AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT GPUs briefly sell below MSRP in Europe

nanoguy

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Why it matters: When AMD launched the Radeon RX 6500 XT earlier this year, it didn’t exactly pique the interest of casual gamers looking for an entry-level GPU for 1080p gaming. Now that pricing has gone down and Nvidia’s RTX 3050 can only be found in small quantities at well over its MSRP, the RX 6500 XT might find its way into many more PCs.

The GPU market has been a nightmare for the past two years or so, but things look like they’re at least headed in the right direction. Availability has improved quite a bit, and a decrease in mining profitability is slowly pushing down pricing, especially for lower-end graphics cards.

The folks over at Tom’s Hardware did some scouting for GPUs that were on offer this past weekend and their findings are encouraging for people who have been waiting to upgrade to a more modern graphics card at a more palatable price.

It looks like German retailer Mindfactory has been running a special offer for AMD graphics cards (among other things), some of which sold below MSRP on Sunday. There were around 70 ASRock ITX models being offered at a price of €199 (including the 19 percent VAT), and most of them were snapped up before the price increased to €259.

That said, there are still some models that are on sale at prices close to the €209 MSRP. For instance, the ASRock Phantom Gaming D OC and Powercolor Fighter variants of the 6500 XT are listed for €229 as of writing this. The MSI Radeon RX 6500 XT Mech can be had for €235, while the Sapphire Pulse Gaming and the XFX Black Gaming models cost €239.

While the RX 6500 XT is a product where AMD sacrificed too much for the sake of cost-cutting, seeing it priced so low provides a glimmer of hope that this trend could apply to higher-end GPUs in the coming months.

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HardReset

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To remind once again, 6500XT is laptop chip and AMD's first 6nm GPU with ultra small die size that came with excellent availability.

20/100 while at same time at same store RTX3050 cost €150 more while MSRP difference is only around €50 :laughing::D
 

Watzupken

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In a time when GPU prices seem to be trending down, there is very little reason for people to consider the ultra gimped GPU like the RX 6500 XT. The availability pitch from AMD is great, but only when there is no other options, which itself is not a complement.
 

HardReset

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And being a dire piece of ish that nobody in his right mind would want to have even at MSRP, of course.
Like being most sold AMD GPU on week 4 perhaps on Mindfactory?
Except it went out of stock within 24 hours just like everything else. The scalpers quickly found out that the market for the 6500xt wasnt biting.
I checked availability around release and it was very good.
In a time when GPU prices seem to be trending down, there is very little reason for people to consider the ultra gimped GPU like the RX 6500 XT. The availability pitch from AMD is great, but only when there is no other options, which itself is not a complement.
That will be then, this is now. At current situation anything that is available is good thing. You see, when something is really available, scalpers have much harder time. Thank 6500XT for driving prices down.
 

Nobina

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Chances are if you currently have a GPU it's faster than RX 6500 XT. It makes sense to buy it only if you're on integrated graphics or have something ancient plus you are really desperate.
 

HardReset

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Chances are if you currently have a GPU it's faster than RX 6500 XT. It makes sense to buy it only if you're on integrated graphics or have something ancient plus you are really desperate.
Yeah, anyone that didn't buy faster GPU than 6500Xt before prices skyrocketed is an *****. That's basically what you're saying.
 

Dimitriid

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If it goes down all the way to 150 before more low end options appear on the market it might end up upgrading to being kinda worth getting, though it would still need a special system that's pretty specific to an 12100 or 12400 right now because you need it to be as cheap as possible to make sense while still being able to do pci-e 4.0

So even at this impossible thought experiment of just 150 USD for a 6500xt I still don't think it would exactly fly off the shelves, putting it into perspective that's just how bad this cards are.
 

Dimitriid

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Chances are if you currently have a GPU it's faster than RX 6500 XT. It makes sense to buy it only if you're on integrated graphics or have something ancient plus you are really desperate.

If you only have *intel uhd* integrated graphics you probably could get one and it wouldn't be *that* bad.

But if you got a 5600g (or a 5700g) or older from AMD in terms of integrated graphics, you already have "steam deck" level of usability AND ironically enough, you don't get pci-e 4.0 so I would still recommend against getting this card since while it would be an upgrade, it would dip down almost as low as just an APU on it's own due to the bandwidth issues.

Basically it would need to be like 100 to 120 USD before it makes sense for owners of a 5600g to "upgrade" to a 6500xt
 

Nobina

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Yeah, anyone that didn't buy faster GPU than 6500Xt before prices skyrocketed is an *****. That's basically what you're saying.
Before prices skyrocketed it was difficult to buy a GPU so bad, unless you're not even a gamer and just got GT 730 or something but you probably don't care about upgrades. Not to mention, most people are on PCI-E 3.0 and this card runs even worse on it.
 

Irata

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Chances are if you currently have a GPU it's faster than RX 6500 XT. It makes sense to buy it only if you're on integrated graphics or have something ancient plus you are really desperate.
If you are building a new system, particularly with an 11th or 12th gen non-F CPU on PCIe 4 it‘s the cheapest current gen GPU to tide you over until next gen. With this combo, none of the 6500XT‘s drawbacks are an issue.

If you don‘t care about encoding, combining that with a PCIe 4 Ryzen system is also an option.
 

HardReset

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Before prices skyrocketed it was difficult to buy a GPU so bad, unless you're not even a amer and just got GT 730 or something but you probably don't care about upgrades. Not to mention, most people are on PCI-E 3.0 and this card runs even worse on it.
You totally forgot those who didn't buy GPU at all before prices skyrocketed. Why? They didn't have need for it at that time.

Basically 6500XT ended scalper problem. Before scalpers just bought everything miners left behind. With 6500XT's excellent availability, there was now "good enough" card available to get through summer for RDNA3 and RTX4000 series. Scalpers had no longer chance to buy everything. Now we are just waiting that shops can sell cards they bought for huge price...
 

yRaz

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I'd say the 6500xt is a good buy at $150US if you have a pcie 4.0 motherboard. The 6500xt isn't a bad card it's just priced entirely wrong
 

AMDGeForceRX3090

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The RRP of it kinda sucks anyway considering it's similar perf to an RX580, and only 4GB. It's 2022, 4GB has been a limiting factor in many games even in 1080p.
 

Axeia

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This card has had good availability around MSRP in the UK as well, can be nabbed for as low as £190.
(See the pricespy site and filter on graphics cards from 2022 and sort by price)

If you have a CPU without an IGP this thing can't even do hardware video decoding right?
It does h264/h265 decoding but not encoding and for AV1 it does neither.

So basically for streaming, be it twitch or in home steam or something else it's useless. For Netflix, YouTube etc as soon as they stop offering h264/h265 fallbacks it's useless as well; unless your iGPU does this for you.
So basically if you've Intel 11th gen or later with an iGPU this card doesn't have many drawbacks.
With AMD Ryzen don't bother with the APU's and the PCI-E restrictions they impose, they will choke this card hard. You will have to keep in mind you actually have a board with PCI-E 4.0 as well or you'll choke it even harder.
 

Beerfloat

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If you are building a new system, particularly with an 11th or 12th gen non-F CPU on PCIe 4 it‘s the cheapest current gen GPU to tide you over until next gen. With this combo, none of the 6500XT‘s drawbacks are an issue.
I'm not sure what you people are on about. This is a GPU with a 64-bit memory bus.

Sure, it has numerous other issues (limited to 4GB, 2 outputs, encoder missing, braindead PCIE etc etc), but that by itself disqualifies it for 2022. Hell, it was paltry in 2018.