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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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AMD Rewards Dirt 5 with selected Ryzen + Radeon Gaming PC builds!

UPDATE: Offer extended to July 17th 2021! (codes must be redeemed by August 21, 2021)

The top chaps at AMD are calling this one FUEL YOUR GAME, and it sure fits!

For a limited time and only while code stocks last, you can register selected AMD Gaming PC builds configurations to redeem a Dirt 5 game code to go with your new PC.

Via AMD: Let loose in DIRT 5™ Launch PC Edition with a system powered by select AMD Ryzen™ processors and AMD Radeon™ graphics cards. Hit the dirt track and battle your friends to take the lead in the next generation of extreme racing.

This offer promotes ALL AMD Gaming PC builds, so to be eligible for this promotion you must have certain AMD Ryzen CPU + AMD Radeon graphics within the PC, and it must be purchased from an authorised retailer so you can claim the AMD Rewards Key (PB Tech in New Zealand). This promo is for purchases made between April 20th – July 17th 2021.

CPU wise, there’s a massive range of Ryzen 7 & 9 options that are eligible, including both the newest 5000 series and some great 3rd gen options. See the quick list below with links to CPU which are available now in NZ.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (This one is a GGPC favourite)

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

GPU wise it’s also an excellent list, with the new RX 6700 XT graphics cards in the list along with other popular graphics cards, quick linked again for eas shopping 🙂

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (So many great new options!)

AMD Radeon RX 6800

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

Looking closely at the T&C it’s interesting to see both the RX 570 & RX 580 are also included, but not much much newer RX 5700 XT, so it’s very possible that’s an error, we’ve asked AMD for more info and will update when they get back to us 🙂

Now onto the GAME!

DIRT 5 is graphically stunning, provided you’ve got the hardware to push out the frames. Lighting and rain effects are particularly impressive and the Codemasters team worked with AMD directly to make the game experience top-notch!

So there we have it, super fun times ahead with awesome Dirt 5 races to be had on lots of awesome new AMD Gaming PC!

GAME ON!

AMD RX 6700 XT coming to NZ this March!

UPDATE: See the latest RX 6700 XT Graphics Cards at PB Tech NZ

The new RX 6700 XT graphics cards are set to release in New Zealand on Friday the 19th of March at 2am. That’s right folks, AMD have officially announced the new RX 6700 (XT) graphics cards, showing FPS tests and revealing specifications in another “Where Gaming Begins” special event.

The fun stuff really begins 236 seconds in, following an AMD intro filled with big numbers, and many pats on backs, which comes to a head with BIG NAVI reveal.

The new RX 6700 (XT) Graphics Cards are set to replace the RX 5700 series, and compete with the RTX 3060 / 3070 graphics cards performance wise, so we’re expecting good things. AMD revealed a performance comparison during the presentation showing FPS gains in Assassin Creed Valhalla + Dirt 5, losses in Watch Dogs Legion and Gears 5, along with a few others and more marginal ups and downs – the most important one is likely Call of Duty: Cold War, which is sure to have plenty of benchmarks appear online closer to launch 😉

AMD then continued on to show the potential FPS upgrades for those who own an RTX 2080 Super, and it was a good reminder about the significant performance boost we’re getting out of all the latest graphics card releases.

At a glance the new RX 6700 XT looks great, with new HDMI 2.1 for those gaming on fancy new TVs, and that beautiful AMD cooler design, now with dual fans.

Essentials:
– 2 Slot Design
– 3x DisplayPort
– 1x HDMI 2.1 (4K 120Hz + 8K 60Hz ready)
– 12GB GDDR6 (192Bit like the RTX 3060)
– 230w Board Power (1×8-Pin + 1×6-Pin)

The 12GB memory is like what we’ve just seen from Nvidia and their RTX 3060, and AMD continues to explain the move by showing the memory used by Call of Duty: Cold War, Dirt 5, Horizon Zero Dawn and Red Dead Redemption 2 while 1440P gaming at max settings – crazy high!

The presentation continued on showing lots more about AMD Ray-Tracing and some absolutely beautiful examples of these fancy lighting features in action. showing short segments on how Radeon Anti-Lag aims to make gaming more responsive, and AMD FreeSync makes gameplay smoother,.

AMD wrapped up but showing a massive range of aftermarket cooler designs from ASRock, Powercolor, Gigabyte, MSi, Sapphire and more too – all looking utterly awesome!

Now it’s just a short wait for the new options to release, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the mighty AMD Store & Custom Gaming PC Builder for the latest!