AFTER MONTHS OF SPECULATION and waiting, AMD’s not-really-budget Navi 23 GPU has arrived in the form of the RX 6600 XT. It brings all the advantages of AMD’s RDNA2 architecture, such as the Infinity Cache and ray accelerators, but cut down to manageable sizes. But after nearly a year of GPU shortages, the things we’d really like to see fixed remain a real problem: pricing and availability.
The base model RX 6600 XT cards, including the Sapphire Pulse we’re using for this review, supposedly start at $380. There were even cards available at launch for that price, but to the surprise of absolutely no one, those sold out and now we’re seeing the RX 6600 XT listed on places such as eBay for $600 or more. Let’s be clear: This is not a $600 graphics card. Or rather, it’s not a $600 card back in 2019, when the RX 5700 XT came out at $400. In late 2021? Maybe it is a $600 card, at least for those desperately searching for a GPU upgrade.
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