ASRock Launches Radeon RX 6500XT With 8GB Memory For $210

Released in January 2022, the Radeon RX 6500XT is equipped with the Navi 24 GPU, known for its relatively modest specifications within the RDNA2 lineup. Despite its lower performance, some companies still support this model today.

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ASRock has recently unveiled their Phantom Gaming card featuring 8GB of VRAM, doubling the memory capacity of the original 4GB version. Nevertheless, it retains a 128-bit memory bus and 18 Gbps memory chips, yielding a maximum bandwidth of 144 GB/s.

Built on the RDNA2 architecture, the RX 6500XT remains more powerful than AMD’s integrated GPUs, such as the Radeon 780M. This may change with the anticipated release of the Radeon 890M (RDNA3.5), but for now, the RX 6500XT still holds its value.

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However, users should note that the Navi 24 GPU is primarily intended for use as a mobile discrete GPU. In its desktop form, it has only 4 PCIe Gen4 lanes and a 64-bit memory bus. Furthermore, it is equipped with just two display connectors, which, along with its performance, is one of the most disappointing aspects of this GPU.

This isn’t the first RX 6500XT with 8GB of VRAM. Nearly two years ago, Sapphire introduced their PULSE card, followed by a model from PELADN. Although ASRock has not yet announced pricing, the card is currently available in Japan for about 32,800 yen, roughly 210 USD.

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Source: ASRock