AMD RX 6500 XT will be released on January 19

The graphics chip of AMD’s upcoming Navi 24-GPU has been spotted. This chip probably powers the Radeon RX 6500 XT and the RX 6400.

The image of the Navi 24 chip is published by VideoCardz. This shows some of the specs, such as the 16 GPU clusters with 64 stream processors each. These numbers are consistent with previous rumours.

This chip should become the power source for budget-friendly graphics cards. It will be the first 6nm process on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. The chip probably has 16MB of infinity cache on board.

(Image credit: VideoCardz)

According to VideoCardz, the RX 6500 XT will be released on January 19, with the RX 6400 to follow a few months later (possibly in March, according to an older leak). Take this rumor with a grain of salt, though.

VideoCardz also reports that the RX 6400 will mainly be for desktop manufacturers. This map may not be available on its own.

We expect to hear more about these products at CES 2022, where AMD is likely to reveal more details.

Analysis: Potentially beneficial for the budget market

We’ve seen more details about the 6500 XT in a leaked Lenovo gaming PC. There, the GPU was shown with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM. Since it is an official Lenovo product listing, it seems certain that it is coming. January 19 is a good bet for release date.

This is good news, because we need more graphics cards in the budget market. Mainly because of the ongoing inflation in prices. This can be seen even in older, low-end models.

Hopefully AMD will make a range of budget-friendly GPUs with the Navi 24 chips. However, we are not optimistic when it comes to the price increase. The global chip shortage doesn’t seem to be getting any better for the time being, so it may not be long before the latest graphics cards also rise in price.