AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Rendering Fan with R Logo

Introduction

AMD is launching the Radeon RX 6600 XT today, though it has already been announced. The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT was announced on July 29th at ChinaJoy 2021. The official press release reveals the specifications and pricing, the official MSRP is $379.

The trend seems to be, announce first, then launch hardware later. However, the availability of that hardware has been a problem in today’s crazy silicon shortage atmosphere and high prices. Today, on August 10th, we can talk about the GPU, but we cannot post our full review of the add-in-board partner board we have, until tomorrow, August 11th. On August 11th, we will reveal our benchmarks.

This launch is a bit unique, this is a partner-only launch. What this means is that AMD will not be releasing a made by AMD reference card this time, nor sampling reference cards for review at “launch.” This is a bit of a different step AMD is taking, as the Radeon RX 6900 XT, 6800 XT, 6800, and 6700 XT all had made by AMD video cards directly for sale on AMD’s website directly.

This gave AMD somewhat control over the MSRP and pricing manufacturers would charge. When cards are available direct on AMD.com it sets a sort of benchmark for pricing. Now that Radeon RX 6600 XT won’t be available directly on AMD.com manufacturers are free to really charge whatever they want.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT is set up to market to a specific segment of gamers. AMD is positioning this video card to squarely occupy the 1080p gaming experience. This video card is engineered to perform best at 1080p, not necessarily 1440p. That fact is made clear with the cutting down of the Infinity Cache to 32MB on this 128-bit bus video card.

As you can see above, the Radeon RX 6600 XT sits in the 1080p bracket of performance, while it is up to the Radeon RX 6700 XT to provide gamers a good experience at 1440p. The only issue with that is that $379 is a high price point for the 1080p gaming space. Typically, this has been a sub-$300 market in the past. The Radeon RX 5600 XT, for example, was launched with an MSRP of $279 and it was positioned as a 1080p video card in early 2020.

Performance

In terms of upgradability, AMD is stating it is time to upgrade from your GeForce GTX 1060 video card. The GeForce GTX 1060 was released in 2016, but its MSRP was only $249. Kind of odd comparing to a 5-year old video card, you would hope the Radeon RX 6600 XT is faster than a 5-year old video card. So it is a bit odd to say it’s time to upgrade to a video card that is $130 more expensive five years later. That’s a very different price segment.

At any rate, AMD is claiming that the Radeon RX 6600 XT should be in the realm of 2.2x to 2.5x faster than a GeForce GTX 1060. For $130 more, we sure hope it would. Not really sure that is enough to justify the price difference, however. AMD also claims the Radeon RX 6600 XT is 1.4x to 1.7x the performance of the Radeon RX 5600 XT. Again, these are also $100 apart in pricing, so not sure that really is that impressive considering the price difference?

Availability

We should see better availability of the Radeon RX 6600 XT, and it should be available from many popular add-in-board partners shown above, as well as leading OEMs.

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11 Comments

  1. Beyond our review, I also have more to say about the pricing, which will be published after the video card review tomorrow, August 11th. Stay tuned to the front page.
  2. Beyond our review, I also have more to say about the pricing, which will be published after the video card review tomorrow, August 11th. Stay tuned to the front page.

    AMD give you Aug 11 for the drop? I noticed HUB already dropped their review about 30 minutes ago.

  3. Pricing discussion is interesting, but only if real world prices are discussed. Please compare to AIB prices, Ebay sales, and / or new egg shuffle combo prices. I don’t particularly care what the nvidia release MSRP was for a 3060 or a 3060ti, its going to actually cost around 550 for a 3060 and 750 for a 3060ti. Tech Report’s review is saying to expect 6600XTs selling at the actual $380 MSRP. If that’s actually, truely, the case, it’s an incredible value compared to $550 for a 3060, $750 for a 3060ti, or $829 for a 6700XT..
  4. ****, almost twice the clockspeed of the 5600.

    I do agree though, $100 higher MSRP is tough to swallow for the new "entry level" gaming card. It ~probably~ will have a decent speed bump, but you should always see a generational speed bump. The hard part is the huge increase in price, which as a % is pretty hefty, and will likely be even higher at street prices.

    Can’t wait to see tomorrows article though~

  5. I do agree though, $100 higher MSRP is tough to swallow for the new "entry level" gaming card.

    I’m not even sure what ‘entry level’ gaming means. I know what you mean by it, but given the breadth of games that can run on not a whole lot, I’m left wondering if it matters.

    That and I can’t really fault increases in MSRP when the cards themselves are retailing at two to three times that.

  6. I’m not even sure what ‘entry level’ gaming means. I know what you mean by it, but given the breadth of games that can run on not a whole lot, I’m left wondering if it matters.

    That and I can’t really fault increases in MSRP when the cards themselves are retailing at two to three times that.

    I would think entry level has now become the realm of the APU. A 5700G is going to handle all the esports, the old console ports, most of the back catalog, etc fine at 1080p. My old A10 7870k honestly played way more games completely acceptably than I would have ever expected.

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