PC HARDWARE | AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT review

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT is a powerful graphics card for PC gamers that offers the latest technologies and more than enough power to handle modern games.

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AMD has re-entered the game, and it no longer has to compete by undercutting its Nvidia GeForce rival’s top cards. However, we’ve arrived at a point in history where virtually every GPU that can be manufactured is expected to sell for much more than its market worth. Regardless matter how much AMD and its partners say that there will be enough silicon to maintain sales around this card’s stated MSRP, the RX 6600 XT is expected to sell out just as quickly and for comparable prices as all of the other GPUs launched in the previous year.

The $379 AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics card is billed as “the finest 1080p gaming GPU.” And I believe that will be a difficult sell. AMD is clearly aiming at gamers who want to achieve triple-digit frame rates in 1080p competitive shooters, especially those willing to spend a lot of money to do so. Simply stated, it is not a sufficient amount to purchase a much better graphics card.

When your current generation’s most inexpensive GPU is intended to appeal to the widest range of PC gamers possible, that seems like a narrow target market.

However, these are not normal times, and it almost seems like a fool’s errand to attempt to utilize previous history to sway public opinion on newly released graphics cards right now. Talking about flimsy concepts like a $379 MSRP, particularly when compared to the long-forgotten recommended retail price of prior cards, does as well. That is something that has long ago lost all real-world significance.

The Radeon RX 6600 XT, on the other hand, is AMD’s current fifth-tier graphics card, and it sits at the bottom of the RDNA 2 GPU ladder. The fact that it’s a near-$400 GPU—when the greatest Radeon card from the previous generation cost that much—says a lot about where the graphics card industry is right now.

In a nutshell, the Radeon RX 6600 XT

The Navi 23 GPU is one of the most recent second-generation Navi processors, and it’s featured in the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT. It’s built on the outstanding RDNA 2 architecture. It’s another TSMC N7 (7nm) graphics processor, but it’s the smallest of AMD’s existing GPUs. It contains more transistors than the Navi 10 chip in the RX 5700 XT, which is the most powerful of the first generation Navi cards, despite its small size. Finally, the device contains 32 compute units (CUs) at its heart, with a total of 2,048 stream processors in the RDNA 2 dual-CU workgroups.

The RX 6600 XT is definitely a fast graphics card in terms of GPU frequency. The present card’s ‘game clock,’ or the anticipated clock speed under gaming circumstances, is a bewilderingly precise 2,359MHz. When you compare it to the prior RX 5700 XT’s 1,755MHz, you can see how far AMD has progressed. One of the major reasons AMD has been able to close the gap between itself and its rivals’ top cards is because Nvidia’s Ampere chip seldom reaches 2GHz.

With that extremely high frequency in mind, the efficiency of the RDNA 2 design should be apparent when comparing the total board power (TBP) of the RX 6600 XT at 160W vs. the RX 5700 XT at 225W. It’s worth mentioning that the MSI RX 6600 XT GAMING X card we’re looking at can run at an average of 2,655MHz under typical gaming conditions, with a minor overclock bringing it up to 2,750MHz.

Radeon RX 6600 XT GAMING X from MSI

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THE MSI RX 6600 XT GAMING X is a dual-fan graphics card with TORX FANs and MSI’s robust cooling system. The card has a total board power of 160 watts and needs just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. There are 3x DisplayPorts and 1x HDMI connector for display outputs. The MSI logo on the side of the graphics card has RGB lighting that can be controlled using MSI’s MysticLight RGB software.

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SYSTEM FOR TESTING

  • 3900X Ryzen 9
  • 2x8GB DDR4 3400MHz RAM
  • MSI X570 Gaming Edge Wifi (MSI X570 Gaming Edge Wifi)

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Clock/Memory Speed Boost

  • 16Gbps GDDR6 8GB
  • HDMI x 1 (Supports 4K@120Hz/8K@60Hz and VRR as defined in HDMI 2.1) DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4)

Thermal Design TWIN FROZR 8

  • Fan blades operate in pairs to produce new levels of concentrated air pressure in the TORX Fan 4.0, a marvel of cooperation.
  • Core Pipe: Precision-crafted heat pipes guarantee maximum contact with the GPU and evenly distribute heat throughout the whole heatsink.
  • Airflow Control: Don’t worry, Airflow Control directs the air to the precise where it needs to be for optimum cooling.

Mystic RGB Light

  • For MSI devices and compatible RGB items, Mystic Light offers you full control over the RGB lights.

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  • MSI devices may be monitored, tweaked, and optimized in real time using the proprietary MSI Center software.

Performance in video games

The 6600 XT will compete with the GeForce RTX 3060, which has a comparable feature set and an MSRP of $329 USD. AMD, on the other hand, has set an MSRP of $379 USD. On the other hand, the 3060 Ti will put you back $399. As a consequence, the Radeon RX 6600 XT is more competitively priced than the 3060 Ti, while being considerably less powerful.

Temperature of the GPU and Gaming Frequency

So let’s have a look at GPU temps now. The IDLE (desktop) temperatures recorded by the software on the GPU’s thermal sensors are between 45 and 50 degrees Celsius. Anything below 50 degrees Celsius is acceptable, and anything below 40 degrees Celsius is excellent. So, when the card was completely strained, we kept an eye on temperatures and noticed that the GPU temperature peaked at 61 degrees C, according to the thermal sensor. After 15 minutes of GPU gaming, we noticed what dynamic frequency the GPU chokes at; the highest frequencies while the GPU warmed up were 2500-2600 MHz.

Last Thoughts

AMD now has a pool of capabilities with its newest Radeon cards that, although not quite matching its GeForce equivalents, offer a substantial value-add above and beyond the GPUs’ basic frame rate levels. The king of them all is FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). It’s being marketed as AMD’s response to DLSS, but it’s not quite the same. It can help you get higher frame rates without compromising the game’s aesthetic in certain games.

Though FSR seems to be underrepresented in terms of game support, committed modders have shown that AMD’s claim that it’s easy for developers to incorporate has been validated by integrating the feature into a number of game titles.

Then there’s Radeon Anti-Lag and Radeon Boost, which are both intended to provide the smoothest gaming performance in competitive games where milliseconds may make or break a game. In certain games, Radeon Enhancement now offers a variable rate shading boost.

On the other side, the Adrenalin driver software is no longer as complicated to use. The drivers have gradually improved over time, and now the software is catching up. Unfortunately, this improved AMD package does not alter the fact that I may choose for the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti over the AMD RX 6600 XT because to its superior performance. In terms of raw performance, it’s the better GPU, and then you can put the green team’s amazing feature set on top of that.

This is why the card’s pricing irritates me the most. At $379, it’s obviously expensive for what it is and symbolizes. AMD, on the other hand, has been hell-bent on raising the average selling price of its components, and the GPU scarcity has given it plenty of opportunities to do so with its Radeon graphics cards.

It was possible to go after Nvidia and equal or beat the RTX 3060’s pricing, in which case we’d just mention the RTX 3060 Ti’s relative power in passing rather than highlighting it. What’s more irritating is that, with few RX 6600 XT cards anticipated to sell at MSRP, AMD could have simply conjured up a lower pricing and profited from the goodwill generated. It seems to be pricey when compared to the somewhat more expensive and faster Nvidia GPU.

Remember when every generation offered amazing graphics cards for under $300? It feels like an eternity ago. It seems that we have a long way to go from here, with the GPU scarcity expected to last at least another year. When every higher-priced graphics card is already sold, AMD and Nvidia are unlikely to go into the traditionally high-volume consumer market.

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