Radeon RX 6700 XT – New Mid-Range Graphics from AMD

AMD has eventually brought the RDNA 2 architecture into the mid-range price range with the Radeon RX 6700 XT, at least in theory. In terms of performance, this new graphics card falls somewhere between the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070, but given its $479 / £420 price tag, you’d think it favours the latter.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT Graphics

The AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT is released on March 18, 2021, with a starting price of $479 / £419.99 (approximately AU$620). However, as with almost every other consumer graphics card, this is just the starting point for pricing, with third-party graphics cards costing much more.

Ray tracing is accelerated on RDNA 2 by Ray Accelerators, which are one per compute unit. The AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT has 40 Compute Units, so there are 40 Ray Accelerators here. However, when compared to the RX 6800, the next-highest tier card in the Radeon 6000 lineup, which has 60 Compute Units, ray tracing performance will suffer significantly – and it will.


GameRTX 3060RTX 3060 TiRX 6700 XTRTX 3070Does AMD pull its weight?
AC: Odyssey57665872No
AC: Valhalla50637570Yes
Arkham Knight126147140156No
Borderlands 3 (Badass)50658281Yes
Borderlands 3 (Ultra)55698786Yes
CS: GO231236225238No
Control50636576Not quite
Control (RT)29372542Definitely no
Control (RT+DLSS)5164N/A68N/A
Cyberpunk 207738495255Yes
Cyberpunk 2077 (RT)1822N/A27No AMD RT support yet
Cyberpunk 2077 (RT+DLSS)3945N/A52N/A
COD: Warzone87102114120Yes
DX: Mankind Divided57748988Yes
Metro Exodus (Extreme)27373844No
Metro Exodus (Ultra+RT)35474664No
Metro Exodus (RT+DLSS)4661N/A72N/A
Shadow of the Tomb Raider7899105105Yes
SotR (RT)47595572No
SotR (RT+DLSS)5772N/A82N/A
Star Wars Squadrons125151167165Yes
Watch Dogs: Legion46616470Not quite
WD: Legion (RT)27352542Definitely no
WD: Legion (RT+DLSS)5062N/A62N/A
Valheim60817089-91Definitely no
Source: The Verge

Frames per second; all games tested at highest graphical preset unless specified.

As you can see in the graph above, AMD takes some victories and, in many cases, delivers on its promise of 1440p maxed settings. Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs at an average of 105 frames per second on my G-Sync / FreeSync monitor with all the eye candy turned up, and the disparity between 120 and 114 frames in Call of Duty: Warzone at max settings (probably) isn’t worth quibbling about.

Asus AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

If you happen to come across this card for its list price, buy it because you won’t find anything better for that price anytime soon. However, it appears to be inferior to any Nvidia GPU that can be compared.

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