The AMD RX 6500 XT might not be as affordable as we thought

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AMD unveils the wallet-friendly Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card for desktop PCs at CES 2022, with an MSRP of $199 (about £150 / AU$280), though sadly this new ‘affordable’ GPU will not be available before. It has been a victim of artificial inflation ever since.

As reported by WCCFTech, AMD made several statements at the CES show in interviews regarding its determination to keep the RX 6500 XT cost low and stock plentiful, AMD CEO Lisa Su told PCWorld in an interview. “We’re in a launch position like that – and I know, you guys always say, ‘Okay, yeah, that’s just what they’re saying’ – but we’re really positioning the launch at the $199 price point. . It’s affordable for the mainstream. You know, we intend to have a lot of products out there.”


Unfortunately, some retailers have other ideas about the price tag, with Cowcottland reporting that the price is already €299 after tax in some stores in France. The direct conversion from $199 will be €176, making the RX 6500 XT 70% higher than the MSRP set in US dollars.

The RX 6500 XT is a Navi 24 (6nm) GPU and boasts a 1,024 stream processor with 4GB of GDDR6 memory (and a memory bandwidth of up to 144GB/s). The base clock speed is 2610MHz and there’s an increase up to 2815MHz, which would make it a budget card with regards to performance, so the expectedly higher price tag is sure to rub some salt into the wounds of people trying to buy a new one. Is. Affordable GPU.

It’s unclear whether the GPU will be made available on AMD’s official website at a more affordable price close to the MSRP, but the increased pricing isn’t something we haven’t seen before. In recent years many graphics cards have had non-correlated prices outside the US, particularly at third-party retailers, something that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow for those living outside the US.

Analysis: Are the days of ‘budget’ GPUs over?

Even with the small army of cards of this generation released by both AMD and Nvidia, there has been much talk about whether there are any ‘truly’ budget GPUs available on the market anymore. In that line of thinking, I find a sad reality that what we consider to be a ‘budget’ has evolved with rising inflation, and many of our salaries or disposable income simply don’t spread out as far as they used to.

A budget GPU is generally considered one under $200, although it may be time to raise that limit. Don’t mistake me for sympathizing with manufacturers on pricing—there’s a distinct paucity of new graphics cards available that amateur builders and PC gamers can actually buy, with people scrambling to try and snap up. Anything Which is actually available on shelves (virtual or brick-and-mortar).

AMD needs to hold enough stock of the 6500 XT to deliver on that promise, or else it’s likely to fall victim to the same inflation (and scaling) that is afflicting other products on the market right now, which exceeds the recommended price. offers much more. meaningless.

That said, Lisa Su also predicted that the supply crisis is not likely to improve much until the second half of 2022, so it may be better to maintain a pessimistic mindset for now to avoid any disappointment.

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