In this review we examine the performance of the new video card of AMD, Created to serve the audience of users who are looking for a good return on a minimal investment in days of challenging shortages
Today, another video card for gamers is officially launched by the chip giant AMD. God-Radeon The RX 6600 is a compact, electrically efficient and high-performance graphics card aimed primarily at the gaming world of the 1920X1080 FullHD gaming. Market segment is mainly aimed at what is today called Entry Level or the entry market and traditionally this segment is used to accepting products where the cost-benefit ratio is highest.
After five graphics cards from the Radeon RX 6000 series that started at the top end and slowly dropped to pre-epidemic prices were considered the top end, comes the sixth in the series based on the RDNA 2 architecture of AMD In the advanced production process of 7 nm from TSMC.
This video card is based on the Navi 23 core which is the same small graphics core we encountered on the RX 6600 XT just a few weeks ago. The big difference between its configuration then and that we find in this video card, is that the amount of the processing core group has dropped from only 32 to 28. The memory is the same GDDR6 memory with a capacity of 8GB and so declares AMD Even after many models that start high and go down, even budget-defined gaming can enjoy volume זיכרון Respectable graphics, when even the marketing talks about using FullHD mostly. It is important to note that the memory speed was reduced from 16 Gbps to 14 Gbps and thus the volume of graphic memory used by the 128 BIT controller decreased from 256 GB per second to 224 GB per second on the RX 6600 compared to the XT.
The graphics core uses Infinity Cache's technology AMD And there is 32MB of fourth-level cache memory in this graphics core. This is actually part of the secret sauce of the ability to bring about respectable graphics performance using such a poor graphics memory traffic volume. 224GB per second in gaming graphics cards is something we thought a decade ago would not allow for quite high performance, but in fact it is less than what you will find in a ten-year-old HD 7970 card. The product of increasing efficiency and graphic memory transport technologies is a large saving in silicon space and power consumption, since oil memory controllers have a large real estate space in graphic cores. With only 128BIT, the cost of AMD To the core descends. Much of the credit goes to technologies like Infinity Cache.
To maximize the potential of all Core A graphic that comes out of this expensive production process of TSMC, And that in general this is the recommended thing to do, the operating frequency of the RX 6600 is quite high and stands at 2044MHz as the base and almost 2.5GHz as the acceleration frequency (turbo).
In this review we look at the performance of the RX 6600 PULSE, which is a video card manufactured by SAPPHIRE which is one of the brands most identified with cards Radeon at all times. This video card is quite compact and uses the body Cooling Has two fans.
While the PULSE is slightly higher than a standard interface height graphic cards, This height allows the placement of large and fairly efficient fans. There is an aluminum back plate, although it is important to note that it does not come in contact with the printed circuit board and is not used for heat dissipation of components such as memory chips.
This video card (and many others of the Radeon RX 6600) uses a single 8PIN power supply. AMD's official heat envelope for the RX 6600 is only 132W. This makes it the lowest-rated graphics card we've seen in a long time, both from AMD andNVIDIA. Technically, according to official electrical standards this video card could use a 6PIN connector without a problem, since the interfacePCI-Express Itself provides up to 75W and such a connector can also provide up to 75W. At least today simple power supplies containing 8PIN connectors are common. The official power supply recommendation for this video card is only 450W.
Today, this video card reaches stores with an average consumer cost of about NIS 2,000. The official price according to AMD Is $ 329, with the various card makers being able to add as many premiums as they want over it. Two years ago, the video card was launched Radeon The RX 5700, which will also be priced at $ 329 when launched. Of course the market was in a completely different place.
Test system and performance tests
We switched from Intel to AM4's platform AMD And an eight-core Ryzen 7 5800X processor for our graphics card exam processor. Along with streamlining procedures and improving the accuracy of test data, we also enable the Resizeable BAR technology which is currently also supported In the video cards of AMD And also in those of NVIDIA. So far we have avoided doing so as unilateral support often leads to strangeness and inconsistency in the data.
The choice of memory DDR4-3600 is natural for such a system. זיכרון At a healthy speed, but not in the area of a particularly expensive top edge. The storage has moved to an advanced device and in a volume large enough for all the new games that are inflating. Noctua The quiet (literally) protagonist of the hardware tests remains on site and the NH-D15 cooling continues to serve as a default choice for us with the docking system and its great performance.
There is a fresh set of games we have tested. Some continue with us in terms of video cards so far and new and popular parts that have entered the system. The operating system is Windows 10 with all possible system updates as of this writing (which is… yesterday if you read it on launch day). Video Card Driver NVIDIA Is in version 471.11. For the RX 6600 XT we got a fresh driver fromAMD Which we also used to test the RX 6700 XT in comparison.
A technical fact that is important to note before presenting the results of the performance tests is that the RX 6600 actually runs on an X8 bandwidth only in the PCI-Express interface. This fact does not appear in the documentation on the part of AMD But consultation and examination with other factors has led us to know this for sure. This is not a malfunction. The interface generation is 4.0 like the rest of the graphics cards are based RDNA 2.
We selected several video cards and tested them in two resolutions that are the main target of this video card - WQHD 2560X1440 and FullHD 1920X1080. The marketing of AMD Insists that this video card is designed for 1080P and there we tested it. Next to it we also added the RX 5700 with the same fresh drivers as well as the RTX 2060 SUPER that held this market point two years ago, and the classic GTX 1060 that will serve as a bottom comparison point. The graph The green is to 1080P And the orange to 1440P.
In the game Overwatch we notice that the performance of the RX 6600 is close to that of the RX 5700 from below. The RX 6600 XT is quite significantly faster here than the non-XT version, by almost 25%. We did not expect such a big difference.
In the Horizon Zero Dawn which is considered intense for both the CPU and the video card, we see a behavior pattern where the RX 5700 still leads slightly over the RX 6600. Here the RX 6600 XT adds about 20 percent performance over the RX 6600 in FullHD.
In Assassin's Creed Valhalla the performance of the RX 6600 is equal to that of the RX 5700 in the two resolutions tested. This title is very flatteringly adapted to the graphics cards of AMD And here the RX 6600 is even more powerful thanRTX 2060 SUPER. The RX 6600 XT maintains a performance advantage of about 20 percent compared to the model without the XT.
In Codemasters' Dirt 5 racing game you can see that in general the performance difference in this market share is not greater at all than the weakest to the strongest. Admittedly, the RX 6600 XT still leads this bunch with a 16 percent performance improvement over the XT-free model.
Also in the Hitman 2 we see that the RX 6600 is almost identical to the performance of the RX 5700 in the two resolutions tested. Here the RX 6600 XT is 16 percent stronger as well as the model without the XT.
In Borderlands 3 we notice that on average the RX 6600 is located between RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 3060 with the RX 6600 XT adding 25 percent performance at 1080P. This improvement is defined as considerable and quite significant.
The Metro Exodus Enhanced game is so new that running its test requires supportDirectX Raytraycing 1.1, a function that is not possible on the RX 5700 due to a lack of material in the acceleration support. Here the RX 6600 is a bit behind the XT model and both are behind RTX 2060 SUPER which contains Raytracing hardware slightly more powerful.
For dessert, the performance test 3DMark Time Spy. Here the RX 6600 received a graphic score similar to that of the RX 5700. Not particularly impressive, but not unexpected.
Power consumption - the whole system
When we looked at the power consumption data of the exam system while playing, at least we were encouraged to see that the RX 6600 is a very efficient video card. The power consumption of the system is similar to that of the GTX 1060, only the performance is significantly higher. For the same performance of using the RX 5700, we save 62W here. Is this difference in power consumption dramatic for gamers? No, definitely not. The 50 shekels that make up the difference between a recommended power supply of 450W and one of 550W will not drop a computer purchase.
On the other hand, what can be said in favor of the RX 6600 versus the RX 5700 is that supporting new technologies in drivers is something that comes naturally with architecture Fresh. Therefore, the shelf life of the product and its relevance are expected to be longer.
Performance analysis and summary analysis
Launching Radeon The RX 6600 XT in the summer showed us a little more space than the world of video cards for gaming recently, when users could purchase quality performance for 1080P and 1440P resolutions at a price that is not considered particularly crazy, about two thousand shekels. In the meantime, water has passed in the river and we are now at the opening of the Israeli winter and the prices for this video card have not dropped since. In fact, we notice an upward trend of market prices when we hear in the background about its further increase.
Now when it comes Radeon The RX 6600, which is significantly slower according to performance tests, we thought might be a good opportunity to drop from a 2 prefix to a price that starts at a thousand "and something" shekels. We have been informed by several sources to know that at least initially the various RX 6600 models will be just as expensive as the RX 6600 XT was at launch. This means that we have moved from a lukewarm relationship between price and performance, to a particularly bad relationship between them.
When asked fromAMD "Well, how's the performance?" Mostly expect to hear praise, but the problem is that it is always important to attribute performance to a price point when talking about relevant market segments. The RX 6600 at least in our opinion is a cheap video card in disguise, and it's not that all other recently launched video cards are also devoid of a crazy premium. When demand is greater than supply, that's what we get.
Given the relative price of graphic cards Example RX 6600 XT andRTX 3060, it is very difficult for us at the moment to recommend the RX 6600 as a choice for gamers, and unfortunately our recommendation at the moment is as follows:
If you need a powerful video card now and the budget area allows for the RX 6600 XT or RTX 3060 - go for one of them. If you are waiting for a cheaper option, it is very possible that the RX 6600 has dropped in price significantly enough to become recommended. This may happen in about a month, maybe a little longer. Until then, this is the launch of a product with a very problematic value, but interesting performance and very low power consumption. It's not that technologically we have too much to complain about. Sony has taken the hardware composition of this video card and made it part of its PlayStation 5 console. This attests to the tremendous efficiency of AMD's RDNA 2 architecture. If you find a particularly worthwhile price, the Radeon RX 6600 may be able to do what no graphics card's NVIDIA Unable at the moment.