Fans of AMD graphics cards may soon have some additional alternatives, according to a recent leak. The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has listed Gigabyte’s AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT GPUs, which suggests that various bespoke variations of the Radeon RX 6600 XT are likely to hit the market shortly. The specifications of the forthcoming AMD 6000-series graphics cards have also been revealed.
Gigabyte appears to be planning the release of at least six new graphics cards. Gigabyte’s distinctive design can be found on all of the GPUs, which are divided into three categories: Gaming, OC, and Eagle. The GPUs’ model names have already been revealed. The following are the six that we are already aware of:
- Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Eagle
- Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Eagle OC
- Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Gaming
- Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Gaming OC
- Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Gaming PRO
- Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Gaming OC PRO
The new cards are built around AMD’s RDNA2 architecture. RDNA 2 was released in November 2020 and is found in all RX 6000-series cards. AMD has been able to offer fully hardware-accelerated ray tracing thanks to this architecture.
One feature distinguishes the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT from its predecessors. It’s said to be the first Navi 23 SKU graphics card designed just for gaming. Several Navi 23 SKU cards were previously introduced by AMD, but they were not meant for gaming. The Radeon RX 6600M for mobile devices and the Pro W6600 for workstations are two examples of such cards.
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According to EEC listings, all Gigabyte RX 6600 XT variants will include better Windforce cooling. They will also include an 8 GB GDDR6 memory module. We can take a closer look at the specifications because AMD has previously revealed the information of the chips used in these cards.
The Navi 23 XT GPU will be used in the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT. Navi 23 is a relatively compact chip, measuring 237mm2 and containing 11.06 billion transistors. However, it is not the smallest RDNA2 chip; Navi 24 is even smaller.
32 compute units or 2,048 stream processors will be available on the device. It also comes with a 32MB Infinity Cache, which improves bandwidth speed. The total bandwidth is projected to be 256GB/s because pin speeds will be retained at 16Gbps. Finally, a 128-bit wide bus interface supports the 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
The card scored 9,439 points in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark. Both the specifications and the benchmark indicate that the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT will be an economical 1080p gaming solution. It’s unlikely that this card will aim to outperform the top high-end graphics cards. However, it will exceed Nvidia’s RTX 3060, making it a realistic option for many gamers.
While we don’t know the exact price of these new cards, if AMD intends to compete with Nvidia’s RTX 3060, the MSRP is expected to be about $300. There hasn’t been a release date confirmed yet, but it’s likely that we’ll hear something soon.