|AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT|
|lithographic process||TSMC 6nm|
|SM / CU||16 SM|
|Ray Accelerator Units||16|
|Boost Gaming Mode Clock||2815MHz|
|FP32 Performance||5,765 TFLOPS|
|launch price||Between 199 and 300 euros.|
Its specifications are as follows:
- AMD RDNA 2 architecture, which gives you support through hardware for Ray Tracing, DirectStorage and Variable Rate Shading. In other words, we are faced with a graphics card fully compatible with DirectX 12 Ultimate.
- 16 Compute Units in alla considerable cut compared to its direct predecessor, the RX 5500 which had 22 under the same manufacturing node, 7nm TSMC.
- 64-bit GDDR6 interfacewhich allows you to have two chips on the board and thereby reach 4 GB of memory on the graphics card, which works at 18Gbps.
At first glance they are not impressive at all and their gaming performance can be said to be disappointing in general, although it is better than having an integrated GPU. Much of its specifications come from its size of only 107 mmtwo which has been chosen to increase its stock given the current stock problems. On the other hand, despite the lower number of Compute Units, thanks to the use of the RDNA 2 architecture it can achieve higher clock speeds.
This is a laptop GPU
One of the most lucrative markets in terms of graphics cards is that of low-end gaming laptops, which has been taken over in recent years by NVIDIA’s GTX 16 series and promises to be quite busy with Intel ARC and RTX 30 for this segment, so AMD did not want to be less than its rivals.
We have to start from the fact that this is a graphics card for laptops that has been adapted to desktops, which is why its specifications are very low. However, the custom models of the RX 6500 X take advantage of the greater margin in terms of power consumption and cooling that a desktop PC allows them to achieve higher clock speeds and have cooling systems typical of a conventional graphics card.
Ideal for Mini-ITX cases
Due to the specifications of the RX 6500 XT graphics cards, it is clear to us that it is an ideal graphics card for building a PC using a Mini-ITX case. The reason for this is none other than its memory configuration with only two GDDR6 chips, the small size of the GPU and its consumption of only 107 W make it ideal to be the graphics card to mount, for example, an HTPC.
Custom models of the RX 6500 XT
In the market there are different graphics cards based on the AMD RX 6500 XT and that, like its older sisters, have been manufactured by different brands and that is why we have cataloged them by brand to explain what the differences are between each model with respect to the others.
ASRock RX 6500 Custom Models
The ASRock RX 6500 Challenger ITX is a graphics card for Mini-ITX cases. Its length is 179mm and its height 40mm. As for the clock speed at which this model works, this is 2,310MHz with a Boost that allows him to reach the 2.815MHz. As for its cooling, being a model designed for Mini-ITX boxes, it has a single fan. Although that’s why don’t worry, with a consumption of 107 W, this shouldn’t be a problem.
As the second ASRock model we have the ASRock RX 6500 XT Phantom Gaming D OC which uses a model double fan and measure 240mm length and has a height of 42mm. However, despite better refrigeration and the last name OC, she does not consume more than her sister and although she reaches 2.365MHz of base clock speed and to 2,820MHz. The differences between the two models are barely noticeable, which is why the best custom model of the ASRock RX 6500 XT is the Challenger ITX.
ASUS RX 6500 XT models
In the case of ASUS we have two models, the first one is the ASUS Dual RX 6500 XT OC, whose clock speed specifications are the same as ASRock’s Phantom Gaming. However, it is a shorter graphics card when measuring 201mm length and with one 40mm height. Although despite being shorter, it is also a double fan model that, due to its length, does not classify as a model for Mini-ITX boxes.
If the previous model does not convince us, then we have the ASUS TUF RX 6500 XT GAMING OC with a base clock speed of 2,420MHz and a Boost of 2,835MHz. Which implies a graphics card with a 250mm length and one 54mm height in a design of double fan. We hope that ASUS will launch a more compact model for Mini-ITX boxes, which would be ideal.
GIGABYTE RX 6500 XT Custom Models
The third brand that we are going to see is GIGABYTE, which has the largest RX 6500 XT of all and makes us throw our hands on our heads. Was there really a need to create a model of triple fan and with a length of 282mm in length how is the GIGABYTE RX 6500 XT GAMING OC? From here we think not. Their clock speeds? The same as the most advanced ASUS model. Namely, 2,420MHz base speed and 2.825MHz Boost speed.
In changed the second model is the GIGABYTE RX 6500 XT EAGLE and it is a double fan model, running at 2,310MHzbut with a 2,815MHz Boost, which instead measures 192mm in length with a height of 38mm. So if you want a GIGABYTE RX 6500 XT Custom our recommendation is that you go for this second model.
MSI RX 6500 XT Models
To finish we have the graphics cards from MSI, but we should talk about the graphics card, since we have two variants of its MSI RX 6500 MECH 2X, where the best variant is the OC. Which is objectively for us the best you can buy of both, due to the fact that it reaches 2,420MHz of clock in terms of base speed and a Boost of 2,820MHz on a dual-fan card and with a length of 172mm. What makes her the best custom model of the RX 6500 XT that we can find in the market at the moment.