Radeon RX 6500 XT is getting closer – what models will appear in stores?

The premiere of the Radeon RX 6500 XT card, which is to interest people who build cheaper gaming computers, is getting closer and closer. We checked what models will be available for sale.

The Radeon RX 6500 XT is the latest representative of the RDNA 2 generation, which will complement the offer in the medium-low performance segment. The card has already been announced, so we know what to expect from it.

Radeon RX 6500 XT specifications

The Radeon RX 6500 XT is theoretically the successor of the Radeon RX 5500 XT model, so we are talking about a cheap construction for players. The specification does not look very impressive, so we should not expect any revelation.

The manufacturer used the AMD Navi 24 XT graphics chip with 1024 shaders and 16 Ray Accelerators, which is supported by 4 GB of GDDR6 64-bit memory and 32 MB of Infinity Cache memory. The power consumption is estimated at 107 W, so the manufacturer recommends a power supply of at least 400 W here (most models require a 6-pin power connection, but there are 8-pin models).

Model Radeon RX 5500 XT Radeon RX 6500 XT Radeon RX 6600
Generation RDNA RDNA 2 RDNA 2
Graphic layout Navi 14 (7 nm) Navi 24 XT (6 nm) Navi 23 XL (7 nm)
Stream processors 1408 1024 1792
Ray Accelerators Units 16 28
Infinity Cache Memory 16 MB 32 MB
Core clock 1607 – 1845 MHz 1607 – 1845 MHz 1626 – 2491 MHz
Video memory 4 GB GDDR6 128-bit 4 GB GDDR6 64-bit 8 GB GDDR6 128-bit
Memory clock 14,000 MHz 18,000 MHz 14,000 MHz
Memory bandwidth 224 GB / s 144 GB / s 224 GB / s
Power consumption (supply) 130W (8-pin) 107W (6-pin) 132W (8-pin)
Price (suggested) $ 169 $ 199 $ 329

What performance can we count on? The card is theoretically suitable for playing in 1080p resolution – according to the manufacturer’s declaration, the Radeon RX 6500 XT is to offer significantly better performance than the old Radeon RX 570 or the competing GeForce GTX 1650.

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT - graphics card performance

The manufacturer provides support for all its flagship technologies, including Ray Tracing, FidelityFX Super Resolution and FreeSync. It is worth noting, however, that the card has only two image outputs: HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4, and it does not support H265 / HEVC and 4K H264 hardware encoding and AV1 decoding.

Review of Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics cards

The premiere of the Radeon RX 6500 XT is scheduled for January 19 (next Wednesday). The suggested price of the card was set at $ 199 (after conversion, about 1000 zlotys), but we should not expect that stores will sell it at such low prices (here we wrote about the price of the Radeon RX 6500 XT). On the other hand, competing Nvidia models are also much more expensive than the manufacturer suggests.

Only non-reference versions from partner manufacturers will appear on the market (Sapphire and XFX have not presented their versions). We can count on improved cooling and factory-raised clock speeds (and therefore better performance compared to standard designs).

ASRock Radeon RX 6500 XT Phantom Gaming D 4GB OC

ASRock Radeon RX 6500 XT Phantom Gaming D 4GB OC is one of the top versions of the new Radeon (of course, we can count on factory-raised clock speeds). The card is distinguished by an interesting design that should attract potential customers – the manufacturer opted for a dark design, and a black and red backplate was mounted on the back of the laminate.

An extensive cooler was used to cool the card, which protrudes beyond the outline of the printed circuit board. The design includes a massive heat sink, several copper heat pipes and two large fans (thanks to the passive operation feature, they remain inaudible under low load). It is worth noting that the card requires an 8-pin power supply.

ASRock Radeon RX 6500 XT Challenger ITX 4G

The manufacturer has also prepared a smaller version of the card. The ASRock Radeon RX 6500 XT Challenger ITX 4G model will work well in smaller computers, where there is not much space for a graphics card (the whole thing is only 17 cm long).

The card also uses less cooling – the design includes an aluminum heat sink, several heat pipes and one fan (also with a passive mode of operation). As in the Phantom Gaming version, an 8-pin power supply is required to operate the card

ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6500 XT OC

ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6500 XT OC is a top manufacturer’s proposition, which is distinguished by overclocked clocks and an interesting design. Attention is drawn to the dark, metal housing (a metal plate is installed on the back) and the effective RGB LED backlight (ASUS Aura Sync).

The design of the cooling is also important – the design includes a massive heat sink with four heat pipes and two large fans with a passive mode of operation. It is worth noting, however, that the card is quite large (it already occupies a 2.7-slot).

ASUS Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT OC

The second model – ASUS Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT OC also works with raised clocks and will interest less demanding users. The card may not look that impressive, but there is RGB LED backlight here.

To cool the structure, a smaller structure with two fans was used (they also offer a passive mode of operation). The Dual version is 20 cm long and takes up two slots for expansion cards.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 6500 XT Gaming OC 4G

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 6500 XT Gaming OC 4G model will appeal to demanding users. Of course, the manufacturer took care of effective cooling – the structure was kept in a modern style, and the whole thing was decorated with RGB LED backlight.

A lot of WindForce 3X cooling was used to cool the card. Cooler includes a sizable radiator with two heat pipes and three 80mm fans with passive mode, and a plastic backplate is mounted on the back of the laminate.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 6500 XT Eagle 4G

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 6500 XT Eagle 4G is, in turn, an economical proposition from the manufacturer. This time, the WindForce 2X cooler was used, which does not look as impressive as the WindForce 3X (and is much smaller by the way).

The cooling system consists of an aluminum radiator with two heat pipes and two 80 mm fans (also with a passive mode of operation). Despite the fact that we are dealing with an economical proposition, the cover for the reverse of the laminate has not been dispensed with.

MSI Radeon RX 6500 XT Mech 2X 4G

MSI Radeon RX 6500 XT Mech 2X 4G is the only offer from MSI. The appearance of the card should not come as a surprise to us, because it actually resembles the previous models of the manufacturer – it is a cheaper, but quite effective design. The standard and factory overclocked (OC) versions will be available for sale.

The appropriate temperature of the card is ensured by a small cooling with two Torx Fan 3.0 fans (thanks to the Zero Frozr technology they can operate in passive mode). Additionally, a stiffening plate (the so-called backplate) was mounted on the reverse of the laminate.

PowerColor Radeon RX 6500 XT 4GB GDDR6

PowerColor Radeon RX 6500 XT 4GB GDDR6 is a basic proposition that does not look as effective as some models from previous manufacturers. It can be said that the card is simply supposed to work (and cost little).

The card has a small cooling with two fans with a diameter of 80 mm – supposedly it is to ensure optimal temperatures and have a good work culture. The manufacturer boasts of raised clocks, but has not disclosed the exact values.

  PowerColor Radeon RX 6500 XT ITX

The second model of the manufacturer – PowerColor Radeon RX 6500 XT ITX is a structure designed for smaller ITX computers. The card does not look very attractive, but it will most likely be one of the cheaper options.

For cooling, a small cooler with one fan with a diameter of 90 mm was used (it offers a passive mode of operation, so the card should be inaudible at rest). The whole thing is only 16.5 cm long, so it is one of the smaller structures available on the market.

Source: AMD, ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor

About Alex Marcell

He likes dogs, pizza and popcorn. Already a fanboy of Nintendo and Sony, but today throws anything. He has collaborated on sites and magazines such as GameBlast, Nintendo World, Hero and Portal Pop, but today is dedicated exclusively to Spark Chronicles.

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