After more than a year of catastrophic GPU shortages, the market has been left empty, with nothing but excessive graphics cards for those looking to turn to PC builders. But now it looks like AMD may have a solution in the works.
Rumors say that the manufacturer is planning to release two new graphics cards aimed at the budget gaming sector: AMD Radeon RX 6500XT and RX 6400.
As per the newly released information, the listing has been found to feature a new Radeon RX 6500XT card alongside the RX 6400. Both cards have just 4GB of GDDR6 memory. If this turns out to be true, these cards will be the first RDNA2 AMD GPUs with less than 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
The new cards are said to run on the budget graphics processor, the Navi 24 GPU. They will also have 16 compute units and 1,024 stream processors. Compared to the Navi 23 graphics card, it doesn’t promise excellent performance – AMD’s new GPUs will have 50% of the cores included in the Navi 23 graphics card. The graphics processor is rumored to run on a 64-bit memory bus.
No other information about the card has been leaked yet. It is likely that the 6500XT will be the full version of the card, and the RX 6400 will be a cut-down model. One thing is certain – they will definitely be on the entry-level side of things, suitable for light gaming and home theater as opposed to playing AAA titles at max settings.
For the less demanding gamer, the RX 6500XT and RX 6400 may prove to be sufficient. Older games should run flawlessly, and you’ll still see improvement if you’re upgrading from a card issued years ago. Newer titles may require some compromises in terms of graphics settings, but popular MOBAs and shooters should still run smoothly on medium settings.
The new Navi 24 GPU was already seen in the Linux patch and was dubbed the “Beige Goby”. It would be prudent for AMD to incorporate these cards into budget gaming laptops. While many are waiting for more announcements about Nvidia’s RTX 3050, it would certainly be a good time for Team Red to attack and target the entry-level market. It looks like Intel has the same idea, as new leaks reveal that Intel Arc Alchemist graphics cards can be surprisingly affordable.
leak was first posted by @KOMACHI_ENSAKA on Twitter and later elaborated by videocardz, Although Komachi mentioned that the list of cards was found, he did not provide a link, so the information is difficult to verify. Komachi is a known source for graphics card-related leaks and has a good track record, but like any other rumor, it’s best to take this information with some skepticism.
Although these new Radeon cards may not fill in the gaps in the best graphics card market left due to lack of GPUs, they certainly will help. Gamers in need of a GPU can settle for any port in the storm and go down the budget road until prices eventually return to normal.