Final Thoughts

 Final Thoughts

The Red Devil RX 6600 XT improves significantly over the RX 5600 XT and it trades blows with and overall it beats the RTX 3060 in multiple rasterized games.  The Red Devil RX 6600 XT beats the last generation cards including the RX 5600 XT although it struggles with ray traced games compared with GeForce cards.  We somewhat handicapped the RX 6600 XT by not being able to use Infinity Cache & Smart Access Memory and we expect that performance would be higher if we used a Ryzen 5000 platform.

FSR brings a great value to the RX 6600 XT as an alternative to DLSS, although it cannot quite match it in visual quality.  We look forward to further improvements in FSR and hope many more games use it.

For Radeon gamers, the Red Devil RX 6600 XT is a good alternative to the RTX 3060 for the vast majority of modern PC games that use rasterization.  However, the RX 6600 XT offers 8GB of GDDR6 to the 12GB of GDDR6 that the RTX 3060 is equipped with.  The RTX 3060, although it has 12GB of vRAM, appears to be wasted for that card.

At its suggested price of $379, or $20 less than the RTX 3060 Ti, the reference RX 6600 XT offers much less value – if the GeForce can be found at all at SEP.  PowerColor has promised that the supply of the RX 6600 XT will be plentiful, but we are skeptical.   This same thing has been promised for Ampere cards where the stock is still trickling in and being purchased the instant it’s available from etailers that are not hesitating to mark the prices up to double the SEP.

We think that AMD has set pricing too high on the RX 6600 XT by about $50. If it sold for $329 like the RTX 3060, it would be a really good value.  They seem to forget that the competing GeForce is much stronger in ray traced games – with over 60 games featuring DLSS – and that FSR is brand new with only a dozen games supporting it so far.  At $100 more than what the RX 5600 XT launched at, AMD has jacked up the price of 1080P gaming – pandemic shortages or no shortages – and it is not a consumer friendly move.  However, for practical terms – if the RX 6600 XT can be found at MSRP/SEP – it is a good value for now as most other competing cards are still selling for double MSRP.

PowerColor hasn’t set any pricing on the Red Devil RX 6600 XT allowing the resellers to set theirs. They claim that their margins are actually below their usual historical low double-digit (10-12%) for a new product.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to recommend any card with no suggested price even though it is overclocked, very nicely equipped, and well-built over a well-designed reference version for $379.   We wish that we could say that “PowerColor thinks their Red Devil is worth $30 more than the reference version” – and we would agree.  But now there is no pricing frame of reference.

We recommend the Red Devil RX 6600 XT as a great choice out of multiple good choices, especially if you are looking for good looks with RGB, an exceptional cooler, and great performance for 1920×1080, PowerColor’s excellent support, and overall good value assuming that the stock and price stabilizes.  We are convinced that PowerColor is an outstanding AMD AIB, and we never hesitate to recommend it to our friends.  When we have a choice, we pick and have picked PowerColor video cards for our own purchases.

Let’s sum it up:

The Red Devil RX 6600 XT Pros

  • The PowerColor Red Devil RX 6600 XT is much faster than the last generation RX 5600 XT by virtue of new RDNA 2 architecture.  It beats the RTX 3060 in many raster games and is a great ultra 1080P card that can handle 1440P with lower settings.
  • FSR is an awesome added value that can greatly improves performance without impacting visuals significantly.
  • The Red Devil RX 6600 XT has excellent cooling and it is a very quiet card even when overclocked to its maximum
  • The Red Devil has a very good power delivery system and dual-fan custom cooling design
  • Dual-BIOS give the user a choice of quiet with less overclocking, or a bit louder with more power-unlimited and higher overclocks.  It’s also a great safety feature if a BIOS flash goes bad
  • FreeSync2 HDR eliminates tearing and stuttering
  •      Infinity Cache & Smart Access Memory give higher performance with Ryzen 5000 platform
  •      Customizable RGB lighting and a neutral color allow the Red Devil to fit into any color scheme using the DevilZone software program.

Red Devil RX 6600 XT Cons

  •        Pricing.  $379 for a midrange 1080P card is $100 more than AMD’s RX 5600 XT.  And PowerColor has set no SEP
  •       Weaker ray tracing performance than the RTX 3060

If they can be found at suggested pricing, the Red Devil RX 6600 XT is a good card choice for those who game at 1920×1080, and it represents a good alternative to the RTX 3060 albeit with weaker ray tracing performance.  They are offered especially for those who prefer AMD cards and FreeSync2 enabled displays which are generally less expensive than Gsync displays; and Infinity Cache & Smart Access Memory are a real plus for gamers using the Ryzen 5000 platform.

If a gamer is looking for something extra beyond the reference version, the Red Devil RX 6600 XT is a very well made and handsome RGB customizable card that will overclock decently and last a long time without performance degradation.

The Verdict:

  • PowerColor’s Red Devil RX 6600 XT is a solidly-built good-looking RGB card with higher clocks out of the box than the reference version and it overclocks decently.  It trades blows with and overall beats the RTX 3060 in many rasterized games.  Although we have no price, it is a kick-ass RX 6600 XT.  Hopefully there will be some solid supply and the market pricing will normalize after the cryptocurrency pandemic ends (relatively soon!).

The Red Devil RX 6600 XT offers a good alternative to the RTX 3060 for solid raster performance in gaming, and it also beats the performance of AMD’s last generation by a good margin.  However, everything will depend on pricing and availability.

This is what PowerColor boldly stated to us last week:

“There will be plenty of cards in the channel and we will have our base model Fighting that starts at 379$ at launch!
No Scalping prices, eTailers will have enough cards, if they raise the prices, someone else will sell for less.”

Good advice!  We hope there is good availability, and if so, we can recommend the Red Devil RX 6600 XT even if it is sold even at AMD’s inflated SEP pricing because the competing cards are mostly unavailable for even double their MSRP.  Do not reward scalpers or etailers who sell at inflated prices and who do not deserve our business.  We can outwait them.

Stay tuned, there is much more coming from BTR. This weekend we will return to VR with a performance evaluation comparing the Red Devil RX 6600 XT with the RTX 3060.  And stay tuned for Rodrigo’s upcoming 471.68 driver performance analysis!

Happy Gaming!