Earlier this month, the Radeon RX 6600 non-XT was pictured in leaked renders, confirming that AMD was definitely releasing a non-XT RX 6600 soon, but information pertaining to its release was still foggy. Coreteks reported that the card is slated for a September-October release and, guess what? It’s late September and we have our very first (un)official listing for the Radeon RX 6600. Life works in mysterious ways.
Portuguese retailer PCDIGA listed the Sapphire Pulse variant of the RX 6600 on their website and later removed the listing, but it was just in time for Videocardz to spot it. According to the listing, the stock for the card is expected to arrive on September 28th, which is about 2 weeks earlier than the card’s reported release date of October 13th, as quoted by sources close to Videocardz.
What the listing tell us
The listing gives us a good look at the specific model in question, which is Sapphire PULSE, a relatively high-end variant from Sapphire. The card features a dual-fan design with a sleek black design covered in red accents. It features a custom PCB powered by a single 8-pin power connector. Towards the back, the I/O is also quite diverse, sporting three DisplayPort ports and one HDMI port.
The RX 6600 XT has a Sapphire Pulse variant as well, and the 6600 non-XT is comparatively smaller. In the picture below, you can see the two fans on the RX 6600 non-XT are closer to each other than the ones on the RX 6600 XT. They are so close, in fact, that it looks like some engineer at Sapphire took the 6600 XT and just squished it in to compress the card’s body and create a non-XT version. Or did I just expose AMD’s strategy?
A smaller card means that it can fit in tighter spaces, so this card will be perfect for ITX builds. After all, finding a current-gen card that’s actually compact enough to fit in an SFF build is just as hard as finding a GPU itself, almost. Since the 6600 XT was already a disappointing performer, the RX 6600 non-XT which is weaker, would not require a lot of cooling so thermals won’t be a concern either.
The retailer didn’t list any details about the card’s specifications like the clock speeds but they did mention that the card has 8GB of GDDR6 memory and 1792 Stream Processors (cores). In contrast, the 6600 XT also has 8GB of GDDRG memory but 2048 Stream Processors. Similarly, the RX 6600 non-XT has a cut-down version of Navi 23 XT—the GPU inside the 6600 XT.
Pricing and closing thoughts
While the official price is unknown at the time, PCDIGA listed the price at 589.90 euros. That works to around $690. Without even knowing the MSRP, we can say that price is inflated for sure. The RX 6600 XT has an MSRP of $379, but it obviously never sells at that. So, the RX 6600 would cost less, presumably less than the RTX 3060‘s MSRP of $329 to compete with Nvidia. Therefore, a $300 price tag is sensible estimated guess. Now, compare that to the retailer’s price of almost $700 and you start to see the problem.
After its inevitable release, the Radeon RX 6600 will become potentially the cheapest current-gen card on the market and will offer a new entry point for budget-oriented gamers. A new GPU enforces competition and gives the consumer more choice, and in this chip-shortage-ridden market, we can take all the help we can get. If priced right, the RX 6600 can be the perfect entry-level GPU gamers have been waiting for, or perhaps this is just yet another graphics card you can’t buy.