What Ever Happened to AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 Non-XT?

AMD released its Radeon RX 6700 XT back in March, to generally favorable reviews. It’s on our list of the best graphics cards (that you still can’t buy at reasonable prices) and currently sits in eleventh place (tenth if you don’t count the Titan RTX) in our GPU benchmarks hierarchy, slotting in right between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti. It’s a great card and AMD’s largest volume producer for its latest generation of RDNA2 GPUs. But it also uses the fully enabled Navi 22 GPU, and there will always be a certain percentage of chips that fail to pass muster. So where’s the trimmed down RX 6700 non-XT? (FYI, that’s a Photoshopped box image up top, in case that wasn’t immediately obvious.)

When AMD released its first RDNA cards, the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, they both launched on the same day — with new Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 CPUs joining the party. I was there; it was a testing and benchmarking nightmare! Not because the products were bad, but because it was too many new things from one company on the same day. That day was July 7, 2019 — a not-so-subtle jab at making it to 7nm well ahead of Intel and Nvidia. Launching multiple products on the same day can create problems, so I get that maybe AMD wanted to do a solo launch for the 6700 XT this round.

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