Why is it important: The Nvidia RTX 3050 launch was received much better than the AMD RX 6500 XT launch, as evidenced by perhaps more positive reviews. The latest card doesn’t fly off the shelves, so Team Green’s offering stands a good chance of turning gamers off – if the price is right.
The AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT is an odd product that was launched at the worst possible time for a price that can’t even be considered a money grab. Despite Team Red’s good or bad motives behind this release of a seriously flawed graphics card, its only accomplishment is that speculators and cryptocurrency miners seem to have stayed away from it.
Our own Stephen Walton wrote a scathing review of the card, but his opinion is shared by other reviewers who also feel that AMD has cut features and specs too far. The RX 6500 XT was supposed to be an entry-level graphics card with enough power to play 1080p games at medium to high detail without breaking the bank, but due to technical limitations, it looks bad even against the good old RX 580 – less power. – effective, but more functional product.
A week after launch, the RX 6500 XT can’t be found at or close to MSRP, which isn’t much of a surprise. If we go through Newegg’s listings, the Asus TUF version is the most expensive in terms of price. $418.99 while PowerColor offers the most affordable model for the price of “only” $269.99. That’s a far cry from the MSRP of $199.99, and the ridiculous asking price for what is essentially an inexpensive laptop GPU has turned into a desktop graphics card that needs to be installed in a PCIe 4.0 slot in order for it to pay off.
Before the actual launch, AMD promised to work closely with AIB partners to ensure the new cards are shipped. And since the Navi24 GPU is a relatively small 107 sq. mm, the company can fit more of these chips on the plate.
The biggest problem with the RX 6500 XT is that Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 is the best product in almost every way. Unlike AMD, Nvidia opted to use the more expensive GA106 silicon from the RTX 3060, pairing it with twice the amount of video memory (8GB) and building it into a PCIe x8 card. It will most likely be more expensive than the RX 6500 XT and may have availability issues, but is also not particularly attractive to miners. Time will tell which company played its cards right as gamers will vote with their wallets.