Readers of PCG’s weekend question (opens in new tab) will be well-aware of my GPU struggles, but for the unfamiliar, let’s just say that, well, circumstances have conspired such that I occasionally have to turn my PC upside down to make the graphics card work. Look, don’t worry, it’s fine, but I’m in the market for a new GPU, and some of these AMD deals have me seriously tempted to switch over from the green team.
While we’ve got all the best Black Friday GPU deals (opens in new tab) arrayed for you and constantly updated, I thought I’d take some time to highlight a couple of the specific deals that have me reconsidering my loyalty to Nvidia.
First up is XFX’s version of the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (opens in new tab), which makes much more sense on sale than it does at MSRP, especially at over a hundred bucks off. An RTX 4090 this ain’t, but it’s a solid choice for 1080p and 1440p gaming, and the RX 6700 XT currently holds the #3 on our list of best graphics cards (opens in new tab). Since I spend most of my time playing Crusader Kings 3 (opens in new tab) on my 1440p monitor—and I’m fairly certain this card won’t ask me to turn my PC upside down at any point—I have to admit I’m tempted.
Heck, if I was content to live at 1080p for a while, I could even pick up an RX 6650 XT (opens in new tab), which is pretty much unmatched at its price point these days.
On the other hand, if I do ever get the urge to play in 4K, I could always spring for that card’s big brother: The XFX Speedster SWFT 319 RX 6900 XT (opens in new tab) (I’m convinced whoever names these things is just messing with us at this point). Another card that made barely any sense at MSRP, it becomes a lot more persuasive when you knock $200 off the price tag.
These are both RDNA 2 cards, not the latest and greatest RDNA 3 tech (opens in new tab), and they obviously lack Nvidia’s bells and whistles like DLSS. But I’m on a 1080 Ti right now anyway, so it’s not like I’m giving anything up, and with Nvidia’s latest generation of cards being so massive and expensive, I have to admit that it’s gonna be a struggle not to turn my coat on this one.