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AMD Radeon RX 6600 launches today aimed at high-refresh rates and 1080p

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AMD has today released the AMD Radeon RX 6600, a new RDNA 2 GPU that has a focus on 1080p as well as high refresh rates. From the press release AMD said the Radeon RX 6600 cards are expected to be available today starting at $329 USD from the likes of ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE, XFX and various retailers.

“The latest generation of games deliver massive leaps in life-like visuals that are driving more graphics performance to meet the demand for the best possible 1080p gaming experiences,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “To meet this demand, we’ve designed the Radeon RX 6600 to make these new breathtaking experiences available to  more PC gamers, providing the performance of an enthusiast-class powerhouse in a midrange solution.”

Here's the specs along with a comparison to the XT model

Model

Compute Units

GDDR6

Game Clock4 (MHz)

Boost Clock5 (MHz)

Memory Interface

Infinity Cache

TBP

AMD Radeon RX 6600

28

8 GB

2,044

Up to 2,491

128-bit

32 MB

132W

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

32

8 GB

2,359

Up to 2,589

128-bit

32 MB

160W

On the NVIDIA side, it seems the closest competition is the GeForce RTX 3060. While we don't get any cards from AMD to test with, they did provide these images below to compare. From what Phoronix tested, it appears to stack up pretty well against NVIDIA.

If you plan to get one to use with Linux, you should look at Mesa 21.2 at a minimum.

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Zlopez 13 Oct
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Let's see if there will be any in market for gamers :-D
Mohandevir 13 Oct
Already in the starting blocks... Let's hope I'm fast enough.
StenPett 13 Oct
I was in the market for upgrading my desktop this summer, since my previous upgrade was in early 2017, but I ended up getting a new laptop instead.

The only desktop GPU I was able to get, without paying scalper prices, was an Nvidia GT710 (and I've got one of those in storage already)... So a laptop upgrade it was, even though my previous laptop was from late 2018.

Hopefully, this will be a GPU people can actually buy. Personally, I want to replace my 1060 with something AMD, because open source drivers...
scaine 13 Oct
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Quoting: StenPettHopefully, this will be a GPU people can actually buy.

I just checked scan.co.uk and they're taking pre-orders at just under £530 for the 6600XT card. Which is pretty insane considering I bought my (slightly more powerful) 5700XT in February 2020 for less than that. Considering how close the 6600XT is to the 5700XT, I wonder why they're pitching it as a 1080p card, when I think the 5700XT was pitched as a 4K card two years ago. And it does do well at 4K in a lot of games, but needs FSR (or equivalent) upscaling for the big, modern 3D games, such as Cyberpunk or Horizon Zero Dawn.

But it honestly feels almost irresponsible to launch a new card in these circumstances. All it feels like is splitting an already tiny stock of silicon between an ever larger range of cards you're only to sell to scalpers. I know I'm being extremely cynical, but the last two years have been an absolute car crash for GPUs. I can't see how this is at all healthy for the PC gaming market. Looks like 4K gaming now demands at least a grand of spend on the GPU alone.
akselmo 13 Oct
I am gonna hold on to my RX480 as long as I can but I wouldn't mind upgrading to something like this eventually.
Leading AIBS? What in the world is an AIB?
Quoting: scaine
Quoting: StenPettHopefully, this will be a GPU people can actually buy.

I just checked scan.co.uk and they're taking pre-orders at just under £530 for the 6600XT card. Which is pretty insane considering I bought my (slightly more powerful) 5700XT in February 2020 for less than that. Considering how close the 6600XT is to the 5700XT, I wonder why they're pitching it as a 1080p card, when I think the 5700XT was pitched as a 4K card two years ago. And it does do well at 4K in a lot of games, but needs FSR (or equivalent) upscaling for the big, modern 3D games, such as Cyberpunk or Horizon Zero Dawn.

But it honestly feels almost irresponsible to launch a new card in these circumstances. All it feels like is splitting an already tiny stock of silicon between an ever larger range of cards you're only to sell to scalpers. I know I'm being extremely cynical, but the last two years have been an absolute car crash for GPUs. I can't see how this is at all healthy for the PC gaming market. Looks like 4K gaming now demands at least a grand of spend on the GPU alone.
Man. I've been getting happier and happier that I bought a new PC including new AMD graphics card of some sort, not very long before all this nonsense started. Hopefully by the time I'm looking to upgrade again, it will all be long over.
Cestus 13 Oct
cheapest is 520 euro
cheapest Available is 550 euro

I will not buy the successor of my GTX 1050 TI for more than the 150 euro i paid for back then. 200 euro tops.
I would rather play without a discrete GPU than pay 550 euro for 1080p gaming. Hell, i'd rather play 8bit and 16bit games on a raspberry pi for the rest of my life than pay that price!
It goes for both green and red team! They both lost the plot between the price the HUGE power consumption the big cards need now.
Mohandevir 13 Oct
Quoting: Cestuscheapest is 520 euro
cheapest Available is 550 euro

I will not buy the successor of my GTX 1050 TI for more than the 150 euro i paid for back then. 200 euro tops.
I would rather play without a discrete GPU than pay 550 euro for 1080p gaming. Hell, i'd rather play 8bit and 16bit games on a raspberry pi for the rest of my life than pay that price!
It goes for both green and red team! They both lost the plot between the price the HUGE power consumption the big cards need now.

Have you found any in stock? Here (Canada), there is nothing to show for... Yeah got some price ranges on Newegg (From 500$ CAN and up), but it's "Out of stock" everywhere.
mirv 13 Oct
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Quoting: scaine
Quoting: StenPettHopefully, this will be a GPU people can actually buy.

I just checked scan.co.uk and they're taking pre-orders at just under £530 for the 6600XT card. Which is pretty insane considering I bought my (slightly more powerful) 5700XT in February 2020 for less than that. Considering how close the 6600XT is to the 5700XT, I wonder why they're pitching it as a 1080p card, when I think the 5700XT was pitched as a 4K card two years ago. And it does do well at 4K in a lot of games, but needs FSR (or equivalent) upscaling for the big, modern 3D games, such as Cyberpunk or Horizon Zero Dawn.

But it honestly feels almost irresponsible to launch a new card in these circumstances. All it feels like is splitting an already tiny stock of silicon between an ever larger range of cards you're only to sell to scalpers. I know I'm being extremely cynical, but the last two years have been an absolute car crash for GPUs. I can't see how this is at all healthy for the PC gaming market. Looks like 4K gaming now demands at least a grand of spend on the GPU alone.

...and suddenly my addiction to little plastic models appears to be a cheap hobby by comparison.

You're not cynical, you're realistic. All of this trouble with GPUs is behind me constantly pushing back any kind of remote idea of getting an upgraded system. I'm starting to wonder when it will impact the games - they'll realise nobody has the kind of system that can run what they want and will have to adjust requirements accordingly. Or just push it out on a streaming service and leave desktop systems out of it entirely.
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