AMD claims that the RX 6500 XT is “tuned” for gaming but not for mining – Bestgamingpro

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On January 19th, AMD will begin offering the Radeon RX 6500 XT, their next budget GPU. It costs $199 at retail. However, during the last year, the persistent GPU scarcity, which has been exacerbated by cryptocurrency miners and scalpers snatching up any card they can, has made it almost difficult to get any graphics card at its retail price.

The 6500 XT’s performance will be determined in part by supply, but AMD seems to have built the card to be less enticing to miners while maintaining its use as an entry-level graphics card. AMD Radeon VP Laura Smith told journalists at a press conference earlier this week that the 6500 XT has been “tuned” for gaming (a transcript from a now-apparently-deleted PCWorld article is preserved).

“We have really optimized this one to be gaming-first at that target market,” Smith said. “And you can see that with the way that we configured the part. Even with the four gigs of frame buffer. That’s a really nice frame buffer size for the majority of AAA games, but it’s not particularly attractive if you’re doing blockchain-type activities or mining activities.”

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