AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
Radeon RX 6500 XT
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Core clock speed 2610 MHz
  • Max video memory 4GB MB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 18000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2022
Performance 23.90

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 6500 XT sales 19 January 2022 at a recommended price of $199. This is Navi / RDNA2 architecture desktop card based on 7 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB MB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 18 GHz are supplied, and together with 64 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 143.9 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 4.0 x4 interface. 1x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 107 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

23.90%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about Radeon RX 6500 XT: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating157
Place by popularity41
Value for money27.26
ArchitectureNavi / RDNA2 (2020−2022)
GPU code nameNavi 24
Market segmentDesktop
Release date19 January 2022 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$199
Current price$198 (1x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon RX 6500 XT's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 6500 XT's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1024of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed2610 MHz
Boost clock speed2815 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors5,400 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology7 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)107 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate180.2of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 6500 XT's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x4
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 6500 XT: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount4 GB MBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed18000 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth143.9 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 6500 XT. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors1x HDMI 2.1, 1x DisplayPort 1.4a
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 6500 XT, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.6
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.2
Vulkan1.3

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX 6500 XT. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

RX 6500 XT 23.90
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

RX 6500 XT 9328

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RX 6500 XT 72077

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RX 6500 XT 21687

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 6500 XT 14020

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 6500 XT 15528

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 6500 XT 92236

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

RX 6500 XT 380792

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon RX 6500 XT is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD72
1440p35
4K18

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Cyberpunk 2077 75
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 51
Battlefield 5 75−80
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 60−65
Cyberpunk 2077 58
Far Cry 5 101
Far Cry New Dawn 97
Forza Horizon 4 80−85
Hitman 3 70−75
Horizon Zero Dawn 76
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 87
Watch Dogs: Legion 74
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 43
Battlefield 5 75−80
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 60−65
Cyberpunk 2077 36
Far Cry 5 92
Far Cry New Dawn 88
Forza Horizon 4 80−85
Hitman 3 70−75
Horizon Zero Dawn 58
Metro Exodus 48
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 63
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 93
Watch Dogs: Legion 58
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 31
Battlefield 5 75−80
Cyberpunk 2077 31
Far Cry 5 86
Far Cry New Dawn 81
Forza Horizon 4 80−85
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 54
Watch Dogs: Legion 25
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35−40
Hitman 3 40−45
Horizon Zero Dawn 42
Metro Exodus 23
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 23
Battlefield 5 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 17
Far Cry 5 55
Far Cry New Dawn 56
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
Watch Dogs: Legion 19
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
Hitman 3 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 23
Metro Exodus 10
Red Dead Redemption 2 14−16
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 28
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6
Battlefield 5 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 3
Far Cry 5 23
Far Cry New Dawn 24
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Watch Dogs: Legion 10

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon RX 6500 XT performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 6500 XT from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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