This year ChinaJoy Gaming Conference In Shanghai (think E3, but focused more on local Chinese developers and projects), AMD announced the upcoming August launch of its new graphics card, the Radeon RX 6600 XT.
Set to take over the mantle of 1080p gaming specialist from the aging Radeon RX 5600 XT, the Radeon RX 6600 XT targets the largest segment of the PC gaming market squarely: gamers and esports dogs with Full-HD monitors. But how well will the RX 6600 XT rank against today’s GPU competition in this highly contested, high-volume category?
Let’s compare what we currently know about the RX 6600 XT to AMD’s next and previous generation models, as well as the closest competition from Nvidia …
At an introductory list price of $ 379 (which will likely only go up on the street, depending on the design of the third-party card in question and the seemingly unavoidable reseller tax), the Radeon RX 6600 XT finds itself in competition with strong entries from Nvidia. . AMD representatives, at a press conference, placed the card between the GeForce RTX 3060 and the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. In fact, the card is between the list prices of $ 329 and $ 399 for those models.
That’s a bind. On the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, for just $ 20 more than the Radeon RX 6600 XT (if you calculate based on list prices, anyway), Nvidia buyers could get a card that looks, at least on a sheet of specs, considerably more powerful. The RTX 3060 Ti has the same amount and type of VRAM as the RX 6600 XT, but its memory bandwidth and bus size seem like it could easily outperform AMD in performance, and not just for a few dollars in speeds of picture.
We’ll just have to wait until we get our hands on one to find out what this card can actually do against Nvidia Editors’ Choice winning line of 30 series GPUs.
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT: price and availability
Speaking of being able to get your hands on one of these, when should you mark your calendar to reserve a day to line up at your local Best Buy? And what models can you buy?
We saw what AMD called an “artist render” of a RX 6600 XT reference board during our briefing. But don’t plan to buy one. An AMD representative stated that the company will not offer any actual AMD-branded reference cards at launch. This line of cards will be 100% third party designs.
After that, AMD has chosen to let its add-in-board (AIB) partners take the brunt of the never-ending “Why is stocks out of stock?!?” emails and social media posts that will flood (if recent history is worth it) within minutes after the cards go live. Expect boards from the usual suspects from AMD AIB, including Asrock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, and XFX.
When, exactly, should you expect those “Buy Now” buttons to be activated in your checkout carts? Set your alarms and prepare those bots: The RX 6600 XT launches the morning of August 11, although the hours that online retailers open their digital doors to shoppers will vary depending on where you are in the world.
Stay tuned to PCMag for our day one review of the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT as we put it to the test, and see if it’s really worth that price increase for high-refresh and AAA 1080p gamers alike.