After returning to the middle band with his RX 6700 XT GPU, AMD has introduced its flagship 1080p model, the RX 6600 XT. Heir to the great and popular RX 5600 XT card, the new model has significantly higher touch power with 9.6 teraflops of RDNA 2 performance, compared to 7.19 teraflops for the last model. Not only that, but it offers 8GB of GDDR6 RAM, compared to 6GB for its predecessor.
In fact, the RX 6600 XT seems to deliver roughly the same performance as the RX 5700 XT (9.75 teraflops) and only slightly less than the GPU in the PS5, at least on paper. From RX 5700 XT is offered as a card with 1440p capability (and the PS5 can handle 4K), it doesn’t seem an exaggeration to say that the new model will be at least decent in 1440p games.
However, AMD is marketing this card as a “new standard for 1080p,” saying it has a 1.7-fold increase over the previous generation for games like Doom Eternal for 1080p games. AMD has noted that about two-thirds of the monitors shipped still have 1080p, so this is still the norm for gaming on a computer.
Other specifications include 32 computer units (compared to 40 on the RX 6700 XT), a gaming clock at 2359 MHz and 160 W power consumption with one 8-pole power connector. AMD also promotes custom features such as Radeon Boost for higher frame rates and Radeon Anti-Lag for improved latency.
The main new feature of the 6000 series GPUs is air tracking. This feature allows for higher resolutions (1440p and 4K) while maintaining decent frame rates and enabling more realistic images. However, don’t expect too much from the RX 6600 XT, as the RX 6700 XT has struggled in air monitoring tests over NVIDIA’s competitors in our review – and the RX 6600 XT has lower specifications everywhere.
Still, it looks pretty impressive for a budget 1080p card. We will soon see a number of RX 6600 XT models from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI (above), ASRock and others, although we still don’t know the prices or the release date. The RX 5600 XT had a suggested retail price of $ 300, but as we all know, street prices were much, much higher thanks to the current global shortage of GPUs.
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