Wake up, wake up! Get up and shine! It's a new day, and with that comes the new AMD Radeon graphics card: the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT will arrive on August 11, 2021 and start its life at $ 379.
There will be no reference graphics card for AMD for the RX 6600 XT, however, the design and shipping task will be up to AMD board members from day one. I can confirm that ASRock, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, Powercolor, Sapphire, Yeston, XFX and Asus have plans for the new GPU.
With that, the factory overclocked models of the RX 6600 XT are also introduced at launch, although you’re likely to pay a price premium for one of these.
What are the specifications of the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT?
The Radeon RX 6600 XT will feature 32 computing units (CUs) for a total of 2,048 flow processors, which are the key units responsible for gaming performance in AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture.
For an approximate reference to the performance you can expect from this load, only four CUs are missing from the PlayStation 5 GPU with 36 CU. And eight shy of the RX 6700 XT, which would normally sell for $ 479 MSRP if it weren't for the current shortage of chips.
The Radeon RX 6600 XT will run at incredibly fast speeds, however, it’s something of the fame of all RDNA 2-based graphics cards. With a 2,359 MHz game clock, the RX 6600 XT is up there to get the cards. faster graphics ever made.
Which can help explain the total power of the board (TBP), which starts at 160W.
Specifications of Radeon RX 6600 XT
GPU: Navi 23
Lithography: TSMC 7nm
Flow processors: 2,048
Lightning accelerators: 32
GPU game clock (MHz): 2,359
Memory bus: 128-bit
Memory capacity: 8 GB GDDR6
Memory speed: 16 Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 256 GB / s
Recommended power supply: 500W
Price: $ 379
Another common thread between AMD's RDNA 2 graphics cards is the use of Infinity Cache, and the RX 6600 XT is no different with 32 MB of it all. This can act as a replacement memory in some cases and save a trip to the 8GB of GDDR6 memory built into the RX 6600 XT. We'll have to wait and see how well the RX 6600 XT's Infinity Cache will work compared to previous RX 6000 series graphics cards, all with much more, either 96 MB or 128 MB.
AMD has also decided to limit the width of the PCIe bus with the RX 6600 XT to the Gen 4 x8, as opposed to the Gen 4 x16 connection used in existing RX 6000 series GPUs. that workloads require more PCIe bandwidth than is available on the 6600 XT ".
A PCIe 4.0 x8 connection actually offers the same bandwidth as a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, however, which was enough for all types of graphics cards up to the RTX 2080 Ti.
For all your ray tracking needs, AMD provides a total of 32 ray accelerators with the RX 6600 XT. These are dedicated ray tracing cores that download a portion of the ray tracing workload to allow the cores on your graphics card to work elsewhere. They’re also pretty good, though we’ve found Nvidia’s RT Core to be a more powerful solution.
Therefore, with this in mind, 32 ray accelerators may be sufficient to tune the low to medium ray tracking settings in current compatible games.
I’ve touched on the competition a bit there, and there’s no doubt that AMD has its work cut out for it to be eliminated. 12 GB RTX 3060 from Nvidia. This is not our favorite Ampere graphics card, but it remains a severe competitor to AMD's RX 6000 series. The 12GB RTX 3060 was launched at a $ 329 PVP, which means AMD will have to extend a decent lead with the RX 6600 XT to $ 379 to win this battle.
How fast is the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT in gaming?
AMD says the RX 6600 XT is a “1080p beast,” as it claims that this card will be more than a match for Nvidia’s 12GB RTX 3060 at 1080p. The red team is confident that it has overtaken Nvidia with the Radeon RX 6600 XT.
While I wait to decide once we get a chance to try it out, AMD has released the following chart showing the frames per second between the two in some of the best games today.
I'll say it again, it's still early days to get performance figures, but it looks like the RX 6600 XT is the leader in some major games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Battlefield 5, though it loses to Horizon Zero Dawn.
One thing to keep in mind: AMD has enabled smart access memory (SAM) on the RX 6600 XT and bar size on the RTX 3060 for these performance tests. , which AMD likes to point out are not exactly comparable; it seems that SAM is better optimized. Another reason I would be a little hesitant to rely solely on this chart.
Still, considering all the due considerations, it is the best indicator of the gaming performance of the Radeon RX 6600 XT we have so far. And one thing is for sure: the mid-range GPU market is about to heat up with the arrival of the RX 6600 XT. This can only be good if graphics cards are more expensive than ever; now we can do it with some more affordable GPUs. Like, Right Now.
August is just around the corner. At this point, you can try to get a Radeon RX 6600 XT in between the initial stock dispute.