We frequently see rumors and leaks about upcoming processors and GPUs. Some have to be taken with a grain or two of salt, but when a major manufacturer lists names and specifications, it is safe to say that said product is real and is coming very soon. Lenovo has done just that, listing a few limited specs and confirming the name of AMD’s next entry-level RX 6500 XT graphics card.
In the list, which was captured by the screen @KOMACHI_ENSAKA via VideoCardz before its removal, Lenovo confirmed that the card will only carry 4GB of GDDR6 memory and, oddly enough, only two display connectors made up of a single HDMI 2.1 and DP 1.4. He also revealed that the card supports 8K at 60Hz. Don’t try to play at this resolution though. Even an RTX 3090 will struggle to do this.
We’ve written about the 6500 XT and its younger sibling, the RX 6400 before. Both are entry-level offerings and not cards you’d use to crush 120 fps in 4K. They will be able to play popular esports titles at 1080p and they will also be compatible with HTPC cards, depending on the capabilities of the onboard video engine.
The card is said to be based on the Navi 24 GPU. Its 4 GB of RAM should connect via a disappointing 64-bit bus. On paper, this is a very average memory subsystem, but it remains to be seen whether the Infinity Cache can compensate for such a poor configuration.
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Information like clock speeds and number of shaders has yet to be revealed, but given what we know about the performance of the RX 6600, we’re sure it won’t be a mega-performer. However, if priced right, it could be a very popular card. It’s nice to see the end of the market budget finally get some much needed affordable options. The RX 6500 XT will be joined by Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti GPU series and Intel’s Arc starting in January. We’ll likely see some announcements or teases at CES early next month. Long live the competition!