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Find out where to buy the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT right here.
It’s been a few months since we’ve heard the glorious “Where Gaming Begins” slogan from the AMD heads but now, ahead of the highly anticipated APU launch, the company has lifted the lid on the Radeon RX 6600 XT.
This budget-conscious GPU is aimed at those who want the pinnacle of 1080p gaming without shelling out on a more expensive option such as the Nvidia 3070, or even a more powerful graphics card in the Radeon family.
Luckily for you, we’ve got all the juicy details at PC Guide for what you can expect from the Radeon RX 6600 XT as well as the price and release date of this new GPU.
Being aimed at 1080p gamers, the Radeon 6600 XT specs aren’t eye-watering but they’re certainly a jump up from what we’re used to seeing and more than worthy of a ‘next gen’ tag. Below, we’ve listed the core specifications that we know you’ll want to hoover up before clicking purchase on this card.
How do those specs translate into performance? Well, with other tech inclusions on top of the already impressive spec list, you will certainly be inclined to say that this the new baseline for 1080p budget gaming.
You’ll be experiencing an FPS output of around 1.5 times that of the Radeon 5600 XT, which is already fantastic, but when you also compare that performance to the Nvidia GTX 1060 you can see why AMD has made this card. The 1060, while relatively old at this point, is actually the most used GPU according to Steam’s statistics so the fact that the 6600 XT blows it out of the water makes it a very attractive option for PC gamers, and one Nvidia fans might consider switching allegiances for.
Looking at some popular games such as Resident Evil Village and Battlefield 5, you’ll be receiving framerates of 176FPS and 164FPS which is over a 20FPS increase compared to the RTX 3060. Moving to esports titles, the 6600 XT, again beats out the RTX 3060 in most aspects. These differences are minimal in most esports games but in Rainbow Six Siege, for example, you’re looking at a sizable 40FPS variance.
While features such as FSR are the main reason why the performance increases are so large, there are also other avenues to boost this further. One fantastic example of this is Smart Access Memory in which utilizes AMD synergies with CPU and GPU, providing boosts all round.
So, you like what you see in terms of specs and the performance the 6600 XT is outputting but when can you actually get your hands on it? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t have to wait long.
The AMD Radeon 6600 XT release date is August 11th 2021 so at the time of writing this article, you’ll be two weeks away from slotting an upgraded AMD Radeon GPU into your PC. This includes all the usual AIBs such as ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, and more so if you’re a particular fan of one of these manufacturers, there’s an opportunity to pick one up right away.
Due to the 6600 XT being aimed at 1080p gamers and rivaling that of the Nvidia RTX 3060, it’s more of a budget GPU, coming in at $379. This essentially means that you can take advantage of the next-gen tech integrations and boost those FPS levels all for under $400, a rarity in this day in age.
Summing up, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT is a perfect option for those who are already on Team Red and want an upgrade from the 5000 XT series. Additionally, if you don’t want to dabble too much into 1440p gaming and above, this card might just be the pick-up that’ll last a number of years, especially if you have one of those Smart Access Memory enabled CPUs in your build.