AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT launch date emerges; RX 5700 XT performance for US$399
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The Radeon RX 6600 series has already leaked several times, as we have reported previously. Even AMD has hinted that it plans to release a lower-end alternative to its current RDNA 2 cards, although it has missed its 1H 2021 launch date.
According to Coreteks, AMD has set a new launch date for the Radeon RX 6600 XT; details on the RX 6600 remain unknown, currently. Apparently, AMD will unveil the Radeon RX 6600 XT next month for approximately US$399, US$80 shy of the RX 6700 XT. Coreteks is unsure if this is the card's final price, but they are not the only ones to have received that information.
Incidentally, that price tag would make the RX 6600 XT as expensive as the RTX 3060 Ti, a card that NVIDIA bases on its GA104 GPU. NVIDIA's GPU choice puts the RTX 3060 Ti closer to the RTX 3070 in performance than the RTX 3060 though, a card that AMD is yet to match.
Strangely, Coreteks also alleges that the RX 6600 XT will only be available through AMD's add-in board (AIB) partners. Hence, it seems that AMD will use the RX 6600 XT Reference Design only for marketing purposes.
Presumably, AMD will position the RX 6600 as an RTX 3060 competitor. However, Coreteks expects the RX 6600 XT to match the performance of the RX 5700 XT, which falls well short of the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070.