AMD will begin selling its latest budget GPU, the Radeon RX 6500 XT, on January 19th. Its retail price is $199. But the ongoing GPU shortage, due to cryptocurrency miners and scalpers who can get every card, has made it mostly impossible to obtain. Any Graphics card at its list price in the past year.
Whether the 6500 XT will be any different depends partly on supply, but AMD has clearly designed the card to make it intentionally less attractive, while maintaining its usefulness as an entry-level graphics card. Can you Speaking to reporters at a press roundtable earlier this week, AMD Radeon VP Laura Smith talked about how the 6500 XT was “optimized” for games (the now apparently deleted PCWorld article). A transcript is preserved from Here,
“We’ve really optimized it to be gaming-first in that target market,” Smith said. “And you can see that the way we’ve configured the part. Even with a four gig frame buffer. It’s a really good frame buffer size for the majority of AAA games, but if you’re going to play the game, that’s a good thing.” It’s not particularly attractive if you’re doing blockchain-type activities or mining activities.”
Actually, if you look 6500 XT . specific sheet of, you will see some things that remain different than Last-Gen RX 5500 XT, For starters, the 6500 XT doesn’t have an 8GB version. The 6500 XT also uses a 64-bit memory interface, which is extremely rare in modern GPUs – you’ll sometimes see this in low-end dedicated laptop GPUs such as GeForce MX 450, but discrete GPUs released within the last few generations have mostly stuck to at least 128-bit memory interfaces. Both of these decisions make the 6500 XT particularly bad for Ethereum mining, as it Requires more than 4GB of video RAM And really like memory bandwidth,
To make up for the slower memory interface and help the card compete with the RX 570-class cards that AMD wants to replace, AMD has increased the clock speed of the RX 6500 XT. Its maximum boost frequency is 2815 MHz, up from 1845 MHz in the RX 5500 XT. Even the top-tier 6900 XT only accelerates to 2250MHz—that’s too much GPU hardware and too much memory bandwidth to work with in the first place.
Nvidia has also taken steps to limit the mining capabilities of its GPUs, especially as it re-released “LHR” (or Low Hash Rate) versions of RTX 3000-series cards in mid-2021. But the underlying hardware is capable of better hash rates, and determined miners use everything. Alternative BIOSes To special software To buggy driver To restore all or part of the mining performance of those cards. The 6500 XT shouldn’t have those problems—it’s generally not possible to hack more video RAM onto the graphics card. It remains to be seen whether the design decisions that make the 6500 XT sub-optimal for mining as well Make it sub-optimal for gaming.