There we have it, we have tested popular and standard benchmarks looking at productivity, workstation, and compute workloads on the Radeon RX 6700 XT. Many of our concerns, seem to be true in regards to those performance workloads. Our conclusion is founded on the data and the facts.
When it comes to improvements over the last generation Radeon RX 5700 XT though, we are impressed. There are definite signs of huge improvements over the last generation. This is great to see.
When it comes to the competition though, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 have the advantage. The Radeon RX 6700 XT is priced closer to the GeForce RTX 3070, but its productivity, workstation and compute performance falls way behind the cheaper GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. It makes it so that the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is actually a better video card for those applications. Then you look at the GeForce RTX 3070, and it’s much faster.
Considering the suggested pricing is close, the GeForce RTX 3070 is the better deal for productivity, workstation, and compute applications. It just provides a lot more performance, and that cannot be denied, the data proves it. When you throw on special renderers like OPTIX in Blender, the RTX cards just can’t be beaten. We are also surprised at how well they did in Vulkan.
The only advantage the Radeon RX 6700 XT has is its 12GB of VRAM. For professional workstation applications this could make a difference. Or at least, you would think it would. In our benchmarks, it did not. However, these benchmarks cannot predict all workloads, and its possible in real-world use that 12GB famebuffer could have its advantages as you work with large data sets in real-time. However, it doesn’t seem to help in rendering, and for that better API performance in renders is where the RTX cards shine.
The Final Points
At the end of the day, the Radeon RX 6700 XT is a good gaming card, and it can be competitive when overclocked. However, when it comes to professional productivity, workstation, and compute applications, the GeForce RTX 3070 is the better card for the money. Nobody can deny the NVENC encoder, CUDA API and OPTIX API, and other abilities like NVIDIA Broadcast and such as well. The Radeon RX 6700 XT falls behind quite a bit in most of the testing. Maybe future drivers can improve the situation.