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AMD’S Response to The Budget Friendly Bracket, With The Announcement Of the RX 6500XT, It’s great that we’re finally seeing a new sub-$200 GPU entering the budget arena, I just hope AMD has actually been able to find production capacity to create enough of what will likely be a very in-demand graphics card.
AMD has mentioned that partner cards will ship from $199, so we will likely see boards with higher sticker prices from the off, but there should still be some versions coming out with reference pricing. And that’s great for anyone looking to build a gaming PC on a budget, But then again.. Prices in this Situation Should be taken with Much Much Grain Of Salt.
The RX 6500 XT effectively cuts the specs of the pricier RX 6600 XT in half, offering 16 compute units, 4GB of GDDR6 RAM, a 2,610MHz game clock, and a 2,815MHz boosted clock, while drawing 107W of power.
Gaming at 1080p high should provide a good balance of image quality and performance, and by dropping from maxed out settings the 4GB of VRAM should present fewer difficulties. AMD shows overall performance that’s about 35% higher than Nvidia’s GTX 1650, but again, grains of salt are required.
The Real target for the RX 6500 XT won’t necessarily be the GTX 1650. That card launched in April 2019, nearly three years ago, and it’s set to be replaced by Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050, which was also announced today. Nvidia’s newcomer will undoubtedly cost more than the RX 6500 XT, but it should also deliver much better performance — it should land relatively close to RTX 2060, based on the specs, which would be about 8% slower than the RX 6600 but also potentially double the performance of the GTX 1650 whipping boy.
Given The Lucrative Specifications on the RX 6500 XT, we can only hope that cryptocurrency miners will leave the cards alone and finally let gamers have a reasonably priced option. Here’s hoping that will prove true, though continuing shortages will almost certainly result in street prices that are higher than AMD’s $199 MSRP. At least the newcomer should prove to be a better option than the outgoing RX 5500 XT and GTX 1650.. (Lets hope for the Best)