In today’s buyer’s guide, we’ve provided overviews of some of the best RX 6700 XT graphics cards available to help you pick the right option for your needs.
Slotting right in the middle of AMD’s Big Navi GPU lineup with an MSRP of $479, the AMD RX 6700 XT is AMD’s best option for a mid-range GPU. Designed to take on NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070, the AMD RX 6700 XT offers fantastic performance at a great price—or at least it was designed to at its suggested retail price.
Today, the RX 6700 XT’s price is significantly higher than that $479 price mark—this is down to the ongoing GPU shortage. This has caused availability issues worldwide and therefore price hiking is rampant.
However, prices are starting to come back down to reasonable levels and graphics cards are currently cheaper than they have been in over a year. But, in some cases, it still may be more cost-efficient to opt for a pre-built desktop with an RX 6700 XT inside it instead.
Although, if you’d prefer to build your own gaming PC, in this guide we’ll showcase four of the best RX 6700 XTs on the market right now. Let’s go!
A Quick Look at the Best RX 6700 XT Video Cards
The table below showcases our picks for the best RX 6700 XT video cards currently available.
ASUS ROG Strix OC
PowerColor Red Devil
XFX Speedster QICK319
GIGABYTE AORUS ELITE
*Check out our reviews of the RX 6700 XT graphics cards listed above by clicking the “Read Review »” link.
1. ASUS ROG Strix RX 6700 XT OC
The best RX 6700 XT overall
ASUS ROG STRIX OC graphics cards often made their way to the top of our round-ups in NVIDIA RTX 3000 series GPUs for their fantastic performance and great value—and for the RX 6700 XT, ASUS’s ROG STRIX OC variant of the RX 6700 XT also steals the show.
This card is one of the most powerful RX 6700 XTs out there, all thanks to the factory overclock reaching a boost clock of 2622 MHz. The ROG STRIX OC features 12GB of 192-bit GDDR6 VRAM—along with 2560 stream processors.
The air cooler on this card varies slightly from that used on the corresponding RTX 3000 series GPUs from ASUS, but features a triple axial-tech fan setup configured into an alternate blowing pattern.
This card also features a 2.9-slot design to maximise surface area to improve airflow and thermal performance. A vented backplate adds extra protection and more space for conductive cooling.
The obligatory RGB lighting is handled by a large lighting strip on the side of the card. With ASUS’s Armoury Crate utility software, you can create custom routines to match your PC’s aesthetics.
So, how does this translate into performance? We can look to GPU Monkey’s testing to reveal how the ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT OC Edition is the most powerful RX 6700 XT out there.
This card holds a theoretical performance score of 13.42 TFLOPS.
(If you’re unfamiliar with TFLOPS, it is a measure given by the FP32 benchmark. It measures how many trillions of floating-point operations the card can perform per second. The higher the TFLOPs count, the higher the card can theoretically perform.)
In the Battlefield 5 4K benchmark, this card scores an average of 76 fps. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4K benchmark, we can see the RX 6800 XT performing at an average of 50fps. This is on par with the RTX 3070 Founders Edition—also at 50fps.
Overall, the ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT OC Edition is the most powerful and feature-rich RX 6700 XT—offering gamers a fantastic alternative to the RTX 3070.
2. PowerColor Red Devil RX 6700 XT
Our runner-up RX 6700 XT pick
Our runner-up pick is from PowerColor—an AMD exclusive board partner. The PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT is a great alternative to the ASUS ROG STRIX OC.
Under the hood, PowerColor has clocked the RX 6700 XT chip to reach a boost clock of 2633 MHz—along with the standard 2560 stream cores and 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM as found in other RX 6700 XTs.
Cooling is handled by a triple-fan axial-tech air cooler. It features one 90mm fan and two larger 100m fans, configured in an alternate blowing pattern for maximum cooling performance.
A great feature with this graphics card is a USB-C display output, along with two display port output slots and a single HDMI 2.1.
The RGB lighting setup on this card is extremely cool. It features RGB strips scaling the length on the card. You can choose your unique RGB effect through the Devil Zone RGB software.
Of course, with any graphics card, the performance is by far the most important metric here. How does the PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT perform? According to GPU monkey, in the FP32 single-precision benchmark, this card delivers a theoretical performance of 13.42 TFLOPS.
In Battlefield 5’s 4K benchmark, the PowerColor Red Devil RX 6700 XT delivers an average of 76 fps. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, that figure is an average of 50 FPS in their 4K benchmark. Again, this performance is similar to the RTX 3070.
In conclusion, the PowerColor Red Devil RX 6700 XT is another great choice for a great gaming graphics card.
3. XFX Speedster QICK319 RX 6700 XT
The best value Radeon RX 6700 XT
For many years, XFX has created great budget options for AMD Radeon cards. For the Radeon RX 6700 XT, this is the XFX Speedster QICK319. Not only is this a great value card—often found to be hundreds of dollars cheaper than other RX 6700 XTs—but, in my opinion, it’s one of the best looking.
The star of the show here is XFX’s sleek matte black cooler—lined with silver aluminium accent rims. RGB lovers will be disappointed here as XFX have chosen to forgo addressable RGB lighting. Instead, this card appears far more to minimalist and stealth builds.
This air cooler features three double-ball bearing fans, providing loads of air intake. When idle and in light tasks, this card is silent thanks to a great stock fan profile.
On the back-side of the card, XFX has included an all-black metal backplate, complete with a cut-out of the XFX logo. Not only does this look awesome, but this also helps provide some more thermal cooling capability and rigidity to avoid GPU sagging.
How does this card perform? In the FP32 benchmark, this card performs at TFLOPs. Other benchmark results include 114fps in Battlefield 5 4K and 78fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s 4K benchmark.
If you’re looking for a budget alternative for the RX 6900 XT, XFX’s Speedster MERC319 is a fantastic choice.
4. GIGABYTE AORUS RX 6700 XT ELITE
The RX 6700 XT w/the most RGB lights
For those who love RGB graphics cards, the GIGABYTE AORUS Radeon RX 6700 XT ELITE is an excellent option to consider. GIGABYTE has opted for a neon-punk style to create a sleek graphics card for the most astute gamers.
Cooling this card is the WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans. These fans are lined with RGB lighting strips, resulting in a cool aesthetic. These lights are controlled by GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion 2.0 desktop utility program. You can configure the illuminated fans to follow a whole host of different patterns and color routines.
Under the hood, the graphics chip is overclocked to reach a boost clock of 2633 Hz. The card is packed with 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
How does this card perform? In the FP32 benchmark, this card performs at 13.42 TFLOPS. In gaming, this card churns out an average of 76 fps in Battlefield V and 50 fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider (both 4K benchmarks).
Overall, if you’re looking for a graphics card with great RGB lighting, the GIGABYTE AORUS Radeon RX 6700 XT ELITE 12G is the perfect card for you. It blends great design, good performance and decent value into a winning package for any gamer looking to kit out their powerful gaming PC.
Is an RX 6700 XT the Right Video Card for You?
That was our round-up of four of the best AMD RX 6700 XT graphics cards on the market. If you’re a big fan of real-time raytracing, it may be worth looking at NVIDIA’s similarly-priced offering—the RTX 3070. With dedicated Tensor Cores for hardware-accelerated raytracing, performance with ‘RTX On’ beats the DirectX Ray-Tracing featured in AMD’s RX 6700 XT.
Remember, you won’t find any of the mentioned cards on this list for anywhere near the RX 6700 XT’s MSRP of $479.
This is due to the ongoing GPU shortage. Prices are starting to come down, but they are still a little over MSRP.