Yup, We Knew It: the RX 6500 XT Will Retail at Double its MSRP

two asus graphic cards side-by-side

It hasn’t even been a week since CES 2022 and AMD’s official unveil of its supposed budget entry-level graphics card, the RX 6500 XT. Yet, we already have the sad, but unsurprising news of how it would actually be available on tech store shelves. And yes, everyone’s absolutely right.

Count Twice and Never Look Back

Videocardz has confirmed with a Twitter user that tweeted the link to Asus Germany’s product website that the RX 6500 XT, or at least the Dual and TUF Gaming versions of the card, will be officially available for 299 and 334 euros respectively. Given that the announced MSRP was going to be 200 USD (176 euro), this effectively means that everyone on the internet was right all along: these lower-end cards are almost certain to have actual retail prices at least double the announced original price.

As pointed by Videocardz themselves, hunting for actual retail prices before you can physically see the GPUs on store shelves has been a challenge within the last two years. It’s understandable, AiB partners know that the entire market stack has been pre-scalping these products, and as such prices have to be kept secret for as long as possible until the GPU’s actual release date.

For the same reason, we can’t really be sure whether or not this was intentional on Asus Germany’s part. Though, even if the information was retracted now, the leak was official, and so people would have known anyway since the evidence was already secured.

And for other regions with wildly inflated prices like Brazil? We can only think in terror of how much more expensive these supposed “budget” graphics cards are going to get next week.

Worst Value in the Last Five Years

As many PC enthusiasts have already pointed out online, there are many things about the RX 6500 XT that makes it significantly less favorable of a GPU option to new buyers compared to already available options (GTX 1650, etc.), and probably even in the face of Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 3050. Here’s a recap of the red flags that the specifications of the card have shown so far:

  • 4GB of VRAM. Which… is not actually bad, given that it can deal with medium-level textures on most games at 1080p, and it could dissuade miners from getting the card. But other modern triple-A titles, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, will simply eat up its potential FPS values due to this “outdated” configuration. Cross your fingers that the 16MB Infinity Cache could make up for this somewhat.
  • Despite having very high clock speeds, its 64-bit bus is definitely going to prevent the RX 6500 XT from achieving a higher level of performance than it is supposed to.
  • 4K H264, H265/HEVC encoding, and AV1 decoding are completely disabled on this model. (a very basic feature on most GPUs today, especially those intended for OEM productivity units)
  • Probably the most controversial of all, it only runs at a PCIe 4.0 x4 configuration. Not a problem for modern-ish B550 or X570 motherboards. But a good percentage (6-8%) of its number-crunching output will be slashed on older B350, B365, etc. boards limited to PCIe 3.0, which are most likely the motherboards used by those who will be interested to buy this card.

So, ready to buy a 2022 version of an RX 590 at almost double its original price next week?

 

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