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[Review] A Budget GPU for Decent 1080p Gaming: The AMD Radeon RX 6600


AMD Radeon RX 6600

RM2,250

Pros

Cons

+ Fast 1080p performance

- Can't handle much 1440p gaming

+ Cool under workload

- Fewer features than Nvidia graphics cards

​+ More affordable price

+ Low power

Alongside the Radeon RX 6600 XT that was positioned as the ideal 1080p gaming graphics card, we also received a lower-tier Radeon RX 6600. As we're facing a GPU shortage issue in the market, prices can vary wildly, and the RX 6600 comes at RM2,250. But how will this budget-friendly card perform? Let's find out!

 

Since it's a much lower end than the already not-so-powerful RX 6600 XT, I didn't expect much from it. Under its hood, the RDNA 2 architecture is powered by 28 compute units and 1792 stream processors, a stepdown compared to the RX 6600 XT with 32 compute units and 2048 stream processors.

Between the two siblings, the GPU clock has been fairly reduced by 13% from 2359MHz to 2044MHz, while the boost GPU clock only sees a slight 4% decrease from 2589MHz to 2491MHz. Although both cards have 8GB of GDDR6 RAM the RX 6600 has a much slower memory bandwidth at just 224GB/s, making it the same as the older RX 5500 XT.


The decrease in core and memory frequency has also reduced the power rating from RX 6600 XT's 160W to 132W. Since it also supports PCIe 4.0x8 bandwidth like the higher-end version, we had no problem installing it.

It also comes with DirectX 12 Ultimate support, which is necessary for graphics on PC and next-generation Xbox consoles. The feature allows it to deliver movie-quality visuals through DirectX Raytracing (DRX), boost framerates through variable rate shading (VRS), increase the flexibility and performance of the geometry pipeline through mesh shaders, and enable fast gaming performance with high resolution through sampler feedback.


Its FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) feature, a competitor of Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), is used to boost framerates and deliver high quality as well as high resolution gaming experience. While it's not as powerful as Nvidia's technology. the FSR is more open as it supports more game titles and even the recent Far Cry 6.


The GPU also supports the AMD Smart Access Memory feature that enables more memory space to be mapped to the base address register, hence boosting game performance when paired with a Ryzen 5000 series processor or selected Ryzen 3000 series processors. To access the feature, you'll have to enable it in your BIOS.

In terms of ports, this GPU has only two DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.1 ports.

When it comes to 1080p performance, it managed to score 3879 points for TimeSpy, 3717 points for Port Royal, and 5514 points for FreeStrike Ultra.

1080p, High Quality

1440p, High Quality

Cyberpunk 2077

60fps

35fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

131fps

82fps

Borderlands 3

79fps

56fps

In Cyberpunk 2077, it reached 60fps while playing in 1080p while in Borderlands 3, it hit 79fps. In 1080p with high-quality graphical settings, it managed to max out at 131fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

 

Buy or no buy?


If you're still using a 1080p gaming monitor and you're using an old GPU, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 is a good upgrade as it comes at a reasonable price. It comes with additional perks if you're playing games optimised for AMD cards, such as Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village.

However, if you're planning to go beyond 1080p, you should probably save your cash for a higher-end model as it's not strong enough to handle most games at 1440p or even 4K easily.

AMD Radeon RX 6600

Architecture

RDNA 2

Manufacturing Process

7nm

Transistor Count

11.1 billion

​Die Size

237mm²

Compute Units

28

Ray Accelerators

28

Stream Processors

1792

Game GPU Clock

Up to 2044MHz

Boost GPU Clock

Up to 2491MHz

Peak Single Precision Performance

Up to 8.93 TFLOPS

Peak Half Precision Performance

Up to 17.86 TFLOPS

Peak Texture Fill-Rate

Up to 279.0 GT/s

ROPs

64

Peak Pixel Fill-Rate

Up to 159.4GP/s

AMD Infinity Cache

32MB

Memory

8GB GDDR6

Memory Bandwidth (up to)

224GB/s

Memory Interface

128-bit

PCIe Interface

PCIe 4.0x8

Board Power

132W


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