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The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT is the latest card to be revealed from the red team, which aims to be a more affordable entry to the RX 6000 series that debuted in 2020.
The RX 6600 XT aims to compete with the rival Nvidia RTX 3060 in the low-mid tier price range.
See below for all the information available on this new graphics card ahead of its release on August 11th, 2021.
What Are The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Specifications?
The key specifications for the RX 6600 XT are as follows:
Compute Units : 32
Game Clock : 2359MHz
Infinity Cache : 32MB
VRAM : 8GB GDDR6
TDP : 160W 1×8 pin
You will be able to use the standard 500W PSU to power the graphics card.
As previously stated, this GPU is meant for 1080p gaming, so should be paired with a 1080p monitor ideally. If you want to go 1440p, you’ll need something with a bit more power, like an RX 6800 or an RX 6800 XT or if you want to go 4K, then you’ll want the mighty RX 6900 XT (if you can afford it).
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Performance
As can be seen on the above charts, AMD claims that the RX 6600 XT performs between 2.2x to 2.5x faster in the games it tested compared to the Nvidia GTX 1060 (the most commonly used graphics card on the market, based on Steam’s statistics), albeit with Smart Access Memory enabled (meaning you’ll need an AMD CPU to get these results).
More importantly, the second and third images show the AMD RX 6600 XT vs Nvidia’s RTX 3060, the real competitor of this card. Overall the RX 6600 XT is seen as pulling ahead of the RTX 3060 in most games played at 1080p on Max settings, in particular the more demanding AAA titles, though in Horizon Zero Dawn the RTX 3060 actually wins by a narrow margin.
In the less demanding competitive titles in the third image, the difference in performance is shown as being much less significant.
Once again though, Smart Access Memory was enabled in all of these benchmarks, (though Resizable Bar was also apparently enabled for the RTX 3060) so it’s unclear as to how well the RX 6600 XT would perform without it when paired with an Intel CPU for instance.
As ever, we won’t know for certain how well the RX 6600 XT performs until independent third-party testing can take place.
What Is The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Release Date?
The AMD Radeon 6600 XT release date has been confirmed as 11th August 2021.
This release date will be the same for the standard stock version of the graphics card, and also the third party AIBs such as MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte.
How Much Will The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Cost?
We were hoping that the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT would come in at around the MSRP of the RTX 3060 – i.e. $329 – however it seems that AMD has priced the GPU relative to the inflated market prices of the past two years, going with an MSRP of $379. AIB versions from third party manufacturers will come at different prices of course.
Although on the face of it this might be disappointing, in practice you are never going to find an RTX 3060 for anything close to $329, given the ongoing graphics card shortage, and so $379 actually represents a reasonable price, assuming stocks of the RX 6600 XT last.
A RX 6600 XT would then be a viable substitute for an Nvidia RTX 3060 – especially if you have a Zen 3 Ryzen CPU which means your setup can take advantage of Smart Access Memory to unlock those extra FPS.
Where Can I Buy The RX 6600 XT?
We have set up a Where To Buy page for the RX 6600 XT, which we will be populating with links to retailers all over the globe that will be selling the new graphics card upon its release on the 11th of August 2021. Make sure to check back on this date and after so you don’t miss out on your chance to pick up the new AMD GPU!