The GPU Navi 23 carried by the RX 6600 XT incorporates 32 Compute Units or 16 WGP, as AMD has now decided to call them. This translates into a total of 2,048 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Units, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit interface for your 8GB of GDDDR6 VRAM memory, so technically it should compete without too much trouble against the mid-range of the RTX 30 Series of the competition and yet it seems that in the end the real performance of this GPU is not as much as it was thought.
Radeon RX 6600 early performance data
AMD presents these Radeon RX 6600 XT as the direct competition of the GeForce RTX 3060 series, especially with a view to becoming the most used graphics in the gaming platform Steam (currently still the GTX 1060 from two generations ago, curiously, on which they promise a performance of between 2 and 2.5 times more). AMD promises a 40% performance increase over the Radeon RX 5600, and theoretically according to AMD they should outperform NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 by 15%.
However, the performance data could be a bit different now that the first GPUs are already reaching the hands of hardware analysts; According to the first leaks, and although it does not indicate where this data comes from, it seems that the performance of the RX 6600 XT is above the RTX 3060 although not for that 15% difference that AMD predicted, and on the other hand they remain also below the RTX 3060 Ti (this to 1440p, all be said).
RTX 3060 TI -112
RX 6600 XT-104
RTX 3060 – 98
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These scores, which we repeat again that it is not indicated in which benchmark or game they have been taken (only that they are accompanied by a Core i9-10900K, at 1440p and under the OpenGL API), give us a point of reference that can help us to get a relative idea of the performance we can expect from this new AMD graphics that they claim to be their top sales.
With this data, we can see that AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 XT outperforms NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 by a mere 5.76%, far from the promised 15%. However, it must also be said that it is below the RTX 3060 Ti by 7.14%, and we cannot forget that the AMD graphics benefit from exclusive technologies such as Smart Access Memory and Infinity Cache which in theory should boost its performance by several integers (this chart is, in fact, advertised as having 32MB of Infinity Cache).
Has AMD failed or achieved its goal?
As we said a moment ago, AMD’s goal was for its Radeon RX 6600 XT to outperform NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 by 15%, and it seems that at least the goal of being above it has succeeded; however, outperforming the RTX 3060 by 15% is precisely on the same level as the RTX 3060 Ti, against which it would compete in performance but not in price because these NVIDIA GPUs are much more expensive than AMD’s, thus taking a great competitive advantage in the market.
However, it seems that the performance of the new AMD Navi 23 GPUs is not entirely refined, or it is simply that the 1440p resolution is too big and it is a graphics designed for 1080p resolution simply; In any case, and although we cannot cross out these first results as failure, at the user level they are somewhat disappointing.
Let us remember that the recommended retail price for the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT launching on August 11 is $ 379, which will then translate to 380-400 euros in all probability, while the price of the NVIDIA RTX 3060 (at least the official price) is only 329 dollars, while its variant Ti is priced at 399 dollars, something that makes it even more competitive with these AMD GPUs.