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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


Compute Units


Game Clock4 (MHz)

Boost Clock5 (MHz)

Memory Interface

Infinity Cache


AMD Radeon RX 6600


8 GB


Up to 2,491


32 MB


AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT


8 GB


Up to 2,589


32 MB


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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Shmerl 14 Oct
Quoting: finaldestNote to buyers that HDMI 2.1 features are not supported on Linux on AMD GPU's E.G FSR, FREESYNC so you must use HDMI 2.0 for FREESYNC or use the closed source driver.

I'd say if you are going for such high end card as 6800 XT investing in a good monitor is worth it as well, and all high end ones like 144 Hz (or higher) adaptive sync IPS models have DisplayPort, so HDMI woes are usually a non issue.

I'd recommend something like LG 27GL850 (2560x1440, 144 Hz) or LG 27GP850 (2560x1440, 160 Hz).

Last edited by Shmerl on 14 October 2021 at 2:04 am UTC
furaxhornyx 14 Oct
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Guess I will still be stuck with my GTX 1070... Gotta love those pixel art games
The_Aquabat 14 Oct
I paid 300 usd for my 5600XT, this card according to phoronix has a 15-20ish performance increment over the 5600xt. This would be what usually is my price point, around 300usd. But I'm going to skip this. I have a 1440p monitor, and this card is very capable of doing 1440p at medium graphics settings and even sometimes at ultra settings, I see no point of upgrading, the logical step after having a 1440p capable card would be having a 4K capable card, but this is not.
Besides the 329 price point is a chimera, nowhere to be seen, it's most probable to find a unicorn in my yard, than to be able to buy a GPU at msrp.

Last edited by The_Aquabat on 14 October 2021 at 6:34 am UTC
Bogomips 14 Oct
Quoting: furaxhornyxGuess I will still be stuck with my GTX 1070... Gotta love those pixel art games

Same here but my games are not pixelated at all

Last edited by Bogomips on 14 October 2021 at 7:01 am UTC
Anyone remember the old days of gaming?

Comments Before:
Oh wow! That GPU is awesome! I've gotta upgrade my GPU to this new one! Look how awesome it is! (etc etc)

Comments Now:
Meh, another GPU that will be almost impossible to buy due to scalpers and miners, no point even trying to get it now. Besides, my GPU still works well enough! (etc etc)


Oh how things have changed over the years!
Appelsin 14 Oct
Quoting: mirvYou'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.

I’m in the same boat. Been looking to upgrade for a few years now, but the way they’ve been almost constantly announcing and releasing new cards, only to have them either not be available anywhere, costing a fortune, or only available from scalpers, I’ve decided to wait, again and again.

I’m not buying a card at these price, and when you’ve waited long enough for the price to come down to almost reasonable levels, a new card is announced. So I’m still here with my RX480.

And then there the shoddy QC and skimping on component quality by the manufacturers, since the five cards they produce will be torn out of the shelves by scalpers anyway.

Last edited by Appelsin on 14 October 2021 at 8:38 am UTC
RossBC 14 Oct
Only way I could get a semi decent card was one that had been returned and repaired from RMA, was half it's original price but still felt expensive -_-
Tough times.
fabertawe 14 Oct
Same here... stuck on a GTX 970 for the foreseeable future. You know what though, it's still good enough for the games I play. Just finished Metro Exodus, no problem whatsoever, looked fabulous on lower settings. Valheim is pushing it hot but still decent frame rates and very smooth.

I wanted to do a full system upgrade a year ago but who knows when that'll be (reasonably) possible.
Ardje 14 Oct
1080p... Wow...
I play 4k with an RX580 eGPU @ a 2012 T430 thinkpad laptop connected with express card. (PCIe 2 1x).
I want a list of the games that are "playable" at 1080p with this card, so I know which games I will buy in 10 years.
jordicoma 14 Oct
I guess I have to wait more. I needed a replacement for my geforce 660, but I guess nobody wants my money. I only buy if it had a reasonable price, but this is insane. Moreover nvidia had decided to cut the driver support (but hopefully it had a longterm support branch) for my card, without replacement on the price range that I get that (200-300€).
Next time I'll buy amd/ati, intel, or whatever has good opensource suport, even if it's not the best. I have no integrated gpu on my ryzen.
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