AMD has a new entry-level RX 6000 series GPU: the $379 RX 6600 XT, which is still based on the same RDNA 2 architecture as its beefier cousins, but offers a more wallet-friendly price. The new card promises the “ultimate 1080p gaming experience” for customers who don’t necessarily need a next-gen 4K gaming setup.
At a suggested retail price of $379 (AMD doesn’t sell its own version of the card), the RX 6600 XT slots at an even cheaper price than the $479 RX 6700 XT the company released earlier this year, which targeted 1440p gaming. .
The RX 6600 XT features 32 computing units, 8 GB GDDR6 RAM, a base clock of 2359 MHz, a boosted clock speed of 2589 MHz and a power consumption of 160 W. In comparison, the top-of-the-range RX 6900 XT 80 compute units, while the RX 6700 XT 40 units of account.
AMD’s logic here, however, is that most players don’t really have the setup needed for a full 4K gaming rig, which requires not only the latest and greatest GPUs, but a processor and screen that can pump out enough pixels. The company cited research from IDC that claimed roughly two-thirds of gaming displays sold last year were 1080p panels, but also that growth in high-refresh displays was 20 times greater than models with lower refresh rates.
The RX 6600 XT aims to fit perfectly into those trends and promises to run AAA titles such as Battlefield 5 or Cyberpunk 2077 at high frame rates at maximum 1080p settings. The new card isn’t for someone who wants the latest and greatest GPU — it’s for customers using an outdated GPU, such as the aging GTX 1060 (which still accounts for nearly 10 percent of all graphics cards in the market today). Steam’s Hardware Survey and may struggle with more recent games).
The new RX 6600 XT also offers a big boost over AMD’s 5000 series cards, with 1.4x or more improvements in FPS speeds compared to the RX 5600 XT and RX 5700 for titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Eternal doom. AMD also claims that the new card outperforms Nvidia’s comparable entry-level RTX 3060 GPU, which starts (at least in theory) at $329.
AMD is also aware that the supply could be an issue for the new card, noting at a press conference that “we are doing our best to get the supply, but the demand is unprecedented, and also the supply constraints are real, so we work with those situations at hand.” Given the general difficulty of buying new GPUs these days, it might be best to prepare for another round of hard-to-find cards.
The RX 6600 XT will be available August 11 from AMD’s usual partners, including ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, XFX, and Yeston, with pre-built systems also set to arrive sometime in August.