PowerColor RX 6700 XT Hellhound Spectral White Review
Published: 6th May 2021 | Source: PowerColor | Price: £449 |
The Radeon RX 6700 XT is the perfect foil for the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, being almost identical in performance and price. For those of you who have been desiring an all AMD system, or perhaps just have a preference for the products that come out of the Sunnyvale design studio, it is a fantastic weapon to have in your arsenal.
Naturally at this price point it's all about being able to play absolutely anything, at maximum detail settings, at 1080P, and this is a task that the PowerColor Hellhound manages easily. Heck it has enough under the hood to be able to run at 1440P in nearly everything too. We are firm believers that the 60 FPS boundary is the line in the sand below which gaming isn't remotely as fun or skill based as it should be, and we always consider that the water mark. Otherwise the Hellhound would be a 4K card. It's not quite at that level, but then if you're buying a card in this price group you really shouldn't be expecting 4K performance with all the bells and whistles turned on.
The PowerColor RX 6700 XT Hellhound is available in two colours, either the black card that fits in with the majority of your builds, or this special edition Spectral White model for those of you, like the boss, who prefer your systems to be tax deductable as white goods. PowerColor deserve special praise here. Not only is the Hellhound logo one that we'd be happy to have on some branded merch, but they have gone all in on the white aesthetic. So often we see white products that are half efforts with a black PCB and chrome IO section. The Hellhound not only has a white connection plate but even a white PCB. No it won't make a performance difference and you can't really see it, but it speaks to the care and attention to detail that PowerColor have put into the card. When the fine details are correct you can be fairly sure the big ones are too.
Undoubtedly the big details are spectacular on the Hellhound. It might bring up visions of brimstone and eternal hellfire, but it's extremely cool even under harsh loading. The fans don't spin up below 60°C and we struggled to get the card hotter than that. Okay our GPU test rig has good airflow, but still, that's massively impressive. This had the additional boon that those of you who want to manually overclock your card can be safe knowing there is tons of thermal headroom available. With the 8+2 phase DrMOS power there is also plenty of stability to push yet more volts through it, or if you're happy to let the card overclock itself you're guaranteed of a very long lifespan. As anyone on a budget knows, lifespan is almost just as important as performance. We can't all spend £1000 a year on graphics. As you saw in our clock speed graph the lack of a factory overclock isn't even an issue as the Hellhound isn't much behind the XFX Merc 319.
With fantastic looks (especially in this Spectral White colourway), low power draw, extremely cool temperatures and great performance at the main resolutions the PowerColor RX 6700 XT Hellhound Spectral White is a brilliant card and worthy of your attention.
The Hellhound has an MSRP of $449, although current market forces might vary that wildly at retailers.