You’d normally expect a new generation of graphics cards to outperform their predecessors, but the situation this time around is a bit precarious. Nvidia’s recently released RTX 4060 Ti hasn’t received the warmest reception, and cheaper options from the previous generation, like the RX 6700 XT, have become increasingly attractive as their prices drop.
To determine which GPU is the better buy, I decided to put both the RTX 4060 Ti and the RX 6700 XT to the test. After careful consideration, there is a clear winner. However, there are some important factors to keep in mind before making a decision.
Where’s the Value?
The RX 6700 XT and the RTX 4060 Ti belong to different GPU classes in theory. However, with the RX 6700 XT being from AMD’s previous generation, its initial price of nearly $500 has significantly dropped, making it a competitive option against the RTX 4060 Ti, which has a list price of $400.
As of now, the newly released RTX 4060 Ti will cost you at least $400. Although rumors of price cuts have circulated, they haven’t materialized in the United States yet. Thankfully, you can find plenty of options in stock at retailers like Newegg and Micro Center, selling at the list price. If you’re interested in an overclocked model or one with RGB lighting, be prepared to spend around $470.
While stock for the RX 6700 XT is dwindling, I managed to find models online for as low as $310. There are some models closer to $350, and I even stumbled upon one for $390. Therefore, if you decide to purchase one now, expect to spend somewhere between $310 and $350.
Fortunately, there’s a lot more stock available for the updated RX 6750 XT. It’s a slightly faster version of the RX 6700 XT, offering an improvement of around 5% to 10% in performance, depending on the game. Despite the slight upgrade, the price difference is not significant. The cheapest option I found was $330, but you can find models ranging from $360 to $400.
In terms of value, the clear winner is the RX 6700 XT. It is not only $50 to $90 cheaper than the RTX 4060 Ti, but it also offers very similar performance. Besides price, the RX 6700 XT has an advantage due to its VRAM configuration.
Usually, comparing specs between graphics cards from different brands is not worth it. However, the RX 6700 XT has a unique advantage over the RTX 4060 Ti. It comes with 12GB of video memory, while the RTX 4060 Ti only provides 8GB. Additionally, the RX 6700 XT has a larger 192-bit memory bus (compared to the 128-bit on the RTX 4060 Ti), resulting in higher overall memory bandwidth.
This difference in memory has a noticeable impact on performance, as seen in my testing. The RX 6700 XT performs better at higher resolutions than the RTX 4060 Ti, making it a solid choice for 1440p gaming. Moreover, with the increasing VRAM demands of modern games, the RX 6700 XT is better equipped to handle new releases, while the RTX 4060 Ti seems limited by its 8GB of memory.
Is the RTX 4060 Ti Faster Than the RX 6700 XT?
Yes, it is, but there’s more to consider. As you can see from my 1080p benchmarks, the RTX 4060 Ti is slightly faster than the RX 6700 XT on average. While there are some significant gains, such as a 28% increase in Red Dead Redemption 2, most differences are more modest. For example, the RTX 4060 Ti is around 5% faster in Horizon Zero Dawn.
However, the victory is not clear-cut for the RTX 4060 Ti. In games like Hogwarts Legacy, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Returnal, the RTX 4060 Ti and the RX 6700 XT produce almost identical frame rates. The RX 6700 XT also takes a significant lead of 32% in The Last of Us Part 1, highlighting the limitations of the RTX 4060 Ti’s 8GB frame buffer.
At 1440p, the situation changes significantly. The leads established by the RTX 4060 Ti at 1080p diminish to just a few frames, while the RX 6700 XT maintains a solid advantage in The Last of Us Part 1. Although there are still some differences, such as the RX 6700 XT being slightly faster in Forza Horizon 5 and the RTX 4060 Ti having a similar lead in Cyberpunk 2077, the overall gaming experience is almost identical on both cards.
One interesting aspect is how the RX 6700 XT narrows the performance gap at 1440p compared to 1080p. Its 12GB of VRAM not only helps with demanding games like The Last of Us Part 1, but it also allows the card to maintain high performance as you increase the resolution.
It’s worth noting that Nvidia has marketed the RTX 4060 Ti as a graphics card for 1080p gaming. However, in the previous generation, the $400 price point was mainly focused on 1440p, and there’s no reason to believe that has changed this time. The RX 6700 XT is a testament to this, offering excellent 1440p gaming performance for an even lower price than the RTX 4060 Ti.
Considering the price, the clear choice is the RX 6700 XT. This is especially true if you can find a deal on the RX 6750 XT, which provides a minor performance boost over the base model.
The Ray Tracing Trade-Off
While the RX 6700 XT is a better overall value than the RTX 4060 Ti, this assessment changes when you bring ray tracing into the mix. As seen in my ray tracing benchmarks at 1080p, the RTX 4060 Ti is around twice as fast as the RX 6700 XT in some games.
However, this doesn’t mean that the RX 6700 XT is completely out of the race. In less demanding ray tracing titles, such as Returnal and Resident Evil 4, the RX 6700 XT still provides playable frame rates. However, in the most demanding situations, the RX 6700 XT falls far behind, while the RTX 4060 Ti delivers consistent performance.
At 1440p, the situation worsens for the RX 6700 XT. While it manages to close the gap in Resident Evil 4, mainly due to the game’s high VRAM demands, it still lags behind in other titles. This discrepancy can make a significant difference in some cases. For example, in Returnal, the RTX 4060 Ti reaches a smooth 60 frames per second (fps) with ray tracing enabled, while the RX 6700 XT falls short of that mark.
It’s important to mention that I conducted all these tests without any super resolution features. The RTX 4060 Ti benefits from Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), while the RX 6700 XT can utilize AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). If you plan on running a ray tracing title, it would be beneficial to enable one of these features.
Nvidia’s GPU has an advantage in this regard. Not only does DLSS provide better image quality than FSR, but the RTX 4060 Ti also supports DLSS Frame Generation. Games like Returnal, Cyberpunk 2077, and Hogwarts Legacy all support Frame Generation, which uses AI to predict every other frame. This feature significantly improves performance and allows the RTX 4060 Ti to reach higher levels of smoothness in demanding games. Although the RX 6700 XT is the more affordable choice, there’s no denying that the RTX 4060 Ti is the better option if you want to turn on ray tracing and utilize features like DLSS 3 in the latest games.
Should You Buy the RTX 4060 Ti or RX 6700 XT?
As I’ve mentioned before, Nvidia’s latest GPUs are essentially DLSS 3 machines. The RTX 4060 Ti falls into the same category. When judging it solely as a GPU, it falls short compared to the RX 6700 XT. It offers similar performance for a higher price and is burdened by a memory configuration that could have dire consequences in future games.
Nevertheless, the RTX 4060 Ti still holds an advantage, particularly in prestige games with all the visual bells and whistles. Unfortunately, these are the same games that are likely to encounter issues with VRAM, putting the RTX 4060 Ti at a disadvantage.
In my opinion, the GPU to buy is the RX 6700 XT. It does come with some caveats, such as lower ray tracing performance and the absence of DLSS. However, it is the clear choice for the majority of games. The significant advantage of the RX 6700 XT lies in its 12GB of VRAM, allowing the card to effortlessly handle 1440p resolutions and newer releases that demand more video memory.
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