The big thing we were all waiting for from AMD in their CES 2021 keynote was news of the AMD Radeon RX 6700 series – the more affordable entry in the 6000 series of AMD GPUs that use RDNA 2 technology. Whilst the 6950X, 6900X, and 6800X all impressed when they released in October 2020 (although their stock availability hasn’t), these were all high-end gaming cards, with prices to match. AMD’s biggest advantage historically against Nvidia has been in the mid-to-low tier range of GPUs, and many people were hoping for successors to the wildly popular 5700XT and 5700.
Unfortunately details in the CES 2021 keynote were thin on the ground. We had hoped to see a release of the 6700XT and 6700 announced for the first couple of months of 2021, but the best we got was a promise that these “mainstream” desktop GPUs would be released at some point in the first half of 2021.
It’s estimated that when the 6700XT is released it will be aimed at a price point below $500, with the less powerful 6700 and 6600 obviously being cheaper. Previous leaks indicated that we can expect the AMD Radeon RX 6700XT to come with 40 Compute Units / 2560 stream processors, 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM with a 192-bit bus and a total bandwidth of 384 GB/s.
One thing we did get to see was a showcase of an unnamed 6000 series graphics card’s performance within a gaming notebook. Footage of Dirt 5 at 1440p on Ultra high settings was shown which it was claimed was over 60FPS. Although it was not named we can probably assume this GPU is the highest laptop model in AMD’s arsenal, given they’d want to show off the best they can do. Generally AMD’s presentation was very much focused on laptop technology, and it’s clear they are trying to corner the work/play from home laptop market.
We will keep you updated on all the latest news and leaks regarding AMD’s 6000 series GPUs and gaming notebooks, so watch this space!