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GPUs with 6 and 12 GB

ASRock is gradually gaining followers within the segment of graphics cards, many advocated for its large motherboards and above all, for the good reputation that its series of GPUs are acquiring. What has leaked has been a whopping 9 custom models based on Navi 22, where as we will see below, four are for the Radeon RX 6700 XT, four for the RX 6600 XT and only one for the RX 6700, why this weird move?

ASRock RX 6700 XT, RX 6700 and RX 6600 XT, the hint of war arrives at the doors of NVIDIA

Like a drum at the gates of a kingdom, this is how the three AMD variants will arrive under the hand of ASRock, where the 9 named models will try to break down the castle door that now dominates the RTX 3060 Ti. These models filtered by ECC are:

  • ASRock RX 6700 XT Phantom Gaming D OC ( RX6700XT PGD 12GO )
  • ASRock RX 6700 XT Challenger Pro OC ( RX6700XT CLP 12GO )
  • ASRock RX 6700 XT Challenger D OC ( RX6700XT CLD 12GO )
  • ASRock RX 6700 XT Challenger D ( RX6700XT CLD 12G )
  • ASRock RX 6700 Challenger D OC ( RX6700 CLD 6GO )
  • ASRock RX 6600 XT Phantom Gaming D OC ( RX6600XT PGD 12GO )
  • ASRock RX 6600 XT Challenger Pro OC ( RX6600XT CLP 12GO )
  • ASRock RX 6600 XT Challenger D OC ( RX6600XT CLD 12GO )
  • ASRock RX 6600 XT Challenger D ( RX6600XT CLD 12G )

As you can see, there is a very curious feature within the models, is the VRAM war in mid-range open?

The RX 6700 will arrive with just 6GB of VRAM for 12GB of the RX 6600 XT

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NVIDIA had first-hand information about what AMD was planning, only then it is understood that they are going to launch the RTX 3060 with 12 GB being inferior in performance to the RTX 3060 Ti, the latter with 8 GB.

What can be seen in the ECC is that AMD has provided 12 GB to RX 6700 XT and RX 6600 XT, so therefore NVIDIA will have to react to cover position, at least partially. What we also know by looking at these VRAMs is that we are most likely facing a memory bus 192 bits for these two AMD variants, while the RX 6700 is expected to do so as well, although it gets half the GB, since a 96-bit bus would not be understood for so much muscle, no matter how much L3 it includes.

Also, rumors point to another hit from AMD in the more competitive segment of graphics cards: RX 6600 XT 6 GBAs the 12GB model itself would be ahead of the RTX 3060 and possibly very close to or paired with the Ti version of the greens.

Cutting the VRAM in half would position AMD in a lower price range without losing overall power to its card, so NVIDIA could be in trouble to cover that range if the RTX 3050 Ti it is not capable of rivaling, which is not expected either.

Recall that AMD said at the time that these GPUs would arrive in the first half of this year, and that the latest rumors point to the first quarter of 2021, so we are really close if they are true.