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Brad H.

Brad H.

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As Fast As A 2080 SUPER In Games for Less Than $400.00.

SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 6700 10GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card 11321-02-20G
SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 6700 10GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card 11321-02-20G

Pros: 1. Excellent build quality - When I opened the box and touched the card for the first time, I was genuinely surprised as to how well-built the card is. In the advertisement pictures, it looks like it's made out of cheap plastic, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The card is constructed from high quality steel and is built like a GPU that costs well over $400.00 (now I understand why so many people praise Sapphire cards with such high regard). Besides the steel, the card does have plastic bits, but it's definitely NOT cheap plastic. 2. Even compared to an RX 6600, the 6700 is a solid improvement. There's not an enormous difference in framerates between the two, but the 6700 delivers a smoother experience and that's certainly a positive. 3. The 6700 is only around 7.0% worse than the 6700 XT (according to TechPowerUp), while costing a good bit of money less, which is something I highly appreciate as a university student with limited money I can put toward things like graphics cards. And, on that same note, as I mentioned in the title of this review, according to TechPowerUp, the RX 6700 non-XT is as fast as an RTX 2080 SUPER in terms of gaming performance with ray-tracing disabled. There's only like a 3.0% difference between the two cards, and considering the 2080 SUPER MSRP'd for $699.99 when it was released, the fact that the 6700 costs less than $400.00 and is essentially just as fast in games is seriously incredible. 4. Comes bundled with the awesome Radeon Adrenaline software - The Adrenaline software is the primary reason I've exclusively used Radeon cards since 2017. GeForce Experience isn't even remotely comparable, and NVIDIA could really learn a thing or two in terms of the software package that comes included with their cards. I can't put into words how much better Radeon Adrenaline is over GeForce Experience. 5. I'm not a professional video editor doing crazy intensive 4K edits with lots of effects and transitions, but for light to moderate video editing in HitFilm Express, the 6700 performs very well. Radeon cards, at least the 6000 series (excluding the RX 6400 and RX 6500 XT), really aren't as bad at video editing, recording, and streaming as they're so commonly made out to be on the internet.

Cons: 1. The card runs a bit toasty out of the box (around 75.00° to 80.00°C after a two-minute stress test under the "Performance" section in the Radeon Adrenaline software), but that can be easily rectified by following Ancient Gameplay's RX 6700 undervolt/overclock tuning guide on YouTube. After following his guide, the card never went higher than the 60s throughout the duration of the Adrenaline software stress test functionality set to a run length of two minutes.

Overall Review: A solid card for less than $400.00. At the time of writing this review (08/21/22), you really aren't gonna get a better price to performance ratio for a new GPU in the current graphics card market. I highly recommend the RX 6700 non-XT for someone who wants a GPU with seriously awesome performance without having to sell a kidney to afford the card. _________________________________________________ Two Week Update: After around two weeks of use, the card has remained an incredible performer regardless of what I've throw at it. The only scenario where the card has struggled is in the Superposition "8K Optimized" benchmark. However, that's not surprising as the 6700 non-XT is not an 8K graphics card. That said, in the Superposition "4K Optimized" benchmark, it consistently hovers around 60 FPS. Also, in terms of my specific card, it never went higher than 75°C (using Ancient Gameplay's recommended "Performance Tuning" settings) throughout the duration of the benchmark, which is very impressive given the intensity of Superposition. On another note, I have two recommendations I suggest doing. Firstly, assuming you're comfortable and competent at dissembling graphics cards, tear down the card (do at your own risk) and re-paste the card with Arctic MX-4 / MX-5 or other comparable thermal pastes. Re-pasting the card made the card run a solid 3 to 5°C cooler, and while that's not much, if you're like me and want the absolute best temperatures out of the card as possible, a 3 to 5°C temperature drop is certainly nice. Besides that, unfortunately, as a product of the 6700 non-XT being less than three months old (as of 09/04/22) and not being very well supported yet, its driver support isn't quite there yet and experiences some occasional weirdness in productivity related tasks like video and photo editing (program hangs as an example). Thankfully, the way I found to get around the weirdness in productivity tasks is to use the "22.Q2" Radeon PRO drivers instead of the "22.8.2" Radeon Adrenaline drivers. So, my second recommendation is to use the "22.Q2" Radeon PRO drivers. I've found that the latest Radeon PRO drivers are much more stable and suffer from less weirdness (none from what I've experienced so far) than the latest Radeon Adrenaline drivers. The Radeon PRO drivers are marketed as being designed for "productivity tasks," but from my testing and from what I've seen in Ancient Gameplay's YT video comparing the Adrenaline drivers to the PRO drivers in terms of gaming performance, there's essentially no difference between the two. There are some games where the PRO drivers are a few FPS faster than the Adrenaline drivers and vice versa. The Adrenaline and PRO drivers trade blows depending on the game, but it's never more than a 4 to 5 FPS difference based on the results from Ancient Gameplay's YT video. So, as of right now, it seems the PRO drivers are the way to go in terms of both productivity and gaming workloads for the 6700 non-XT.