Let’s get the party started! The first two “sweet spot” 1080p graphics cards from this generation are up against each other today in an epic head-to-head battle: Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 versus AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 XT.
Historically, mainstream solutions like these have been priced competitively in order to attract as many gamers as possible. Are they still appealing options with recent MSRP and street pricing escalating out of control? Is the RTX 3060 or the Radeon RX 6600 XT the best graphics card for you? To address those questions, let’s take a look at their pricing, performance, and other factors.
RTX 3060 vs RX 6600 XT price
We must begin with the most important question. The $329 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 and $379 AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT put a premium on the manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing. This is a one-two punch that can deliver a shocking knockout to your pocketbook at checkout, thanks to the still-humming crypto-mining boom, strong gaming demand, and continued logistics challenges emanating from the pandemic.
How much do you think you’ll have to pay?
If you’re lucky enough to find one in a place that sells them at MSRP, the RTX 3060 will cost anywhere from $399 to $529. Depending on the model, you’ll soon be in the $650 to 750 bracket.
On the AMD 6600 XT side, things aren’t looking much better. At a retailer, the base $379 MSRP quickly rises to $450 to $490. If you go to eBay, you could end up paying as much as $660.
What’s the deal with the prices listed above? As you might expect, the RTX 3060 is popular among both gamers and cryptocurrency miners. Its hashing performance was slowed when it was first introduced, however, this was swiftly exploited by resourceful miners. The 6600 XT has also been found to be effective at mining, however at a smaller profit margin.
RTX 3060 vs. RX 6600 XT performance
These brawlers are designed specifically for 1080p gamers. They’re also hoping to catch a few 1440p fans in the mix. Let’s look at some of their ring statistics. Check out our reviews of the RTX 3060 and 6600 XT for a more in-depth look at how these graphics cards perform.
The first round is all about brute force. We’re talking about a high frame rate and high-resolution graphics. There are no DLSS or fancy tricks. In both 1080p and 1440p, the Radeon RX 6600 XT outperforms the GeForce RTX 3060 in Watch Dogs: Legion. Most popular games, especially those built using the newer DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs, exhibit this behavior. For regular gameplay, the Radeon RX 6600 XT outperforms the RTX 3060.
Round 2: Turn up the volume on the amazing effects! With ray tracing enabled and Hairworks off in Metro Exodus, the tables swing in favor of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060. DLSS is now a major Nvidia-only advantage over AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution offering, with support in many more titles due to its two-year head start.
RTX 3060 vs RX 6600 XT power and other factors
The Radeon RX 6600 XT uses less power than Nvidia’s GPU, which is a significant improvement over previous GPU generations, but particular versions can run hotter depending on the cooler design. Even the most power-hungry GPUs can be kept cool if enough metal is thrown at them.
In addition, there is a difference in memory capacity. Does the 8GB of VRAM on the Radeon RX 6600 XT matter more than the 12GB on the RTX 3060? No, because the average 1080p gaming performance of the Radeon RX 6600 XT is better. The 6600 XT’s 8GB buffer should suffice if you wish to play on a 1440p monitor, especially because you may need to lower some graphical choices at a higher resolution.
And the winner is…
Given their exorbitant costs, it’s difficult to fully recommend any of these 1080p-focused graphics cards in 2021. However, if you don’t mind spending a little more and your main objective is high-refresh-rate 1080p gaming, the Radeon RX 6600 XT is likely to be the better choice—especially since it may be slightly simpler to locate and for a cheaper price.