AMD will sell a made-by-AMD version via its webshop and the company's add-in board (AIB) partners will have custom-design versions available from day 1. This is very unusual for AMD, usually the custom-design cards launch at a later point. The official launch price is $479, but due to the chip shortages, little cards will probably sell for that price. It's unknown if AMD's partners will sell reference-design cards, AMD's message seems to suggest the made-by-AMD cards will be sold exclusively via AMD.com -- similar to what NVIDIA does with its Founders Edition cards.
The Radeon RX 6700 XT is intended for 1440p gaming. The card has 40 compute units (CUs), up to 2424MHz Game clockspeed, 96MB Infinity Cache, 192-bit memory bus, 12GB GDDR6 memory, and a total board power of 230W. AMD's reference card has 11-phase VRM and uses a 8+6-pin PCIe power connector configuration. According to AMD, the stock cooler is capable of passively cooling the card when it's in idle mode thanks to a Zero RPM mode. In terms of display connectors, you can expect three DisplayPort outputs and one HDMI port.
For independent performance reviews, you'll have to wait a bit longer. According to AMD, the card beats NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3070 at 1440p gaming with max settings.
AMD shared photos of some of the custom card s that will launch on March 18th. With exception of a model from MSI, all of these cards use a cooler with three fans.
After the launch of the Radeon RX 6700 XT, AMD will focus on bringing its RX 6000 series to the laptop market. AMD says new mobile GPUs are coming soon.
Also interesting is that AMD is now doing its own raytracing on and off videos, as seen below in a clip that shows off Capcom's Resident Evil Village.
We've partnered with Capcom to utilize raytracing and AMD FidelityFX to enhance the atmosphere and next-generation visuals in Resident Evil Village. We can't wait to play #REVillage on May 7th. pic.twitter.com/VgSZiPlJvz— Radeon RX (@Radeon) March 3, 2021