AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT meta-review: even desperate gamers should think twice

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You have heard that it is nearly impossible to find PC graphics cards, or that you will have to pay a lot of money. We have bad news for you if you were hoping that the $200 price tag of the Radeon RX 6500XT would change that. Reviewers are positive about the new one, even though it only has 4GB of VRAM, and even though it is a brand-new graphics card.

Steven Walton wrote that the release was the worst since he had been doing this job for over two decades.

According to the gaming website, the RX 6500XT is worse than the 2016's graphics cards.

Hardware Canucks and KitGuruTech asked, "WTF isAMD thinking?" According to Linus Tech Tips, you might be able to buy a graphics card, but shouldn't. Hardware Unboxed says that the graphics card is the worst.

According to PC Gamer, the first taste of what a budget graphics card will look like in the future is the GIGAbyte's RX 6500XT Gaming OC card.

The most insufficient graphics card series of the year may be the one that started in the year 2022.

I have never seen a graphics card dragged that hard.

Tom's Hardware said that the current state of the graphics card market is shown by the Radeon RX 6500XT.

PCWorld's Brad Chacos thinks that if it can hit $199 and be called a capable budget option for medium to high settings, it will be able to tap an unserved market. Tom's Hardware thinks $199 is optimistic. Jarred wrote that at least buying a new card guarantees you will get a brand-new card, which can't be said for used cards being sold on eBay and other second-hand markets.

Reviewers say that the problem is more than just a graphics card; it's also a lack of performance on the part of the company. Two years ago, the RX 5500XT came out for less money, with more video outputs, and they point out that performance is roughly the same. You only get one HDMI and one DisplayPort.

If you look back further, you might see that performance hasn't improved over the last two years. If it were possible for the company to lose to a five-year-old card that originally retailed for $229, that would be bad.

It gets worse if you have an older PCIe 3.0 board, because the card's bandwidth is limited to 4x, instead of the full 16 lanes, when it's plugged into a PCIe 3.0 slot. Techspot is talking about testing Shadow of the Tomb Raider using an older board.

The average frame rate went from 65 to 47 frames per second. It also meant that it wasn't as good as the RX 570 when it was installed in a PCIe 3.0 system, which is worse than the base 1650 performance.

The reviewers were trying to find a silver lining in the power consumption of the RX 6500XT.

Tom's Hardware.

Only one game with ray tracing that we tested is remotely usable, and that is the one that we used for more demanding games. It wasn't without trouble.


The settings you use will need to be careful because of the weird memory configuration. If you run a game with high memory demands, the limited memory capacity and bus width could cause frame-time spikes if you need to tap into your system's general RAM pool for help. You should be fine if you don't push thisGPU harder than it's intended for.


One of the more power-friendly graphics cards is the new Radeon RX 6500XT. The 6500 XT consumes less power than the 1650 because it offers better performance. The new 6500XT uses less power when under load than the previous versions.

Maybe take a break from this one.