MSI RX 6650 XT for $249 Represents the Best Current GPU Value

MSI RX 6600 Black Friday deal
(Image credit: Newegg)

There are plenty of Black Friday graphics card deals going on, but easily the best overall value right now is AMD's RX 6600... or at least it was, until it sold out. Priced at just $189 (after a $20 rebate), it was a lot of GPU for under $200. We've found a worthy replacement, though.

Update, 11/26: The MSI RX 6600 has sold out for the time being, with the lowest price now sitting at $229. We've updated this article with a slightly different recommendation now: the MSI RX 6650 XT at $249.

You can see where performance stacks up in our GPU benchmarks hierarchy, but we'll include some performance charts and other details below. The short summary is that the 6650 XT is faster than an RTX 3060 while saving you $65 (opens in new tab). It's also significantly faster than the RTX 3050 for the same price (opens in new tab) and blows away older cards like the GTX 1660 Super (opens in new tab).

MSI RX 6600 XT Mech 2X:  now $249 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

MSI RX 6600 XT Mech 2X: now $249 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $299)
This dual-fan RX 6650 XT card now represents the best value in all of the GPU world. You get 8GB of GDDR6 memory with performance that beats the RTX 3060 for about $75 less.

The RX 6600 was a great deal, but the RX 6650 XT offers over 20% more performance thanks to its higher clocks and additional GPU shaders. It's primarily for 1080p gaming and can typically handle high to ultra settings while delivering 60 fps at that resolution. Lighter esports and older games may even manage 60 fps or more at 1440p and 4K. Just don't expect to be able to max out settings in games with ray tracing and still get a great experience.

Here's a look at the 1080p ultra rasterization performance alongside the 1080p medium ray tracing performance. We've included cards priced below about $300 in the charts for comparison. (Again, note that the RX 6600 is highlighted but the RX 6650 XT now represents the best graphics card deal.)

The RX 6650 XT makes a great showing, averaging 86 fps at 1080p ultra in our rasterization gaming suite. Only Total War: Warhammer 3 fails to break the 60 fps mark, but it's not the sort of game that actually requires a super high framerate to be playable. Many others can break 100 fps, and this is still a reasonably demanding test suite — lighter games like Overwatch 2, Valorant, etc. would run just fine.

The ray tracing performance on the other hand is nothing special. If you want a card that performs really well in DXR (DirectX Raytracing) games, look to the Intel Arc A750 or an RTX 3060. The RX 6650 XT does at least beat the RTX 3050, except in Cyberpunk 2077 and Minecraft. And both cards are available for the same $249 asking price, so there's good reason to pick the AMD card.

We're looking at "medium" DXR performance as well, because maxing out the settings with ray tracing enabled often puts performance below 30 fps. And at that point, you can easily make the argument that medium quality with medium DXR settings often performs worse and doesn't really look better than ultra settings without DXR.

Swipe to scroll horizontally
Graphics CardFPS per Dollar1080p AvgPricePrice for 60 FPS
Radeon RX 6650 XT0.34686.2$249$173
Radeon RX 66000.31672.3$229$190
Radeon RX 6600 XT0.29284.5$289$205
Radeon RX 6700 10GB0.28593.8$329$210
Intel Arc A7500.27775.8$274$217
GeForce GTX 1660 Super0.24749.2$199$243
GeForce GTX 16600.24543.8$179$245
GeForce RTX 30600.23874.9$315$252
Radeon RX 6500 XT0.23034.3$149$261
GeForce RTX 20600.22359.5$267$269
Intel Arc A3800.22130.8$139$271
GeForce RTX 30500.22155.0$249$272
Radeon RX 64000.20326.2$129$296
GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR60.19731.3$159$305

We already noted that the RX 6650 XT currently represents the best bang for the buck among graphics cards. Above is the sorted results for all the budget and midrange cards in our charts — and none of the higher-priced and faster cards can beat it. (They might rank ahead of some of the cards at the bottom of that list, though.)

The RX 6650 XT delivers, on average, 0.346 fps/$ at 1080p ultra settings. That might not be super easy to parse on its own, so put it this way: If you wanted a GPU that could average 60 fps or more, at that rate, you'd only need to spend $173. The (now not quite as affordable) RX 6600 comes second at a relative price of $190 for 60 fps, while the best Nvidia option would be the GTX 1660 Super at a relative cost of $243 for 60 fps — $252 for 60 fps if you opt for an RTX card.

AMD's Raise the Game bundle also offers two free games, Dead Island 2 and The Callisto Protocol, for select purchases of the RX 6000-series graphics cards. If you're interested in either or both of those games, that can certainly sweeten the pot.

Bottom line: The Radeon RX 6650 XT is the best deal going right now in the graphics card world. Even at $209 (i.e., without the rebate), it would tie the RX 6650 XT. Maybe we'll see something even better in the next few days while we wait for Black Friday to actually begin, and then stretch into Cyber Monday. But this is the card to get if you want something for a decent budget PC build.

Jarred Walton is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on everything GPU. He has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.

  • purple_dragon
    It's a great card for 1080p high to ultra most games, passable for 1440p medium. Nvidia is overpriced worse at the low end than the high end performance wise. AMD for 1080p, Nvidia for 4K and a toss up leaning AMD for 1440p imo.
    Reply
  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    Or if you go on eBay and get a RTX 3060 for around $225 which performs better without RT and significantly better with RT.
    Reply
  • JarredWaltonGPU
    Alvar Miles Udell said:
    Or if you go on eBay and get a RTX 3060 for around $225 which performs better without RT and significantly better with RT.
    If you're going to go with eBay, then you could also go for an RX 6600 for about $140.
    Reply
  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    JarredWaltonGPU said:
    If you're going to go with eBay, then you could also go for an RX 6600 for about $140.

    Actually, I'm seeing the bulk of sold listings for $180-$200 which still makes the 3060 a much better buy.
    Reply
  • zecoeco
    Alvar Miles Udell said:
    Or if you go on eBay and get a RTX 3060 for around $225 which performs better without RT and significantly better with RT.
    Almost impossible to find an RTX 3060 on eBay for $225 as you said.
    I've been looking for ages and mostly they're sold for $300, and if you're lucky to get it down to $290.
    As for the RX 6600, its usually sold for 180-200 bucks, and the XT for 20-30 bucks more.
    Reply
  • JarredWaltonGPU
    Alvar Miles Udell said:
    Actually, I'm seeing the bulk of sold listings for $180-$200 which still makes the 3060 a much better buy.
    Sure, and I'm seeing the bulk of sold listings for RTX 3060 going for $280-$300. If you're going to use an aggressive "you won an auction at a great price" for Nvidia, do the same for AMD.

    Average sold RX 6600 on eBay over the past week: $178.16
    Average sold RTX 3060 on eBay over the past week: $290.33

    Granted, Nvidia still outsold AMD 2.26 to 1.

    164165
    Reply
  • Devoteicon
    zecoeco said:
    Almost impossible to find an RTX 3060 on eBay for $225 as you said.
    I've been looking for ages and mostly they're sold for $300, and if you're lucky to get it down to $290.
    As for the RX 6600, its usually sold for 180-200 bucks, and the XT for 20-30 bucks more.
    I'm in the same boat. Been looking for a replacement for my 1060 and I would love to stay with Nvidia but the premium they're putting on RT and DLSS is too high for me.
    Reply
  • ohio_buckeye
    About the cheapest 3060s that are working that are buy it now listings seem to be 260-270. Looks like the 6600 is closer to 100 less.
    Reply
  • Quenepas
    Devoteicon said:
    I'm in the same boat. Been looking for a replacement for my 1060 and I would love to stay with Nvidia but the premium they're putting on RT and DLSS is too high for me.
    Just got forced out of that boat. Got a new PC 12700k and aiming to just use my 6gb 1060gtx until the new cards dropped next year. But unfortunately It was too much for the 2016 bought card and it died today. Have used just EVGA Nvidias for 10+ years but the price for the 3060s is just too high. The best I could find is a MSI GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card AERO ITX 12G OC at Newegg for 335 (315 after rebate) but got the 6650xt for $250.

    The 6650 xt is better overall than the 3060 as well:
    dIohkbd--l8View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIohkbd--l8
    Reply
  • Co BIY
    I was really hoping Intel would cut Arc prices for Black Friday to get to at least the AMD value range. Although I think they need to target a little cheaper than AMD.
    Reply