AMD RX 6600 XT Review

AMD’s newest launch, the RX 6600 XT, takes purpose at excessive refresh price 1080p gaming. A lot of the decision discourse in gaming these days has been centered round 4K resolutions, be it console or PC gaming. Nonetheless, AMD is trying to seize these customers nonetheless rocking 1080p screens, customers who wish to recreation with max graphics and excessive refresh charges at 1080p. Does the 6600 XT make sense, particularly for its reference card worth, when stacked up in opposition to the competitors?


  • Structure: RDNA 2.0
  • Reminiscence: 8GB GDDR6
  • Reminiscence Bus: 128 bit
  • Reminiscence Bandwidth: 256 GB/s
  • Base Clock: 1968 MHz
  • Recreation Clock: 2359 MHz
  • Enhance Clock: 2589 MHz
  • Reminiscence Clock: 16 Gbps
  • Shading Items: 2048
  • Texture Items: 128
  • ROPs: 64
  • Compute Unites: 32
  • RT Cores: 32
  • Infinity Cache: 32 MB
  • I/O: 1x HDMI 2.1; 3x DisplayPort 1.4
  • Most Digital Decision: 7680 x 4320
  • Value: $379 Advised Retail Value (Reference Card)

First Ideas

When AMD first unveiled the RX 6600 XT, it additionally revealed, no less than at launch, the cardboard would solely be out there by means of its AIB companions. We should always word that as of now, there aren’t any reference 6600 XTs to evaluation. Our evaluation was performed utilizing the MSI RX 6600 XT Gaming X GPU, which does include a number of perks corresponding to Twin Frozr cooling, an aluminum backplate to assist maintain the GPU and VRAM cool, and extra. It may also be assumed there’s a manufacturing facility overclock in place, although the precise base and enhance clocks of the GPU weren’t made out there to us earlier than embargo. We are going to replace this evaluation with these specs as soon as we now have them. Nonetheless, it’s cheap to imagine the numbers mirrored within the evaluation will probably be a number of proportion factors increased than the reference card AMD states could possibly be out there quickly. As such, it’s vital to notice the cardboard we reviewed in the present day can be dearer than the reference card, retailing for $569.99 in response to our MSI PR rep. This worth is partly as a result of present tariffs on digital items coming from China to the US.

The cardboard itself seems superior. I’ve all the time preferred the aggressive design of MSI’s playing cards, and the Gaming X doesn’t disappoint right here. As somebody who lives in a desert and continuously battles with warmth, even in an air-conditioned home, I recognize the enormous Torx followers on the entrance to maintain the cardboard cool below strain.

I actually want even the AIB playing cards evoked the look of the reference playing cards as I actually recognize the look of the 6000 GPUs (as I discussed in my RX 6700 XT evaluation). Nonetheless, I don’t dislike the look of the MSI Gaming X line of 6600 XT one bit, together with the brand on the aspect which illuminates when the PC is on.


AMD’s RDNA 2 options are right here with the 6600 XT, although in a pared again means. In comparison with the 6700 XT, the 6600 XT sees a discount in just about each metric together with its Infinity Cache (96 MB vs 32 MB), Ray Accelerators (40 to 32), and even the VRAM (down from 12GB to a extra customary 8GB). This could be one of many extra impactful variations as 8GB of RAM may see the RX 6600 XT be outpaced by newer AAA video games at max graphics, like in Watch Canines Legion.  It does go away me to query the long run proofing of the cardboard, particularly when different AMD playing cards – in addition to the cheaper Nvidia RTX 3060 – sport extra VRAM with the intention of future proofing.

The RX 6600 XT does benefit from AMD options like Radeon Chill, Radeon Enhance (on supported titles), Radeon Anti-Lag, and leverages AMD’s Good Entry Reminiscence (assuming you’ve acquired a Ryzen-equipped machine) in addition to the not too long ago launched AMD FidelityFX Tremendous Decision (FSR). The latter is supposed to permit for increased efficiency whereas offering “near-native” picture high quality throughout the scene.

Many will naturally examine this to Nvidia’s Deep Studying Tremendous Sampling, although the 2 strategies are literally fairly totally different. Nvidia’s DLSS leverages machine studying to reconstruct the picture whereas offering a temporal antialiasing. AMD’s FSR, in the meantime, is a spatial picture enhancement performing on a per-frame foundation. It really works by in search of edges within the scene after which makes an attempt to resolve these edges to a better decision. Not like DLSS, there is no such thing as a machine studying concerned.

Crucially, DLSS is a full-on reconstruction, whereas FSR is just not. It’s as an alternative a spatial upscaler. DLSS accommodates a temporal part, whereas FXR doesn’t make the most of any movement vector knowledge. This implies whereas DLSS can improve intra-edge element (resolving texture element and textual content on a billboard, for instance), FSR can’t enhance the standard of the picture contained “inside” these edges. DLSS and FSR, due to this fact, are two totally different strategies attempting to unravel barely totally different issues. They aren’t 1:1 comparable. Lastly, it’s price noting FSR does work on Nvidia playing cards, that means extra gamers can benefit from the approach when in a position, whereas DLSS is unique to Nvidia RTX playing cards.

FSR is obtainable in few video games in the intervening time, although AMD does state that due to the way it works on the developer stage, it ought to make it simpler for devs to implement of their video games. It additionally permits for a number of modes, from High quality presets the place the FSR go prioritizes picture high quality, to Efficiency the place eking out extra FPS is extra vital.

AMD RX 6600 XT – Efficiency Benchmarks

Let’s get into the benchmarks themselves. In our testing, we stacked the RX 6600 XT in opposition to earlier RDNA 2 playing cards from AMD, specifically the RX 6700 XT and the RX 6800. We additionally included the final era RX 5700 XT for a gen-on-gen comparability. For the competitors, we included the RTX 3060, RTX 3060 Ti, and the RTX 3070.

Take a look at Bench

  • CPU: Intel i7-10700K @ 3.8GHz (Enhance Clock as much as 5.1 GHz)
  • Cooling: Corsair 100i 240mm Liquid Cooler
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus Z490 Extremely
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB @ 3200MHz
  • Storage: Intel 760p 2TB M.2 NVMe, ADATA Falcon 1TB M.2 NVMe
  • PSU: RM 850X 850W
  • Case: Lian Li 011 Dynamic

It is very important word that as we’re utilizing an Intel powered rig, we’re unable to offer benchmarks for the RX 6600 XT if we have been utilizing AMD’s Good Entry Reminiscence. We extremely suggest studying different reviews which are capable of present this knowledge to get a clearer image, particularly if that is one thing your rig is ready to deal with.

AMD RX 6600 XT – Artificial Benchmarks

For our artificial testing we turned to 3DMark’s DX12, DX11, and Ray Tracing benchmark. It needs to be famous we opted for the fundamental variations of Time Spy and Fireplace Strike because the RX 6600 XT is supposed for 1080p gaming, and we used default settings on each benchmark.

As we will see within the Time Spy graph, the RX 6600 XT ekes out a win total in comparison with the EVGA RTX 3060 Black, although it does fall behind its AMD companions, with even final era’s RX 5700 XT beating the RDNA 2 card. We see the RX 6800 solidly lead the pack, besting even the RTX 3070 Founder’s Version in total and graphics rating.

The Fireplace Strike check exhibits related outcomes, with the RX 6600 XT beating out the RTX 3060. Nonetheless, the cardboard lags behind the RTX 3060 Ti (because it did within the Time Spy check as effectively). Once more, we see the RX 6800 lead the pack with an outrageously spectacular graphics rating, in addition to main total.

AMD RX 6600 XT Gaming Benchmarks

For gaming, we caught to each 1080p and 1440p resolutions. For these exams we simply reported common numbers with out ray tracing. We’ll have a piece devoted to ray tracing efficiency beneath.

For gaming benchmarks, to maintain the outcomes as constant as potential, we used in-game benchmark instruments when out there. If there have been none out there, we’d then create a circuit to run and attempt to replicate every go identically to seize essentially the most constant knowledge potential. This implies for a recreation like Management, we’d run the Hall of Doom as we’ve finished in earlier benchmark exams. We additionally examined a gamut of recreation engines from Horizon Zero Daybreak’s Decima engine, Watch Canines Legion’s Anvil Subsequent, in addition to each DX11 and DX12 APIs.

As you may see from the graphs above, the RX 6600 XT does carry out fairly effectively at 1080p in lots of the titles introduced. In our testing, no recreation examined beneath 60 frames-per-second, which needs to be the bottom customary, particularly at 1080p these days. Demanding triple-A titles like Murderer’s Creed Valhalla or Horizon Zero Daybreak present admirable outcomes at 1080p, becoming the transient AMD hoped to fill.

When put next with the final era RX 5700 XT (additionally a Gaming X variant), nonetheless, the outcomes really feel a bit extra muddled. Some video games, corresponding to Godfall see the RX 6600 XT take pleasure in a small 2.2% improve over 5700 XT, different video games like Ubisoft’s Anno 1800 present a starker end result for the 6600 XT, with the 5700 XT reveling in a ten% enhance in framerate at 1080p.

The outcomes really feel much more muddled for the RX 6600 XT once you examine it to the RTX 3060 Ti, whose retail worth is simply listed as $20 greater than the the reference 6600 XT. For that further $20 (assuming you could find both at their respective retail costs), you see video games like Management take pleasure in a 36% improve in FPS at 1080p, in addition to staying above 60 on common at 1440p (versus a median of 44 for the 6600 XT).

In comparison with the cheaper RTX 3060 at 1080p, the 6600 XT does see a win, acting on common 4% sooner at 1080.

Anno 1800 is an instance of a title that actually advantages performance-wise from AMD’s FidelityFX Tremendous Decision. Whereas Anno doesn’t embody ray tracing, it does assist FSR, which sees all of the playing cards in our bench get a lift in efficiency. We used the Balanced preset, and in comparison with the native numbers we do see some may massive positive aspects throughout the board. FSR right here makes the case for utilizing the 6600 XT for 1440p gaming, with a really respectable 99 FPS common, which does see it beat out the RTX 3060 by a slim margin. Nonetheless, the RTX 3060 Ti, even with FSR, blows the doorways off the 6600 XT with a rise versus the AMD card of 33% in efficiency.

AMD RX 6600 XT – Ray Tracing Benchmarks

As with all new GPUs these days, the query “does it hint the rays” will continuously come up. So we put the cardboard by means of its paces with a number of video games with totally different implementations, from the reflection and lighting work in Watch Canines Legion, to the ray traced shadows in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. New to our bench is Counterplay Video games’ Godfall which options not simply ray tracing but in addition FidelityFX Tremendous Decision.


3DMark’s Port Royal exams Ray Tracing efficiency on every card, and right here we see the RTX playing cards pull forward, even the cheaper RTX 3060. It is sensible as Nvidia is on their second spherical of RT-capable {hardware} whereas the RT Cores within the RDNA 2 structure are AMD’s first actual go as {hardware} that may leverage DXR. Nonetheless, the RX 6600 XT sits on the backside of the pack in the case of Port Royal, a pattern we are going to see proceed sadly in gaming benches.

The intense spot for AMD is its FSR efficiency over Nvidia’s playing cards – which may additionally use FSR – in Godfall. The looter-slasher from Counterplay Video games has been used extensively within the advertising and marketing of FSR by AMD, so it does stand to purpose the efficiency on this title will probably be, effectively, excellent on AMD’s playing cards. With ray tracing enabled, in addition to FSR Balanced, we see the RX 6600 XT break virtually 110FPs at 1080p, coming in on common at 108. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless not sufficient to beat out the Nvidia competitors with FSR additionally enabled, with the RTX 3060 eking out higher 1080p and 1440p efficiency right here.

The RX 6600 XT additionally seemingly doesn’t like Watch Canines Legion, with the AMD card handing over merely unplayable numbers right here. Management was additionally a little bit of a disappointment, with Treatment’s psychological motion recreation struggling to easily load textures at instances on partitions or on Jessie’s clothes throughout our runs by means of the Hall of Doom. This could possibly be all the way down to the 128-bit bus on the 6600 XT presenting a bottleneck, however we will’t be 100% sure.

It’s protected to say that the RX 6600 XT is just not essentially going to be an enormous performer for gamers with Ray Tracing, no less than not till extra titles leveraging the DXR API can even leverage FSR.

Temperatures And Noise


From a temperature standpoint, I used to be very happy with the RX 6600 XT’s efficiency. The cardboard, even when below load doing ray tracing rendering by no means noticed its temps peak increased than 68 levels Celsius. Even when retaining the cardboard cool, the GPU itself by no means sounded loud both – this was one quiet GPU and I vastly appreciated that.

Last Ideas And Conclusion

All issues advised, with the information staring me within the face, I’ve to surprise why this card exists. Positive, there’s a marketplace for 1080p gaming AMD is seemingly desperate to fill.However with the present shortages dealing with GPU makers and customers, in addition to wildly excessive prices when you could find a card within the wild, $379 for the reference model of a 1080p performer feels steep, even in in the present day’s market. That is compounded when you think about, in an ideal world, the significantly better RTX 3060 Ti exists for $20 extra.

That is additional compounded when you think about at launch the RX 6600 XT will probably be offered primarily as AIB playing cards, that means their worth will probably be a lot increased than the listed $379 worth by AMD. At that price, some customers may merely maintain out and purchase a way more highly effective card if they’ll must spend $500+ on a GPU, and even simply wait and seize a current-gen console just like the Xbox Collection X or PlayStation 5, particularly since each these consoles retail, at most, for $499 and supply a lot increased decision targets like 4K gaming.

The pricing right here feels too excessive, even for the $379 reference card. Whereas the MSI 6600 XT does carry out higher than our RTX 3060, the RX 6600 XT, for a 1080p card, actually feels prefer it needs to be priced nearer to the 3060 itself, not its Ti brother.

Moreover, whereas FSR does present an uptick in efficiency that many may take pleasure in, I discovered the precise visuals missing when enabled. Godfall appeared muddled on my 1080p display, and whereas AMD mentions “near-native” picture high quality,I discovered many scenes lacking element in Anno 1800  on each AMD and Nvidia playing cards when utilizing FSR.

All advised, I don’t fairly know whether or not or not I might simply suggest the 6600 XT to somebody, particularly when you think about the baseline value earlier than you even issue within the present market’s mark-up we’re already seeing across the web forward of its launch. Sure, the RX 6600 XT gives high-refresh efficiency at 1080p – it suits the transient fantastically. However when contemplating the broader market, it simply doesn’t make sense to me personally.

Nvidia’s 3060 Ti is priced solely $20 extra MSRP and outperforms the 6600 XT by 33%. Furthermore, the 6600 XT is $50 dearer than Nvidia’s 3060, but performs solely 4% sooner. It feels just like the RX 6600 XT’s worth was chosen merely due to the constraints in the marketplace and nothing else. I felt the RX 6700 XT was overpriced for its efficiency, and the pattern right here continues as effectively.


The AMD RX 6600 XT does what it got down to do: excessive refresh-rate gaming at 1080p. The MSI variant we reviewed stayed cool and quiet below strain, and the cardboard even turns in some good outcomes at 1440p. Nonetheless, I can’t assist however really feel hesitation when recommending this card to anybody. 1080p is dated at this level, with many gamers choosing increased decision, excessive refresh screens in the present day. 4K gaming is feasible on consoles, which in concept don’t value that rather more than the 6600 XT. Moreover, for marginally extra money in an ideal world, you may anticipate to see significantly better 1080p, 1440p, and ray tracing efficiency within the RTX 3060 Ti.

Does it match its transient? Sure. Is it overpriced for what it units out to perform? Additionally sure. All advised, it makes the RX 6600 XT really feel misplaced and overpriced in comparison with its direct competitors. It’s a card that accomplishes what it must, sadly at a premium. | AMD RX 6600 XT Review


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