The RX 6700 XT is one of the best value AMD graphics cards, and today sees a price drop on an XFX Speedster model at Amazon.com. This chunky triple-slot card now costs $480, a $80 reduction from its US MSRP and a new low-water mark for this category of GPUs.
We recently saw the RX 6700 XT drop to £420 in the UK, so it’s nice to see a similar discount for the American audience. As we mentioned in that article, the RX 6700 XT is a strong contender for 1440p gaming, offering more horsepower than the RTX 3060 Ti while costing less – the cheapest 3060 Ti card I could find is a small dual-fan model for $525. It’s got more VRAM than both the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070 – 12GB versus 8GB – and performance in rasterized (non-RT) games is strong. In fact, the RX 6700 XT is capable of tying the RTX 3070 in some games, while costing $100 less. That’s pretty impressive stuff!
Where the RX 6700 XT is a little weaker in games with RT enabled, as Nvidia’s second-gen RT implementation is significantly stronger pound-for-pound. Still, the fact you get hardware RT at all still makes it a big improvement over past AMD generations, and the recent addition of FSR 2.0 in supported games mean you have a way to boost frame-rates significantly to make up for the performance penalty that RT workload impose.
As we mention in most GPU posts, there is also an argument for holding fire for now – next-gen graphics cards are expected to deploy sometime this year, so you should be able to get more for your money by the time Black Friday rolls around . However, expect new cards to coincide with another wave of GPU price rises, so getting a known quantity for a good price now might be the most sensitive option.
What do you think of this price? Is there a price that turns the RX 6700 XT from ‘decent option’ to ‘must buy’? Let me know in the comments below – it’s always good to hear from y’all!