MSI Radeon RX 6600 XT Gaming X Review 10

MSI Radeon RX 6600 XT Gaming X Review

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The MSI Radeon RX 6600 XT Gaming X is the company's top custom-design graphics card based on AMD's latest DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU designed for the masses. The RX 6600 XT is for the vast majority of gamers still playing on Full HD (1080p) resolution, who can make do with a lean low-power GPU, especially in today's price-constrained environment. The RX 6600 XT can play any of today's games at 1080p with high-to-enthusiast details. Raytracing is also possible, as is FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) for even more performance. MSI combines this with its latest-generation Twin Frozr cooling solution optimized for low-noise, along with a couple of other premium bits.



The Radeon RX 6600 XT is based on the new 7 nm "Navi 23" silicon, the smallest yet from AMD that's based on its latest RDNA2 graphics architecture. The RX 6600 XT maxes out this silicon with 2,048 stream processors, 32 Ray Accelerators, 128 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. 8 GB is the standard memory size for this SKU, although it's running across a narrow 128-bit wide GDDR6 memory bus. AMD is running the memory at 16 Gbps, which works out to a raw bandwidth of 256 GB/s, but the real sauce here is the 32 MB of Infinity Cache memory on the GPU die, which lubricates the memory sub-system.

The MSI Radeon RX 6600 XT Gaming X brings with it the very latest Twin Frozr 8 cooling solution with a chunky dual-stack heatsink, TorX 4.0 fans with webbed impellers for axial airflow, heat-pipes that become cuboidal at the GPU contact base, and precise fin airflow control. MSI is also giving it the company's highest factory overclock for up to 2607 MHz boost clocks. Despite these, the typical board power remains at 160 W, and the card only needs a single 8-pin power input. MSI was unable to provide us an MSRP, but we're expecting realistic market pricing of around $680.

Radeon RX 6600 XT Market Segment Analysis
 PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RX 5600 XT$5002304641375 MHz1560 MHz1500 MHzNavi 1010300M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2060$5001920481365 MHz1680 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RX 5700$7502304641465 MHz1625 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2060 Super$6502176641470 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$600 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
RX 5700 XT$8002560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$6502304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060$5503584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super$7002560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$8003840641400 MHz1800 MHz1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RX 6600 XT$650
MSRP: $380
2048642359 MHz2589 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2311060M8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
MSI RX 6600 XT
Gaming X
$6802048642428 MHz2607 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2311060M8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RTX 2080$7502944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$8003072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$7004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$770
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$11004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$10005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3070 Ti$11006144961575 MHz1770 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX 6800$13003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
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