If you may recall back in January 2020, AMD launched the Radeon RX 5600 XT for the mid-tier consumer market, the RX 5600 XT was a great performer considering its price point matched that of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti at just $279.
The Radeon RX 5600 XT held a convincing victory over the 1660Ti while even matching that of an RTX 2060 in certain titles, however the launch of the card was extremely rocky and met with criticism as AMD had originally revealed the 5600 XT as having 6GB of GDDR6 memory specifically rated at 12Gbps.
NVIDIA then tried to one up their competitor by announcing a then price dropped “RTX 2060 KO” exclusive to their main AIB bitch partner, EVGA for $299.
AMD officials then ran around like headless chickens then finally rushing in a revised specification of the Radeon RX 5600 XT which then increased its effective memory bandwidth to 14Gbps to combat the non-existent RTX 2060 KO.
The result of this allowed many cards that were either purchased by consumers at launch or god forbid those review samples came with the 12Gbps revision resulting in inferior performance because AIB partners then started to produce the new 14Gbps products while also releasing VBIOS updates for some of the 12Gbps models to gain the bump to its effective memory speeds.
However not all 5600 XT’s were actually capable of updating to a 14Gbps VBIOS you see as the cards capable of producing 14Gbps memory actually came with higher game and boost clocks compared to those that couldn’t.
This lead to mass confusion as benchmarks were misleading, with review and retail products being a hit or miss whether or not they had the elusive BIOS update or not, but of course with increased memory frequency and core clocks those who bought a 5600 XT and sadly weren’t able to update its VBIOS certainly would’ve felt somewhat cheated from an apparent bait and switch (though the other way around I guess).
So you may ask, why is this relevant now?
Well that’s because according to Coreteks, AMD are set to make to make an even worse blunder this time around with the highly anticipated Radeon RX 6700 XT.
Now I must intervene here, Coreteks talks a lot of shit. Remember the “co-processor” that he hyped up to come with RTX Ampere? Yeah, that got fucking memoryholed real quick. Quite possibly the dumbest motherfucker in the JewTuber tech space.
Like all JewTubers, Coreteks is nothing short of a pretentious shill mongerer whoring content for views and cash, he talks a lot of bullshit and his “leaks” are usually wrong. Mundane “head in the clouds” content meant to generate clicks.
Honestly I trust this faggot less than I would say AdWhore TV. Alright guys, how’s it going?
According to Coreteks, there will be two separate variants for the Radeon RX 6700 XT, one of with will offer a 230W TGP (total graphics power) while the secondary variant comes power restricted with a TGP of just 189W.
While overclocking may not exactly be affected, the same cannot be said for the out of box performance as having two different power configurations of the same product may lead to confusion, especially with the supposed Radeon RX 6700 that will likely perform close to the limited variant of the RX 6700 XT under the right configuration.
The performance hierarchy of these GPUs makes absolutely no sense with the naming convention, a slower GPU sold as an RX 6700 XT is a scum move, a lot like the RX 580 “2048SP” which in essence was really just an RX 570 which was merely an RX 470 though on a more refined 16nm processing node with bumped frequencies.
This sort of power restriction on the same product is very reminiscent though nowhere to the same degree as NVIDIA have allowed for their mobile RTX 3000 graphics cards, where otherwise two identical GPUs can vary wildly in performance due to severe TGP restrictions and reduced clock speeds.
It’s unclear how exactly AMD intend to differentiate the branding between its 230W and 189W variants, however Coreteks claims that ASIC B or the 189W variant is intended for stock or reference products, which would imply that AIB partners will be utilizing both models or more extensively the 230W version in specific when it comes to their high-end offerings.
The vast differences in total graphics power are just too significant to ignore however, if AMD where to brand the 189W variant as an “RX 6700 12GB” rather than an XT SKU, it would be excusable.
It seems unlikely though, as it’s unknown just how cut down the Radeon RX 6700 core would be in comparison with the XT, with the set plans for the card calling for just 6GB of GDDR6 memory operating at 16Gbps which to me seems rather pathetic.
I understand that the Radeon RX 6700 for all intents and purposes is a middle of the road GPU for consumers who want sublime performance at 1080p with the details cranked to the max, however as games have gotten much more demanding so too has the demand for higher amounts of VRAM of which AMD have otherwise set the staple with its 16GB on the 6800, XT and 6900XT and 12GB of GDDR6 memory on the 6700 XT.
I’m sure we’ve all cracked jokes about how NVIDIA are penny pinching when it comes to VRAM allocation with their RTX 3000 GPU’s and how woeful the 6GB of VRAM was for the RTX 2060 but in the current year I just can’t fathom why the Radeon RX 6700 doesn’t just have at least 8GB or something, 6GB just isn’t enough.
The most important question to ask ourselves is whether or not both variants will feature similar power targets in overclocking software.
Because the RX 6800 and 6800 XT are hardware locked with a maximum frequency of just 2700MHz while the 6900 XT is capable of reaching 3000MHz, even though that the Sapphire TOXIC RX 6900 XT can only reach 2.7GHz the restriction in maximum frequency is certainly still there as even the TOXIC is restricted with its TGP even though it offers an insane 8+8+6-Pin power connector layout.
It doesn’t exactly make much sense why AMD would segregate identical products in the consumer sector with power limitations I highly doubt that it’s to bolster the performance of its reference designs as those are the ones limited at 189W but I wouldn’t put it past them if perhaps there’s a difference in the maximum frequency obtainable between both units. Because you can guarantee for certain that the 230W variant will be packing much higher frequencies out of box.
The Performance difference may not be Earth shattering but it will be certainly noticeable, at least when it comes to some rudimentary bar graphs. We will just have to wait for the Radeon RX 6700 & XT to be announced and released before we can truly judge because Coreteks is well known to talking shit when it comes to this sort of leaked information.
If however correct we must observe its TGP scaling as the 189W variant will only have access to 82% of the power available to the 230w SKU out of the box, this should be noticeable especially under sustained boost clocks. Base frequencies should land in a similar ballpark however sustained game clocks are up in the air.
It’s unknown just how the Radeon RX 6700 XT will perform, I personally believe based on how the RX 6800 convincingly takes charge over the RTX 3070 that at least the 230W variant will without a doubt perform better than that of the 8GB RTX 3060Ti with the quazzy 6GB runt rounding out the pack going head-to-head (and most likely winning) against the GeForce RTX 3060.
But why so much fuss over a measly 41 watts? Well that’s simple, because the RX 6700 & XT just so happen to be around where majority of consumers will undoubtedly purchase. These mid-range offerings are most important to both AMD and NVIDIA (to maximize profits), as they tend to sell in much greater quantities than their bigger family members.
For AMD to somehow fuck things up with these separate TGP values would surely result in a media backfire as AMD would trip over itself upon the appraisal they’ve amassed with the release of RDNA 2. These products are absolutely pivotal in war with their competitors, failure simply cannot be an option especially if the failure stems from your own selfish greed.
But I highly doubt that AMD would literally shoot themselves in the foot right when everything’s coming up Milhouse, especially if this information is coming from that cunt Coreteks especially.
We’ll just have to wait and see, but I for one wouldn’t mind poking it into his grubby face that once again he was just talking out of his ass.