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.
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.
|Game||RTX 3060||RTX 3060 Ti||RX 6700 XT||RTX 3070||Does AMD pull its weight?|
|Borderlands 3 (Badass)||50||65||82||81||Yes|
|Borderlands 3 (Ultra)||55||69||87||86||Yes|
|Control (RT)||29||37||25||42||Definitely no|
|Cyberpunk 2077 (RT)||18||22||N/A||27||No AMD RT support yet|
|Cyberpunk 2077 (RT+DLSS)||39||45||N/A||52||N/A|
|DX: Mankind Divided||57||74||89||88||Yes|
|Metro Exodus (Extreme)||27||37||38||44||No|
|Metro Exodus (Ultra+RT)||35||47||46||64||No|
|Metro Exodus (RT+DLSS)||46||61||N/A||72||N/A|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||78||99||105||105||Yes|
|Star Wars Squadrons||125||151||167||165||Yes|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||46||61||64||70||Not quite|
|WD: Legion (RT)||27||35||25||42||Definitely no|
|WD: Legion (RT+DLSS)||50||62||N/A||62||N/A|
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.
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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