AMD quietly launched its RX 6600, and it's already selling out

Radeon 6600 Xt
Radeon 6600 Xt (Image credit: AMD)

What you need to know

  • AMD announced and launched the Radeon RX 6600 GPU today.
  • It's a more budget-friendly GPU aimed at 1080p gaming.
  • The RX 6600 is available starting today for $329.

AMD just announced and launched the Radeon RX 6600 GPU. It's a budget-friendly graphics card aimed at 1080p gaming. THE RX 6600 leverages AMD RDNA 2 architecture. It features 32 MB of high-performance AMD Infinity Cache, 8GB of GGDR6 memory, and support for AMD Smart Access memory. The GPU is available today at Amazon, Best Buy, Micro Center, and Newegg, though by the time you read this, it will likely be sold out.

The RX 6600 is the same physical GPU as the RX 6600 XT, but it has four fewer compute units. It also has a lower clockspeed and boost clockspeed. Its power consumption is 132 watts as opposed to the 160-watt draw of the RX 6600 XT. That means when you're shopping for a power supply unit you can opt for one with less wattage.

AMD states that there there's a performance difference of 10-15% between the RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT.

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SpecRX 6600RX 6600 XT
Compute units28 CU32 CU
Game Clock2,044 MHz2,359 MHz
Boost Clock2,491 MHz2,589 MHz
Memory bandwidth224 GB/s256 GB/s
Board power132W160W

The RX 6600 supports several AMD technologies to power the best PC games, including AMD FidelityFX, AMD Smart Access Memory, and AMD Infinity Cache. It also supports Windows 11.

AMD's launch and rollout of the RX 6600 are unique when compared to other high-end GPUs. The company didn't announce the card at a major launch event or give people a heads up for when the graphics card would become available. Linus Tech Tips has a video speculating why AMD didn't make a big deal about the GPU's announcement.

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3 Comments
  • MSRP still sucks. These are what, on the past, should have been $200 GPUs. Seems everything has a 50%+ markup from where it used to be in the GPU market.
  • 1)Current market is terrible. 2)AMD seriously needs make profits to compete (Check AdoredTVs latest video, Jim goes through this and AMDs financials). 3)AMD cannot continue to make losses with GPUs and subsidise it with Ryzen sales. 4)That's what happens when people pay more for less improvement per gen with Nvidia GPUs over a prolonged period of time. So AMD is justified in charging significantly higher markups. Sure, it would be awesome to have GPUs at Polaris prices and i have loved to bought at RX6700 less than what it currently is - who wouldn't? But, let's be real here - AMD is a shareholder corporation not a charity. People can't expect AMD to be the cheap brand and Nvidia the high end brand. That's not how it works lol. We need Intel to pressure Nvidia in reducing their prices as a result AMD will have to adjust as per the market. It sucks for AMD but it is what it is.
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