More than 4 GB an option for Radeon RX 6500 XT

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Only 4 GB and a slimmed-down PCI Express interface: AMD had to take a lot of criticism for the Radeon RX 6500 XT. At least AMD can imagine launching models with a larger memory pool. The quote is older, but it’s only now making the rounds.

The general shortage of chips caused by corona measures, scalpers everywhere, and, on top of that, a mining boom. Without such adversities, the Radeon RX 6500 XT would probably never have seen the light of day in the form it was delivered. The built-in Navi 24 XT GPU is not even unexciting in the entry-level range. But all the compromises that are supposed to make the Radeon RX 6500 XT uninteresting for miners leave the graphics card little room for development in games. Interestingly, AMD promised configurations with more than 4 GB of graphics memory even before the official launch.

At this point, our news does not refer to any news, but to a statement from January 6, 2022, which was lost at the time. At that time, AMD’s Frank Azor was available for a dialogue on the “Hot Hardware” YouTube channel as part of CES 2022, and the aforementioned Radeon RX 6500 XT was also on the agenda. Previously unnoticed and only now making the rounds via Twitter, the fact that 4 GB memory is not set in stone for Azor has remained unnoticed. After about 45 minutes and 35 seconds, he says: “Don’t assume that 4 gigabytes will be the only memory configuration that will ever exist for the Radeon RX 6500 XT.”

At first glance, this statement clashes with the argument to make the graphics card as unattractive as possible for mining. Ultimately, however, the pure mining performance should not make the Radeon RX 6500 XT the first choice for miners of virtual currencies, so that a Radeon RX 6500 XT with 8 GB memory could also go primarily to gamers. To what extent an 8 GB variant is still an option remains to be seen. It seems quite possible that AMD feels compelled to upgrade right now, with harsh criticism on all fronts. Only it is – as of now – not officially known. In addition to the performance values, it would be particularly exciting to see to what extent AMD would have to deviate from the 230 dollars called for on paper with a larger memory pool.

With the slimmed-down PCI Express interface and only 4 GB of memory, the current expansion stage of the Radeon RX 6500 XT is running out of air far too early.