AMD’s $479 Radeon RX 6700 XT targets silky-smooth 1440p gaming

AMD’s new $479 Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card will target gamers who want to play at 1440p with max settings but its best feature may be that it’ll be available in “significantly” higher volumes than Radeon RX 6800 GPUs were at launch, the company said Wednesday morning. AMD also announced that its performance-boosting Smart Access Memory technology will be coming to Ryzen 3000 processors.

But the star of the show was the Radeon RX 6700 XT, which features 40 compute units, a game clock of 2,424MHz, 96MB of AMD’s radical Infinity Cache, a 230 watt power rating, and an ample 12GB of GDDR6 memory. AMD is especially touting that massive memory buffer to differentiate the Radeon RX 5700 XT from its rivals when they go on sale on March 18.

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Both of Nvidia’s nearest competitors, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070, feature “just” 8GB of RAM. At 1440p resolution, AMD said Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War uses about 11GB of RAM, Horizon Zero Dawn uses just over 10GB, and both Dirt 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 push between 9GB and 10GB of memory use. AMD said these situations can give the larger 12GB frame buffer in the Radeon RX 6700 XT an advantage—but it will largely depend on the game.

AMD said ray tracing performance on the card will be similar to its higher-end Radeon RX 6800 and 6900 cards and you’ll be able to play games such as Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Fortnite, and Minecraft with the cutting-edge lighting effects enabled. The company also said ray tracing support for Cyberpunk 2077 and Dirt 5 were on the way too.

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Nvidia’s GPUs have traditionally led in ray tracing but AMD noted that the company is now finally starting to reap the rewards of its open standards approach. AMD said there are now more than 40 games that support the company’s FidelityFX effects, such as Contrast Adaptive Sharpening, Denoiser, Variable Rate Shading, and Screen Space Reflections. The company chalks that up to not only the open standards approach it takes, but also developers wanting to support features for the new generation of game consoles, too. AMD’s Radeon GPUs power both the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.

For peope who need less latency, AMD said it’s also now ready to offer Radeon Anti-Lag on not just DX9, and DX11 games, but also DX12. That’s a very welcome addition, but crucially, AMD did not reveal anything more about FidelityFX Super Resolution, its brewing rival to Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling technology. DLSS’s smart AI upscaling gives GeForce GPUs a major performance advantage in ray-traced games.

How much does the Radeon RX 6700 XT cost?

Generally, the card looks to fight with the GeForce RTX 3070 and the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in performance, so it’s no coincidence that it’s priced between both. AMD said the price of its own cards will be set at $479, which is less than Nvidia’s list price of $499 for the GeForce RTX 3070, but more than the $399 price of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti card.

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Of course, pricing for both those Nvidia cards have mostly been academic because with insanely high demand from gamers, a resurgent coin mining craze, and sneaker scalpers focusing their powers on GPUs, the selling prices for new and used graphics cards alike are out of this world. Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070, for example, regularly sees prices in the neighorhood of $1,000 on eBay.

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