AMD Discontinues Navi 23: The End of Radeon RX 6600-Series

With RDNA 3 ready, its time to say goodbye to RDNA 2 based graphics cards.

AMD RDNA 2 GPU chip. Credit – AMD

With AMD’s new Radeon RX 7000-series lineup now complete, with all RDNA 3-based GPU chips announced or released – it’s time for last generations GPU’s to be discontinued to make way for the latest and greatest from AMD.

While AMD have their reasons to stop production of RDNA 2 GPU’s AMD themselves have never confirmed or denied this information – so take it all with a grain of salt.

AMD’s Navi 23 GPU is made up of 11 billion transistors, 2048 stream processor, 32MB of infinity cache and a 128-bit memory interface. The chip is being used for AMD’s Radeon RX6600, RX 6600 XT and RX 6650 XT graphics cards.

AMD has reportedly stopped production of only the full Radeon RX 6650 XT configuration, based on the RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT not being as widely spread as the RX 6650 XT, it would be reasonable to assume that production of the Navi 23 based RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT has been halted.

The fact is, there isn’t really any reason for AMD to continue production of their 6000-series GPUs. The companies new RDNA 3-based Navi 33 GPU integrates 13.3 billion transistors, 2048 stream processors, and performs better than its direct predecessor (something Nvidia hasn’t gotten quite right on their 4000-series). With all off the above to boot, the new lineup also has a smaller die size and is made of TSMC’s N6 process technology as opposed to the older N7 used in the Navi 23 architecture. All of this is to say, it may end up being cheaper to produce on top of being a better performing card overall.

Overall we are excited to see the real world performance of the Rx 7000-series graphics cards – AMD has claimed that they will be giving Nvidia a run for their money – although this remains to be seen.

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