PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 6600 Fighter Review
Published: 13th October 2021 | Source: PowerColor | Price: |
It's amazing how much graphics technology has changed over the years. Once upon a time, not that long ago, you had to buy a top end graphics card if you planned on running current games, and the only reason you'd buy a more affordable model was because you only played simple games, or none at all.
Such has been the leap forwards in graphical horsepower that you'd have to go a long way to manage to get yourself a graphics card that couldn't play the latest titles at some detail settings. Here, in the form of the Radeon RX 6600 we've got a graphics card which not only is capable of running the latest titles at medium detail settings, but with everything ramped up to the maximum. Admittedly you have to make some decisions in certain titles about the inclusion of ray-tracing - still something relatively weak on this first generation of RT capable AMD cards - but by and large if you turn that off then you can push everything else to the maximum and not worry at all. This doesn't just hold true in 1080P gaming but, as we've seen throughout today's testing you can get away with 1440P in a heck of a lot of titles.
If you find that you do plan to run at the higher resolution then the use of the AMD Variable Rate Shading and FSR can help push you into buttery smooth gaming in compatible titles. The list of games that can make full use of the Variable Rate Shading might not be a lengthy one, but it's a carefully curated one. The majority of supported titles are multiplayer focused titles where having a smooth, high, frame rate trumps all other considerations. You only need to glance at the forums of any game to know how capable FSR is, so we needn't expound upon that feature as its benefits are well established.
Whether the RX 6600 should be on your shopping list is very much a matter of knowing what you've currently got and if you could stretch your budget a little further. In performance terms the RX 6600 is very close to the Nvidia RTX 2060 which is great for the money, and if you've got anything older than that you will be pleased by what the RX 6600 can bring to the table. We know that the old 'if I spent x more I could' game is dangerous when you're on a tight budget, but if you can stretch to the RX 6600 XT then the performance gains are clear to see. If you can't though and have to have a card around the £300 mark that will bring you an excellent 1080P experience and a very good 1440 one then the RX 6600 is a great choice and wins our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.