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AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (reference) review


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The base design of the RX 6700 XT is excellent; AMD has made choices in the memory subsystem offering them restricted memory bandwidth, adding L3 cache they are bypassing the bulk of that challenge, and that works up-to 2560x1440 indeed; however, the L3 cache will always be a bypass, a limitation even as with future more GPU bound games, you're prone to run out of that cache and get a full penalty of that 192-bit wide memory bus. Raytracing is at a level where you can 'play around with it, but AMD is not at the perf level of its competitor. The most prominent miss for AMD is lacking some sort of DLSS. Make no mistake; all factors combined still make it a tempting and lovely product in that 2560x1440 domain; if it hadn't been priced so high. At the very least, the product would have had to be under a 400 USD marker, sub-350 USD in my judgment.

Source: https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_radeon_rx_6700_xt_(reference)_review,23.html

 

Looks like it's just barely under a 3060ti. In the witcher 3 the 1080ti is faster but the 6700xt beats the 1080ti in a lot of other titles. 

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1 hour ago, UltraMega said:

Looks like it's just barely under a 3060ti.

 

In that case, the MSRP is terrible.

 

But I guess these days MSRP doesn't matter. Honestly hard to form a good positive opinion on anything reviewed in this market without real MSRP's existing. 

 

Edit: But since they are providing MSRP's for the bizaro world where these are in abundance and MSRP's are real, color me not a fan. Max this card should be is $400. And I mean max.

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1 minute ago, Sir Beregond said:

 

In that case, the MSRP is terrible.

 

But I guess these days MSRP doesn't matter.

Yea for sure, but at least we finally have cards that are cheaper than a 1080ti and also faster. 

And yea... MSRP is a pipe dream. Even the retail outlets have the prices inflated.

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1 minute ago, UltraMega said:

Yea for sure, but at least we finally have cards that are cheaper than a 1080ti and also faster. 

And yea... MSRP is a pipe dream. Even the retail outlets have the prices inflated.

I don't know, 1080 Ti is a different class of card. While I agree with your sentiment, to me the better comparison is this vs what it replaces (the 5700 XT), and its a price-hike for mid-range. It's not even just price creep, it's a price hike.

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On 3/17/2021 at 3:45 PM, UltraMega said:

Yea for sure, but at least we finally have cards that are cheaper than a 1080ti and also faster. 

And yea... MSRP is a pipe dream. Even the retail outlets have the prices inflated.

 

 

How's it cheaper. I got my 1080ti on LAUNCH day for 770 dollars (with tax) and here we are 4 years later and this thing cannot be had for less than 800 bucks?

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4 hours ago, Darkpriest667 said:

 

 

How's it cheaper. I got my 1080ti on LAUNCH day for 770 dollars (with tax) and here we are 4 years later and this thing cannot be had for less than 800 bucks?

Your comparing msrp to the scalper prices. I just mean at least they're msrp is finally where it should be, not that msrp even matters at all right now.

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16 minutes ago, UltraMega said:

Your comparing msrp to the scalper prices. I just mean at least they're msrp is finally where it should be, not that msrp even matters at all right now.

 

I mean the overall MSRP at every segment is higher than it used to be...higher than I think inflation would account for, though admittedly I am speculating that. I can at least give Nvidia credit for bringing a 102 chip back to the $700 card. But what's with all these $500ish MSRP's for mid-range now? 

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10 minutes ago, Sir Beregond said:

 

I mean the overall MSRP at every segment is higher than it used to be...higher than I think inflation would account for, though admittedly I am speculating that. I can at least give Nvidia credit for bringing a 102 chip back to the $700 card. But what's with all these $500ish MSRP's for mid-range now? 

My point is that the 2000 series was more expensive than the 1000 series by a major amount to the point of not making sense for most people. Not until these newer cards have we finally gotten to a point where there are GPUs that are both faster and cheaper than a 1080ti was at msrp.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, UltraMega said:

My point is that the 2000 series was more expensive than the 1000 series by a major amount to the point of not making sense for most people. Not until these newer cards have we finally gotten to a point where there are GPUs that are both faster and cheaper than a 1080ti was at msrp.

 

 

Ah ok, that makes sense and I agree. There was at least an uplift in performance this gen vs just adding a new rendering feature and jacking the prices (20-series).

 

It was especially disgusting to see the 70-class card last gen being on a 106 die yet being the most expensive 70-class card ever.

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