RX 6500 XT news
AMD launches the Radeon RX 6500 XT, Features
AMD has published the Radeon RX 6500 XT, an economical standard quality graphics card that, as we mentioned at the time, caused enormous interest because it was going to become the direct equivalent much closer to the Xbox Series S GPU, if good that graphics card I had everything to be much stronger, despite the difference in active computing entities.
In the end, there was no surprise. The Radeon RX 6500 XT It has fulfilled each and every one of the hopes that it had generated, and also confirmed the terrible predictions that emerged after learning that it was going to use a PCIE Gen4 x4 work platform, and it happens that, as happened with the Radeon RX 6600 and Radeon RX 6600 XT, both limited to PCIE Gen4 x8, in the When used with a PCIE Gen3 motherboard, there is a noticeable performance loss.
We will talk about it much later, but now we tell you about it in our review of the Radeon RX 6600.
The first entities of the Radeon RX 6500 XT that we saw have a careful design and a fairly good build quality, so much so that in certain cases it is difficult to say that we are facing an economic standard quality model.
Regarding your information, nothing has changed compared to the clarifications that we have provided in recent weeks. These are its specifications:
- Navi 24 XT GPU at 6nm.
- 1,024 shaders at 2.2GHz-2.81GHz, regular and turbo mode.
- 16 ray tracing acceleration entities.
- 64 texturing entities.
- 32 raster entities.
- 2,610 MHz-2,815 MHz GPU continuity, regular and turbo mode.
- Unlimited 16MB cache.
- 64 bit bus.
- 4GB of GDDR6 at 18GHz.
- FP32 capacity: 5.76 TFLOPs.
- Bandwidth: 144GB/s.
- 107 watt TBP.
RX 6500 XT New 2022 – Performance:
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TechPowerUP! has announced of the best analyzes that we have had the chance to read up to now, so I am going to share with us the most essential information that we have the chance to get from him.
In 1080p resolution, the Radeon RX 6500 XT ranks practically at the same level as a GTX 1650 Super, a graphics card that was standard quality at the time.
This tells us that AMD's solution can with recent games in 1080p, but in much more rigorous situations we are not going to be able to configure them always and at all times to the limit if we want to enjoy an acceptable fluidity.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an excellent example, as it averages 26 FPS in 1080p and maximum quality, although being fair too there are other less rigorous titles that work perfectly in 1080p and maximum quality on the Radeon RX 6500 XT, such as Resident Evil Village, Death Stranding and DOOM Eternal, to name an example.
Those games also run really well at 1440p, a resolution that's a bit too big for the Radeon RX 6500 XT, though.and also this does not mean that it is not a possible alternative if we adjust the graphic quality level.
Still, that graphics card really shines at 1080p, and that's its perfect level, hands down.
Of 4K we forget directly, logically, although pulling FSR we could find admissible performance outcomes in certain cases.
When it comes to their high resolution equivalents, we note that the Radeon RX 6500 XT falls below the GTX 1650 Super at 1440p, and below the RX 570 as we move up to 4K.
That drop in performance as resolutions go up is a consequence of the Radeon RX 6500 XT's design, which employs 16 MB of L3 cache to compensate for its low bandwidth.
In ray tracing, the Radeon RX 6500 XT achieves some spectacular results, surpassing, in certain cases, even the Radeon RX 6600 XT, at least according to the data collected by the source of the analysis, although generally its performance with that technology is very poor and it is located, except for a few (and strange) caveats, very under the RX 6600.
To give an example, in Deathloop the Radeon RX 6500 XT achieves an average of 13 FPS, while the Radeon RX 6600 achieves 43.4 FPS (1080p).
The Radeon RX 6500 XT is not a graphics card with high consumption, indeed in the tests of TechPowerUP! was around 101-112 watts, but despite this the working temperature reached a bit high, since with the standard BIOS it reached 72 degrees, and with the fans on low noise level it went up to the 80 degrees.
If we use the Radeon RX 6500 XT on a motherboard that is limited to PCIE Gen3, performance is decreased, on average, by 13% under 1080p and 1440p resolution, and a 18% in 4K. Things would get worse if we plugged it into a PCIE Gen2 slot, since the performance loss would be from the 34% at 1080p, the 29% at 1440p, and the 45% at 4K.
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT – Final Notes:
The Radeon RX 6500 XT is what we expected, but not what it should be
As I mentioned earlier at the beginning of the product, the Radeon RX 6500 XT has rigorously fulfilled each and every one of our hopes as it fully matches the infiltrations that we have been observing, but unfortunately it is not up to what it would have pleased, and it is not what it should be, that is, It is not that successor to the Radeon RX 5500 XT that we all expected.
I do not speak without foundation.
It is true that the Radeon RX 6500 XT uses a much more advanced architecture, and that it has hardware dedicated to ray tracing, but its performance is inferior to that of a Radeon RX 5500 XT of 4 GB (the difference is small in 1080p, but noticeable in 1440p), it has an essential lack derived from the use of a PCIE Gen4 x4 work platform and comes on top of this, without AV1 hardware decoding.
Putting all of the above together, and adding it to its poor ray tracing performance, we are left with the realization that the Radeon RX 6500 XT does not possess anything that makes it worthy of being the successor to the Radeon RX 5500 XT.
Its suggested price is 215 euros, but I fear that, due to the inflation that the graphic field is experiencing, it will be impossible to achieve it for that money.
However, if you can find it for less than 250 euros, and you urgently need to update your graphics card, it wouldn't be a bad buy, more than anything because of the situation on the field today.