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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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Ludological 14 Oct
I have an R9 270x which I've been looking to replace for years due to problems with Vulkan support in Linux. Doesn't look like I'll be buying anything soon.

Around five years ago, I bought an RX480 for my partner's PC. Between available products and the horrific GPU pricing these days, I'll never see that price to performance ever again.

I was holding out hope that RDNA2 APUs would bridge the low-end gap, but I doubt AMD will get anywhere close if it risks eating in to their "low-end" GPU market.
CFWhitman 14 Oct
Quoting: LudologicalI have an R9 270x which I've been looking to replace for years due to problems with Vulkan support in Linux. Doesn't look like I'll be buying anything soon.

That's one of those cards that has some support for Vulkan if you set a kernel parameter, right? I have a card from that generation. It was my card before the current one. I was expecting to replace my current card with the RDNA2 generation, but then this happened.
Mohandevir 14 Oct
In fact, I just want to swap my noisy GTX 1660 Super because my son want's it and it runs a lot quieter on Windows than on Linux. The problem is not the price, it's the availability. On Newegg.ca, 500$CAN is like 356$US (approx.) which is not far from MSRP.

Edit: Can't even find a scalper posting yet. It just feels like these have not been shipped yet, at all.


Last edited by Mohandevir on 14 October 2021 at 2:07 pm UTC
Shmerl 14 Oct
Quoting: MohandevirIn fact, I just want to swap my noisy GTX 1660 Super because my son want's it and it runs a lot quieter on Windows than on Linux. The problem is not the price, it's the availability. On Newegg.ca, 500$CAN is like 356$US (approx.) which is not far from MSRP.

Edit: Can't even find a scalper posting yet. It just feels like these have not been shipped yet, at all.

One catch with higher prices now is that you can also sell a used card on Ebay to compensate a bit. That works especially well for AMD cards like Vega and RDNA1 ones which can sell for almost double their original prices.


Last edited by Shmerl on 14 October 2021 at 6:06 pm UTC
Pendragon 14 Oct
I was going to make more sarcastic posts about the irony of companies releasing new SKUs for graphics cards no one's able to buy... but it looks like you all did my job for me - well done, internet
14 17 Oct
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This card would be good for me. I am one of those 144Hz, 100+ FPS gamers if it's a shooter or action game. That means I often play on lowest settings sadly. It would be nice to crank the graphics up to max in BF5! I only get around 60 FPS on low in that game right now.

Since I have a PS5, spending $600 on a computer video card isn't as high of a priority anymore. I just wasn't able to get my hands on one many months ago, but I was able to get a PS5, so that's where the money went.

At this point, I feel like GPU's won't be obtainable for like 2 more years. *sigh*

Anyone have any tips for buying graphics cards? Are there manufacturers that sell direct and limit 1 per person and have bot protection and stuff like that? That's how I was able to get the PS5 (from Sony store).
Shmerl 17 Oct
Quoting: 14Anyone have any tips for buying graphics cards? Are there manufacturers that sell direct and limit 1 per person and have bot protection and stuff like that? That's how I was able to get the PS5 (from Sony store).

Lately cards appear in stores in waves, like a monthly drops or so. And they aren't sold out immediately like before but eventually they do after may be a day. So just pay attention to that.


Last edited by Shmerl on 17 October 2021 at 12:42 am UTC
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