AMD has just released its latest mid-range graphics card, the Radeon RX 6600, which takes the fight directly to the RTX 3060. And just like its Nvidia competitor, it’s a solid 1080p graphics card, but does not go much further than that resolution.
AMD claims that the RX 6600 offers 23% higher performance than the Nvidia RTX 2060 at 1080p in games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Battlefield 5. AMD also claims that it reaches an average of 100 FPS, although it falls short in games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Godfall – but AMD claims that it can still run up to 70 fps in those titles.
The AMD Radeon RX 6600 is based on a slightly improved version of the same GPU found in the RX 6600 XT, with 28 Compute Units, which means you get 1,792 Streaming Processors and 28 Ray Accelerators. You also get 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, which can reach a peak bandwidth of 244 GB / s thanks to AMD’s Infinity Cache. The GPU will have a Game Clock of 2.044MHz.
The Radeon RX 6600 hits shelves today, October 13th, as previously rumored, starting at $ 329 — though prices are likely to be much higher for most third-party versions of the graphics card. Now we’ll just get to see how well it stays in stock – or rather how quickly it’s sold out completely.
Analysis: Performance is decent but falls too short
From our own testing of various titles, Final Fantasy XIV was only able to climb over the 100 FPS threshold, at 134 FPS at the 1080 setting. However, it dipped to 92 FPS at the 1440 setting. Although in any case except Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition it could stay at least over 60 fps, which is an incredibly difficult game to run.
The graphics card seems to conflict with DirectX 12 titles. For example, in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme, the RX 6600 is behind almost every other GPU on the market, including comparable prices. But it pulls forward in Fire Strike, which measures DirectX 11 performance.
When it comes to choosing this graphics card, it is like any other GPU purchase. You will have to look at the games you play or want and whether or not it is stronger or weaker there. One graphics card may work better for Far Cry 6 or Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but runs much slower for Cyberpunk 2077 or Call of Duty.
Given how difficult it is these days to maintain a decent GPU, our advice is to simply get the first one you can find for a reasonable price. For a better look at the AMD Radeon RX 6600 you can read our review.