RX 6600 XT vs RTX 3060 – the low end options

Last Updated:

We come to compare some more 1080p options, with the RX 6600 XT vs RTX 3060. Aiming for a lower more accessible entry price for consumers. And with plenty of performance enhancers from both companies, there is a lot to offer even from a less powerful card. So both can push even further for a better price, but which one is the best graphics card for you?

Both are currently from the latest generation they have the latest to offer. Although from different makers so the core and optimizations will differ greatly. The AMD GPU is the latest of the selection coming out in August 2021. Whilst the Nvidia graphics card was from February of the same year. Although there is unlikely to be much change from the few month’s difference.

Asus Logo



Asus Logo

ASUS ROG Strix NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 OC Edition



One of the core differences between the graphics cards is the die at the heart of them. It is the brain of the operation and how it’s designed gives it its performance. With different ideas, the two will work differently but will give us an idea of how they work.

The RX 6600 XT is made with the Navi 23 XT variant. Which is created with TSMCs 7 nm process creating a die 237 mm² in size with 11.06 billion transistors. Whilst the RTX 3060 Ti utilizes the GA106-300 GPU. Utilizing Samsungs 8 nm process creates a die 276 mm² in size with 12 billion transistors.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT ASRock 1


RX 6600 XT RTX 3060
GPU Navi 23 XT GA106-300
Shaders 2,048 3,584
RT cores 32 28
TMUs 128 112
Memory 8 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR6
Base clock 1,968 MHz 1,320 MHz
Boost clock 2,589 MHz 1,777 MHz
Memory clock 16 Gbps 15 Gbps
Card bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
Memory bandwidth 256 GB/s 360 GB/s
TDP/TBP 160 W 170 W

We can also look at the rest of what the packages have the offer. For the RX 6600 XT vs RTX 3060, we take a closer look at what makes the cards tick.

GPU cores

Die cores are the specialized parts of the graphics processor. Each part works on different areas to create the final scene. Although it will vary across architectures we see what they have to offer anyway. With shaders working on shadows and shading, RT cores on real-time ray tracing, and TMUs creating 3D objects.

Their reported values vary in the count and which takes the lead. As seen before the Nvidia card is what takes the lead in terms of shaders. With a much higher count in the Ampere than previously seen. Whereas the AMD option leads with the RT cores and TMUs unlikely to be worth the same amount.

Video memory

VRAM is the frame buffer and pixel store of the graphics card. Improving the experience and latency of the components. While also improving the functionality of higher resolutions that use more pixels.

There is some variance between the two in terms of memory. They both utilize GDDR6 memory but vary in capacity, speed, and bus. With the 6600 XT going for 8 GB across a 128-bit bus. Which clocked at 16 Gbps gives it a bandwidth of 256 GB/s. Whilst the 3060 has 12 GB with a 192-bit bus. Clocked at 15 Gbps it has a faster 360 GB/s bandwidth.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT ASRock 2


The clock/cycle rate of the silicon crystal is how often it flips. It’s the way of processing the instructions and creating the final image. It is one of the factors affecting the performance of the card. So it is one of the main factors for overclocking to get the most out of your choice.

We see AMD take the lead in raw speed once again. The RX 6600 XT has a base clock of 1,968 MHz but a boost clock of 2,589 MHz. Whereas, the 3060 only has a base clock of 1,320 MHz and a boost clock of 1,777MHz. Falling behind by quite a margin.


The thermal design power of a graphics card is the total amount of power the card will consume at maximum utilization. It will give you an idea of your energy consumption as well as how much heat the card will give off. There is not much difference between the two cards. The 3060 is only 10 W higher than the 6600 XT.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT ASRock 3

RX 6600 XT vs RTX 3060 benchmarks

For basic graphics comparisons, we turn to 3DMark’s benchmarks. There we can see what scores they achieve as well as their price-to-performance ratios. We see that the 6600 XT achieves a score of 9,727 with a ratio of 25. Whereas the 3060 manages a score of 8,766 but with a ratio of 26.

For gaming performance, we take a look at Tom’s Hardware RX 6600 XT review. There we see the average game performance against the rest of the competition at different resolutions. There we see the lead the 6600 XT has although the difference diminishes at 4k. At 1080p it achieves an average of 115.6 FPS whilst the 3060 gets 103.1 FPS. Then at 1440p, they get 83.7 and 77.3 FPS respectively. Whilst at 4k the 3060 leads by 0.3 with 44.5.