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Review: PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 XT Red Devil

by Tarinder Sandhu on 10 August 2021, 14:01

Tags: PowerColor (6150.TWO), AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Conclusion

...a partner-overclocked RX 6600 XT performs closer to the rival RTX 3060 than the more powerful sibling, RTX 3060 Ti.

The Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB is the latest desktop performance GPU to harness the second-generation Navi architecture.

AMD builds this GPU out by going to a smaller die that, on paper, is the recipient of quite a few cuts. The silicon cleaver falls hardest on the memory subsystem as AMD markedly reduces the size and speed of the Infinity Cache and goes narrow on the traditional bus width. Helping ameliorate performance concerns is a 2,048-core processor block clocked in lovely and high.

Our numbers intimate that a partner-overclocked RX 6600 XT performs closer to the rival RTX 3060 than the more powerful sibling, RTX 3060 Ti. As such, evaluated purely on SEPs and with due knowledge that Nvidia's raytracing and framerate-boosting technologies are more mature, and performance tends to be more predictable at higher resolutions, it's very difficult to justify the RX 6600 XT's $379 price tag. $300 and we're talking.

On a final note, PowerColor does okay with the Red Devil implementation. Outstanding temps and low noise are matched by decent overclocking, though the lighting could be be better and the second power connector is unnecessary.

The Good
 
The Bad
Very cool and quiet
Dual BIOS
Overclocks well
Solid build quality
 
Feels expensive
Dual power connectors
Less memory than RTX 3060
Performance lags at higher res


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Its not even any more efficient than an RTX3060TI? Very dissapointing for a 128 bit memory controller.
Someone pointed this out on OcUK forums:



Edit!!

TPU said the Asus model they tested was $500!! :surprised::clapping:
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Its not even any more efficient than an RTX3060TI? Very dissapointing for a 128 bit memory controller.



I think there's some important differences in methodology here
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I think there's some important differences in methodology here

Its still very poor and the top few are within a 5% margin of error. The RTX3060TI and RTX3070 uses a 256 bit memory controller. The RX6600XT only uses a 128 bit memory controller,and should in theory have a very simple PCB with few traces.

TSMC 7NM is also much better than Samsung 8NM,so these GPUs look like they are probably lower grade ones,which are not used in laptops.

The few reference boards which were tested seem better,but you can't buy those at retailers. Even if you could,AMD does not consider the UK an important enough market like Nvidia does,so won't ship reference models here.

What we get is all the runt GPUs in AIB designs,overvolted to the max so AMD can try and justify the ripoff pricing. You even get less VRAM than the Nvidia competitor.

So its overpriced,performs relatively poorly,has poor RT performance,falls behind at higher resolution,etc.

Its game over for this if Nvidia decides to launch an RTX3060 Super 6GB,with the missing shaders of the laptop models.

I own two SFF systems - a 12.7L NCase M1 and a 5.7L Velka 5,and the price does not even justify it in either of them!

Even HUB who likes AMD,called this “AMD's Turing moment”.

Edit!!

BTW,here is the link to the TPU main editor confirming Asus RX6600XT pricing:
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/asus-radeon-rx-6600-xt-strix-oc.285306/#post-4580622
ASUS DUAL: $499.99 btw

Source for both: talked to ASUS USA directly

So that is at least £433 over here with VAT added,and we usually pay another £20 on top of it.RTX3060TI FE is £369 and OcUK had a few RTX3060TI AIB models for as “low” as £420 last week.
I know to some extent the consumer doesn't see it, but for the die size/transistor count, this is quite punchy - significantly faster than a 3060 at 1080p while being smaller. That should help AMD with yields and therefore supply.