AMD announces RX 6700 XT graphics card launching March 18 for $479

AMD RX 6700 XT graphics card render on black background
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AMD today announced the AMD RX 6700 XT graphics card will launch March 18, offering gamers another bite of the RDNA 2 cherry. With an MSRP of $479, it will be the cheapest, and no doubt most popular, RDNA 2 card to date, too, and will offer some competition to Nvidia's RTX 30-series under $500.

Beneath it all is the Navi 22 GPU, which is a little different to the Navi 21 GPU shared across the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6800. That will come with 40 CUs enabled for a total of 2,560 cores.

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AMD RX 6000-series specs
Header Cell - Column 0 RX 6700 XTRX 6800RX 6800 XTRX 6900 XT
GPUNavi 22Navi 21Navi 21Navi 21
LithographyTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nmTSMC 7nm
Compute Units40607280
Ray Accelerators40607280
Boost clock2,424MHz2,105MHz2,250MHz2,250MHz
Memory capacity12GB GDDR616GB GDDR616GB GDDR616GB GDDR6
Memory bus-256-bit256-bit256-bit
Infinity Cache96MB128MB128MB128MB

As for VRAM, the RX 6700 XT will arrive with 12GB of GDDR6, on par with the newly-minted RTX 3060 12GB but an improvement on the 8GB GDDR6 found within the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070. We're yet to see a sizeable VRAM buffer offer startling effect on gaming performance, but it's there should you need it down the line.

As for overall performance, AMD is saying the RX 6700 XT will trade blows with the RTX 3070 and above the RTX 3060 Ti, although occasionally dipping below both, as per Watch Dogs: Legion in its own testing. That makes sense in terms of pricing, those two cards start out at $399 and $499, respectively, and its $479 price tag would have it sit right between the two, but we'll have to get our hands on one to really put this theory to the test.

Availability will be the name of the game here, however. AMD will need to be able to deliver plenty of the RX 6700 XT to meet demand in the lower price bracket, and that may be tricky with ongoing shortages.

Jacob Ridley
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Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, and would go on to run the team as hardware editor. Since then he's joined PC Gamer's top staff as senior hardware editor, where he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industries and testing the newest PC components.