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AMD RX 6500 XT arrives at CES 2022 to challenge Nvidia for budget GPU crown

RX 6500 XT graphics card goes on sale January 19, with the RX 6400 following

AMD has unveiled a pair of new wallet-friendly graphics cards for desktop PCs at CES 2022, namely the Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400, both models which have been the subject of rumor mill chatter over the past few weeks.

These are budget GPUs aimed at 1080p gaming, with affordable price tags – the 6500 XT starts at $199 (around £147, AU$275). As for the RX 6400, it hasn’t been priced, but will (obviously) be pitched a bit cheaper than that (but an MSRP isn’t mentioned, mainly because this graphics card will only be sold to OEMs, not consumers).

The RX 6500 XT is a Navi 24 (6nm) GPU and boasts 1,024 Stream Processors, with 4GB GDDR6 memory (and a memory bandwidth of up to 144GB/s). The base clock speed is 2610MHz with boost up to 2815MHz.

AMD has tested the card in 1080p (high settings) and claims that it’s up to 35% faster (best-case scenario) when gaming compared to Nvidia’s GTX 1650. (Note that this includes the 6500 XT setup benefiting from Smart Access Memory, and apply the usual caveats about internal benchmarking and potential cherry-picking, of course).