Look, a brand new graphics card! Sure, AMD has introduced a brand new desktop GPU at its CES 2022 press convention, with the $199 Radeon RX 6500 XT launching on January 19. So it is lower than two weeks till you can also not purchase a graphics card as a result of it is instantly out of inventory.
Nevertheless it’s nice that we’re lastly seeing a brand new sub-$200 GPU getting into the funds area, I simply hope AMD has truly been capable of finding manufacturing capability to create sufficient of what is going to doubtless be a really in-demand graphics card.
AMD has mentioned that associate playing cards will ship from $199, so we are going to doubtless see boards with greater sticker costs from the off, however there ought to nonetheless be some variations popping out with reference pricing. And that is nice for anybody seeking to construct a gaming PC on a funds.
As for specs, effectively, AMD has been slightly tight-lipped on the CES occasion, solely displaying off its 2.6GHz Sport Clock—”the quickest sustained GPU clock charges ever”—with 16 compute items and a reasonably miserly 16MB of Infinity Cache. That interprets into 1,024 RDNA 2 cores, half the cores of the RX 6600 XT, and a good chunk down on the straight RX 6600, too.
One factor AMD hasn’t famous is the reminiscence capability, although rumours, seemingly confirmed by Lenovo, have pegged that at 4GB GDDR6, which is fairly low even for 1080p gaming.
However AMD says half players are nonetheless working the likes of a GTX 1650 or RX 570, and this card will ship 1080p gaming as much as 59% greater than that. Which, is not unhealthy. Or would not have been a yr or two in the past.
I count on there is a purpose AMD hasn’t proven slides of its relative efficiency towards an RX 5500 XT, and it is most likely as a result of there’s not loads in it. AMD’s extra inexpensive RDNA 2 playing cards have not actually moved the sport ahead in comparison with the unique RDNA-based RX 5000-series GPUs, although I assume the distinction is these chips are nonetheless nominally in manufacturing.
We’ll have to attend and see what kind of quantity the RX 6500 XT launches with when the January 19 on-shelf date arrives.