RX 6600 XT officially revealed, launches August 11th for $379, beats RTX 3060 in raw FPS

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 11:30 AM

For a while now AMD has been teasing a new entry into the mainstream graphics card market, and for a while we have been going back and forth on what it will actually cost. But now AMD has officially revealed the new RX 6600 XT GPU, launching on August 11th with an MSRP of $379.

Obviously that’s a bit higher than previous rumors, but is still not quite as expensive as the first ones. At a higher cost than expected this will ultimately come down to performance, and whether it is worth the price or not.

But first of all let’s take a look at the official specs of the RX 6600 XT. AMD is claiming it to be a “1080p beast” so the specs should match other graphics cards targeting 1080p resolution. Here’s a breakdown of the full specs of the RX 6000 series including the new RX 6600 XT:

RX 6600 XT specs

Card Game Clock (MHz) Boost Clock (MHz) Compute Units Stream Processors Infinity Cache Memory TBP Price (MSRP)
2015 2250 80 5120 128MB 16GB GDDR6 300W $999
72 4608 $649
1815 2105 60 3840 250W $579
2424 2581 40 2560 96MB 12GB GDDR6 230W $479
2359 2589 32 2048 32MB 8GB GDDR6 160W $379

As you can see, the RX 6600 XT features 32 Compute Units (2048 Stream Processors) with 8GB of GDDR6 memory and 32MB of Infinity Cache. The Game Clock speed comes in at 2359MHz whilst the Boost Clock is set to 2589MHz. Total Board Power is rated at 160W.

RX 6600 XT performance

AMD wants to create a new standard for 1080p gaming, and so their methodology here was apparently to look at the GTX 1060, the most popular graphics card according to the Steam Hardware and Software survey. There they found performance of the 1060 was struggling to reach 60fps on modern games.

AMD is certainly right there as the once-reigning king of mainstream GPUs that used to be enough for the recommended system requirements, has now been downgraded to the minimum required GPU in most modern games. So a new standard is definitely welcome.

With that, the RX 6600 XT apparently achieves up to 2.5X performance compared to the GTX 1060 in most modern games including Cyberpunk 2077, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassins Creed: Valhalla, and more.

Of course, it's all good to compare the difference between 2 graphics cards that are 3 generations apart, but what about compared to modern GPUs? In terms of raw performance then, AMD compared the RX 6600 XT to its main competitor: the RTX 3060, and found performance mostly far exceeded that of its competitor.

As you can see, the RX 6600 XT achieves high frame rates well above the RTX 3060’s performance in the latest games. However, there is an important caveat here: both GPUs were tested using the Smart Access Memory (AMD) and ReSizable Bar (Nvidia) features, of which the former is apparently more optimized, according to AMD.

So the FPS performance graph above is fine to get a rough estimate of the RX 6600 XT’s performance compared to the RTX 3060, but we still need real-world 3rd-party benchmarks in order to make a better comparison.

As for a generational uplift, the RX 6600 XT performs up to 1.7X better than the RX 5600 XT, with the average being 1.4X across most games. It also outperforms the RX 5700 by quite a degree, which puts more merit on those leaked benchmarks that said it could perform as well as an RX 5700 XT, give or take 5%.

There is of course the question of ray tracing performance, which no doubt AMD left out from here as their first generation of ray accelerators has largely fallen behind Nvidia’s second generation of RT cores in most modern games that support ray tracing.

With the launch of AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) that could change for the better though, but we have still yet to see how AMD’s new GPU fares against Nvidia’s in terms of ray tracing. Though we'll likely hear more in the lead up to the card's official launch on August 11th.

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Overall, it’s a difficult one to judge since we don’t have any independent tests done yet to make a proper decision. On paper, the RX 6600 XT looks like a good contender for a new 1080p gaming standard, but the price is hard to swallow on that front. Both the RX 6600 XT and RTX 3060 trade blows in certain scenarios.

However, more graphics cards at more affordable prices (at least in comparison to the over-inflated prices in the market right now) is still a good thing. Plus, with a smaller GPU die and AMD ramping up production each quarter, we should see many more of these GPUs on shelves which will hopefully help bring down overall prices eventually, even if we have to wait until 2022 for it to do so.

What do you think? Are you excited for the RX 6600 XT? What do you think of the performance? What could ray tracing performance be like? And how do you feel about the price? Is it too high for its performance? Or is it actually just about right? Let us know!

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11:11 Aug-04-2021

basically same performance as old good 1080 Ti,
so again nothing I could upgrade to

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10:59 Aug-02-2021

Yeah... No, thank you :) It's a step in right direction, but still it's like 2-3 years of stagnation when it comes to price/performance.

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08:33 Jul-31-2021

Approximately 5700 XT performance for approximately 5700 XT money, 2 years later. The market is an abomination right now :-(

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06:03 Jul-31-2021

RX580 launched at 200 dollars MSRP and it was the 1080p king


So now you're telling me that I have to accept the reality of a new card which is twice the price claiming to be the king of a common resolution that has been around over a decade?

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14:42 Jul-31-2021

Agreed. Nvidia's 60 series and AMD's equivalents should be priced at 200 USD MSRP

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00:15 Aug-01-2021

unfortunately these times are over and probably will never come back. Unless intel with its gpu lineup comes swinging wide with massive price undercuts but i doubt it

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11:40 Aug-01-2021

I wonder if AMD will come back to their RX480 tactic. 200 USD MSRP for the 4GB version. We need this.

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13:02 Aug-01-2021

GreekBlood if i remember right, massive gpu price undercuts stopped when Lisa Su took the reign. rx 5000 series was already plummeting in price2perf and currently amd only slots inbetween what nvidia offers without any significant price undercuts. Its obviously viable strategy for them, but it just kinda sad for consumers

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11:44 Aug-03-2021

Yes, that's very unfortunate, but we see it happen all the time. Manufacturers compete "prise wise". Look at OnePlus, once used to be a great company offering flagship hardware at 400 euro, now it's just another manufacturer that gets worse by the year and the prices rise as well.

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21:21 Jul-30-2021

Terrible value, basically RX5700XT performance, hence why they compare it to RX5700, so it is 400USD previous gen performance for minor discount on MSRP of 379USD... you are just better off waiting for 3060Ti stock at MSRP and paying that little bit more, plus getting more performance. Or you are better off saving some more money, getting more VRAM and minor performance drop.

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21:23 Jul-30-2021

Like this card really was priced for market where you can't buy anything, so it feels like either AMD doesn't feel like working on supply, hence price. Or they just want to hold onto whole issue for as long as they can. They don't want to take market share or anything, just overprice and hope this crisis lasts for a while longer. When this should be like 330USD card at most.

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21:24 Jul-30-2021

Also for someone saying how it is current market. Sure, but there still always is option to show them middle finger and not buy. They can have state of the market all they want, it won't help them if people don't buy it. And you as customer shouldn't just settle and give in. Adding this, just in case.

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14:08 Jul-30-2021

If I didn't already buy a new GPU this might have interested me in buying. But honestly I'm trying to upgrade from 1080p gaming now but I think this card would be perfect for everyone without a GPU.

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23:26 Aug-12-2021

I wouldnt be so sure, rtx 3060ti is far more superior card and only 20 dollars more expensive at msrp

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13:45 Aug-21-2021

Yeah but that's only if it's available. Maybe because of it's performance this card won't get scalped as hard.

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13:02 Jul-30-2021

What i dont like in current gpu market (outside of scalped prices) is how amd and nvidia are not really competing against each other, nvidia dictates price market and amd just follows up without any significant undercuts, now again its mostly because it will sell anyway in current situation, but its still kinda frustrating. I really hope intel will come up with something good with their new gpus, since this duopoly is not healthy at all.

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12:51 Jul-30-2021

$379 Yeah Sure Gonna be 800

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17:03 Jul-30-2021

More like $1000

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00:17 Jul-31-2021

ALL is layer,so 379$ is to higt,but 800$ is insane,i play old game and i like

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12:50 Jul-30-2021

i dont have issue where amd squeezed 6600xt in, the price is competitive, but in general, 3060,3060ti,6600xt, 6800 price is too high. Considering current gpu market if you manage to find it for close to its msrp its a win imo and decent buy.

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00:14 Jul-31-2021

YES all videocard is too verry high price and now i play old game

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11:10 Jul-31-2021

yeah people chasing for newest and biggest games dont really realize that there are lots of very very good old games. Games like gothic 1 and 2, fallout 3 and new vegas, bioshock 1 and 2, dark mesiah of might and magic, valve games, early deus ex games, almost all gta games, just to name a few, which will run on a potato and are so good. Heck its been quite a long time when i played newest AAA game even with my hardware

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11:40 Jul-30-2021

bit poor it didn't also have the 12GB vram

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