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AMD's newest Radeon RX 6500 XT is also its cheapest budget graphics card yet

By Aaron Yip - on 5 Jan 2022, 6:28pm

AMD's newest Radeon RX 6500 XT is also its cheapest budget graphics card yet

Right after NVIDIA announced its new budget-friendly GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, AMD also made known their next entry-level RX 6000-series GPU, the US$199 (SRP) RX 6500 XT. That's a considerably big price shave from the company's previous cheapest RDNA 2 GPU, the US$379 RX 6600 XT that was released last year.

The RX 6500 XT offers 16 compute units, 4GB of GDDR6 of video memory, and a boosted clock of 2,815MHz. TGP is, naturally, low, drawing just 107W of power. AMD says the new card are targeted at gamers with a tighter budget and looking to upgrade from much older graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1650 or RX 570.

Interestingly, the RX 6500 XT is the first GPU from AMD to use a 6nm process node for production, unlike its more powerful and previously released RX 6000 series siblings (such as the RX 6600 XT and RX 6800 XT) that still use the older 7nm process. 

Like the RX 6600 XT, the RX 6500 XT is only available from AMD's board partners such as ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte starting from January 19.

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