AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Review: MSI GAMING X Tested

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The GPU is Navi 23, a 7nm RDNA 2 chip of some 237 mm^2 produced by TSMC. Of interest, this is a x8 PCIe product, like the previous-gen RX 5500 XT. Unlike that GPU, however, this one ships with 8GB of memory standard, though the 128-bit interface and reduced 32MB Infinity Cache compared to the RX 6700 XT may help explain why AMD is specifically positioning this as a 1080p option.

Pricing

Before proceeding, let’s play devil’s advocate here about the $379+ pricing. Realistically, given the situation – including the apparent rising cost of GDDR6 memory – this is not as outrageous as it might seem to those who remember AMD’s hyper-competitive position in the RX 580 era. Yes, there was a time in recent memory when you could buy a GPU for around $200 that was perfect for 1080p gaming at high settings.

Polaris GPUs have been around for five years, and still in use in many an enthusiast PC, I daresay. The 8GB version of the RX 480 launched with an MSRP $239 in 2016, but we live in the world of constrained supply and profitable consumer GPU crypto mining. If the RX 6600 XT performs a little better than the $329+ MSRP RTX 3060, isn’t that enough for now?

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