There were rumors about what AMD might do with such a renowned graphics card maker as Sapphire, and it finally happened, which, as we’ll see, is curious. And it is that from the world of laptops and mining cards, a new GPU is now coming to PC, the first of the AMD 6000 series that does not include the RX to its credit: Radeon 6700. Why was this silent launch given now?
It is true that between the new RX 6650XT and the RX 6700 XT there is a positional gap that could be filled by another model, but it is also true that the gap between the RX 6800 and the RX 6750 XT is bigger, where there is no intermediate model and there is a leap in price and performance. That’s why it’s Radeon 6700
AMD Radeon 6700, a unique GPU from “another world”
It would have made more sense to launch a mid-range model to cover the space we mentioned above, but no, AMD and Sapphire have a new graphics card available which is surprising in terms of specs for two reasons.
The first is that technically speaking and saving consumption distance, we are dealing with an RX 6700M laptop PC. But at the same time and quite surprisingly, its technical characteristics, and apparently also its design, are nailed to the model that the brand presented focused on cryptocurrency mining and again the only difference we could find is consumption.
But before getting into speculation, we’ll get to know him in more depth to argue his ending. We’re dealing with a gaming-focused graphics card that has the chip Navi 22 XL at 7 nm manufactured by TSMC. It will integrate 2308 shaders with 36 ray accelerators, 144 TMUs and 64 ROPs, all in 36 total CUs.
Frequency is the section that stands out here, since Sapphire provided it 2.230 MHz and 2.495 MHz (Gaming/Boost), so we understand this to be its official AMD frequency.
More consumption and 10 GB of VRAM
The data is supplemented by the above-mentioned elements 10 GB VRAM at 16 Gbps which will be connected to a bus 160 bit, something unusual in PC graphics cards. But it is that this Radeon 6700 really comes from the two areas mentioned and in a rather interesting way.
The chip is intended for gaming laptops, the frequencies have been increased from 135 watts to 220 watts, which at the same time is also a higher value than the version with the same shape and concept for the mining. Therefore, if we add 2 + 2, we will surely find the key to officially launch this graphics card through a manufacturer like Sapphire: the cryptocurrency market has crashed and they have to launch the stock of GPUs intended to mine them
If not, why didn’t AMD present it during the RX 6000 Refresh less than a month ago? It makes no sense to do it through a manufacturer, unless it’s the manufacturer themselves asking for permission, excusing a large inventory of the mining-focused model they cannot currently sell due to market conditions.
In any case, we don’t have an official price for this card, but it will fluctuate between $479 and $399 for its two siblings that mark it out in the range. Likewise, the manufacturer has launched two models, the normal and the PULSE, so clearly the stock they have the BC-2235 GPRO X080 10GB for mining is really high.