AMD launching Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU this month, restocking older graphic cards

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AMD launching Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU this month, restocking older graphic cards
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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) unveiled its Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU in a live-streamed YouTube presentation. The firm’s latest graphics card goes on sale March 18 for  $479 directly and via third-party retailers.

It will also make more of its recent products available for purchase via its website.

AMD’s offerings have been in short supply recently due to the global chip shortage and the cryptocurrency boom.

Details on AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU

AMD bills the RX 6700 XT as a 1440p “powerhouse,” and its technical specifications fit that description.

The GPU features RDNA architecture, 40 compute units and 128GB of dedicated 192-bit GDDR6 SRAM. The graphics card’s base frequency is 2321 MHz, but that number leaps to 2424 MHz for gaming applications. Its peak pixel fill rate tops out at 165.2 GP/s, and its maximum texture fill rate is 413 GT/s. Plus, it provides 26.43 TFLPs of peak half-precision computing performance and 13.21 TFLOPS of peak single-precision compute performance.

In addition, the component has an L3 cache of 96MB, 12GB in VRAM, and 384 Gbps of memory bandwidth.

The RX 6700 XT’s TBP is 230W, so the company recommends users connect it to a 650W PSU.

AMD’s new GPU comes with 4K support, but that is not the device’s purpose. The firm made it clear the graphics card is a QHD beast. In fact, it claims its hardware can provide more frames per second than Nvidia’s GTX 1070 Ti and RTX 2080 Super 8GB when running “Cyberpunk 2077,” “Assassins Creed” Valhalla” and other titles.

Compared to AMD’s RX 6800, the newer component has fewer compute units and less cache and VRAM. That said, it can outpace its predecessor and the RX 6800 XT in terms of maximum clock speed. It is also $100 cheaper than its more powerful older sibling. Consequently, it is not an ideal buy for eSports professionals, but it is a solid mid-range option for committed gamers.

More AMD RX 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 CPUs are Coming

Along with its new product introduction, AMD discussed how it would address stockouts of its older graphics and computing processors. It told The Verge it would put more RX 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 CPUs for sale here every week at their retail prices.

Like the rest of the semiconductor industry, the firm has had a hard time keeping its portfolio available. The worldwide shortage of raw materials and foundry capacity had meant that the fabless chipmaker could not meet consumer demand right now.

AMD, like Nvidia, has also seen a spike in interest for its offerings in the cryptocurrency mining community. Its RX 5600 and RX 5700 GPUs became highly sought after by entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the recent Bitcoin and Ethereum digital gold rushes. Also, the company said it has “no plans” to limit the hashrates of its lineup as its main rival did.

AMD hopes its new release and inventory refreshes will make its products more accessible and affordable. But gamers looking to upgrade their rigs with new hardware should keep a close eye on the chipmaker’s website. Until the chip crisis ends, its processors will likely remain hard to come by.

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