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RX 6600 XT Graphics Cards Available Now in NZ!

UPDATE: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Graphics Cards are available now!

Following a flurry of leaks and teasers, AMD and their partners Powercolor, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire & Asus have been proudly showing off the performance and cooling for the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Card series just unveiled.

Unlike the monster GPUs we’ve seen already in recent 6000 series releases, this new RX6600 looks to be targeting excellent performance at 1920×1080 resolution, but the performance results shown so far have this graphics card pushing out frames like an absolute champion, beating the popular RTX 3060 in a range of popular games, including Battlefield 5 with a whopping +16 FPS in comparison.

Moreover, the charts released by AMD show Cyberpunk 2077 reaching an 83FPS average on max settings, while that’s only 3FPS higher than the RTX 3060 test system – it’s an unbelievable result in both respects. More exciting numbers are Apex Legends at 186FPS, DOTA 2 at 289FPS and Rainbow 6 Siege at 441FPS… so I think we’ll be pushing past 1080p in a few situations!

Picture of FPS statistics to compare the RX 6600 XT with the RTX 3060 Graphics Card

This was all revealed in the AMD Where Gaming Begins: EP. 4 presentation, in which the Director of Product Management for Radeon, Nish Neelalojanan, introduced us to the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, highlighting the low power supply requirements and awesome performance it offers to gamers.

The lower than expected PSU requirements are great too see, making the new AMD Radeon RX6600 a variable upgrade for those running a 500w PSU in their current system, if you’re running higher you can be sure there are going to be higher wattage versions with aftermarket coolers from the partners to consider as well.

Before we jump into a closer look at the various versions coming for RX 6600 XT, let’s take a quick look at the base specifications and expand some of the acronyms around outputs.

Essentials:

– Max Resolution 7680×4320
– Expected Power (Desktop): 160w
– Memory Size: 8GB GDDR6
– Memory Bandwidth: Up to 256 GB/s
– Base Frequency: 1968 MHz
– Boost Frequency: Up to 2589 MHz

Inputs & Outputs:

– Power Input: 1x 8pin
– DisplayPort: 1.4 with DSC (Display Stream Compression)
– HDMI: 2.1 with FRL (Fixed Rate Link) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)

Picture of the outputs on the RX 6600 XT, HDMI and DisplayPort with no Type-C, unlike the larger options.

Shown above, the outputs from the ASUS DUAL RX6600XT match reference design, with 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI.

What is DSC? DisplayPort with Display Steam Compression uses the same 32.4 Gbps bandwith, but unlike the non DSC version can can support 4K at 120Hz with HDR, or even 8K at 60 Hz with DSC enabled.

What is VRR? This Variable Refresh Rate enables the source to wait until the next frame is ready so a smoother gaming experience can be provided VS the more taxing option to repeat the current frame, or worse, to display the partially-rendered next frame, causing a teared look and stutter.

What is FRL? In HDMI 2.1 specification, Fixed Rate Link support is necessary to achieve the higher uncompressed resolutions such as those above 4K 60FPS.

Ahhh that’s some good jargon, now let’s take a closer look at aftermarket favourites which are expected to be available on release day here in NZ.

Starting off with Sapphire, an exclusive partner of AMD, we now expect two different versions of the RX 6600 XT to be available at launch featuring NITRO+ and PULSE aftermarket cooler designs. These are both dual fan models, quite a bit larger than the stock cooler option from AMD for lower noise and improved thermal performance under load. The PULSE RX6600XT offers a larger cooler with the same single 8-pin PCIe power input as the reference model

The Sapphire Nitro+ cooler design is awesome, adding metallic and addressable RGB aesthetics along with neat features such as a BIOS switch for quickly accessing various profiles, like performance and silent. The NITRO RX6600XT has an ARGB header just above the Sapphire logo too.

If you look closely at the fans you’ll also notice the Sapphire Nitro+ is using alternate spin too, this new hybrid fan design provides strong downward air pressure through the fan while keeping the noise low.

Looking at the Gigabyte options, we have an absolute monster graphics card named the RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO. At first glance, this looked very similar to the RTX 3080 GAMING OC cooler design, but it’s quite a bit smaller with straighter lines. This uses the WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans too, but again requires only a single 8-pin PCIe power input 🙂 Nicely done Gigabyte!

These three are all looking great, but this is just a small slice of what’s coming, with Asus even showing off a water cooled option via ROG STRIX – very exciting times ahead!

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Good Gaming – 3rd Gen Ryzen, new X570 Motherboards & AMD RX 5700 XT Graphics!

It’s exciting times for PC builders with the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series just released in New Zealand!

UPDATE: New parts have been added to the Ryzen Custom PC Builder Tool. For the X570 and PCIe 4.0 SSD specifically, there is also a new Ryzen X570 Master Builder 🙂

It’s important to note that only the new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G include integrated VEGA graphics, with the others, you’ll need to pair dedicated graphics cards in your builds.

The key takeaway information is faster clock speeds, faster RAM supported and a larger L3 cache – many of the models look to include the top-tier Ryzen Wraith Prism RGB Cooler too, rather than the previous Wraith Spire RGB option. If you’re using a current gen AM4 A320, B450 or X470 motherboard be sure to check the BIOS updates before you install the new CPU.

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 8
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 4
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.0GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 11
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 8
Base Clock: 3.7GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 3MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Spire

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.9GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
CPU Cores: 12
Threads: 24
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.6GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 6MB, L3 64MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

Regarding cache, it’s basically a really small amount of fast memory used by the CPU, so for those who aren’t familiar here’s a quick metaphor.

You are a CPU, actively working on something with your right hand

Have something on the workbench in front of you (data in L2 cache)

Have something behind you in the cupboard (data in L3 cache)

Data which is stored in your RAM or SSD is like having it another room, so it takes a bit longer to fetch (we’re talking fractions of a second though)

Motherboard wise, we have a new X570 series releasing on the same day and this is ready to go with Ryzen 3000 right out of the box. Having one of these will also allow your build to use the latest PCIe 4.0 SSD storage options from Gigabyte and Corsair.

For those want to create an all-new AMD system there are also two new Graphics Cards releasing – the AMD RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT – and these get also get an AMD REWARDS Microsoft GAMEPASS bonus, see more info on that here 🙂

AMD RX 5000 Series Essentials…

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1465MHz
Boost Clock: 1725MHz

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700 XT
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1605MHz
Boost Clock: 1905MHz

Massive thanks to ARTIS for capturing so much gameplay FPS test footage so fast, lots more AMD RX 5700 series gameplay on the ARTIS YouTube Channel.

Benchmark wise, 3D Mark has just released a new option for those wanting to test the AMD’s third-generation Ryzen processors, the new X570 motherboards and that oh so fancy PCIe 4.0 SSD.

GAME ON!