Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) is launching the new Radeon RX 6600 graphics card – the sixth installment of its RDNA 2-based Radeon 6000 products – and we can see how fast it is in the latest games compared to the RTX. 3060 from Nvidia. and also the recently released RX 6600 XT from AMD.
The RX 6600 is primarily focused on 1080p gaming, so this is where I’ll be aiming my benchmarks. As usual, prices will vary wildly depending on where you live, with the shortage of microchips continuing to wreak havoc on the global supply of graphics cards. Again, as usual, you will need to get the best map you can afford in your area and use those results to choose between them.
Above, we can see that the RX 6600 is quite small compared to the RX 6600 XT, with four less compute units, a big drop in gaming frequency and also stream processors. However, both feature 8GB GDDR6 memory, 16Gbps memory speed, and 128-bit memory interface, which should make the RX 6600 solid territory for 1080p gaming performance. , although slightly lower than its sibling’s graphics.
A little extra test I ran today is AMD’s FidelityFX super resolution. Similar to Nvidia’s DLSS, this scaling and performance-boosting tech only works in a handful of games and today I’m going to try it out in the new Far Cry 6 to see how well you will get a boost if you activate it. Of course, you will have to make up your own mind about how the image quality compares, as there are polarizing opinions.
Likewise, where possible, I have also enabled DLSS and Nvidia’s ray tracing via DirectX Raytracing (DXR).
Test system and benchmarks
My hardware includes a BarrowCH Rhopilema water-cooled water-cooled test bench, 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 3466MHz memory, Intel Core i9-11900K, Intel 760p M.2 SSD, Corsair RM850i power supply and an MSI MEG Z590 Ace motherboard. I performed all testing with BAR / Smart Access Memory (SAM) resizable media enabled where possible.
The first is Far Cry 6 and with no DXR enabled the RX 6600 sat directly behind the RTX 3060 with only a few frames separating the two. However, with DLSS not available in this game, AMD has the same advantage that Nvidia enjoyed, with FidelityFX Super Resolution seeing a massive increase in frame rates and the RX 6600 XT matching the RX 6700 XT.
With DXR enabled, FidelityFX gives it an even better edge, improving both the RX 6700 XT and the RTX 3060, which increased the graph once ray tracing was enabled. Clearly where it’s an option and if you’re otherwise happy to activate it, FidelityFX is definitely worse to use. Without it, the RX 6600 is where you’d expect – right behind the RX 6600 XT.
For some reason, the RX 6600 struggled in Flight Simulator, dropping 10 fps at the 99th percentile behind the RX 6600 XT. AMD is generally pretty strong here, with the RX 6700 XT matching or beating whatever Nvidia has below the RTX 3070, but if you need those landings and take-offs to be as smooth as possible, it might be worth opting for. for the RTX 3060 or RX 6600 XT instead.
The new enhanced edition of Metro Exodus typically sees higher average frame rates on Nvidia cards and the same goes for the RX 6600 XT. It achieved a 99th percentile of 30 fps compared to the 33 fps of the RTX 3060, but was well below average at 44 fps at 55 fps, and also noticeably slower than the RX 6600 XT.
Another AMD-favored game, Dirt 5 gave the RX 6600 a much easier ride, matching the RTX 3060, but falling well below the RX 6600 XT.
Above is Watch Dogs: Legion with DXR enabled and again we’ve seen driver bugs with the RX 6600 XT and RX 6600 seeing pitiful frame rates. Strangely, this did not happen with the RX 6700 XT even with the same driver, so this is clearly an issue with these combinations and not all AMD cards.
Disabling DXR sees frame rates return to normal and here the RX 6600 camera is close to the RTX 3060 and was 10% slower on the minimum 99th percentile than the RX 6600 XT. FidelityFX isn’t supported here, but DLSS is, giving Nvidia a big advantage if you’re able and willing to use it.
Finally we have Wolfenstein and even in the Uber settings 1080p was not an issue for the RX 6600, although it fell far short of the RTX 3060 and still well below the RX 6600 XT.
As expected, the RX 6600 was the most power efficient card tested, overtaking the RX 6600 XT and allowing most card makers to use relatively small coolers. AMD’s 450W power recommendation is also 100W lower than Nvidia’s for the RTX 3060, although you still need a power supply with an 8-pin power connector for all RX 6600.
There are a few situations where the Nvidia RTX 3060 and AMD RX 6600 XT are noticeably faster than the RX 6600. Enabling DirectX Raytracing (DXR) in Far Cry 6, for example, gives the RTX 3060 a significant lead, while the RX 6600 XT was much faster in Microsoft Flight Simulator and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, perhaps more than the price difference suggests. Watch Dogs: Legion always seems to exhibit drastic slowdowns when DXR is also activated, just like the RX 6600 XT, while testing with the same driver with the RX 6700 XT saw normal frame rates.
However, there are plenty of places where it keeps pace with both the RTX 3060 and the RX 6600 XT. For example, in Far Cry 6 without DXR, the RX 6600 was only a few frames away from the RTX 3060 and came close to it in Dirt 5 with ray tracing enabled. It was also pretty close to the match with the Nvidia map in Watch Dogs: Legion.
The remarkable results, however, are with AMD’s FidelityFX super resolution. This is the first review I’ve done using this new feature and finally AMD has something to do with Nvidia’s DLSS and in terms of increasing frame rates through scaling and even at 1080p I saw massive increases even in balanced mode. The RX 6600 outperformed the RTX 3060 in Far Cry 6 with DXR enabled and closely matched the RX 6700 XT when DXR was disabled.
Of course, the real issue is that AMD is a few years behind Nvidia in deploying this and the Green Team just finished with 120 DLSS compatible titles, with AMD only offering FidelityFX Super Resolution support. a fraction of that number. The other issue here, however, is availability and pricing. The RX 6600 XT currently sells for around $ 700 – that’s double its introductory price, so it’s clear things are still far from normal and it’s nearly impossible to recommend a card over one. ‘another because you just can’t buy anything near its introductory price. at present.