Lenovo has launched a new RDNA 2-based Radeon graphics card called the RX 6600 LE. This is the first time we’ve heard about such a model from AMD, indicating some sort of exclusive arrangement.
The Lenovo Radeon RX 6600 LE doesn’t seem to feature a unique GPU or more VRAM. All of its specs point at a simple OEM version of the RX 6600 with a 4MHz higher clock. In other words, a GPU packing 1,792 stream processors alongside 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 VRAM running on a 128-bit bus. The exact GPU variant plus power consumption were not shared, though we can again expect a Navi 23 XL chip and 132W TBP.
This leaves us with only a couple of changes compared to other RX 6600 cards: the cooler and design. On that front, the card looks kind of cool. We find a dual-slot dual-fan design topped by a basic flat shroud. Very industrial-looking. The heatsink protrudes a bit from the PCB which allows for a small flow-through section. Lastly, the card doesn’t have a back plate. Lenovo positions the fin stack horizontally, directing a portion of air outside of the chassis via the I/O shield.
Before you say it, this is not some fake or concept card. You can already find it in Lenovo’s new Geek Pro 2023 desktop, which also packs an Intel Core i5-13400F, 16GB of DDR4-3200, and 512GB of PCIe Gen 4 storage at ¥4,799 (£535). Not bad for a machine where the CPU plus GPU alone costs around £400.
While we wouldn’t hold our breath for a DIY release of such a product, chances are we’ll see some popping on the Chinese second-hand market sooner or later. But since the card doesn’t seem to be anything special, you could get similar performance as low as £184.99.