Comparison between graphics cards is certainly something that every gamer likes to follow. In this sense, the gringo portal TechSpot decided to analyze the performance of two good GPUs of the moment: the GeForce RTX 3060, from Nvidia, and the Radeon RX 6600 XT, from AMD.
On one side, a board based on Ampere architecture, with 12 GB GDDR6 VRAM, 3,584 CUDA cores and a base clock of 1.32 GHz. On the other, a GPU with AMD RDNA 2 architecture, 8 GB DDR6 VRAM, 2,048 stream processors and a base clock of 1.96 GHz.
Both products are “on the same shelf”, meaning they are competitors. This rivalry is also seen in values: even though the RTX 3060’s MSRP of $330 is slightly cheaper than the cost of the RX 6600 XT, both cards have been selling for around $400.
And with features (and prices) so similar, the TechSpot decided to test the performance of GPUs in 50 games with resizable bar enabled. The site reinforces that it used a Ryzen 9 5950X CPU with 32GB of DDR4-3200 memory for testing, using AMD and Nvidia’s standard clock specs at 1080p and 1440p.
Radeon RX 6600 XT x GeForce RTX 3060
The individual analyzes made the difference between performances a little more evident, but the duel was balanced. Dying Light 2 at 1080p was 11% faster on the RX 6600 XT, for example, but the RTX 3060 took advantage and was 14% faster on the Warhammer III title at 1440p.
Call of Duty: Warzone was seen with 16% more frames running at 1440p on the AMD graphics card. The “change” came in God of War, which ran up to 33% faster on Nvidia’s GPU.
The list of analyzed games also includes titles such as Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Forza Horizon 5. In general, the competition was very fierce: the RX 6600 XT was 3% faster in games at 1080p and the RTX 3060 was 2% faster in games with 1440p.
Nvidia card wins
Again, it’s worth noting that the battle was fiercely contested and several comparisons showed differences of up to 5% — which can be classified as a tie. This means that the purchase decision will vary according to the performance of the user’s favorite games.
However, the final analysis gave the victory to the RTX 3060. The first factor is precisely the best performance of the full image. Of course, the difference is minimal and the RX 6600 XT proves to be a worthy competitor, but most gamers will want the best performance in the best resolution conditions, right?
In addition, the Nvidia card has a 50% higher frame buffer and has 12GB instead of 8GB of VRAM. In the long run, this could mean the product will handle future AAA titles better, without major performance hits in regards to frame rate.
Finally, the RTX includes a full PCIe 4.0 x16 connection and support for Nvidia’s DLSS technology. Admittedly, AMD offers some upscaling techniques for 6600 XT owners, but even ray tracing technology shows better performance on the 3060.
At least in this clash, Nvidia seems to have the upper hand against AMD.