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AMD unveils Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card with 4GB of VRAM

By Glenn Chua & The Count - on 20 Jan 2022, 11:35am

AMD releases Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card with 4GB of VRAM

The new GPU succeeds the previous RX 5500 XT. (Image source: AMD)

AMD has released the Radeon RX 6500 XT, first announced earlier this month. The 6500 XT is the successor to the 5500 XT released in 2019, and like the 5500 XT, the 6500 is positioned as a budget option in the current Radeon lineup.

The 6500 XT is built on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture, with chipset efficiency slightly improved over its predecessor, with a 6nm process.

In short, here are the key specs:

  • 16 compute units
  • 1,024 stream processors
  • Game frequency of 2,610MHz, with a boost clock of 2,815MHz
  • 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 18Gbps memory speed, 64-bit memory interface with up to 144GB/s bandwidth
  • 107W Typical Board Power

The fact that there's only a single 4GB variant seems odd, to say the least. Even by 2020, AMD was already dismissing 4GB cards in this forum post, which makes the choice to stick with only this amount of memory for the 6500 XT strange. It doesn't help that the card as a whole hasn't gotten a good reception either, based on this aggregation of reviews from The Verge.

If it's of any reassurance, AMD is offering up some features to go along with the card, including AMD Smart Memory Access, which was previously seen on other 6000-series cards and improves performance with specific Ryzen CPUs, AMD Radeon Anti-Lag, which decreases input response time, and DXR raytracing.

Availability and pricing

AMD says that the 6500 XT is going for an SEP of US$199, which we should note is US$30 more expensive than the previous 4GB 5500 XT, though still cheaper than higher-end RDNA 2 cards. There doesn't look to be any reference card available, so if you want it, you can grab it from manufacturers such as ASUS, Gigabyte and PowerColor.

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