5 Things You Need to Know About the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

AMD’s $199 Radeon RX 6500 XT is an affordable graphics card with real-time ray tracing. Assuming you can have enough stock to show up in stores close to the price you offer. The Radeon RX 6500 XT is no ordinary graphics card. AMD had to tune in a lot to keep cryptocurrency miners from getting access while still maintaining an attractive and important price point of ‘below $200’.
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Testing the Radeon RX 6500 XT took quite a bit more effort than usual. For those of you who don’t have time to read lengthy comprehensive reviews, here’s a quick summary of 5 things you need to know about the Radeon RX 6500 XT.


Perfect for novice PC gamers

It is clear that PC gaming has dominated during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, combined factors such as chip shortages, logistical problems, and the explosive demand from profit-seeking cryptocurrency miners have more than doubled the purchase price of most graphics cards, preventing users from investing in new, cheaper equipment. In the meantime, PCWorld had no choice but to propose a CPU with good integrated graphics performance as the best graphics card on a budget for gaming.

But the Radeon RX 6500 XT changed everything. Not only is the Radeon RX 6500 XT cheap at $199, but it will also swallow esports games with its high framerates, and at 1080p resolution, with its graphics settings set to Medium or Advanced, you can run the latest Triple-A games at blazing speeds. It also supports the latest features like ray tracing, AMD’s smart access memory, FidelityFX Super Resolution, Radeon Anti-Lag, and Radeon Boost, and everything except ray tracing makes the graphics card run much faster.

However, for users who already have graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1650 Super or Radeon RX 580, it doesn’t offer enough performance boost to be a powerful upgrade.


Low price, disadvantages to consider

AMD took an unorthodox design to make a sub-$200 graphics card during a difficult time of semiconductor supply and demand. The Radeon RX 6500 XT features 4GB of GDDR6 memory, although the memory chip is clocked at a very fast 18Gbps and incorporates AMD’s Infinity Cache technology. Also, while graphics cards typically support 16 PCIe lanes, the Radeon RX 6500 XT only supports 4 lanes.

With that decision, the Radeon RX 6500 XT outperforms those designed for esports and triple-A gaming, etc. at medium or high-end settings at 1080p resolution, but turning the resolution to Ultra or raising it to 1440p can help with performance issues like slow framerates or lag spikes. can face So it’s a good idea to start the game you want to run with 1080p medium quality graphics and only upload it if possible.


Not for cryptocurrency mining

AMD chose most of the Radeon RX 6500 XT’s designs to match its attractive $199 price tag, but when it comes to memory systems, the choice is a bit more complicated. If the GPU market had a lot of volume, it would be ridiculous to launch a 4GB lab and 64-bit 1080p graphics card in 2022. But in today’s graphics card market, limited specs like the Radeon RX 6500 XT are a kind of feature. This is because the memory configuration is not suitable for Ethereum mining. The profitability of Ethereum mining is greatly affected by memory bandwidth. To mine Ethereum, your graphics card must have at least 4GB of memory.
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At CES 2022, AMD Vice President Laura Smith said, “There are a lot of dynamic changes related to the availability of GPUs. We optimized the Radeon RX 6500 XT for gaming first. You can tell by looking at the way the parts are constructed. While the framebuffer size is adequate for most triple-A games, it is not particularly attractive for blockchain-type games or mining. “It was an attempt to improve gamer-centricity in something we don’t have control over, and we tried to optimize the graphics card to make it as accessible to gamers as possible.”

Whether gamers will use it extensively remains to be seen, but the Radeon RX 6500 XT actually outperforms most modern graphics cards you can buy, including Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 3050 ($250).


Also available on older PCs

Since the Radeon RX 6500 XT was unveiled, gamers have been concerned that the Radeon RX 6500 XT’s limited four PCIe lanes will perform horribly in gaming P’s that are more than a few years old. That’s because the four PCIe lanes work best on modern computers with a much faster PCIe 4.0 interface. Older PCs are equipped with PCIe 3.0, and users were concerned that details would drop framerates when mixed with the minimum available lanes.
Using the Radeon RX 6500 XT in PCIe 3.0 mode doesn’t degrade performance as some gamers fear. ⓒ IDG

Gamers’ concerns are true. But thanks to AMD’s fast GDDR6 chip and 16MB of on-chip Infinity Cache, the performance drop isn’t something to worry about in most games. Two major outliers were found in the 11 game test suites. ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ ran the same on both PCIe 3.0 and 4.0, while ‘Total War: Troy’ was 18.4% slower on PCIe 3.0. However, if we put 11 games together, it was about 6.4% slower on average in PCIe 3.0. Although noteworthy, it doesn’t change the value of the graphics card much. The Radeon RX 6500 XT will have the same performance figures as GPUs like the Radeon RX 580 and 5500 XT, or Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and GTX 1650, no matter which version of PCIe you use.

That said, users should keep in mind that the usage of the Radeon RX 6500 XT is intended. At 1080p, with the graphics settings set to Medium or Advanced, you’ll need to tweak them slightly. If you’re running at 1440p resolution, or trying to use the Ultra settings for intense gaming, you’ll likely exceed the Radeon RX 6500 XT’s 4GB framebuffer. If you exceed the framebuffer in PCIe 3.0, delay spikes and performance degradation can be severe and fast.


other features

There are also features that AMD has removed, claiming to be unused by users buying graphics cards at that price point. The Radeon RX 6500 XT lacks AV1 decoding and H.264 and H.265/HEVC encoding capabilities. However, it supports H.264 and H.265 decoding. AMD also applied only a single HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort connection to the Radeon RX 6500 XT. So the Radeon RX 6500 XT might not be a good choice for home theater PCs, and users looking to stream games will have to look elsewhere.

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