Radeon RX 6500 XT review

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Introduction

Radeon RX 6500 XT review  

The release of the Radeon RX 6500 XT is now official and the graphics cards are available. The item was originally listed at 199 dollars / 215 EUR, but at street price fetching close to $250-300. Never in history has entry-level performance been more costly. These cards are fitted with merely 4GB graphics memory, based on a 64-bit wide bus and a sniff of Inifinity Cache (16MB L3). Tied towards a PCIe Gen x4 link (3.0/4.0) this card performs at RX 570/580 performance levels as long as you stick to Full HD. The card are thus positioned as a max 1920x1080 offering and will include a GPU based on NAVI24.  The Navi 24 GPU-based graphics cards are manufactured on a 6nm process and have a maximum of 4 GB of gddr6 memory and yeah; are connected through a very restricted 64-bit memory interface. The 4 GB GDDR6 RAM is buffered by a small 16 MB Infinity Cache though. The series card is projected to perform at the performance marker of the RX 570 XT  (Polaris) and GeForce GTX 1060. The RX 6500 XT features 1024 stream processors. Numerous board partners have stated their own variants and setups of the card. We've mapped the major specs below to help you see what to expect.

The Navi GPU 24 is manufactured using TSMC's 6 nm process, just as rumors had suggested. The Navi 24 chip should be the last of this generation's chipsets. While doing so, the chip also serves as AMD's first consumer product to be manufactured on a node smaller than 7 nanometers. Navi 24 has a chip area of approximately 107 square millimeters, which is sufficient room for "up to 16" compute units to be turned on at the same time. This would result in a total of 1024 computational cores or shader processors. Compared to the size of Navi 23, which powers the Radeon RX 6600 cards, Navi 24 is roughly half the size of Navi 23. For their part, the Navi 24 video cards should be viewed as an inexpensive way to get started with AMD's RDNA2 graphics architecture, however as stated, the asking price is 199 USD, with the market indication 300 USD. A 16 MB Infinity Cache, as well as up to 4 GB of GDDR6 RAM, will be available on a 64-bit memory bus. Thus, the GPU concentrates its efforts on low-cost PCs and games in 1080p resolution.

   

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AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series
RX 6900 XTRX 6800XTRX 6800RX 6700 XTRX 6600 XTRX 6500
GPU Navi 21 XT(XH) Navi 21 XT Navi 21 XL Navi 22 XT Navi 23 XT Navi 24 XT
Cores 5120 4608 3840 2560 2048 1024
TMUs 320 288 240 160 128 64
ROPs 128 128 96 64 64 32
Infinity Cache 128 MB 128 MB 128 MB 96 MB 32 MB 16 MB
Boost Clock 2250 MHz 2250 MHz 2105 MHz 2581 MHz 2359 MHz 2825
Memory Clock 16 Gbps 16 Gbps 16 Gbps 16 Gbps 16 Gbps 16 Gbps
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 128-bit 64-bit
Bandwidth 512 GB/s 512 GB/s 512 GB/s 384 GB/s 256 GB/s 128 GB/s
TBP 300W 300W 250W 230W 160W 107 / 120W
MSRP 999 USD 649 USD 579 USD 479 USD 379 USD 199 USD
Launch Date December 2021 November 2021 November 2021 March 2021 August 2021 January 2022

In this particular review, we'll look at the Fighter model from Powercolor. However the reference the RX 6500 XT is a two-slot card with a full-height design. This card has a half-height, single-slot design and a single fan, which is similar to the also announced RX 6400. The cards contain a single DisplayPort and HDMI port.

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