With the RX 6700 XT, AMD is launching a new graphics card. The hardware has now been officially released, but it is hardly surprising – just like other gaming graphics cards – practically no longer available. The card is currently not available for the recommended retail price of EUR 479. Rather at exorbitant prices from some incorrigible resellers. Similar to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, the scarcity of hardware is currently a real problem.







Sapphire RX 6700 XT Nitro



Sapphire RX 6700 XT Nitro

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Nevertheless, as we did recently with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, we take a closer look at the performance of the new graphics card, not just out of a pure thirst for knowledge, but also in the event that the availability situation changes before AMD and Nvidia release their next generations. At the end we also take another look at the current situation on the graphics card market, since a price-performance conclusion is only possible in theory. First, let's take a look at the technology behind the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT.


technology

The Radeon RX 6700 XT uses the new Navi 22 XT graphics chip, which, like the Navi 21 GPUs of the Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT and 6900 XT, has the new RDNA2 architecture. As befits a model that has to be classified as the smallest model within the current generation, the RX 6700 XT is clearly inferior in terms of the number of shader units (also called stream processors at AMD). The high rate, which is even greater compared to its big brothers, cannot compensate for this disadvantage. With its 12GB RAM, the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT is well equipped.

Although the larger models from AMD have even more video memory – the RX 6700 XT outperforms all RTX 3000 models except for the RTX 3060, which also offers 12GB. However, Nvidia only donated so much RAM to its bolide because, for technical reasons, the alternative would have been to offer only 6GB – even Nvidia was not future-proof enough. Nvidia's smallest RTX 3000 graphics card can be classified clearly below the AMD RX 6700 XT despite the 12GB RAM, provided that AMD is not excessive

exaggerated. Because in advance, AMD marketed the Radeon RX 6700 XT in terms of its performance as a graphics card, which should surpass Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti and even come close to the RTX 2070 and AMD RX 6800. We will see whether this is the case on the next page. But first the technical data of the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT and other models as a comparison in a table:

graphic card RX 6700 XT RX 6800 RX 6800 XT RX 5700 XT
GPU Navi 22 XT Navi 21 XL Navi 21 XT Navi 10 XT
Chip area 336 sqm. 519 sqm 519 sqm 251 sqm
Transistors 17.2 billion 26.8 billion 26.8 billion 10.3 billion
Shader units 2560 3840 4608 2560
Game cycle 2424 MHz 1815 MHz 2015 MHz 1755 MHz
R.A.M. 12GB DDR6 16GB DDR6 16GB DDR6 8GB GDDR6
Connection 192 bits 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit
Bandwidth RAM 384 GB / s 512 GB / s 512 GB / s 448 GB / s
Electricity requirements, for example 230 watts 250 watts 300 watts 225 watts
Price (reference) 479 euros 579 euros 649 euros 419 euros

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