We have with us the ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 6700 XT O12G, the company's top custom-design RX 6700 XT graphics card. AMD today launched the RX 6700 XT along with the new Navi 22 silicon to take the fight to NVIDIA's sub-$500 performance segment, including popular SKUs such as the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070. It establishes 12 GB as the new memory-size standard and promises full DirectX 12 Ultimate capability, including real-time raytracing. The target buyer is a serious gamer looking to play both AAA and e-sports at 1440p with maxed out settings.
The Radeon RX 6700 XT is based on the latest RDNA2 graphics architecture that brings a compelling feature set to the PC market, nearly leveling up to NVIDIA. AMD's approach to real-time raytracing is to use special purpose components called Ray Accelerators, which calculate ray-intersection, while compute shaders handle everything else, including de-noising. To achieve this, AMD significantly bolstered the programmable shaders of this architecture, improving their IPC and running them at extremely high engine clocks. A side-effect of this is the card's high performance outlook with games that don't have raytracing.
The Navi 22 silicon at the heart of the RX 6700 XT physically features 40 RDNA2 compute units, which works out to 2,560 stream processors, 40 Ray Accelerators, 160 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. The increased 12 GB memory size over the past generation comes with a catch—the memory bus width is narrowed to 192-bit. AMD attempted to overcome this by using the fastest standard GDDR6 memory chips that run at 16 Gbps and Infinity Cache, a fast on-die 96 MB cache memory that cushions data transfers between the GPU and memory.
The ROG STRIX RX 6700 XT OC comes with the latest generation DirectCU III cooler that's used across RTX 30-series and RX 6000 series ROG cards from ASUS. It features a meaty aluminium fin-stack heatsink that's ventilated by a trio of Axial-Tech fans. You also get goodies such as dual-BIOS, a blinding amount of RGB LED illumination, additional fan headers to let you synchronize your ventilation to the card, and an additional RGB out. According to ASUS, the MSRP of the RX 6700 STRIX OC is $830. I would have estimated it to end up at $800 after scalping, looks like I might be wrong.
Our Radeon RX 6700 XT launch-day coverage includes six articles including this one. Do check them out!
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (reference) | MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X | Sapphire Radeon RX 6700 XT NITRO+ | PowerColor Radeon RX 6700 XT Red Devil | XFX Radeon RX 6700 XT Speedster Merc 319
|RX Vega 64||$400||4096||64||1247 MHz||1546 MHz||953 MHz||Vega 10||12500M||8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit|
|RX 5700 XT||$370||2560||64||1605 MHz||1755 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070||$340||2304||64||1410 MHz||1620 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 3060||$600||3584||48||1320 MHz||1777 MHz||1875 MHz||GA106||13250M||12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|RTX 2070 Super||$450||2560||64||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|Radeon VII||$680||3840||64||1400 MHz||1800 MHz||1000 MHz||Vega 20||13230M||16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit|
|RTX 2080||$600||2944||64||1515 MHz||1710 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Super||$690||3072||64||1650 MHz||1815 MHz||1940 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 3060 Ti||$700||4864||80||1410 MHz||1665 MHz||1750 MHz||GA104||17400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6700 XT||$700|
|2560||64||2424 MHz||2581 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 22||17200M||12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|ASUS RX 6700 XT|
|$830||2560||64||2424 MHz||2629 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 22||17200M||12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|RTX 2080 Ti||$1000||4352||88||1350 MHz||1545 MHz||1750 MHz||TU102||18600M||11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit|
|RTX 3070||$800||5888||96||1500 MHz||1725 MHz||1750 MHz||GA104||17400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6800||$1000||3840||96||1815 MHz||2105 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 21||26800M||16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6800 XT||$1300||4608||128||2015 MHz||2250 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 21||26800M||16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 3080||$1300||8704||96||1440 MHz||1710 MHz||1188 MHz||GA102||28000M||10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit|
|RX 6900 XT||$1500||5120||128||2015 MHz||2250 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 21||26800M||16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 3090||$2000||10496||112||1395 MHz||1695 MHz||1219 MHz||GA102||28000M||24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit|