AMD is all set to launch its Navi 22 based Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card tomorrow at 11 AM ET. The budget Navi 2x GPU is expected to feature roughly the same specs as its predecessor with 40 Compute Units or 20 Work Group Processors (WGPs). The bus width is getting narrower, from 256-bit to 192-bit and the apparent loss in bandwidth will be made up by the inclusion of 96MB of L3 “Infinity Cache”.
The Navi 22 die also features half as many fixed-function geometry units (Primitive Units) as Navi 10, and as such should be nearly on par with the latter in older, geometry-intensive titles. Newer DX12 titles should, however, still see healthy gains on account of the fine-tuned geometry pipeline and the use of mesh shaders and advanced pre-culling techniques.
According to Coreteks, AMD will be launching the RX 6700 XT graphics card in two flavors, namely ASIC A and B. The two variants would be based on the same Navi 22 die and the specifications will mostly be identical. The only difference will be with respect to the TGP (and binning) which in turn will affect the boost clocks (game clocks to be specific) and the overclocking potential of the GPUs. The A variant will come with a TGP of 230W and cherry-picked dies while the B variant will feature standard silicon and a lower power target of 189W. As you may have concluded, the latter will be used for reference and base models while the former will primarily be utilized for factory-overclocked and/or overengineered models.
Finally, let’s talk about the pricing. According to YouTuber, MLID, AMD’s budget-grade Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card won’t really be much of a budget offering. Sources close to the creator have informed him that the 6700 XT will be priced close to the $500 mark. On the bright side, the supply is expected to be better than the higher-end Navi 21 (6800 XT, 6900 XT) lineup.
The reference model will be priced just over $470 while the factory-overclocked variants will be sell close to $550. In terms of performance, you’re looking at RTX 3060 Ti-grade performance with the reference (cheaper) variant and near-RTX 3070 levels of performance with the binned versions. Considering that the RTX 3060 Ti isn’t going to be available for the time being, this means that the 6700 XT will primarily compete with the RTX 3070 and AMD won’t have to worry about adjusting the pricing given the present hardware rut.