A few weeks ago, a leaker on the Chiphell forums reported that AMD is working on a RDNA 2 refresh of sorts in which they’ll launch new midrange and flagship cards with near unchanged specs. These cards would be branded as “RX 6X50XT” with the X standing in place for the the model number and three SKUs were rumored: RX 6750XT, RX 6850XT, and RX 6950XT.
Today, we get a follow-up rumor from popular leaker Greymon55 who backs the initial Chiphell rumor by providing further details on the cards. But there’s also another rumor to talk about and that’s the release of a non-XT RX 6500 graphics card that is supposed to be happening later. Greymon55 has been pretty accurate in the past in predicting specs and previous launch dates so their word is reliable.
RX 6500 is around $130.
— Greymon55 (@greymon55) February 2, 2022
RX 6X50XT refresh
In the tweet, Greymon mentions both the RX 6500 and the RX 6X50XT. First, let’s talk about the latter. Only Navi 21 and Navi 22 SKUs will be getting the RX 6X50XT refresh. Currently, two SKUs are powered by the Navi 21 GPU, those being the Radeon RX 6900 XT and the Radeon RX 6800 XT (and the non-XT RX 6800). The Navi 22 GPU, on the other hand, only powers the RX 6700 XT. Which means, if the rumor is true then we’ll get the graphics cards mentioned in the first paragraph.
From a previous rumor, we know that all of these cards will get a memory boost to 18Gbps memory dies and a small bump in TDP to compensate for that. This might improve performance by about 2-5% which is not much. AMD is not planning to release RX 6X50XT refreshes for the Navi 23-based GPUs because those are more recent and target mainstream markets.
Rest of the specs for each SKU will remain the same but there is no word on price yet. One would assume that being barely-changed refreshed of already existing GPUs, the price should be the same, but who’re we kidding? This is 2022 and with the supply chain issues and the chip shortage prevalent, it’s likely that AMD will price these higher, especially considering the faster memory on board.
Greymon’s tweet reveals the cards will launch in June-July which means in the second quarter of 2022. That also puts it perfectly in time for AMD’s Computex show in mid-2022. AMD will likely announce and then launch the RX 6X50XT series around that time. It’s also interesting to note that if the cards do launch as planned, their refreshed naming scheme will be similar to that of the Radeon RX6000M mobile GPUs which also saw a RX 6X50 refresh at CES 2022.
RX 6500 non-XT
Moving on to the second rumor, Greymon speculates that AMD will launch a non-XT RX 6500 GPU in May. It will spec’ed identically to the OEM RX 6400. They also mention the card will be priced at $130 which will be the lowest price we’ve seen for current-gen GPUs so far. At that price, though, you can’t expect much. Considering this is basically just a rebranded RX 6400 meant for the DIY market, it’s not very powerful, to say the least.
We’re lookin at 12 Compute Units powering 768 Stream Processors, with a boost clock of around 2.3Ghz. As for the memory, the card will supposedly have 4GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14Gbps. The card will be able to run without any external power as it will have a 53W TDP and a PCIe slot can provide up to 75W of power on its own. This will make it the first commercial RDNA 2 card to not come with any power connectors.
Of course, I should add that you should take all of this with a grain of salt as it’s still just a rumor and we have no official confirmation even hinting at this happening. And even announced products seemingly get delayed out of nowhere on their launch these days, so nothing is concrete. NVIDIA alone has axed and delayed so many products in the past 2 years that it’s enough evidence evidence to not take long-running rumors for the truth.