- Decent 1080p Gaming Experience
- $329 Budget GPU Option
- Decent Power Draw and experience
- Better options available from AMD themselves
- Thermals are concerning
The last time we reviewed the Radeon RX 6600 XT – we were caught off guard with the GPU’s existence like why it exists and do consumers even care about 1080p gaming but to our surprise, knowing that most of the consumers still do use older entry level cards, it becomes a viable option for them to play newer title on a slightly better card. This time AMD graced us with the Powercolor Fighter and in this AMD Radeon RX 6600 review, we are going to look at the performance of this card that raises another question as to why it exists, again.
Look and Design
AMD sent us the Powercolor Fighter, which is one of their many AIB partners that they have on the list which makes AMD Radeon cards. That said, there isn’t much to say about the card and the unboxing experience as you open, you will find the card and the little name card like card which has a QR card to scan and register for warranty.
Once you lay your eyes on the GPU – I have to say it looks concerning in more ways than one. Let’s address the looks first for those who want a budget all black GPU with zero RGB to be found, this is definitely one to look for in the RX 6600 category: all black PCB, a direct Heat pipe and two fans on the top with a plastic cover that has matte finish. It looks good really. But let’s address the concerning part: now the fan does use two-ball bearing for longevity and its quiet, only kicks in when the temperature goes higher. But then again, the fan design looks like its going to find a hard time to cool the GPU and the large heat sink is nice as it does help with dissipating the thermals, but we’ll show you the thermals later and you can tell us what you feel.
The Powercolor Fighter AMD Radeon RX 6600 has a rather straightforward specification and it’s a tier lower than the XT brethren. Here’s what you’ll find under the card:
Test Bench Configuration
Moving on to the performance aspect of things – we are testing the Powercolor Fighter AMD Radeon RX 6600 on its own and since we don’t have a card from the competitor to compare to, we will compare it against the RX 6600 XT which we reviewed last time. That said, since it’s a 1080p centric card, we aren’t going to show results to 1440p or 4K because the performance is not good (just shave off >50% from the 1080p graph really).
In the graph below, we have tested the RX 6600 on titles that consumers would want to play and try on and recorded the average frames per second along side with the 95th Percentile. For the most part we ran all the games on 1080p High, and you can tell that it gives performance an entry level GPU would give. That necessarily isn’t a bad thing but when you do plan to get a GPU like this and expect it to last for a long while (in other words, futureproofing), it truly isn’t the card to look out for. Graphics performance in 1080p has been in works for the longest period of time and in our Radeon RX 6700 XT review, you can tell that we have surpassed/perfected/achieved proper 1080p gaming with no hiccups. So, when consumers purchasing the RX6600 looks forward to a little bit of 1440p goodness, the struggle can be real and will be one.
Below you can see the comparison along side with AMD’s very own RX 6600 XT and NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 which proves the point that the RX 6600 is far behind in giving a good show in 1080p.
AMD was kind enough to give us the opportunity to take a look at Far Cry 6 with the Powercolor Fighter AMD Radeon RX 6600 and surprisingly the game was pretty alright in terms of the experience, but I am concerned about Powercolor’s choice of thermal solution. During our test, in a test bench with enough fans to cool and maintain good temperature – the GPU spiked at close to 90 degrees in GPU hotspot and close to 80-degree mark in the general GPU temperature. This rises some serious concerns as to how bad the thermal engineering is with Powercolor. In all honesty, I really wished this would be better. But somehow it isn’t. Luckily it isn’t the case with other RX6600 GPU we know, you can click here to check out Tech Critter’s benchmark of the XFX RX 6600.
The AMD Radeon RX 6600 is not entirely a bad card, but it doesn’t come off as a good card either. Like there are good stuff to talk about – decent 1080p gaming, relatively “average” performance as you would expect from a card of this caliber and that’s pretty much it. PowerColor’s design and thermals are pretty underwhelming and if my GPU touches 70+ degree Celsius I would be very concerned.
That said, the existence of the RX 6600 brings back to the same old talk: the one where “it’s one of the few GPU you could get in the market right now”, just like the XT version. But I’d say skip this and get the RX 6600 XT if you really are going to get one or if you are like me, strong enough to wait and HODL, well then, by all means – at least the wait is worth it, given you would be picking up something that’s actually futureproof-worthy like a 6700 or 6800 – whichever suits your preference really.
Special thanks to AMD Malaysia for gracing us with the RX 6600 from PowerColor for making this review happen.