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AMD has announced the latest graphics card joining its RDNA 2 based line-up with the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT. A card that sits on the more affordable side of the pricing spectrum, and one that still makes use of the latest in Radeon tech -- that is AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution and AMD Smart Access Memory (SAM). As per the reveal the Radeon RX 6600 XT is being marketed as a 1080p performer.

Which places it on the entry level end of the Radeon 6000 series line-up. As per our review of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT which we covered last year, it will be interesting to see how well RDNA 2 scales when stripped back. That said, odds are it'll do just fine. The 6600 XT is still RDNA 2 based, featuring 32 Compute Units, an impressive 2358 MHz game clock, 8GB of GDDR6 memory, 32MB of AMD's Infinity Cache, and it's rated at 160W. Which means it'll run off a single power connector -- a rarity in 2021.

That said comparing performance to the GeForce GTX 1060 (as seen in the video above) isn't all that impressive when you factor that the 1060 first hit the scene back in 2016. Making it five years old. But, it is the most popular GPU out there, a true mainstream card, so 2.4X the performance makes it a decent upgrade for those that are happy to game in 1080p but still want to play at fast frame-rates.

“1080p has long been the most popular resolution for PC gaming, and in 2020 more than two-thirds of the gaming monitors shipped were at this resolution,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “However, the most popular older-generation 1080p graphics cards can struggle to even hit 60 FPS in modern games. The Radeon RX 6600 XT raises the bar for 1080p gaming. It was specifically designed to deliver the ultimate 1080p gaming experience for all gamers, offering powerhouse performance and advanced features to bring beautiful, complex and hyper-realistic worlds to life.”

AMD did also include a comparison to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 which looks to be its direct 1080p competitor, beating NVIDIA's card as per AMD's own benchmarks. That is strictly in pure 1080p performance and not in titles that support ray-tracing or DLSS.

On the upscale front the 6600 XT supports AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution which is beginning to pop up in a number of games, and is considered by many to be the company's answer to DLSS. Which would be the sort of thing that would make the RX 6600 XT support 1440p too.

The new GPU is set to release on August 11, with AMD Partner Cards coming from the likes of ASRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE, XFX and Yeston. Starting from $379 USD.

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