Shipping delays and issues hit us hard over the last few weeks. The biggest one was our RX 6500 XT launch sample which ended up hung up and delayed in shipping. So I am way late to the party when it comes to checking out how the RX 6500 XT performs. Today I finally get the chance and I’m checking out the Pulse from Sapphire. I know there was drama around this launch (frankly what GPU launched for the last few years hasn’t lol) but I am excited to see how AMD's latest GPU performs and how Sapphire card does at keeping things cool and quiet. So let’s jump in and check it out!

Product Name: Sapphire Pulse RX 6500 XT

Review Sample Provided by: Sapphire

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

GPU

AMD Radeon™ RX 6500 XT Graphics Card

6nm GPU

AMD RDNA™ 2 Architecture

Engine Clock

Boost Clock: Up to 2825 MHz

Game Clock: Up to 2685 MHz

Boost Clock is the maximum frequency achievable on the GPU running bursty workload. Boost clock achievability, frequency, and sustainability will vary based on several factors, including but not limited to: thermal conditions and variation in application and workloads.

 

Game Clock is the expected GPU clock when running typical gaming applications, set to typical TGP(Total Graphics Power). Actual individual game clock results may vary.

Stream Processors

1024

Infinity Cache

16MB

Ray Accelerators

16

Memory Size/Bus

4GB GDDR6

Memory Clock

18 Gbps Effective

Displays

Maximum 2 Displays

Resolution

HDMI™: 7680×4320

DisplayPort1.4: 7680×4320

Interface

PCI-Express 4.0

Output

1x HDMI

1x DisplayPort

BIOS Support

UEFI

Game Index

1080P

Sapphire Features

Premium Digital Power Design

Fuse Protection

Dual-X Cooling Technology

Intelligent Fan Control

Precision Fan Control

Metal Backplate

TriXX Supported

TriXX Boost

AMD Features

AMD RDNA 2 Gaming Architecture

DirectX 12 Ultimate support

AMD Smart Access Memory

AMD Infinity Cache

6nm GPU

PCI Express 4.0 support

AMD FreeSync Technology

DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC

HDMI support

Video Streaming up to 8K

AMD Radeon VR Ready Premium

AMD FidelityFX

AMD Radeon Image Sharpening

AMD Radeon Anti-Lag

AMD Radeon Software

Game Driver Optimizations

Cooling

Dual Fans

Form Factor

2 slot, ATX

Dimension: 194(L)X 107(W)X 40(H)mm

Power Consumption

130W (Board Power)

OS

Linux®, Windows® 7*, Windows® 10, and Windows 11 64-bit  operating system required

*Does not support all features including but not limited to Hardware Raytracing

System Requirement

Minimum 400 Watt Power Supply

1 x 6-pin Power Connector.

PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard.

Minimum 8GB of system memory. 16GB recommended.

Warranty

2 year limited warranty

 

Before diving into the testing, I do like to double-check with GPUz to make sure that our card is running at the clock speeds that it should be at and the Sapphire Pulse RX 6500 XT is running at 2685 MHz with a boost clock of 2825 MHz which line up with Sapphires specifications. The boost clock isn’t much past the AMDs reference boost clock of 2815 MHz but the game clock speed is a little higher of an overclock with that being 2610 MHz to the 2685 MHz. I also include this so our firmware revision is documented and as well as the driver tested with which is the Adrenalin 22.1.2 that is the post-launch public driver.

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