Almost surprisingly, AMD announced and released a new video card without anticipating it for months, as is often the case. It’s about the new Radeon RX 6600, a GPU focused on the entry segment for those who play on 1080p monitors.
Specs-wise, the RX 6600 has 28 CUs, a 2044 Mhz clock, and 8 GB of GDRR6 memory. Basically it is very similar to the RX 6600 XT, but with some trimmings that make it less powerful (between 10 and 15 percent). In addition, it uses the RDNA2 architecture, the newest from AMD that is also behind the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, so it has support for ray tracing and Super Resolution.
Now, AMD’s idea is not to compare it with one of its products, but with those of the competition: according to the company, this RX 6600 has a similar performance to the RTX 3060 and is 25 percent faster than the RTX 2060 of previous generation.
The numbers in general say that with this card the most recent titles can be played in high or maximum detail, with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and above 60 frames per second. AMD ensures that games like the recent Far Cry 6 or the most demanding Assassin’s Creed Valhalla they run at 91 and 79 frames per second, respectively.
Perhaps one of the most important details has to do not so much with performance, but with consumption. The RX 6600 uses only 132 watts, which may be convenient for users who have a 450 watt power supply, as they will not need to make a forced change, as it happens with other models that consume more power.
The RX 6600 is on sale now, although in a world with a shortage of chips that always has to be taken with a grain of salt. And its price official is $ 329, the same as the NVIDIA RTX 3060 which, according to the first reviews, it performs better overall.