We know when the new Radeons will appear

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The premiere of efficient and medium-performance graphics cards Radeon RX 6000 (RDNA 2) is behind us, but we are still waiting for the appearance of weaker and cheaper designs. When should new models be expected?

Of course, we are talking about the Radeon RX 6500 XT and Radeon RX 6400 models, which have been talked about for several months. We should receive clearly weaker propositions compared to the latest Radeon RX 6600 model – the new cards will be in the lower performance segment and will allow for the construction of cheaper gaming computers.

Specifications for Radeon RX 6500 XT and Radeon RX 6400 graphics cards

According to unofficial information, both models are to be based on the AMD Navi 24 graphics chip. Interestingly, it is said to be the first graphics chip made in TSMC 6-nanometer lithography (and not 7-nanometer, like the more efficient Navi 2X cores from Radeon RX 6000 cards).

ModelRadeon RX 6600Radeon RX 6500 XT*Radeon RX 6400*
Graphic layoutNavi 23 XL
(RDNA 2 / 7 nm)
Navi 24 XT
(RDNA 2 / 6 nm)
Navi 24 XL
(RDNA 2 / 6 nm)
Shading units17921024768
Texturing units1126448
Rasterization units643232
Ray Accelerators Units281612
Core clock2044/2491 MHz??????
Infinity Cache Memory32 MB16 MB16 MB
Video memory8 GB GDDR6 128-bit4 GB GDDR6 64-bit4 GB GDDR6 64-bit
VRAM timing14 000 MHz16 000 MHz14 000 MHz
Memory bandwidth224 GB/s128 GB/s112 GB/s
TBP (power)132 W (8 pins)197 (6-pin)53 watts (none)
Suggested price)$329???OEM

The difference between the cards is to come down to specifications. The RX 6500 XT will be equipped with the Navi 24 XT system with 1024 shaders and 16 Ray Accelerators, and the Radeon RX 6400 with a weaker version of the system – Navi 24 XL with 768 shaders and 12 Ray Accelerators. Both models will also offer 4 GB of GDDR6 64-bit memory (the 6500 XT will work with a higher clock speed, which will translate into higher bandwidth).

The Radeon RX 6400 is to have a low demand for electricity, so it will not require an additional power supply. In the case of the more efficient model – Radeon RX 6500 XT, the power consumption will be higher, so it will be necessary to connect the 6-pin plug from the power supply.

Reference versions of the cards use quite modest cooling (6400 is a low-profile design). We know, however, that producers prepare their own versions here.

When will the Radeon RX 6500 XT and Radeon RX 6400 be released?

The new cards are to debut on January 19 (however, it can be suspected that we will hear about them a few days earlier at the 2022 Product Premiere conference before CES 2022).

It turns out that the premiere of the cards can also be a big surprise. Only the more efficient Radeon RX 6500 XT model is to be sold – the suggested price is not known yet, but we also got used to the fact that recently it has little to do with reality. The Radeon RX 6400 is said to be an option only for OEMs who sell ready-made computer sets (it will not be available for purchase separately in the store).