With so many Black Friday PC hardware sales going on right now, PC gamers are probably most interested in Black Friday graphics card deals. This one might fly a little under the radar, but we received the Sapphire RX 6700 10GB Pulse graphics card for review and have finished most of our testing.
This is an interesting card in its own right as it adopts the Navi 22 GPU used in the RX 6750 XT and RX 6700 XT while slashing some specs. Also, since it’s still for sale and may not last long, we thought we could provide a quick performance preview.
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All in all, the RX 6700 10GB does very well at 1080p ultra, lagging 12% behind the RX 6700 XT and priced at $50 less. It’s also 25% faster than the Nvidia RTX 3060, 11% cheaper at its current price, and only a few percentage points slower than the RTX 3060 Ti at 21% cheaper. In terms of overall value, the only GPUs currently rated higher than the 6700 10GB are the RX 6650 XT and RX 6600.
The Sapphire card is not substantially It’s faster, but the extra VRAM, bandwidth and compute give the 6650 XT a 9% lead and a 30% advantage over the regular 6600. The price is about 20% more than the cheapest 6650 XT and 58% more than the 6600. It’s also 11% faster than the Arc A770 16GB and 24% faster than the Arc A750, at least in the standard (non-ray tracing) test suite.
As usual, ray tracing doesn’t go in favor of AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. It has a similar gap to other AMD cards, but widens its lead a bit more than his RX 66xx series parts based on Navi 23. It’s also only 10% slower than the RTX 3060, but he’s 28% better than the RTX 3050. Meanwhile, Intel’s Arc A770 outperforms his 34% higher, while the A750 also outperforms his 6700 10GB by 19%. All of these DXR results are 1080p medium, about as high as AMD’s midrange parts use ray tracing. .
Overall, AMD’s RX 6700 10GB card has a lot to offer. I can’t help but wonder what took so long, but we’ll never know for sure because a lot has been volatile in the GPU world over the last year. If you’re looking for a good card that can handle most 1440p for standard games and cruise at 60+ fps at max settings of 1080p, consider the RX 6700 non-XT.