The new graphics card unveiled by AMD promises “the ultimate 1080p gaming experience”. We already know that the recommended retail price is $379. Of course, due to the shortage of components, we can expect the price of this card to soar. Just like Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060: the cards start at more than €700 while the recommended retail price is only €335…

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT: not everyone is interested in 4K

The arrival of a new entry-level card may come as a surprise. AMD had recently launched a $479 RX 6700 XT that operated somewhat on the same concept, but with a slightly beefier spec sheet optimized for 1440p gaming. One notch below, the Radeon RX 6600 XT embeds 32 compute units, 8 GB of GDDR6 RAM, all with a base frequency of 2359 MHz (2589 MHz peak) and a TDP of 160W. For comparison, the most powerful RX 6900 XT offers 80 CPUs. And the RX 6700 XT just above the 6600 has 40 CPUs.

AMD explains that it decided to launch this card after a study commissioned from the IDC polling institute. According to the survey, two-thirds of computer displays sold last year were full HD 1080p displays. The study also shows the rise of high refresh rates. The RX 6600 XT fits these trends perfectly. Customers who choose this card can expect to play the latest titles like Cyberpunk 2077 with the best possible 1080p graphics. During the presentation, AMD did not hesitate to compare the card to its designated direct competitor: the RTX 3060 from Nvidia.

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Market launch on August 11, 2021

The manufacturer showed this series of benchmarks on 10 AAA titles:

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AMD also explained that its card offers an average of 1.4x better performance than its counterpart of the 5000 series (the RX 5600). The RX 6600 XT will be available from August 11 via the company’s usual partners, namely ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, Biostar, PowerColor, MSI, Sapphire, XFX and Yeston. However, AMD admits that its graphics card, like the others, will suffer the consequences of the global component shortage.

“We are doing our best to secure supply, but demand is unprecedented, and furthermore supply constraints are real, so we are working to resolve these situations,” AMD said in its presentation.