Graphics card manufacturer Powercolor has meanwhile activated the two categories Radeon RX 6600 XT and Radeon RX 6600 on its own website. Rumors about the models have been circulating for months, but so far AMD has been reluctant to launch a desktop PC.
The necessary graphics chip has long been in series production: Navi 23 with RDNA2 architecture and TSMC’s 7 nanometer technology is already used in the workstation graphics card Radeon Pro W6600 and the notebook GPUs Radeon Pro W6600M and Radeon RX 6600M. Tesla also uses the graphics chip in certain infotainment systems in the Model S and Model X.
Powercolor has now taken the categories offline again, Remaining stock in the Google cache however, prove their existence. The last two graphics cards with recommended prices of less than 400 euros were the Radeon RX 5700 from mid-2019 and the later, more slimmed-down Radeon RX 5600 XT.
Overdue middle class
AMD is currently selling the Radeon RX 6700 XT as the cheapest gaming graphics card in larger quantities. The model should actually cost 480 euros, but due to the current delivery situation, the actual prices are at least 700 euros. Cheaper predecessors like the Radeon RX 5700 XT are only available occasionally and are overpriced.
The Radeon Pro W6600 is the perfect blueprint for a desktop offshoot: 28 compute units with 1792 shader cores, GPU clock frequencies far beyond 2000 MHz and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory on 128 data paths. 32 MB Infinity Cache should increase the frame rate, especially in 1080p gaming.