AMD’s new Radeon RX 6600 XT provides 1080p RDNA 2 gaming for $379

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AMD has a brand new entry-level RX 6000-series GPU: the $379 RX 6600 XT, which remains to be primarily based on the identical RDNA 2 structure as its beefier cousins, but it surely provides a extra wallet-friendly worth level. The brand new card guarantees the “final 1080p gaming expertise,” for purchasers who don’t essentially want a next-gen 4K gaming setup.

At a urged retail worth of $379 (AMD isn’t promoting its personal model of the cardboard), the RX 6600 XT slots at a fair cheaper worth level than the $479 RX 6700 XT that the corporate launched earlier this 12 months, which focused 1440p gaming.

The RX 6600 XT options 32 compute items, 8GB of GDDR6 RAM, a 2359 MHz base clock, 2589 MHz boosted clock, and attracts 160W of energy. For comparability, the top-of-the-line RX 6900 XT 80 compute items, whereas the RX 6700 XT provides 40 compute items.

The RX 6600 XT, in comparison with AMD’s different 6000-series GPUs
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AMD’s logic right here, although, is that the majority gamers don’t even have the setup needed for a full 4K gaming rig, which requires not solely the newest and biggest in GPUs but in addition a processor and a show that may pump out sufficient pixels. The corporate cited analysis from IDC that claimed that roughly two-thirds of gaming shows bought final 12 months have been 1080p panels — but in addition that development in high-refresh shows was 20 instances increased than lower-refresh charge fashions.

The RX 6600 XT is supposed to fit into these developments completely, promising to have the ability to run AAA titles like Battlefield 5 or Cyberpunk 2077 at excessive body charges on most 1080p settings. The brand new card isn’t meant for somebody who desires the newest and biggest GPU — it’s for purchasers utilizing an outdated GPU just like the getting older GTX 1060 (which nonetheless accounts for nearly 10 p.c of all graphics playing cards in Steam’s {hardware} survey and might wrestle with more moderen video games).

RX 6600 XT benchmarks versus the RTX 3060.
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The brand new RX 6600 XT additionally provides an enormous enhance over AMD’s 5000-series playing cards, providing 1.4x or larger enhancements in FPS charges in comparison with the RX 5600 XT and RX 5700 for titles like Murderer’s Creed Valhalla and Doom Everlasting. AMD additionally claims that the brand new card outperforms Nvidia’s equally entry-level RTX 3060 GPU, which (no less than in idea) begins at $329.

AMD can also be conscious that provide could also be a difficulty for the brand new card, commenting at a press briefing that “we’re doing our greatest to get provide, however the demand is unprecedented, and in addition the availability constraints are actual, so we’re working with these conditions at hand.” Given the final issue in shopping for new GPUs lately, it may be greatest to arrange for an additional spherical of hard-to-find playing cards, although.

The RX 6600 XT will likely be out there beginning on August eleventh from AMD’s standard slate of companions, together with ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, XFX and Yeston, with prebuilt techniques set to reach someday in August, too.