AMD Radeon RX 6500M: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 6500M sales 4 January 2022. This is a laptop graphics card based on a RDNA 2 architecture and made with 6 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 18 GHz are supplied, and together with 64 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 288.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 4.0 x8 interface. Power consumption is at 50 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 20.32% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

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

Place in performance ranking248
Place by popularitynot in top-100
ArchitectureRDNA 2 (2020−2022)
GPU code nameNavi 24
Market segmentLaptop
Release date4 January 2022 (2 years old)

Technical specs

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

Pipelines / CUDA cores1024of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Boost clock speed2191 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors5,400 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology6 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Power consumption (TDP)50 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate153.6of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Size and compatibility

Information on Radeon RX 6500M's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizemedium sized
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x8
Supplementary power connectorsNone

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 6500M: 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 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed18000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth288.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 6500M. 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 ConnectorsNo outputs

API support

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

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.6
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.2

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon RX 6500M. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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.

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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: 25%

RX 6500M 7886

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 6500M 51599

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 6500M 16290

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 graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 6500M 13980

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 6500M 92553

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon RX 6500M 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 across all PC games

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

Full HD67

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 66

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 40−45
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 62
Battlefield 5 65−70
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 67
Far Cry 5 75
Far Cry New Dawn 55−60
Forza Horizon 4 65−70
Hitman 3 102
Horizon Zero Dawn 71
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 40−45
Watch Dogs: Legion 70

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 40−45
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45
Battlefield 5 65−70
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 32
Far Cry 5 71
Far Cry New Dawn 55−60
Forza Horizon 4 65−70
Hitman 3 85
Horizon Zero Dawn 57
Metro Exodus 50
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 40−45
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 57
Watch Dogs: Legion 59

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 40−45
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 39
Battlefield 5 65−70
Cyberpunk 2077 29
Far Cry 5 66
Far Cry New Dawn 55−60
Forza Horizon 4 65−70
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 39
Watch Dogs: Legion 25

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Metro Exodus 20−22
Red Dead Redemption 2 14−16
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Battlefield 5 45−50
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Hitman 3 18−20
Horizon Zero Dawn 14−16
Metro Exodus 12−14
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 14−16
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 21−24

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
Battlefield 5 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 20−22
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon RX 6500M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon RX 6500M is GeForce GTX 780M SLI, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our ranking.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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