Radeon RX 6500 XT: AMD uses 4GB of VRAM to fend off miners, Asus Germany releases suggested retail prices

AMD announced the RX 6500 XT during its CES keynote last week. In anticipation of its release on Wednesday, January 19, more and more information about the new RDNA 2 boarding pass is emerging. For example, at the end of last week it appeared that the RX 6500 XT uses a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, in addition, a possible starting price of 300 euros has been mentioned with regard to the French market.

Frank Azor explained in an interview with HotHardware why the video card is equipped with only 4 GB of video memory. According to the Red Camp’s Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions, the RX 6500 XT is primarily aimed at 1080p gaming with medium to high settings. Internal benchmarks have shown that 4 GB is sufficient compared to 8 GB, especially when features such as FSR or RSR are enabled.

This configuration also makes the card less attractive to miners, as mining Ethereum currently requires a minimum of 4.6 GB of vram. In addition, the use of as little memory as possible should result in a lower suggested retail price, although Azor hints that variants may come later that will have extra gddr6 on board.

However, as mentioned earlier, it looks like the custom models will be a lot more expensive than AMD’s suggested retail price of $200. For example, the Twitterer Andreas Schilling spotted a press release from Asus Germany, in which the prices of the Dual and TUF Gaming versions are mentioned: the Dual will be for sale from 300 euros, while its bigger brother will change hands from 334 euros. These models will probably have a similar price in the Benelux.

The Asus Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT (left) next to the TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6500 XT.

Sources: HotHardware (YouTube), Andreas Schilling (Twitter), Asus Germany

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