If True, We Will Have Another ~$300 1080p Card
Ars Technica noticed a post over at VideoCardz which implies the upcoming release of a Radeon RX 6600, as they spotted that model number on an online retailers site. It has since been pulled, though that doesn’t help confirm or deny if this was just a placeholder or if the card is actually on it’s way to retailers. Of course, even if it is, the likelihood of it remaining in stock long enough for you to buy it remains slim.
If it does indeed exist, the box art implies it will be an 8GB card with 1792 stream processors and the same 128 bit memory interface as the RX 6600XT. That would be a little less powerful than the 2048 stream processors of the RX 6600XT but should still offer decent performance at 1080p resolutions. The problem remains the same as that RX 6600XT however; if that card only manages to meet the performance of the RX 5700 XT then the RX 6600 won’t be able to match the old card. The price is also problematic for the RX 6600XT has an MSRP of $380, so the new card will be somewhere north of $300.
If there is a plus side, it will be the power consumption. The RX 6600XT does use 100W less than the RX 5700 XT so the new card will sip even less power which could make it attractive for a SFF system build, especially if the size shown is accurate. Keep your eyes open for an update on whether the RX 6600 exists or is truly just a rumour.
People hoping to get their hands on an affordable graphics card may soon have one more new model to try for—a pulled retailer listing spotted by the GPU enthusiast site VideoCardz seems to confirm the existence of an AMD Radeon RX 6600 GPU.