These days getting a GPU for yourself is one of the hardest jobs, and that too if you can find them at fair prices. AMD launched their new 1080p gaming card, Radeon™ RX 6600 XT, as their most affordable GPU option in 2021 and made it available exclusively via board partners.
So, in terms of availability, this time, AMD has made its GPU more available than ever than its RX 6800 series or RX 6700 XT GPUs. Even though their prices are inflated, you can get this Gigabyte Radeon™ RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO 8G GPU online retailing around Rs.60k, thanks to the price inflation.
This makes it even harder to recommend any GPU because when you see GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti sold around Rs.40k, this GPU’s price hike makes sense. Even the old Gigabyte RX 580 GPU is selling for Rs.55k, and the RTX 3060 is also costlier than this card currently. The price of the RTX 3060 Ti is also in the Rs.80k segment while the price of RTX 3060 is around Rs.70k, so in terms of the current situation, this card is cheaper.
Obviously, this can get you tempted by this card and should be; however, its price is not at all justified as you are spending boatloads of money on getting a 1080p gaming GPU that can also be used for 1440p gaming occasionally. However, waiting for an RTX 3070 or RTX 3060 Ti at this price makes more sense, in my frank opinion.
When launched, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, AMD stated to deliver the ultimate high-framerate, high-fidelity and highly responsive 1080p gaming experience, as 2/3 of the gamers still play games at 1080p. It comes with AMD RDNA™ 2 architecture offers 32 MB of high-performance AMD Infinity Cache, 8 GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory, AMD Smart Access Memory and other advanced features.
It also supports the new cutting-edge AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, an open-source spatial upscaling solution, which is designed to boost framerates and deliver high-quality, high-resolution gaming experiences. The GPU’s performance sits between RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti in terms of raw performance.
AMD even claims that this new GPU delivers up to 15% higher performance on average with max settings across select AAA titles than the NVIDIA RTX 3060; according to AMD, it also provides 125 FPS on average across a wide range of modern AAA titles.
In India, the GPU has a starting price of INR 31,990 + 18 % GST = Rs.37,748, while the RTX 3060 has a starting price of Rs.29,500 and Rs.35,900, so, indeed the price of AMD Radeon™ RX 6600 XT is a bit overpriced in terms of MSRP. However, in the current situation, AMD’s card is readily available and is surprisingly cheaper than the RTX 3060 series.
Still, as a reviewer, I have used this card for a while now, and if someday the prices drop with similar pricing as the RTX 3060 OEM versions, this card could be a lucrative one. Here’s the complete review of the Gigabyte Radeon™ RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO 8G graphics card:
- Graphics Processing: Radeon™ RX 6600 XT
- Stream Processors: 2048
- Memory Clock: 16000 MHz
- Memory Size: 8 GB
- Memory Type: GDDR6
- Memory Bus: 128 bit
- Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 256 GB/s
- Card Bus: PCI-E 4.0 x 8
- Digital max resolution: 7680×4320
- Multi-view: 4
- Card size: L=282 W=115 H=50 mm
- PCB Form: ATX
- DirectX: 12 Ultimate
- OpenGL: 4.6
- Recommended PSU: 500W
- Power Connectors: 8 pin*1
- Output: DisplayPort 1.4a *2, HDMI 2.1 *2
- Graphene nano lubricant, RGB Fusion 2.0, Protection metal back plate
- WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 UD
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
- GPU: Gigabyte Radeon™ RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO 8G
- RAM: 32GB 3200MHz memory
- SSD: 240GB WD Sn550, 480GB Crucial SATA SSD
- Power Supply: Cooler Master 750W
- CPU Cooler: Deepcool Gammaxx GTE V2
- Cabinet: MSI Mag Forge 100R
- OS: Windows 10 Pro 21H1
In terms of productivity, this is a good GPU for people who want a GPU for rendering, editing and other high-performance application workloads. You can expect good performance from this GPU thanks to the 32 MB of high-performance AMD Infinity Cache, 8 GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory, and great boost clocks.
Also, AMD’s efficient RDNA2 architecture allows the GPU to be cooler, not the quietest, as it comes with 3 fans, keeping the GPU cool during intense workloads for hours. It draws a lot less power and can be used even with a 500W PSU, whereas even the RTX 3060s require a 600W minimum PSU.
In terms of performance, the Radeon RX 6600 XT comes with good scores but gets easily beat out by the RTX 3060 Ti, which in India is cheaper on paper. If you are in a hurry of getting a GPU, surely you can give this Gigabyte Radeon™ RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO 8G a try; however, the price at which you are getting will be another great point of concern.
Here are the benchmark results in some of the most popular apps:
You see, the RX 6600 XT performs well with its high clock speeds and 8GB GDDR6 memory; however, it fails to beat the RTX 3060 Ti even though it costs more than it at MSRP. So, even though AMD has made a good GPU overall, the problem is the pricing; if you do not care about it, you can go for it easily.
However, as of today, the RTX 3060 series retails for 10-20% more the price than this Gigabyte Radeon™ RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO 8G, so we suggest you access the pricing first then make any decision.
Thermals & Cooling
As you see in the graphs, the temperatures were very nominal, and because of a proper cooling system, the GPU doesn’t throttle and keeps its temperature in the 60-70 degree celsius range. While gaming, this exceeds 70 degrees sometimes, but this is natural; when used in the OC mode, the temperatures do rise but give a performance boost.
You have the three alternate spinning fans so that the airflow direction between the two fans is the same, and the airflow is spilt by the triangular fan edge and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface. So, the gush of hot air easily flows and circulates quickly to dissipate the heat; also, Gigabyte has put an extended heatsink design that allows airflow to pass through it.
The heat pipe also covers the VRAM through a large metal plate contact to ensure proper cooling and also have a nice looking metal backplate that holds the GPU and gives a premium feel to it.
In terms of gaming, AMD has always focussed on 1080p since it announced this GPU and to be fair, it has stacked it against the RTX 3060. However, in India, as per the pricing, it is costlier than an RTX 3060 Ti, which makes this hard to recommend. Now you have new features like AMD Smart Access Memory, Fidelity FX Super Resolution, and others.
FSR is very new and not mature as DLSS 2.2, so I don’t have huge hopes for a huge performance bump, but at least AMD is trying. At Quality and Ultra Quality preset, you get the best results; however, this Radeon™ RX 6600 XT is good for 1080p gaming mostly also you can do 1440p gaming but not at max preset in heavy games.
So, here are some of the gaming benchmarks of the Gigabyte Radeon™ RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO 8G:
As you see, at 1080p, you have strong performance across all games; even whether it’s a heavy game like Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legions, you get respectable framerates, but at 1440p, the GPU struggles in some games.
In First Person Shooter games and Battle Royal games like Valorant, the card shines at 1080p, giving 100s of frame rates, but you see a performance dip at 1440p. This suggests AMD’s Radeon™ RX 6600 XT is mostly targeted towards high-end 1080p gaming without any hiccups.
The Gigabyte Radeon™ RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO 8G in terms of 1080p gaming is a monster undoubtedly but not as mature as NVIDIA’s offering. However, Gigabyte has done a great job in terms of design and aesthetics, making the card look premium with RGB support.
With three fans and a large heat pipe, I have no complaints regarding the cooling of this card; from Gigabyte’s end, there are no issues. AMD’s pricing needs to be reduced if it wants to stack against NVIDIA; however, considering the GPU shortage, nothing is very recommendable for the insane pricing.
As a graphics card, the Gigabyte GPU is quite good, and for 1080p, this card really performs well, but it is hard to recommend it for the pricing and the competition against NVIDIA. We will soon bring a detailed comparison between this RX 6600 XT and an RTX 3060 Ti for your reference.
However, if you want to buy a graphics card right now, then the RX 6600 XT is a bit cheaper compared to the RTX 3060 and even the RTX 3060 Ti, so you can easily buy it if you want to or wait for the prices to drop in the near future. Kudos, to AMD for maintaining stocks of the GPU and if in the future AMD keeps competitive pricing to the RTX 3060 series, this could be a viable option for gamers.