AMD is reportedly set to release a scaled-down version of its RX 6600 XT GPU soon, but the first leaked benchmark suggests that Nvidia shouldn’t worry too much about the competition with its entry-level RTX 3060 card.
The HXL leaker posted a screenshot purporting to show the new card’s 3DMark credentials. The graphics benchmark hits 8,155 points with the platform as a whole producing a score of 8,612. VideoCardz, which first reported the leak, notes that this means the RX 6600 is currently lagging the RTX 3060 in the same test. around 350 points, which makes Nvidia’s card 5% faster.
There are, of course, a lot of caveats to add to this statement. The first is that all leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt until they can be officially confirmed. Additionally, references don’t often tell the whole story, and in-game performance can be better or worse, often varying from game to game.
The second is that while the numbers are correct, they are still coming from the pre-release hardware, which means that performance could change significantly once the software optimizations are finalized.
Third, and most importantly, even though the numbers are correct, and even though they don’t improve through optimizations, we can’t compare things the same. We don’t have a price tag for the AMD RX 6600, and while it’s significantly lower than the RTX 3060, it may still turn out to be the better option, even if it is objectively the inferior product.
Also, of course, now is not the right time to buy a graphics card, with global chip shortages negatively impacting RTX 3060 stock. Regarding GPU availability in 2021, the mantra ” beggars can’t be choices ”seems appropriate enough, with buyers having to settle for what is available when replenishments occur sporadically. In this kind of market, weighing each benchmark seems considerably less urgent, especially if we’re only talking about an actual performance difference of around 5%.
Rumors have it that the AMD RX 6600 is expected to differ from the XT model with slightly slower clock speeds and fewer stream processors: 1,792 instead of 2,048. Otherwise, the claimed specifications are similar, up to 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. We should know if those claims are true soon enough, with the rumor mill pointing to an unveiling as early as next week.
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