The latest GPU from AMD has landed, in the form of the RX 6700XT. Could this be the card to finally beat out competing options from AMD, namely the RTX 3070?
We figured the best way to find out, was to assemble a system with this new AMD card and run some benchmarks!
We’ve opted for the best value part choices and combos we could find, to leave as much left over for the GPU as possible in today’s system!
CPU: Ryzen 5 3600X
When it comes to the processor choice for a more value oriented build, the choice is between Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000 for us. Intel’s new i5 11600K is a compelling option, but with more expensive boards, less cores than less gen and an ageing architecture, Ryzen 3600X is our go to!
GPU: MSI RX 6700XT
We couldn’t have an all AMD build without one of AMDs finest new graphics card releases – the RX 6700XT! AMD come in strong with this GPU, and while the lack of a current DLSS equivalent is a bit of shame, it still performs well for anyone looking at a team red build. The huge 12GB of video memory is also a great win!
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL 16GB
Corsair come in strong on the RAM front for this system – 16GB of their latest Vengeance RGB Pro SL does the trick with a nice RGB heat spreader, fast 3600MHz speed and dual channel performance!
SSD/Storage: Seagate Barracuda 510 500GB
When it comes to storage for this build, we kept it safe, simple and quick! The Seagate Barracuda 510 is a solid NVMe Gen 3 drive choice. It’s not quite as speedy as a Gen 4 drive, but at a fraction of the price it’s a great choice!
This drive is also more affordable than the pricey Gen 4 SSDs out there, which means it sits in a real sweet spot!
Keep scrolling for the rest of the components, but remember: we’ve uploaded a video version of this build below!
Motherboard: MSI B550M Mortar
Buying a motherboard for an AMD build is actually pretty simple – if you’re on a budget then pick up a nice B550 motherboard, that has 4 RAM dimm slots and plenty of M.2 expandability. The MSI B550M Mortar fits the bill perfectly!
Case: Aerocool Trinity Mesh
With any system, the case is always one of the most tricky components to choose. Aerocool’s Trinity Mesh brings a nice budget feature set to the case scene, with an edgy mesh panel at the front, included RGB fans and an awesome aesthetic!
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THe compact form factor is a favourite of mine, as is the included PSU shield. Lovely stuff!
PSU: Aerocool Aero Bronze 600W
Power for this system is provided by the Aerocool Aero Bronze 600W, which takes the power from your wall socket and distributes it across each of your components. The black, rubber sleeved cables are a plus for a budget build as well!
Performance & Benchmarking
Awesome stuff – we’ve covered off all the parts in our system and its now time to run some games, about 15 to be precise, to see what kind of performance figures we’re able to achieve! At 1440p high settings the numbers the numbers looked good, while 1080p is an ever better story – predictable.
Games tested include: Apex Legends, COD Cold War, COD Warzone, Control, CS:GO, Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding, Fortnite, GTA V, Rainbow Six Siege, Valorant, Watch Dogs: Legion & Overwatch!
|GTA V||119 FPS|
|Apex Legends||163 FPS|
|Doom Eternal||161 FPS|
|Rainbow Six Siege||276 FPS|
|Watch Dogs Legion||99 FPS|
|COD Black Ops Cold War||114 FPS|
|Cyberpunk 2077||72 FPS|
|Death Stranding||114 FPS|
|COD Warzone||117 FPS|
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Performance aside, one super important factor with any build is how it looks …right?! This build is a bit of a stunner if I do say so myself, and below is a gallery of some of the awesome stills we pulled from this system – take a look!