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Radeon RX 6600 reviews: almost like GeForce RTX 3060 without ray tracing, but much more economical

Today AMD officially introduced and released the Radeon RX 6600 graphics card. The new product is positioned as an excellent solution for games with maximum graphics settings in Full HD resolution. Our laboratory has not yet verified whether this is actually so, so so far we have collected basic data from reviews of the Western press – resources ComputerBase, Guru3D and Tom’s hardware

ComputerBase

ComputerBase

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card is built on a Navi 23 GPU with 1,792 stream processors and 28 ray tracing accelerators. The gaming GPU frequency is 2044 MHz, and in Boost mode it rises to 2491 MHz. The novelty is equipped with 8 GB of GDDR6 RAM with a 128-bit bus. There is a high-speed 32 MB Infinity Cache buffer. The power consumption of the video card (TGP) at the reference frequencies is 132 W.

Guru3D

Guru3D

The novelty was released exclusively by AMD partners – there is no reference version. Our colleagues at ComputerBase and Tom’s Hardware examined the XFX Radeon RX 6600 Speedster SWFT 210 (first photo), while Guru3D got the Gigabyte Radeon RX 6600 Eagle (second photo). Both accelerators have reference frequencies – for some reason, manufacturers have not yet presented versions with factory overclocking. Note that the Gigabyte model has a cooling system with three fans, while all the other Radeon RX 6600, released at the moment, are more compact and have two fans.

AMD has stated that the new product is capable of delivering frame rates above 60 FPS in most modern games at 1080p resolution and maximum graphics settings. And indeed it is. According to Tom’s Hardware, in 13 games tested, the average frame rate at maximum settings was 100.8 FPS.

As you can see from the tests, in many games the frequency actually turned out to be above 60 FPS, and quite a few where it significantly exceeded 100 FPS. At the same time, in many cases, the new AMD product loses to its direct competitor, the GeForce RTX 3060. But the difference is not too big.

Also, the Radeon RX 6600 was tested at 1440p, and basically it showed quite an acceptable level of performance. The average FPS in 13 games according to Tom’s Hardware was 70.9 frames per second. Even with Cyberpunk 2077, she managed to overcome the cherished 30 FPS, albeit without ray tracing.

But with ray tracing, the new product, in fact, like all representatives of the Radeon RX 6000 series, is not doing well. In some games, of course, you can enjoy the rays even with a fairly high frame rate. But in general, the situation is not the most impressive.

And a few words about mining. According to Tom’s Hardware, when using NiceHashMiner in Ethereum mining, the Radeon RX 6600 video card showed a result of 28.5 MH / s. Not the most outstanding, and not the worst.

Finally, with regard to power consumption: in games, the Radeon RX 6600 consumes about the same as AMD claims – 135-137 watts according to various reviewers. This is significantly less than the consumption of the GeForce RTX 3060 (over 170W). It turns out that AMD’s new product significantly surpasses its competitor in terms of efficiency per FPS. By about 15-20%.

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