PowerColor Radeon RX 6700 XT Red Devil Review 1

PowerColor Radeon RX 6700 XT Red Devil Review

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PowerColor announced its top custom design AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card, the RX 6700 XT Red Devil. After surprising everyone with competitive graphics cards in the enthusiast segment with the RX 6800 series and the flagship RX 6900 XT, AMD is turning its attention to the segment that earns NVIDIA the most attention from serious gamers—the sub-$500 performance segment, where it's looking to take on established rivals, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070. Unlike the last time, AMD has largely leveled up to NVIDIA on the features front, with the RX 6700 XT being full DirectX 12 Ultimate capable, including real-time raytracing. The target user of this card is someone who games at 1440p with settings maxed out.

At the heart of the RX 6700 XT is the new 7 nm Navi 22 silicon by AMD with half the compute muscle of the Navi 21 powering the RX 6900 XT. The chip has 40 RDNA2 compute units, which mean 2,560 stream processors, 40 Ray Accelerators, 160 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. AMD also increased the memory size to 12 GB compared to the previous generation, but the memory bus width is narrowed to 192-bit. The company attempted to make up for this by increasing the memory clocks and using the new Infinity Cache, on-die cache memory the company claims to significantly improve effective bandwidth. The new RDNA2 graphics architecture uses fixed-function hardware to accelerate raytracing intersections, but the tech also heavily relies on the compute shader. A side-effect of this is a massive raster 3D performance gain over the previous generation. We detail the silicon on the next page.

The PowerColor RX 6700 XT Red Devil uses a lavish triple-slot cooling solution that looks a segment above when installed in your case. Thick aluminium fin-stack heatsinks peek through the cooler shroud, giving it an industrial look. All this cooling muscle comes together to support factory overclocked speeds of up to 2.65 GHz max boost, roughly a 100 MHz increase over the reference design. You get plenty of goodies, including RGB LED lighting, dual-BIOS with a noise-optimized Silent BIOS, and a 3-pin addressable-RGB header to sync your lighting to the card's. Like most other custom RX 6700 XT cards we're reviewing today, we expect PowerColor to price the card at roughly a $100 premium over the $479 reference MSRP.

Our Radeon RX 6700 XT launch-day coverage includes six articles including this one. Do check them out!
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Radeon RX 6700 XT Market Segment Analysis
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060$6003584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641400 MHz1800 MHz1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$7004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$700
MSRP: $480
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
PowerColor RX 6700 XT$7502560642424 MHz2649 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$8005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$10003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$130046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$13008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RX 6900 XT$150051201282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3090$2000104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
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