The Red Devil & Reference RX 6700 XT take on the RTX 3070 & RTX 3060 Ti in 35 Games

Conclusion

 Final Thoughts

The Red Devil RX 6700 XT improves significantly over the RX 5700 XT and it trades blows with the RTX 3070 in multiple rasterized games.  The reference and Red Devil RX 6700 XT beat the last generation cards including the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2060 although they struggle with ray traced games especially when DLSS is used for the GeForce cards.  We somewhat handicapped the RX 6700 XTs by not being able to use Infinity Cache & Smart Access Memory and we expect that performance would be higher if we used a Ryzen 5000 platform.

For Radeon gamers, the reference and Red Devil RX 6700 XTs are a good alternative to GeForce Ampere cards for the majority of modern PC games that use rasterization.  The RX 6700 XT offers 12GB of GDDR6 to the 8GB of GDDR6 that the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti are equipped with.  The RTX 3060, although it has 12GB of vRAM, appears to be wasted on that card and it is outclassed by the RX 6700 XT.

At its suggested price of $479, or $20 less than the RTX 3070, the reference RX 6700 XT offers a good value – if it can be found at all.  Unfortunately, this launch has proved to be an extremely high demand and limited supply event that will probably be impossible for most gamers wishing to purchase one.   This same thing has happened to Ampere cards where the stock is still trickling in and being purchased the instant it’s available.

Prices are ridiculously high and many resellers are taking advantage of this demand situation by raising prices significantly because they realize that ETH (Ethereum) cryptocurrency mining will go bust relatively soon (probably, if we are allowed to speculate compared with what happened in 2017) as mining difficulty continues to rise and Summer’s cooling costs will have miners scrambling to sell their used cards.

ETH prices are starting to show drastic price swings as those at the top are working to prop it up.  What goes boom, also goes bust, and (relatively) soon we will see the used market flooded with cheap mining cards that will suddenly ease availability and return video card pricing to a buyer’s market – so be patient please.

PowerColor hasn’t set any pricing on the Red Devil RX 6700 XT allowing the resellers to set theirs. They claim that their margins are actually below their usual historical low double-digit (10-12%) for a new product.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to recommend any card with no suggested price even though it is overclocked, very nicely equipped, and well-built over a well-designed reference version for $479.   We wish that we could say that “PowerColor thinks their Red Devil is worth $100 more than the reference version” – and we would agree.  But now there is no pricing frame of reference whatsoever.

We recommend the Red Devil RX 6700 XT as a great choice out of multiple good choices, especially if you are looking for good looks with RGB, an exceptional cooler, and great performance for 2560×1440, PowerColor’s excellent support, and overall good value assuming that the stock and price stabilizes.  We are convinced that PowerColor is an outstanding AMD AIB, and we never hesitate to recommend it to our friends.  When we have a choice, we pick and have picked PowerColor video cards for our own purchases.

Let’s sum it up:

The Red Devil RX 6700 XT Pros

  • The PowerColor Red Devil RX 6700 XT is much faster than the last generation RX 5700 XT by virtue of new RDNA 2 architecture.  It beats the RTX 2060 and the RTX 3060 as it trades blows with the RTX 3070 in some raster games.
  • 12GB vRAM may make the RX 6700 XT more useful for future gaming than the 8GB vRAM the RTX 3070 or RTX 3060 Ti are equipped with
  • The Red Devil RX 6700 XT has excellent cooling with less noise than the reference version – plus it does not throttle from any thermals
  • The Red Devil RX 6700 XT has a very good power delivery system and 3-fan custom cooling design that is very quiet when overclocked even using the OC mode
  • Dual-BIOS give the user a choice of quiet with less overclocking, or a bit louder with more power-unlimited and higher overclocks.  It’s also a great safety feature if a BIOS flash goes bad
  • FreeSync2 HDR eliminates tearing and stuttering
  •      Infinity Cache & Smart Access Memory give higher performance with the Ryzen 5000 series
  •      Customizable RGB lighting and a neutral color allow the Red Devil to fit into any color scheme using the DevilZone software program.

Red Devil RX 6700 XT Cons

  •        Pricing.  PowerColor has given no suggested price.  We simply cannot compare its price with the reference version at $479 during this current dual pandemic situation.  Wait for stock and pricing stability after ETH mining crashes – do not buy from scalpers!
  •       Weaker ray tracing performance than the RTX 3070 or the RTX 3060 Ti.

Either the reference version or the Red Devil RX 6700 XT are good card choices for those who game at 2560×1440, and they represent good alternatives to the RTX 3070 albeit with weaker ray tracing and VR performance.  They are offered especially for those who prefer AMD cards and FreeSync2 enabled displays which are generally less expensive than Gsync displays; and Infinity Cache & Smart Access Memory are a real plus for gamers using the Ryzen 5000 platform.  If a gamer is looking for something extra above the reference version, the Red Devil RX 6700 XT is a very well made and handsome RGB customizable card that will overclock better.

The Verdict:

  • PowerColor’s Red Devil RX 6700 XT is a solidly-built good-looking RGB card with higher clocks out of the box than the reference version and it overclocks better.  It trades blows with the RTX 3070 in many rasterized games.  Although we have no price or availability updates, it is a kick-ass RX 6700 XT.  Hopefully there will be some solid supply coming and the market pricing will normalize after the cryptocurrency pandemic ends (relatively soon).

The reference and Red Devil RX 6700 XTs offer good alternatives to the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3060 Ti for solid raster performance in gaming, and it also beats the performance of AMD’s last generation by a good margin.

Stay tuned, there is much more coming from BTR. This weekend we will return to VR with a performance evaluation comparing the Red Devil RX 6700 XT with the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3060 Ti.  After that, we have a T-FORCE PCIe Gen 4 x4 SSD review.  And stay tuned for Rodrigo’s upcoming 461.92 driver performance analysis!

Happy Gaming!