The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT is presented and as always we are at the foot of the canyon to bring you the results of its performance with demanding games and with ray tracing. A graphics card that is mainly focused on offering the best performance to play in 1080p resolution for its price in those setups that have a good processor under the heatsink.
Navi 23 brings us an RDNA 2 GPU with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory and the new Infinity Cache in a 32 MB block that aims to compensate for the lower number of Shaders (2048) and bus width (128 bits) compared to the RX 5600 XT. And without a doubt, it will be so because the IPC of these GPUs has increased enough to compete and sometimes even surpass Nvidia. We will be very attentive to see what it is capable of doing against the RTX 3060, and without further ado, let’s start the review!
Asus has done its best to present this AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT thanks to a nice rigid cardboard box with a smooth finish. We find photos of the card and some of its most important specifications, remembering that it is not a reference model, but one with a slightly higher OC frequency.
So we open this box to find a slightly different placement than high-end cards, since it uses a cardboard that grips the graphics card with a plastic band. Therefore, we will not see polyethylene foam molds, but it is an excellent way to protect it from blows.
We start with the design of that AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT in which we clearly see that it is the Asus dual-fan O8G model. That means that it will be one of the most powerful versions of this GPU that we will find, so we expect the best performance of this Navi 23 chipset from it.For this, the manufacturer has used an aesthetic very similar to that implemented in the high-end triple-fan ROG Strix cards. We see a rigid plastic case of good thickness and excellent quality in the finish, using aggressive 3D diagonal lines that combine black and gray. In this case, metal inserts are also used, as is the case with triple-fan heatsinks, so it will be good news for the quality of this case.
Among the many inscriptions we have on this case, two large 95mm diameter fans with closely spaced Axial-Tech blades have been installed to ensure great airflow and pressure on the dissipation block. To ensure durability they have a double ball bearing common in this type of unit. This will make them not too quiet at maximum performance, but everything is to offer good temperatures.Each one will use a different connection on the PCB so they can be managed independently. They have an automatic stop system while the GPU is at rest, so we are assured of a completely silent heatsink while we do tasks that are not playing games. The stop threshold of the fans will be 50 o C, while at 60 o C they will turn on.We go on to study in a little more detail the lateral areas of the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, where we can highlight the RGB Aura Sync lighting area coinciding with the distinctive “ROG Strix “. Apart from this, we will have the fan area covered to ensure the passage of air through the heatsink, and a fairly open front that allows air to be evacuated from said block. In this case it will be very necessary as it has a design with longitudinal fins.
We turn to the upper face of the card to see a wide aluminum backplate with a diagonal brushed style that will reveal the rear area of the socket. At the end we find a small hole to improve the airflow through the heatsink, coinciding precisely with the edge of the PCB. But the most interesting thing about this model at the performance level is that it has a Dual BIOS system, through a switch on that outer edge. We will have the Performance and Quiet modes to choose between the maximum performance of the GPU and a more aggressive fan RPM profile, or a silent mode.