AMD could work on new low-budget gaming graphics cards
After more than a year of devastating GPU shortages, the market has remained bare with nothing but overpriced graphics cards to turn to aspiring PC builders. But now it looks like AMD may have a fix in the works.
Rumors have it that the manufacturer plans to release two new graphics cards aimed at the budget gaming industry: the AMD Radeon RX 6500XT and the RX 6400.
According to recently released information, announcements were found with a new Radeon RX 6500XT card alongside the RX 6400. Both cards only have 4GB of GDDR6 memory. If that turns out to be true, these cards would be the first AMD RDNA2 GPUs with less than 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
The new cards would run on the Navi 24 GPU, a budget graphics processor. They will also have up to 16 compute units and 1,024 stream processors. Compared to Navi 23 graphics cards, this doesn’t promise exceptional performance – AMD’s newer GPUs will have 50% of the cores included in Navi 23 graphics cards. The GPU would run on a 64-bit memory bus.
No further information on the cards has yet been released. Chances are the 6500XT is the full version of the board and the RX 6400 is a scale model. One thing is for sure – they’ll definitely be on the entry-level side, suitable for light gaming and home theater, as opposed to playing AAA titles at maximum settings.
For the less demanding gamer, the RX 6500XT and RX 6400 might be enough. Older games should run without a hitch, and if you upgrade from a map released years ago, you’ll still see an improvement. Newer titles may require compromises in terms of graphics settings, but popular MOBAs and shooters should still perform well at medium settings.
The new Navi 24 GPU has already been spotted in Linux patches and dubbed “Beige Goby”. It would make sense for AMD to include these cards in budget gaming laptops. With many people waiting for more announcements for Nvidia’s RTX 3050, this would definitely be a good time for Team Red to hit and target the entry-level market. Intel seems to have the same idea, as new leaks suggest that Intel Arc Alchemist graphics cards can be surprisingly affordable.
The leak was first published by @KOMACHI_ENSAKA on Twitter and later developed by Videocardz. Although Komachi mentioned that lists from the map were found, they did not provide any links, so the information is difficult to verify. Komachi is a known source of graphics card leaks and has a good track record, but like any other rumor, it’s best to take this information with some skepticism.
While these new Radeon cards might not fill the gaping hole in the market for the best graphics cards left by the GPU shortage, they would definitely help. Gamers who need a GPU can settle for any port in a storm and go the budget route until prices eventually normalize.