might slot it between Nvidia’s $500 RTX 3070, which we known as “the 1440p candy spot,” and Nvidia’s bang-for-the-buck $400 RTX 3060 Ti, the place you may need to dial down the settings right here and there. It’s additionally a full $100 lower than AMD’s $579 RX 6800, which we discovered had enough oomph for entry-level 4K gaming.
This isn’t a sane interval for GPU patrons, although. In December, the precise road costs of the $400 3060 Ti, the $500 3070, and the $579 RX 6800 were $675, $819, and $841, respectively — and that was earlier than Trump’s tariffs pushed Nvidia and AMD’s board companions to raise their retail prices. “We all know it’s loopy on the market, we’re doing every thing we are able to,” says AMD’s Nish Neelalojanan, a director of product administration. That not solely contains extra inventory at AMD.com but in addition further provide for board companions and producers that’ll promote gaming PCs afterward. AMD wouldn’t say how a lot of that inventory is being allotted towards GPUs that’ll be bought at AMD.com, although. It says it doesn’t set its companions’ retail costs both.
Assuming for a second that AMD pulls it off, managing considerably larger availability than Nvidia’s recent debut, the RX 6700 XT sounds prefer it may very well be a compelling decide. With 230 watts of energy, 12GB of video reminiscence, and 40 compute models (in comparison with 60 for the RX 6800 and 80 for the RX 6800 XT), AMD’s promising you’ll be capable to play the entire newest video games at most settings at 1440p decision. With a quick sufficient CPU, AMD suggests it is best to be capable to hit 212 fps in Overwatch, 272 fps in League of Legends, and 360 fps in Rainbow Six Siege, sufficient for esports avid gamers to justify a number of the quickest screens in the marketplace. AMD says it needs to be quick sufficient for ray tracing as properly.
The corporate’s early benchmarks (see above) present it pulling forward of Nvidia’s 3070 and 3060 Ti, although not in all video games. It’s price noting these numbers had been generated utilizing the body fee enhance of AMD’s Good Entry Reminiscence (generically generally known as Resizable BAR), one thing that’s solely simply starting to roll out to Nvidia’s graphics cards and usually requires newer CPUs to work. That stated, AMD additionally simply introduced that it will begin rolling out Resizable BAR to its Ryzen 3000-series processors, not simply the newer Ryzen 5000 ones.
The brand new card would require two energy connectors, an 8-pin and a 6-pin, and the GPU needs to be clocked considerably quicker than in earlier RX 6000-series playing cards at as much as 2424MHz. It’s received a 192-bit reminiscence bus, down from 256-bit for the corporate’s different 6000-series playing cards.
Clearly, we’ll have to check the RX 6700 XT’s efficiency ourselves, however nothing issues greater than availability — and the place that availability will go away the cardboard’s precise value by the point you should buy one. AMD claims playing cards will likely be out there on March 18th from the entire traditional board companions, 40 completely different system builders, and AMD.com, with prebuilt techniques together with the HP Omen 25L and 30L desktops coming later this spring and past.
Whereas AMD’s personal model is a dual-fan card with the identical fundamental reference design because the RX 6800 and 6800 XT, it seems lots of AMD’s companions are choosing three-fan designs. These usually carry a premium value as properly.
And in case you’re questioning, AMD has no plans to nerf the crypto mining efficiency of the RX 6700 XT the way in which Nvidia did for Ethereum with the RTX 3060. “We’ve got no plans to restrict the product in that means,” AMD informed journalists this week.
You’ll be able to watch the corporate’s 20-minute presentation, together with a tease of Resident Evil Village with ray tracing, within the video under.
Replace, 11:36AM ET: Added that the HP Omen and different prebuilts will arrive later this spring.