After returning to the mid-range niche with its RX 6700 XT a couple of months ago, AMD decided that now was the time to release its 1080p flagship, the RX 6600 XT. This is the successor to the excellent and popular RX 5600 XT, but thanks to the RDNA2 architecture, the power of the new model has grown to 9.6 teraflops, while its predecessor had 7.19. In addition, the volume of GDDR6 memory has grown from 6 to 8 GB.
Basically, the performance of the RX 6600 XT is about the same as the RX 5700 XT (9.75 teraflops), and slightly worse than the PS5 GPU (at least on paper). The RX 5700 XT was once positioned as a card capable of playing at 1440p (and the PS5 supports 4K), so it’s no exaggeration to say that the new model will be at least good for 1440p games.
However, AMD is touting the card as “the new standard for 1080p,” adding that games like Doom Eternal have a 1080p performance boost over the previous generation of 1.7x. AMD also noted that about 2/3 of the monitors we ship are still 1080p monitors, so this is still the norm for PCs.
Other characteristics include 32 computing units (the RX 6700 XT has 40 of them), a frequency of up to 2359 MHz in Game Clock mode and a power consumption of 160 W (power is supplied through an 8-pin connector). AMD also boasts custom features like Radeon Boost, which allow for higher frame rates and lower latency for Radeon Anti-Lag.
But the most important new feature of the 6000 series is ray tracing. Thanks to it, the picture will become more beautiful and realistic, and thanks to the improved power, all this will be available in high resolutions (1440p and 4K) and with a decent frame rate. However, you shouldn’t expect too much from the RX 6600 XT – ray tracing tests show that the RX 6700 XT is inferior to competitors from NVIDIA, and the 6600 XT’s characteristics are weaker on all fronts than those of the 6700 XT.
Still, for a budget 1080p card, the 6600 XT looks amazing. Soon we will see a whole slew of different RX 6600 XT models from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI (pictured above), ASRock and others – its MSRP is $ 379, and shipments are scheduled for August 11th. However, it will be a real miracle if you manage to buy it for this money. The recommended price for the RX 5600 XT was $ 300, but in fact it cost 2 times more – largely due to the crypto mining boom and the global shortage of video cards.