AMD has unveiled its 1080p flagship, the RX 6600XT, after making its return to the midrange with the RX 6700 XT GPU. This card is a new version of the excellent and popular RX 5600 XT model and it maintains a much higher performance level, with RDNA 2 support of 9.6 teraflops compared to 7.19 teraflops for the last model. Further, it features 8GB of GDDR6 RAM, a significant upgrade from the predecessor’s 6GB.
Compared to the RX 5700 XT (9.75 teraflops) and the GPU in the PS5, the RX 6600XT appears to perform about the same. Since the RX 5700 XT is capable of 1440p gaming (and the PS5 is capable of 4K), it’s easy to assume that the new model will also function well at 1440p.
AMD’s Radeon RX 6600XT is the company’s next flagship and 1080p GPU
AMD is marketing this card as a “new standard for 1080p,” claiming that it is up to 1.7 times faster than the previous generation of 1080p graphics cards. According to AMD, almost two-thirds of monitors shipped are 1080p, so PC gaming is still dominated by that resolution.
In addition to 32 compute units (compared to 40 on the RX 6700 XT), the RX 6800 XT has a 2359 MHz clock and consumes 160W of power with a single 8-pin power connector. Radeon Boost enhances the frame rate of AMD graphics cards, while Radeon Anti-Lag provides the best latency.
Ray-tracing, however, is by far the most significant addition to the 6000-series GPUs. This feature allows for higher resolutions (1440p and 4K) while still maintaining decent frame rates and resulting in more realistic images.
RX 6600XT’s performance will be less impressive compared to the RX 6700 XT, as compared to NVIDIA’s rivals and since it has lower specs overall.
Despite this, it looks pretty good as a budget-level 1080p card. With MSRP beginning at $379 and shipping on August 11th, we’ll soon see a plethora of RX 6600XT models coming from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI (above) and other companies.
It will be a miracle if you can find one for that price, since the RX 5600 XT had a retail suggested price of $300, but street prices were often double that and more because of cryptomining and the global GPU shortage.