AMD this week presented its entry-level graphics gas pedal Radeon RX 6500 XT. The new product is designed for gaming at 1080p resolution. AMD's partners also showed their versions of this graphics card, but so far only ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Biostar.
Unfortunately, manufacturers have not indicated technical characteristics of their announced new products. However, it is known that some models of Radeon RX 6500 XT will have a small factory overclocking. All cards at the same time received reinforcing/protecting back plates.
ASRock has introduced the Radeon RX 6500 XT in two designs & ; Challenger ITX and Phantom Gaming D. The first one is designed for compact Mini-ITX form factor PCs and is equipped with a single cooling system fan. The Phantom Gaming D is equipped with two fans.
It looks like both versions of ASRock's Radeon RX 6500 XT use the same PCB. The cooling system of the same Phantom Gaming D version is larger than the PCB and extends beyond it. The fans on both versions of the gas pedal have a full stop function when there is no load on the graphics subsystem. Additional power to video cards receive one 8-pin connector.
ASUS also unveiled just two versions of a junior gas pedal based on RDNA 2 architecture: the Radeon RX 6500 XT OC Edition 4GB GDDR6 and TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6500 XT OC Edition 4GB GDDR6. Both cards have dual-fan cooling systems, have two video outputs each and have one 6-pin power connector.
The Radeon RX 6500 XT Dual version is more compact. It only takes up two expansion slots when installed and will be suitable for more compact builds. The TUF Gaming version has a 2.7-slot design. The cooling of this version should be more efficient, but it's not as compatible with compact PCs.
Unlike its competitors, Gigabyte decided to use a very massive cooling system for the Radeon RX 6500 XT. The manufacturer presented the card in the Gaming OC version with 282 mm length, equipped with WindForce 3X tri-fan cooling system. Recall that Radeon RX 6500 XT power consumption rating is only 107W.
The dual-fan Gigabyte Radeon RX 6500 XT Eagle is 192mm long. It won't fit into ultra-compact Mini-ITX cases, but it's compatible with larger designs. Both versions of Gigabyte's Radeon RX 6500 XT have two video connectors each and feature a single 6-pin connector for extra power.
MSI has introduced two Radeon RX 6500 XTs, both in Mech 2X. One offers benchmark performance and the other, in the Mech 2X OC version, has a slight factory overclock. Both cards are 172mm long. They will easily fit into almost any Mini-ITX case. The cards are of dual slot design. They are equipped with dual fan cooling system which is enough to cool the gas pedal with power consumption of 107 W. As for the external connectors, there are no surprises: one DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.1 slot each as well as one 6-pin connector for additional power.
Finally, Biostar presented its version of Radeon RX 6500 XT. It has a dual-fan cooling system, one six-pin power connector and a pair of DisplayPort and HDMI video connectors. Curiously, there are no exclusive AMD partners PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX among those who announced their versions of Radeon RX 6500 XT. It is possible that these manufacturers have not yet prepared their solutions or do not want to announce new items without complete specifications, including the same GPU frequencies which in case of non-referential solutions are usually known closer to the immediate release of the video card. Recall that the Radeon RX 6500 XT is based on the GPU Navi 24. As part of chip there are 16 execution units with 1024 stream processors and 16 blocks of hardware ray tracing acceleration. The gaming frequency of the processor is declared at 2610 MHz, and the maximum & ; at 2815 MHz. It features 4GB of GDDR6 memory, with a 64-bit bus and throughput of 144 GB/s, and an additional 16 MB of Infinity Cache.