There are many Black Friday graphics card deals going on, but the best one so far is AMD’s RX 6600. Priced at just $189 (after a $20 rebate), it’s a decent GPU for under $200. Even before the current sale, he was ranked one of the best graphics cards, but now it’s $30 cheaper than you’ve ever seen.
You can see where performance stacks up in the GPU benchmark hierarchy, but here are some performance charts and other details.Short summary is that it’s a bit slower than Save $125 On RTX 3060 (opens in new tab). Also, RTX 3050 $75 cheaper (opens in new tab) Blows away similar priced ones GTX 1660 Super (opens in new tab).
We don’t like any form of mail-in rebate, but even at $209 the RX 6600 is pretty awesome. It’s primarily for 1080p games and can typically handle high to ultra settings while still offering 60 fps at that resolution. Light esports and older games can even manage 60+ fps at 1440p and 4K. Don’t expect a great experience even with ray tracing and maxing out your game settings.
Here we’re looking at 1080p ultra-rasterization performance alongside moderate ray tracing performance at 1080p. For your information, the power consumption peaks right near the rated 132W mark — when we reviewed the RX 6600 last year, FurMark measured 137W gaming and 140W. But don’t reopen old wounds. For comparison, I’ve included cards priced less than about $300 in the chart.
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The RX 6600 performs well in our rasterized gaming suite, averaging 72 fps at 1080p Ultra. Some games (Flight Simulator and Total War: Warhammer 3) never break the 60 fps mark, but neither really needs a super-high framerate to be playable. Closer, but this is still a pretty demanding test suite. Light games like Overwatch 2 and Valorant work fine.
Ray tracing performance, on the other hand, is nothing special. If you want a card that performs really well in DXR (DirectX Raytracing) games, consider the Intel Arc A750 or RTX 3060. Even the RTX 3050 is better than the RX 6600, with the only exception being the Metro Exodus Enhanced.
With ray tracing enabled and settings maxed out, the 6600 drops below 30 fps in all but one of the games I tested, so I’m also looking at ‘medium’ DXR performance. And at that point you can easily make the argument that medium quality with medium DXR settings often performs poorly and doesn’t look as good as ultra settings without DXR.
We already mentioned that the RX 6600 currently has the best value for money among graphics cards. Above are the sorted results for all budget and midrange cards in the chart. None of the more expensive and faster cards can beat it.
The RX 6600 delivers an average of 0.383 fps/$, which may not be easy to parse in isolation. To put it this way, if you want a GPU that averages 60 fps or more, you can just spend $157 for that speed. The RX 6650 XT comes in second at a relative price of $173 at 60 fps, while the best Nvidia option is the RTX 3060 at a relative price of $252 at 60 fps.
And hey you two free games too AMD’s Raise the Game Bundle: Dead Island 2 and The Callisto Protocol.
Bottom line: The Radeon RX 6600 is currently the best bargain in the world of graphics cards. Even at $209 (that is, without rebates) it’s comparable to the RX 6650 XT. While we wait for Black Friday to actually start, we might see even better things in the next few days. But this is the card to get if you want a card for a decent budget PC build.