AMD is expected to adopt Nvidia's new entry-level GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti with new graphics cards for the Radeon RX 6000 series desktop. AMD's RDNA 2 cards are called the Radeon RX 6600 XT and Radeon 6600. Newly released information suggests that entry-level 6000-series GPUs are less expensive than the 5000-series models they are replacing. This is good news for gamers who have not yet been able to upgrade to a more modern GPU due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. The GPUs are designed for high-end 1080p gaming.
According to a report from Chiphell, both GPU models run on the AMD Navi 23 chipset. The higher quality XT model is powered by the Navi 23 XT, while the non-XT configuration is powered by the Navi 23 XL. It is assumed that the Radeon RX 600 XT is equipped with 32 processing units and 2,048 stream processors with 64 MB Infinity Cache. Unfortunately, according to Wccftech, that GPU will have 8GB of GDDR6 memory on a 128-bit bus – rather than the 12GB of VRAM that AMD recently advertised as essential for AAA games. This gives the graphics card a total bandwidth of 256 GB / s.
The non-XT card is expected to ship with 28 compute units and 1,792 stream processors and will have the same GDDR6 memory and infinity cache configurations. The high-end XT version scored almost 9,500 points in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark, while the non-XT version scored 7,805 points. Both the Radeon RX 6600 XT and 6600 are faster than their predecessors, the Radeon RX 5700 XT and 5700, on the same benchmark. The 6600 XT, for example, scored around 400 points more than the Radeon RX 5700 XT.
Currently, the price of AMD's unannounced Radeon RX 6600 cards is unknown. However, if they're designed for Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 on desktop, then the price is likely to be $ 329 or less. It is speculated that AMD's cards could start at $ 299, making them competitive against GeForce rivals. The Radeon RX 5700 was $ 349 and the XT model was $ 449.
The low price of both GPUs and their performance in Ethereum mining could mean that the upcoming graphics cards face higher demand than expected. Cryptocurrency miners are a major contributor to the current GPU shortage globally, and both cards are expected to hit 27 MH / s when mining for Ethereum. Rumor has it that rival Nvidia is working on new software security measures to limit the attractiveness of its graphics cards to cryptocurrency miners.
AMD is also believed to be working on the successor to the Radeon RX 6000 series. The highly anticipated Radeon RX 7000 series is expected to be based on AMD's next-generation RDNA 3 microarchitecture with a smaller 5nm process compared to the current 7nm process. A new multi-chip module design is used that could potentially double the number of compute units and stream processors.