AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT review roundup: The first Navi 22 GPU falls to defeat against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 while matching the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
The initial Radeon RX 6700 XT reviews are in, and they do not make for pretty reading from AMD's point of view. During its launch presentation AMD positioned the Radeon RX 6700 XT as 'the ideal choice for 1440p gaming', cherry-picking games that demonstrated the card's superior performance over NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070, albeit not in Watch Dogs Legion.
Unfortunately for AMD, reviews from Computer Base, Engadget, Eurogamer (Digital Foundry), Hexus, PCGamer & Wccftech tell a different story. While the consensus is that the Radeon RX 6700 XT noticeably improves upon the Radeon RX 5700 XT, the Navi 22-based card cannot be viewed in an AMD vacuum.
As Digital Foundry and Engadget point out, to name but two, the Radeon RX 6700 XT falls short of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in many metrics. Likewise, AMD's Navi 22 offering rarely matches the RTX 3070, despite being closer to the RTX 3070 in price than the RTX 3060 Ti. This is assuming that you can purchase these three cards at anywhere close to MSRP. If you can somehow, then few reviews recommend the Radeon RX 6700 XT over NVIDIA's GA104-based cards.
Fortunately for AMD, it may have Radeon RX 6700 XT stock when NVIDIA is incapable of producing RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 cards. Even then, Engadget warns that the reference RX 6700 XT has noisy fans under load and most reviews note that there is limited overclocking potential.
Overall, the RX 6700 XT is more comparable to the RTX 3060 Ti than it is to the RTX 3070. However, large performance gap often exists between the RX 6700 XT and the RX 6800, which could have been better bridged with a slightly more powerful Navi 22 card. You can read our thoughts on the Radeon RX 6700 XT here.