Gigabyte Radeon RX 6600 XT Eagle Review: Clipped Wings

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 6600 XT Eagle Review: Clipped Wings

The Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Eagle effectively matches the performance of other cards using Navi 23, but the heatsink and fans leave us wanting something better. Only buy this if you don’t have any other reasonably priced choices or need the dual HDMI 2.1 ports.

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT launched on August 11, 2021, and today we have the Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Eagle. My mom had a saying that she used to quote to me whenever I stayed up late playing computer games: You can’t expect to soar with the eagles if you run around all night with the turkeys. Never mind that turkeys sleep at night, and I usually responded with a joke about aspiring to be more like an owl than an eagle. Gigabyte’s Eagle GPUs on the other hand are oddly placed at the value end of the spectrum, which is not what I normally think of when people reference the majestic birds, but let’s see how it compares to the competition. Will it be one of the best graphics cards, or will it hang out with the turkeys?

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The Gigabyte RX 6600 XT Eagle comes with AMD’s reference clocks, which I find rather surprising for a triple-fan cooler. If you want the factory overclocked models with some extra bling, that would be the Gaming and Gaming Pro line, which have substantially higher MSRPs. I picked up the base model Gigabyte card at Micro Center on launch day for $380 (plus tax), opting to save my pennies rather than splurging on the Gigabyte Gaming OC ($470 MSRP) or Gigabyte Gaming Pro OC ($500). Initial stock was good, at least by 2021 metrics, but most places are now back to being sold out and waiting for additional shipments, which often amounts to a few hundred cards a week for a larger chain. (That’s what a Micro Center employee suggested, at least, saying they typically got about two dozen cards per week — and there are 25 locations nationwide.) 

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