AMD may be readying budget RX 6400 and RX 6500 XT graphics cards

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AMD is apparently preparing to release an entry-level GPU based on the Navi 24 GPU. Even with the price of even the most affordable current-generation cards far out of reach for casual gamers, these are cards the market definitely needs. In what could be the last RX 6000 desktop cards to be released, the RX 6400 and RX 6500 XT are supposedly equipped with 4GB of VRAM on a 64-bit bus.

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This is a very basic configuration as 4GB is less on any 2022 card. However, if it uses faster GDDR6 with some infinity cache then the amount of bandwidth on offer should be reasonable. Yes, it’s rose-tinted specs, but in the current GPU market, any kind of affordable GPU for casual gamers would be very welcome.

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The news comes via Japanese leaker @KOMACH_ENSAKA with additional information from videocardz, If the rumored specifications are correct, these cards certainly won’t be powerful gaming GPUs, but given the current prices for more capable GPUs, they may find their way into gamers’ rigs in higher numbers than you’d expect. Older titles should run at higher frame rates without issue, while popular esports and MOBA games should run smoothly as well. You can forget about running the latest titles with ray tracing enabled and all the eye candy, but a bit of CS:GO or Fortnite at a decent frame rate shouldn’t be a problem.

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Based on the final TDP, the Navi 24 GPU is likely to find its way into affordable gaming laptops as well, at least those that require more gaming grunt than an Intel CPU with AMD’s APU and XE graphics. Gamers aren’t the only ones looking for affordable cards. If the Navi 24 has the same video engine as the faster RX 6000 card, the RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 would make excellent home theater PC cards. It would be even better if the RX 6400 came with a low-profile option and consumed less than 75W, which would not require a PCIe power connector. These two features alone will get many buyers in line.

We’re still waiting to see what Nvidia can bring to the table in the entry-level price range. Its RTX 3060 cards are still the most affordable Ampere cards out there, but they cost anything but entry level. There were rumors that the RTX 3050/Ti was cancelled, which seems accurate given the imminent resurgence of the RTX 2060 with 12GB. We’re also looking forward to seeing what Intel can bring to the table with its entry-level Alchemist GPUs.

Meanwhile, Black Friday is coming! Take a look at our Black Friday deals page. We’d expect pretty slim pickings on GPUs this year, so if you bargain, you’ll have to be quick!

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