Why The RX 6600 XT Is Still The Best 1080p GPU

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Still The Best For 1080p Gaming!

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  • The RX 6600 XT manages to perform well in 2024, providing a 1080p 60 fps experience in most newly released titles.
  • Even in 2024, the RX 6600 XT received little to no competition, with most 1080p GPUs falling behind in terms of value.
  • The lackluster ray-tracing performance of the card isn’t really a dealbreaker, especially at its budget-friendly price point.

The RX 6600 XT was flooded with bad reviews at the time of its launch, and for the right reasons too. Sitting $20 below the RTX 3060 Ti, its value prepositions simply didn’t feel right. However, with recent price cuts, the RX 6600 XT has become the best graphics card to buy for 1080p gaming.

Still The Right Fit For Games

In contrast to current system requirements for games, the RX 6600 XT meets the recommended requirements for most titles, allowing you to run them at 1080p 60fps with the high settings preset.  

To put things into perspective, the RX 6600 XT appeared in the recommended system requirements for triple-A titles such as HellDivers 2 and Alan Wake 2, which shows that its performance is more than enough for current games.

High Refresh Rate Experience In Competitive Games

Triple-A games aside, the RX 6600 XT essentially guarantees a high refresh rate experience in competitive titles such as CS GO and Valorant.

RX 6600 XT Valorant
Valorant FPS (Image By Tech4Gamers)

In my tests, the RX 6600 XT manages to provide an average above 200 FPS in Valorant, which means going for a high refresh rate monitor is possible with the card.

No Real Competition

RX 6600 XT in the used market
RX 6600 XT in the used market (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Taking a look at the used market, the 6600 XT can be obtained for as low as $150, which is an extremely good deal when looking at other similarly priced GPUs. To put that into perspective, you’ll most likely end up paying an extra $100 if you want to go with the RX 7600, which only manages to provide an insignificant performance uplift.

When it comes to competition at this price point, the RX 6600 XT stands in a league of its own. As of right now, Nvidia has yet to bring a card that rivals the performance of the RX 6600 XT at a similar price point.

Sure, the RTX 4060 might be able to outperform the 6600 XT; however, that comes at a $100 price increase, which most budget consumers are not willing to pay.

Who Needs Ray Tracing Anyways?

Much like the rest of the RDNA 2.0 graphics cards, the RX 6600 XT struggles a lot with Ray Tracing; however, that is not really a deal breaker for me. Despite graphics card manufacturers making huge waves towards improving Ray Tracing capabilities, I still don’t believe that visual differences are impactful enough to impact your gaming experience.

I mean, I can’t remember the last time I wanted to turn on Ray Tracing for a game.  Of course, Ray Tracing does have its benefits; however, if you are someone like me, then your gaming experience will remain just as good without any fancy reflections.

Quake RTX On The RX 6600 XT
Quake RTX On The RX 6600 XT (Image By Tech4Gamers)

In my tests, the RX 6600 XT failed to maintain an average of 60 fps in Quake RTX, which isn’t that demanding as far as RTX titles go.

RT Test On RX 6600 XT
Ray Tracing Tests (Image Via RandomGamingHD)

If you actually want to utilize Ray Tracing, you can do it with FSR; however, that might result in increased latency as well as some visual discrepancies. In Random Gaming HD’s test, the RX 6600 XT was able to handle Ray Tracing on Cyberpunk 2077 with FSR turned on, which is nice to see.

The Ideal 1080p GPU

In my opinion, AMD’s and Nvidia’s latest offerings have failed to give competition to the 6600 XT, making it a phenomenal deal, even in 2024. What’s more, I expect the card to maintain its position as the ideal 1080p GPU for the latter half of the year as well. As long as ray tracing performance isn’t a concern to you, I would still recommend the RX 6600 XT for 1080p gaming.

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