MSI resurrects ARMOR series with AMD Radeon RX 6600 ARMOR V1

Published: 15th Oct 2021, 17:56 GMT   Comments

MSI to release Radeon RX 6600 ARMOR

Nearly 2 years later, MSI brings back its ARMOR series.

Our inbox has just been greeted with a picture of an upcoming MSI ARMOR card based on the Radeon RX 6600 SKU. Not only this is the first ARMOR card in the Radeon RX 6000 lineup, but also in the whole RDNA series.

MSI Radeon RX 6600 ARMOR V1, Source: VideoCardz

Just like all Radeon RX 6600 models, this card is not factory-overclocked. AMD clearly encouraged all board partners not to release a higher-spec’ed version of their RX 6600 designs, which is unfortunate but was necessary to avoid self-competition among Navi 23 desktop SKUs.

What might be surprising though is that the RX 6600 ARMOR V1 uses a very old cooler design, not seen since the AMD Polaris series (so for more than 3 years). The company did launch updated Armor models with GeForce RTX 20 SUPER series around 2019 though, but that was before MSI focused on its new MECH series moving forward.

Speaking of the MECH series, it appears that the ARMOR card is actually based on RX 6600 XT MECH 2X V1, not MECH 2X which was released later. We are mentioning RX 6600 XT here specifically because the V1 version was not launched for the RX 6600.

MSI Radeon RX 6600 XT MECH 2X V1 (left) vs MECH 2X (right), Source: MSI

The card is based on Navi 23 XL GPU with 1792 Stream Processors. It is equipped with 8GB GDDR6 memory and has a standard (for this SKU) 8-pin power connector.

For comparison sake, here are the last two ARMOR cards based on Radeon and GeForce GPUs:

MSI Radeon RX 590 ARMOR & MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER ARMOR, Source: VideoCardz

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