The Radeon RX 6600 XT from AMD is quite an exciting graphics card, and that’s true for a myriad of different reasons. First of all, not everyone wants the absolute greatest or most powerful GPUs on the market. Most of us just want a solid, well-rounded product that’ll deliver the kind of gaming experience we’re after — we don’t need the extra bells and whistles.
Secondly, most folks simply don’t have hundreds of dollars to spare on a beastly GPU. The average PC gamer is still rocking an NVIDIA GTX 1060 — we’re talking about a graphics card that was released five years ago. But it still gets the job done and is more than sufficient for most triple-A titles on Medium/High settings.
The AMD RX 6600 XT is, therefore, the perfect middle ground. It’s not as expensive as the 6700 XT or 6800 XT, and yet it brings all of the performance most gamers need — for a fraction of the cost.
We still don’t have an official MSRP, but seeing how it’s supposed to compete with the RTX 3060 from NVIDIA, it’s bound to be sold for about $300.
AMD RX 6600 XT 8GB — A Premier First Look
What a truly glorious design! The render obviously doesn’t do it any justice, but in person, it’s bound to impress in all the right ways! AMD’s latest reference models sure are a sight for sore eyes, and the 6600 XT is no different. The fact that it has but a single fan is somewhat worrying, but seeing how it’s built on the latest RDNA 2 architecture, temperatures shouldn’t be too big of a concern. This GPU is targeted towards maxed-out 1080p gaming, with 1440p also being an option depending on the title (and your prefered graphical settings).
As expected, the 6600 XT will need just a single 8-pin power connector, so you’ll be able to provide it with enough juice no matter which PSU you might have. With 8GB of GDDR6 memory (running across a 128-bit bus interface), it’ll definitely suffice for both narrative-driven triple-A games as well as any high-octane esports titles you might throw its way.
The only question now is: will this particular graphics card suffer the same fate as the ones that came before it? The whole mining craze has definitely subdued, but most GPUs are still sold at a premium (to put it mildly). NVIDIA graphics cards are currently sold at around 190% of their initial MSRP, with AMD’s offerings being slightly less egregious at around 180%. Still, these numbers tend to vary wildly from country to country.
In any case, things are getting better, so that’s definitely a plus. How long it’ll take before the market fully stabilizes still remains to be seen, but at least there’s a reason for optimism. We also know that AMD has an even cheaper RX 6600 model in the works, so if you’re a budget-oriented gamer — or just someone who doesn’t want to shell out a small fortune on a GPU — you’ll definitely have a wide range of options to choose from come holiday season!