Graphics card prices were turned upside down at the end of last year. Primarily in the entry-level market, which admittedly matters to more people than ultra-enthusiast noble GPUs over $1,000. During this redesign, the cost of AMD’s RX 6000 series graphics card crashed, giving some pretty average performers at launch a whole new life.
So much so, in fact, that the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (opens in a new tab) is now cheaper than Nvidia’s RTX 3060. You can pick up the Red Team RX 6700 XT for $350 on Newegg (opens in a new tab), right now, more than $100 below MSRP. This is a card with gaming performance equivalent to that of an RTX 3060 Ti (opens in a new tab)for less than the price of its cheaper sibling, the RTX 3060.
The RX 6700 XT even sniffed the RTX 3070 (opens in a new tab) in some games during our first tests at launch. In such AMD silicon-friendly games, like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the card was noted to outperform the RTX 3070 at 1080p.
The point being that the RX 6700 XT is still a great choice for a mid-range gaming PC, and it’s the same level of discount we saw on Black Friday last year. (opens in a new tab). And don’t get me wrong, this is a fully capable graphics card in 2023. It runs on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture, which has brought major improvements across the board for AMD’s GPUs, including the added support for real-time ray tracing. Granted, the RX 6700 XT can’t always spare the performance to enable those demanding graphics settings, but it’s nice to have the option. It also comes with 12GB of GDDR6 memory, which is more than an RTX 3070.
If you can’t give up the green dream and need an Nvidia graphics card in your machine, I still recommend getting an RTX 3060 Ti right now. The RTX 3060 just isn’t the performer we’d like it to be at its current price of around $360, so bag the RTX 3060 Ti for $20-$40 more (opens in a new tab) is much easier to recommend.
While the fact remains that Nvidia’s mid-range and budget RTX 30-series cards don’t offer good value for money compared to AMD’s budget-priced RX 6000-series in this moment. So far, we haven’t seen much of a rebuttal from Nvidia either. I mean, it still rules the roost with a sizable market share, heaps of which will no doubt come pre-installed in pre-built PCs.
Nvidia apparently intends to stick with the RTX 30 series for a bit longer, despite the recent launch of the RTX 40 series. $. AMD is in a similar boat, so far only launching the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT in the RX 7000 series. On the mobile side, AMD and Nvidia are about to launch cheaper options, so hopefully their office counterparts are not far behind.
If you don’t want to wait for all this to kick off, the RX 6700 XT gets my vote as the midrange graphics card to buy in the meantime.