AMD released the Radeon RX 6500 XT based on the RDNA 2 architecture earlier this year. Different from the previous Radeon RX 6000 series, the Navi 24 core it carries uses a 6nm process, is equipped with a 16MB Infinity Cache, has 16 CUs, that is, 1024 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR6 video memory, a speed of 18 Gbps, and a memory bit width of 64 bits.
The Radeon RX 6500 XT has caused a lot of controversies, including only 4GB of video memory, only four lanes of PCIe 4.0 interface, and no support for 4K H.264/H.265 encoding and AV1 decoding. These shortcomings make the Radeon RX 6500 XT the first and most significant drop in price in the Radeon RX 6000 series. Recently, Sapphire launched a new Radeon RX 6500 XT, belonging to the PULSE series, equipped with 8GB of video memory, the capacity has been doubled, but the memory bit width and speed have not improved.
Sapphire’s Radeon RX 6500 XT is a dual-slot specification with a length of only 194mm. It is equipped with a 6Pin external power supply interface and is equipped with two display outputs, DisplayPort and HDMI. Its core frequency will be higher than the public version, the game clock and acceleration clocks are 2695 MHz (85 MHz higher) and 2855 MHz (40 MHz higher). The power consumption is increased to 130W, which is 23W higher than the public version with 4GB of video memory.
It is not yet clear when the Sapphire Radeon RX 6500 XT with 8GB of video memory will be available and how much it will cost. Increasing the memory capacity at least makes up for a shortcoming of the original Radeon RX 6500XT. For today’s games, even if the performance of the GPU is sufficient, the 4GB memory capacity may become a bottleneck.