AMD introduced the entry-level graphics accelerator Radeon RX 6500 XT this week. The novelty is designed for games in 1080p resolution. AMD partners also showed their versions of this graphics card, but so far only ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Biostar have pointed it out.
Unfortunately, manufacturers have not specified the technical characteristics of their announced new products. However, it is known that some models Radeon RX 6500 XT will have a slight factory overclock. At the same time, all cards received reinforcing / protective back panels.
ASRock has presented the Radeon RX 6500 XT in two versions – Challenger ITX and Phantom Gaming D. The first is designed for compact Mini-ITX form factor PCs and is equipped with a single fan. The second is equipped with two CO “turntables”.
It looks like both versions of ASRock’s Radeon RX 6500 XT use the same PCB. The cooling system of the same version of the Phantom Gaming D is larger than the PCB and extends beyond it. The fans of both accelerator versions have a full-stop function when the graphics subsystem is not under load. Additional power for the graphics card is received from an 8-pin connector.
In addition, ASUS has only presented two versions of the junior accelerator based on the RDNA 2 architecture: Radeon RX 6500 XT OC Edition 4GB GDDR6 and TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6500 XT OC Edition 4GB GDDR6. Both cards have dual-fan cooling systems, have two video outputs and a 6-pin power connector.
execution Radeon RX 6500 XT Dual is more compact. It only requires two expansion slots for installation and is suitable for more compact assemblies. The TUF Gaming version has a 2.7 slot design. The cooling of this version is said to be more efficient, but it is not so compatible with compact PCs.
In contrast to the competition, Gigabyte opted for a very massive cooling system for the Radeon RX 6500 XT. The manufacturer presented the card in the gaming OC version with a length of 282 mm, equipped with a WindForce 3X three-fan CO. Remember that the Radeon RX 6500 XT’s rated power consumption is only 107 watts.
The length of the Gigabyte Radeon RX 6500 XT Eagle with two fans is 192 mm. It doesn’t fit in ultra-compact mini-ITX cases, but is compatible with larger solutions. Both versions of the Radeon RX 6500 XT from Gigabyte each received two video connections and are equipped with a 6-pin connector for additional power supply.
MSI has introduced two Radeon RX 6500 XTs, both in Mech 2X performance. One offers reference specs while the other has a slight factory overclock in the Mech 2X OC version. Both cards are 172 mm long. They fit easily into almost any mini-ITX case. The cards are executed with two slots. They are equipped with a cooling system with two fans, which with a power consumption of 107 W is sufficient to cool the accelerator. There are no surprises here with the external connections: a DisplayPort 1.4 and an HDMI 2.1 as well as a 6-pin connector for additional power supply.
Finally, Biostar presented its version of the Radeon RX 6500 XT. The novelty is equipped with a dual-fan cooling system, has an additional 6-pin power connection and a pair of DisplayPort and HDMI video connections.
It is strange that there are no exclusive partners from AMD, PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX among the announced Radeon RX 6500 XT. It is possible that these manufacturers have not yet prepared their solutions, or they do not want to announce new products without full specifications, including the same GPU frequencies that non-reference solutions often reveal about graphics cards just before the immediate release of graphics cards.
Remember that the Radeon RX 6500 XT is based on GPU Navi 24. The chip contains 16 execution units with 1024 stream processors and 16 units for hardware acceleration of ray tracing. The game frequency of the processor is given as 2610 MHz and the maximum with 2815 MHz. The card received 4 GB GDDR6 video memory with 64-bit bus support and 144 GB / s bandwidth as well as 16 MB additional Infinity cache memory.