What just happened? After months of rumors, leaks, and speculation, AMD just officially announced the Radeon RX 6600 XT, describing the card as a “1080p” beast. It launches on August 11, which coincides with reports from earlier this month, and has an MSRP of $ 379; Whether you will find one for that price remains to be seen.
AMD does not produce any Radeon RX 6600 XT reference cards, leaving it to AIB (add-in board) partners such as ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, XFX, and Yeston. Reports claim there should be better availability than we’ve seen previously with new graphics card releases, but don’t hold your breath.
Most of what we’ve heard about the RX 6600 XT in recent months has proven to be accurate – it features the Navi 23 GPU found on the Radeon Pro W6600 / M and RX 6600M mobile card, although it uses the full matrix, so That means 32 Compute Units (CUs) for a total of 2048 streaming processors (GPU cores). That’s just eight CU fewer than the Navi 22-based Radeon RX 6700 XT.
Other specifications of the RX 6600 XT include 32 beam accelerators, 9.7 FP32 compute TFLOPS, a 128-bit memory interface with 8GB of 16Gbps GDDR6 memory, 256GBps of bandwidth, 32MB of Infinity Cache, and a 160W TDP. AMD recommends a power supply of at least 500W and the cards require an 8-pin connector.
As with the other RX 6000 lineup, the Radeon 6600 XT boasts impressive speeds: a 2,359 MHz gaming clock and a 2,589 MHz boost clock.
AMD is positioning the Radeon RX 6600 XT as a direct competitor to the 12GB RTX 3060 when it comes to 1080p gaming. The company’s charts, which should always be taken with a grain of salt, claim up to 15% higher FPS performance than its green rival, with Horizon Zero Dawn the only game where it can’t beat the RTX 3060.
AMD says that the Radeon RX 6600 XT also has the upper hand in esports titles. Only Valorant runs slightly faster on the RTX 3060. The company notes that it has enabled Smart Access Memory (SAM) on the RX 6600 XT and the adjustable bar on the RTX 3060 for all of these gaming tests.
The upcoming Radeon card also offers up to 1.7 times more performance compared to previous generation cards.
With launch just over a week and a half away, we’ll soon find out if the RX 6600 XT lives up to AMD’s price, performance, and availability claims.