October 21, 2021

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AMD Radeon RX 6600 review: damp squib

A new graphics card has arrived: the $329/£299 RX 6600, little brother to the RX 6600 XT that launched back in August. It’s intended to compete against Nvidia’s RTX 3060, which also has a $329 RRP, as well as older graphics cards like Nvidia’s RTX 2060, 2060 Super and 2070.

The pitch here is pretty simple: it’s faster than those older cards, competitive with the RTX 3060, and its position at the bottom of AMD’s current GPU stack should mean that it can be made in large quantities. In fact, the pitch is so simple that our press briefing for the GPU was extremely rapid – a few slides of specs, expected performance versus the RTX 2060 and RX 5600 XT, a few shots of partner models and then the call for questions. The briefing wrapped up before 15 minutes had expired, a relative instant compared to the hour-long calls we normally expect – so is the RX 6600 that simple, or is there more here than meets the eye?

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