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Radeon RX 6600 is on sale and it is the cheapest among the current video cards. In Europe, they now ask for at least 520 euros for it

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The Radeon RX 6600 video card presented recently went on sale right away, and so far it can even be bought in Europe. Moreover, as expected, despite the RTX 3060’s identical recommended price, the AMD card is still cheaper in stores.

At least in Germany, the adapter is available for purchase at prices ranging from 520 euros to 580 euros. For comparison, the RTX 3060 will now cost at least 665 euros. Earlier there were rumors that AMD will try to increase the supply of low-end cards and it looks like it succeeded. In addition, we have just mentioned that AMD will continue to focus on non-top adapters in the coming quarters.

You can also see what is the current situation with video cards in Europe and how much it has changed in a month.

Radeon RX 6600 Radeon RX 6600 XT RX 6700 XT RX 6800 RX 6800 XT RX 6900 XT RTX 3060 RTX 3060 Ti RTX 3070 RTX 3080 RTX 3090
Minimum price for September 16, EUR 640 800 1300 1280 1350 623 717 912 1300 2450
Minimum price today, EUR 520 600 760 1250 1290 1300 665 740 940 1300 2670

As you can see, almost all Nvidia video cards have risen in price, but AMD cards have fallen in price. At the same time, Radeon cards are the most affordable now. Even the RX 6600 XT, which is officially $ 50 more than the RTX 3060, still sells for less. If today’s information regarding Nvidia’s plans is indeed correct, then by the end of the year the situation could get even worse for GeForce cards, but better for Radeon adapters. It is also worth noting a curious situation with AMD’s top adapters. The minimum prices for the Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT and 6900 XT cards are almost identical, so it’s more profitable to buy the older model.

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