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AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT announced and launching August 11

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AMD has lifted the lid on the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, a fresh RDNA 2 powered GPU that will be launching August 11.

This is another 1080p focused card, which still remains as the most popular PC gaming resolution by far. Our own survey shows it clearly, as does Steam. It's still pretty much no contest there so it's truly not surprising to see AMD launch a new card for 1080p gamers.

While technically it's going to be launching properly on August 11, AMD have said that system builders will be getting them at the beginning of August but the likes of SRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE, XFX and Yeston will be on August 11 for anyone wanting to just buy a card.

Model

Compute Units

GDDR6

Game Clock (MHz)

Boost Clock (MHz)

Memory Interface

Infinity Cache

TBP

Price

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

32

8 GB

2359

Up to 2589

128 bit

32 MB

Starting at 160 W

$379

“1080p has long been the most popular resolution for PC gaming, and in 2020 more than two-thirds of the gaming monitors shipped were at this resolution,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “However, the most popular older-generation 1080p graphics cards can struggle to even hit 60 FPS in modern games. The Radeon RX 6600 XT raises the bar for 1080p gaming. It was specifically designed to deliver the ultimate 1080p gaming experience for all gamers, offering powerhouse performance and advanced features to bring beautiful, complex and hyper-realistic worlds to life.”

Really though, the question is: how long until they're all sold out? Is it going to be another "paper launch"?

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kokoko3k 31 Jul
Quoting: rcgamer
Quoting: kokoko3k
Quoting: The_AquabatMy 5600 XT does 84fps on Ultra with Shadow of the TR, on 1440p. Obviously this card is also good for 1440p. (Except high demanding games like Cyberpunk or similar you won't have issues)
Really? Mine struggles in some scenes and not even reaches 50fps, at 1080p.
In other ones it reaches 120...

Are you using the Feral port or forcing Proton? For me the Feral port gets close to 100 FPS on highest settings. With Proton it does as you describe, will be getting 100 and then suddenly go down all the way to 20 in some scenes. That's at 1080p.
Feral port.
One of the scenes i'm speaking about is on the first village on the sea.
Maybe it is particullary cpu bounded there and my i5-4590 is just not enough.
Will check asap.


Last edited by kokoko3k on 31 July 2021 at 5:32 am UTC
The_Aquabat 31 Jul
Quoting: kokoko3k
Quoting: rcgamer
Quoting: kokoko3k
Quoting: The_AquabatMy 5600 XT does 84fps on Ultra with Shadow of the TR, on 1440p. Obviously this card is also good for 1440p. (Except high demanding games like Cyberpunk or similar you won't have issues)
Really? Mine struggles in some scenes and not even reaches 50fps, at 1080p.
In other ones it reaches 120...

Are you using the Feral port or forcing Proton? For me the Feral port gets close to 100 FPS on highest settings. With Proton it does as you describe, will be getting 100 and then suddenly go down all the way to 20 in some scenes. That's at 1080p.
Feral port.
One of the scenes i'm speaking about is on the first village on the sea.
Maybe it is particullary cpu bounded there and my i5-4590 is just not enough.
Will check asap.
I think you are getting CPU bound, a Ryzen 2nd gen should be enough for avoiding cpu bottleneck. You are having a serious CPU bottleneck there imho.
When you finish the benchmark what are the results? at the end it tells you if you are CPU bound or GPU bound, my result is 96% GPU Bound, so virtually no CPU bound problem here.


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 31 July 2021 at 6:59 am UTC
kokoko3k 31 Jul
Quoting: The_AquabatI think you are getting CPU bound, a Ryzen 2nd gen should be enough for avoiding cpu bottleneck. You are having a serious CPU bottleneck there imho.
When you finish the benchmark what are the results? at the end it tells you if you are CPU bound or GPU bound, my result is 96% GPU Bound, so virtually no CPU bound problem here.
Yeah thanks for the info, I never understood how to read those stats.
Will check in a couple of days when i'll be home.
Time to look for a new cpu/mobo/ram combo, sigh...
peta77 31 Jul
Because of this article i took a look at Radeons after a longer while again... I thought AMD GPUs are cheaper than nvidia, now I look at the 6900XT and it's sold at 1800€
and its average consumption is about 300W ... that's a lot (a GPU for cold winter days, OK nvidias top-rtx3 aren't using less); this sounds like it will make a lot of noise... when this power demands increase go on like that at some point i'll have to get an additional powerline just to run the GPU of one computer...

One weird thing: the online shop I buy my stuff at lists Linux as supported system for the 6800XT but not for the 6900XT...
Shmerl 1 Aug
Quoting: peta77this sounds like it will make a lot of noise... when this power demands increase go on like that at some point i'll have to get an additional powerline just to run the GPU of one computer...

One weird thing: the online shop I buy my stuff at lists Linux as supported system for the 6800XT but not for the 6900XT...

I have Sapphire Pulse RX 6800 XT - it's really quiet in general.

Linux support listed for the card doesn't mean much. They are all supported by amdgpu and Mesa by now.


Last edited by Shmerl on 1 August 2021 at 4:14 am UTC
peta77 1 Aug
Quoting: ShmerlI have Sapphire Pulse RX 6800 XT - it's really quiet in general

What means in general? No GPU, no matter how much power it needs, gets noisy when displaying the desktop, simple applications or Videos. How loud does it get when it's under full load and how annoying is the sound? Like there's graphically demanding games out there that don't have constant action, are rather quiet and then it matters.
Shmerl 1 Aug
Quoting: peta77What means in general? No GPU, no matter how much power it needs, gets noisy when displaying the desktop, simple applications or Videos. How loud does it get when it's under full load and how annoying is the sound? Like there's graphically demanding games out there that don't have constant action, are rather quiet and then it matters.

I mean under full load obviously. Under idle load fans don't rotate at all, so it's completely quiet. I prefer quiet operation in general and I don't have any complaints about this card in this regard. But if you want exact values like noise measurements, you'd have to search for some reviews.


Last edited by Shmerl on 1 August 2021 at 7:59 am UTC
kaiman 1 Aug
If this card would actually be available for close to its MSRP, I guess I would be able to put together an upgrade of my PC for just under €1000.

That's still 250€ above my comfort zone, but with the ongoing GPU shortage, I don't see a low to medium end model available in the 200,- to 250,- price range any time soon. And even then I would have to compromise on 16GB RAM instead of 32 to get down to what I would spend without second thought. And I'd rather not.

So I'll keep my eye out on this, because I'm really itching to replace my GTX950 and this one combined with a Ryzen 5600X would neatly fit with my current PSU and also offer a big enough leap in performance to be worthwhile. They're even still making mainboards with PS/2 connectors, so I can keep my trusty keyboard as well :-D. Wonder why that is ... because USB doesn't support n-key rollover?
Shmerl 1 Aug
USB keyboards support n-key rollover just fine for the reference (not all of them, but some).


Last edited by Shmerl on 1 August 2021 at 1:36 pm UTC
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