AMD’s RX 6700 XT comes in 2 variants, launching in March whereas 6700 will launch in April

AMD’s is prepping to launch its upcoming Radeon RX 6700 XT next month, and as per reports it will be in 2 different configurations. Coreteks is reporting that team is planning on launching the 70-series RDNA 2 card with 2 different SKUs to maximize yield rates, and we’ll also be seeing a base RX 6700 coming sometime in April.

6700XT variants detailed, to offer 20-25% improvement over the 5700XT

It looks like AMD has multiple variants of its RX 6700 XT in the works, offering their AIB customers two SKUs based on their respective power limits. These GPUs will be used to separate stock/reference designs from premium overclocked variants, offering customers power limits of 189 watts and 230 watts, respectively. AMD will likely charge more for their A-series ASICs.

According to the report, the major difference in the 2 SKUs of the Radeon RX 6700 XT will come down to different TGP ratings. The more powerful ‘ASIC A’ version will be targeting 230W, with the ‘ASIC B’ targeting 189W. Overall the 6700 XT GPU is expected to perform upwards of 20-25% of what the last-gen RX 5700 XT offered.

Within their report, CoreTeks also reported that AMD’s RX 6700 XT would deliver gamers a 20-25% performance gain over AMD’s RX 5700 XT, highlighting the performance benefits of AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. This date was likely taken as an average between various existing PC games, discounting any future gains that may come thanks to AMD’s enhanced RDNA 2 feature set. Future games will benefit from DirectX 12 Ultimate features like Variable Rate Shading, Mesh Shaders, Sampler Feedback and DirectX ray tracing.

By now we’ve known for a while that the RX 6700 XT will come with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, and that seemingly won’t change with the different variations. What’s more interesting is the alleged RX 6700 launch in April, which will come with a 6 GB VRAM buffer. That is still a little lower than what we expect from a 70-class graphics card, but at the higher clock speeds of RDNA 2, it might make up with competitive performance. Just to compare, NVIDIA’s recent GeForce RTX 3070 comes with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, and even the lower end RTX 3060 Ti has the same amount.

AMD’s RX 6700 XT will reportedly feature 2560 stream processors and 12GB of GDDR6 memory over a 192-bit memory bus. This gives the RX 6700 XT the same CU and stream processor count as the RX 5700 XT and will be built using the same 7nm lithography node from TSMC, making all performance enhancements from the RX 6700 XT architecture-based in nature.

CoreTeks also reported that the RX 6700 XT would launch in the third week of March, placing the GPU’s release somewhere between the 15th to the 19th of March.

the RX 6700 series should still offer great performance if they launch alongside FidelityFX Super Resolution, which is also slated to release in March.

Pricing should weigh in somewhere at under $500, we’ve heard, but given how stock shortages are going at the moment – and how scalpers are trying to make a killing on all new GPUs – the recommended price, and the price you may have to pay in the real world could be two quite different things (sadly).

Kiran Fernandes

Kiran is your friendly neighbourhood tech enthusiast who's passionate about all kinds of tech, goes crazy over 4G and 5G networks, and has recently sparked an interest in sci-fi and cosmology.

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