MSI reveals its custom RX 6500 XT MECH 2X graphics cards
Will this GPU be available at AMD's MSRP?
Published: 5th January 2022 | Source: MSI |
MSI reveals its Radeon RX 6500 XT MECH series graphics cards
AMD's Radeon RX 6500 XT could be one of the most important GPU launches of 2022, a graphics card that promises affordability with its sub-$200 MSRP and a small 4 GB frame buffer that will make the GPU unappealing to cryptocurrency miners. These factors make one thing clear, this graphics card is for gamers, not miners, potentially allowing AMD to address PC gaming's affordability crisis.
MSI's Radeon RX 6500 XT offering is their MECH 2X, a customised design that will be available with overclocked and non-overclocked variants. MSI has not revealed their planned retail pricing for these graphics cards, though we do know that they will be available at launch on January 19th.
With 4 GB of GDDR6 video memory, an RDNA 2 GPU core and full DirectX 12 Ultimate support, AMD's RX 6500 XT is capable of delivering great 1080p gaming experiences in most modern games. Add on support for games like FidelityFX/Radeon Super Resolution, and AMD's RX 6500 XT will also be capable of high framerate gameplay.
Like all other RX 6000 series GPUs, MSI's Radeon RX 6500 XT MECH X2 supports features like Smart Access Memory, Variable Rate Shading, DXR hardware accelerated Ray Tracing. MSI's MECH X2 series RX 6500 XT features a dual-fan heatsinks that features a "Zero Frozr" fans mode to deliver quiet operation under low power workloads and uses MSI's TORX 3.0 fans to deliver high levels of static pressure at minimal noise levels. MSI's RX 6500 XT promises to be cool and quiet under load, which is what we expect from such a low power graphics card.
While the RX 6500 XT's 4 GB frame buffer could be seen as a downside, this specifications makes Radeon's RX 6500 XT useless for Ethereum mining. This aims AMD's RX 6500 XT directly to gamers, and this should allow AMD to maintain reasonable pricing with their RX 6500 XT graphics lineup. For games that can require more than 4 GB of VRAM at 1080p, PC gamers simply need to lower their texture settings. Given the fact that Ultra texture options are often designed for users of 1440p or 4K screens, the RX 6500 XT's target audience will likely not notice any visual differences during gameplay.