Radeon RX 6700 XT: will everything be okay?
One could hardly expect that AMD would attack the Geforce RTX 3070 with the smallest RDNA-2 graphics card to date. You can see that not only in the price, because the RRP of the RX 6700 XT is 479 USD, while the RTX 3070 has an RRP of 499 USD (for comparison: 399 USD for 3060 Ti). So that’s only a $ 20 difference on paper. In the benchmarks provided by AMD, the Radeon card is more likely to duel with the RTX 3070 than with the 3060 Ti. In total, AMD showed eight current games in its WQHD benchmarks, with three titles (Cyberpunk 2077, Gears 5, Watch Dogs Legion) The 3070 was ahead – in the other five titles (AC Valhalla, Borderlands 3, CoD Black Ops Cold War, Dirt 5 and Hitman 3) the 6700 XT was ahead.
The use of ray tracing, which has apparently been left out here, remains a big question mark. Here, AMD is currently still generally missing a feature such as DLSS – AMD did not comment on Fidelity FX Super Resolution. There were further swipes towards Nvidia, because AMD shows in a slide that games like CoD Black Ops Cold War, Dirt 5, Horizon Zero Dawn and Red Dead Redemption 2 also like more than 8 GiB (RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070) or 10 GiB (RTX 3080) use. Only with 12 GiB (as with the RX 6700 XT or the RTX 3060) are you “safe” here, the film suggests. It is true that certain games use more than 8 GiB of memory if the graphics card offers this, but this does not automatically result in performance advantages.
The question of what will happen on 18.03. happened in the trade. The sales launch of the Geforce RTX 3060 also turned out to be a farce, how can AMD counteract this? AMD wants to offer both reference cards (made by AMD) and custom cards directly for launch at e-tailers and directly at AMD. The EIA should also be (partially) complied with. You “hear and understand the frustration of gamers due to the unexpectedly strong global demand for graphics cards at the moment”. With the market launch of the Radeon RX 6700 XT, the company is “on the right track to have significantly more GPUs available at the start of sales”.
They also want to “continue to take additional steps to meet the demand that we see from the community”. On AMD.com, the inventory of RX-6000 graphics cards and Ryzen-5000 CPUs is to be updated weekly to give customers the direct opportunity to purchase the new products at the recommended retail and sale price. It remains to be seen whether this is also relevant for customers from Germany. A look at the AMD purchase page currently shows no availability of the products mentioned.
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