Comparable to the RTX 3060, the RX 6600 XT by AMD, provides a good amount of performance for a mid-tier GPU for a pretty decent price considering today’s standards.
Another important factor to consider when looking at a GPU is the power consumption, specifically the TGP of the GPU, that way you will know what kind of power supply to buy and how much power you will expect to get out of a GPU like the RX 6600 XT.
In this article, we will go over the power consumption of the RX 6600 XT, compare it to other GPUs of similar calibre, and what type of power supply you should use with it.
How Many Watts Does The RX 6600 XT Use?
The RX 6600 XT has a TGP or Total Graphics Power of 160 Watts, which is the typical wattage it produces. When gaming you should expect to see an average around 180 watts. However, when idle The RX 6700 XT only uses 4 Watts of Power.
The power consumption of your GPU will change depending on what games you are playing, and what applications you are using on your computer.
For example, when watching media and doing video playback you should expect the RX 6600 XT to have a power draw of around 10-11 watts, but when you are gaming you are going to see a way higher power consumption.
Another thing to consider is the idle wattage of the GPU. When the RX 6600 XT is idle you should expect to only experience around 4 watts of power. This is very low compared to many other GPUs on the market, but once you add a second monitor into play the idle power consumption will skyrocket to around 20 watts.
This might not seem like a lot, but when compared to Nvidia GPU you can see that each monitor just about doubles the idle power consumption, but with the RX 6600 XT the power consumption quintuples.
When you are looking and comparing a GPUs power consumption, you want to look at the GPU TGP or Total Graphics Power, which shows the base power draw you will get when using your GPU for things such as gaming
When talking about power consumption, you might hear the phrase “TDP” used interchangeably with the phrase “TGP”. Essentially TGP and TDP are the same things, but TDP is the total power consumption of a component and TGP is the total power consumption of a GPU specifically.
You should also note that the TGP of a GPU isn’t the true maximum power draw of the specific graphics card, and the power consumption can be increased when computing graphically intensive tasks and while overclocking.
With the RX 6600 XT you can experience power spikes recorded up to 220 watts which is a pretty large jump, but this will only happen every once a while, in extreme cases. You will also see an increase in power when you do some overclocking.
RX 6600 XT Power Consumption Compared To Other GPUs
The GPUs power consumption is compared using TGP. It is essential to know and compare your graphics cards to other similar models because it will help you get a grasp on the amount of power your system is going to use.
Here is a comparison of a few graphics cards that are around the performance range of the RX 6600 XT.
|RTX 3060 Ti||200 Watts|
|RTX 3060||170 Watts|
|RX 6600 XT||160 Watts|
|RX 6700 XT||230 Watts|
As you can see from this table, the RX 6600 XT has the lowest power draw compared to other GPUs around its performance level.
Coming in with a TGP of 160 watts the RX 6600 XT is more power efficient than the RX 6700 XT by 60 watts, the RTX 3060 Ti by 10 watts, and the RTX 3060 Ti by 40 watts.
There is a pretty significant power draw increase going from the RX 6600 XT and the RX 6700 XT, which is only one level up from the RX 6600 XT.
While only a 10 watt difference between the RTX 3060 which would be the most level comparison when you are talking about performance.
If you want to compare more graphics cards on their power consumption and TGP I have provided a database where you can look at dozens of different GPUs and their power consumption, that way you don’t have to do the research yourself.
Check out the Database.
I have also provided the average power consumption when gaming, as well as the average power consumption when idle, that way you can get a better understanding.
What Power Supply Do I Need to Use For an RX 6600 XT?
Having a good power supply is essential when building a PC. When purchasing a power supply; the quality of the power supply isn’t the only thing that matters, but also how much wattage it has as well.
If you have a really high-quality power supply, that doesn’t produce enough power for your system, you could run into some problems.
First, either your power supply or another component in your computer could break and become damaged, or you will experience frequent shut-offs, and stuttering when playing games and running tasks.
When looking for a power supply you want to aim for around 20% extra wattage that way you have some wiggling room when your system’s power spikes while you are doing intensive tasks.
If your PC uses an RX 6600 XT with a TGP of 160, you also need to remember the other hardware in your computer will consume a lot of power as well.
Your motherboard will consume around 80 Watts of power, the CPU can consume anywhere from 120-200 watts of power, plus any additional hardware you are using in the rig. All these things add up so it’s good to go a little above what you think is required.
AMD recommends using a power supply that is 500 watts, but personally I would recommend a PSU that is 550 watts.
The reason for this is because in my experience I used the PSU wattage recommended by the manufacturer before and found out that it wasn’t enough wattage to support my computers real power requirements.
This resulted in damaging my PSU and I had to purchase another one, so I would recommend that most of the time you purchase a PSU that is 50 watts above what the manufacturer of your GPU recommends.
It would help if you also considered the grade rating of your power supply.
You want to find something that is at least 80 Plus Bronze certified.
You should read: “How Do Power Supply Ratings Work?”