Folks hoping to get their hands on an affordable graphics card may soon have another new model to try — a pulled shopping list spotted by GPU enthusiast site VideoCardz seems to confirm the existence of an AMD Radeon RX 6600 GPU. The RX 6600 is a midrange GPU that fits under the $379 RX 6600XT in AMD’s lineup, and the site claims it will be available on October 13.
By themselves, we don’t have a lot of inventory in store listings, as they can be speculative placeholders rather than confirmation that a particular product is launching. But this one came complete with box art and photos of the card, confirming it will ship with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, and like the RX 6600 XT, it will primarily be sold as a 1080p card. The GPU would feature 1,792 of AMD’s Stream Processors, compared to 2,048 on the RX 6600 XT, while retaining the same 128-bit memory interface as the XT.
A single 8-pin power connector, three DisplayPorts, and a single HDMI port are also visible in the photos, and the card’s short length makes it one of the few modern GPUs suitable for small form factor PC builds. What the list doesn’t tell us is what the GPU will cost; the listed price of 589.90 euros equates to about $690 in US dollars, at least twice as high as we think the official price of the card is likely to be.
We weren’t particularly impressed with the RX 6600XT when we tested it in August, based on its mediocre performance and relatively high MSRP. But the continuing shortage of graphics cards means “MSRP” means even less than usual, and for people struggling to find a GPU to complete a new build or upgrade an old one, the best graphics card is you can buy the one you can buy. can actually find. Regardless of its performance, the RX 6600 will likely sell out almost immediately, just like any other GPU released in 2021.
If there’s one bright spot about the GPU shortfall — and it’s a big if — it’s that AMD and Nvidia both seem to be paying a bit more attention to their previous-gen cards than they normally do. Earlier this month, AMD released a driver update that added support for the Smart Access Memory feature to older RX 5000 series cards, giving a small but noticeable performance boost in many games to anyone with a fairly modern CPU and motherboard. And Nvidia recently announced that 28 more games would benefit from the impressive DLSS upscaling feature, which boosts frame rates at high resolutions with minimal loss of detail and quality.
List image by VideoCardz