Knowing how and where to buy Asus 6700 XT graphics cards is now an actual reality: the card launched on Thursday this week (March 18) should be – technically – out in the wild for us all to happily add to our shopping baskets and get into our rigs in a matter of days. However, we’ve all seen this movie before.
The Asus 6700 XT launch was much like any other graphics card release of recent times and all hell was unleashed as everyone tries to buy RX 6700 XT stock, on both sides of the Atlantic.
The US saw some stock hold for moments at the likes of Best Buy and Micro Center, and then when the UK launched an hour later some stock appeared at Box and ebuyer but it was unconfirmed how successful that was.
Nonetheless, this is still the best place to be if you’re continuing, or starting, your ‘where to buy RX 6700 XT’ quest.
Features and Build of Asus 6700 XT
The TUF GAMING Radeon™ RX 6700 XT is a tenacious beast with a tough metal exterior, super-efficient cooling, and components that offer enhanced endurance.
An all-metal shroud houses three powerful axial-tech fans with dual ball fan bearings and extra blades.
Under the exoskeleton, a thick heatsink keeps thermals under tight control and TUF components, selected for maximum durability and performance, keep the card ahead of the pack.
You asked for a mean machine… this one is ready for action.
This generation, our Axial-tech fan design has matured with an increased blade count on all three fans: 13 on the center fan and 11 on the auxiliary fans.
The center fan’s extra blades and full-height ring provide boosted static pressure to blast air directly onto the GPU heat spreader.
The barrier rings on the side fans have been slimmed down to allow for more lateral intake and to provide better airflow through the massive cooling array.
To get heat up off the die and into the heatsink array, we’ve engaged MaxContact technology to polish the surface of the heat spreader and improve smoothness at the microscopic level.
The extra flatness allows for better contact with the die for enhanced thermal transfer.
The heat spreader draws heat up into heatpipes that carry it through a fin stack that fills most of the card’s large, 2.9-slot footprint.
Robust military-grade capacitors were selected for the card’s power design.
They and other components are soldered to the PCB using our Auto-Extreme automated manufacturing process.
Precise joints and the elimination of human error ensures each graphics card meets our rigorous specifications.
To ensure flawless performance when it counts, the cards are subjected to a grueling 144-hour validation trial.
Design and Outline:
A machined all-aluminum shroud creates a robust outer shell and a no-nonsense industrial design and grayscale colorway fits into any build with ease.
The underside of the card reveals further improvements. Most of the rear is swathed in a protective metal backplate that prominently features a wide vent.
The vent allows hot air to escape towards chassic exhaust fans instead of being recycled back into the GPU cooler.
A GPU bracket provides extra stability to the critical connection between die and heat spreader. Stainless steel is used for the I/O bracket to protect ports and provide a more secure mount.
And a conveniently placed Dual Bios switch allows customization of the card’s default performance profile without software.
The front-side RGB element can be customized to display a range of aesthetic and functional effects, and also synced with other ASUS components to enable uniform lighting.
To fulfill the power demands of the Radeon RX 6700 XT, two 8-pin power connectors are present, along with onboard LEDs that light up if PSU PCIe power connectors are not plugged incorrectly.
Structural pillars of a built-in reinforced metal frame are also visible here and add a literal layer of durability.
Asus 6700 XT Software
The ASUS GPU Tweak II utility takes graphics card tuning to the next level.
It allows you to tweak critical parameters including GPU core clocks, memory frequency, and voltage settings, with the option to monitor everything in real-time through a customizable on-screen display.
Advanced fan control is also included along with many more features to help you get the most out of your graphics card.
The latest Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition unleashes the full potential of your GPU with day-0 drivers optimized for new game releases and a highly customizable gaming experience.
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How Much Does it Cost?
While we have no official pricing, we have heard partner cards will likely be anywhere from $599 up to $789.
Being a ROG STRIX card we do expect this to be at the higher end of that range as with everything else going on, there will be a bit of ‘ROG’ tax as well.
We will look to revisit prices on all of our RX 6700 XT cards in a week or so time once they have been out for a bit.
Should I Buy One?
If your main concern when purchasing an Asus 6700 XT is getting the model that offers the best out of the box thermal performance, yes buy one!
If you’re more interested in overall performance than it is really hard to recommend one model over the others as they all perform very similar at the time of launch.
The price to performance ratio of the Asus 6700 XT cards is going to be all over the place due to whatever price they are actually released at.