Sapphire Radeon RX 6650 XT Nitro+ review

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Sapphire Radeon RX 6650 XT Nitro+ review

Targeted at Full HD gaming and paired with faster running 8GB graphics memory meet the new Radeon RX 6650 XT. The series believe it or not carries a price of roughly 399~449 USD. AMD's rDNA 2 desktop graphics card line, the Radeon RX 6000 series, was released towards the end of 2020 and continued into 2021. The year 2022 is roughly halfway and AMD now revamps its RDNA 2 graphics card portfolio with a new family of graphics cards. All are rehashed and thus reconfigured products and that means this is not a new generation of cards, but rather an incremental improvement based on the same RDNA 2 architecture. The main difference here is the usage of quicker memory. All three graphics cards include up to 18Gbps GDDR6 memory chips, up from 16Gbps on non-50 versions. Some AIBs will configure the 6650 XT at 17.5 Gbps though with OC models configured at 18 GBps.  All graphics cards also use a comparable GPU seen from their predecessor but will arrive with increased memory and boost/game clock rates. As such the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT will sit above the Radeon RX 6900 XT, and the Radeon RX 6750 XT will sit above the Radeon RX 6700 XT. of course the Radeon RX 6650 XT will sit above the Radeon RX 6600 XT. Consider this to be AMD's own 'SUPER' however without any big advancements as the shader and RT count remain identical. The lineup is intended to provide performance enhancements ranging from 5-to-10%, and memory will play a significant role in meeting these performance objectives. Once again, the new lineup would be as follows:

  • Radeon RX 6950 XT: 5120 SPs, 16GB GDDR6 (18Gbps), 256-bit bus, 335W TBP
  • Radeon RX 6900 XT: 5120 SPs, 16GB GDDR6 (16Gbps), 256-bit bus, 300W TBP
  • Radeon RX 6750 XT: 2560 SPs, 12GB GDDR6 (18Gbps), 192-bit bus, 250 TBP
  • Radeon RX 6700 XT: 2560 SPs, 12GB GDDR6 (16Gbps), 192-bit bus, 230W TBP
  • Radeon RX 6650 XT: 2048 SPs, 8GB GDDR6 (18Gbps), 128-bit bus, 180 TBP
  • Radeon RX 6600 XT: 2048 SPs, 8GB GDDR6 (16Gbps), 128-bit bus, 160W TBP

   

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AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series
RX 6950 XTRX 6900 XTRX 6750RX 6700 XTRX 6650 XTRX 6600 XT
GPU Navi 21 XT(XH) Navi 21 XT(XH) Navi 22 XT Navi 22 XT Navi 23 XT Navi 23 XT
Cores 5120 5120 2560 2560 2048 2048
TMUs 320 320 160 160 128 128
ROPs 128 128 64 64 64 64
Infinity Cache 128 MB 128 MB 96 MB 96 MB 32 MB 32 MB
Boost Clock 2310 MHz 2250 MHz 2600 MHz 2581 MHz 2635 MHz 2359 MHz
Memory Clock 18 Gbps 16 Gbps 18 Gbps 16 Gbps 17.5 Gbps 16 Gbps
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 576 GB/s 512 GB/s 432 GB/s 384 GB/s 280 GB/s 256 GB/s
TBP 335W 300W 250W 230W 180W 160W
MSRP 1099 USD 999 USD 549 USD 479 USD 399 USD 379 USD
Launch Date May 2022 December 2021 May 2022 March 2021 May 2022 August 2021

Sapphire Radeon RX 6650 XT Nitro+

We review the Sapphire Radeon RX 6650 XT Nitro+. This card is aimed at Full HD gaming and remains totally silent whilst running pretty cool. Looking at the quality build, you'd almost forget that this offers mainstream-level gaming entry. The Nitro+ variants are factory overclocked to even faster speeds. Memory and core clock speed increases do result in higher performance, but as you'll see in our benchmark section, they're only moderate. The Radeon RX 6650 XT has an average Game GPU frequency of 2,410MHz and a Boost clock of 2,635MHz. It also gets an increase in memory speed, from 16Gbps to 17.5Gbps. To meet such changes, the overall board power draw increased from 160W in the 6600 XT to 180W in the 6650 XT. The Radeon RX 6650 XT features Sapphire's wave fin heat sink design, which is designed to reduce air friction (and hence noise), as well as a V-shaped notch in the heat sink directly above the GPU to "accelerate and centralize the air flow in order to dissipate heat more effectively. This Radeon RX 6650 update is about progression rather than revolution. 

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