It’s really easy to get excited with the higher-end video cards and get hung up in trying to keep up with others to have the flashiest or fastest PCs. But the reality is even in the latest Steam hardware survey that 58% of stem users are running a resolution of 1080p and another 8% of users running below that. With that in mind, there are a LOT of people who don’t need the latest and greatest but may still need an upgrade to keep up with current games at 1080p. Well, there are a few cards targeted at that market, the Radeon RX 6500 XT and Nvidia RTX 3050. Nvidia even leaned into this with a new 6GB model earlier this year. Well, today I’m going to check out both the Radeon RX 6500 XT 8GB and also compare it with the RTX 3050 6GB which is in the same budget price range, and see how they perform. Which would be a good pickup when doing a budget build, let’s find out.

Product Name: PowerColor RX 6500 XT Fighter 8GB

Review Sample Provided by: AMD

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

Graphics Engine

AXRX 6500 XT 8GBD6-DH/OC

Video Memory

8GB GDDR6

Stream Processor

1024 Units

Engine Clock(OC)

up to 2685MHz(Game)¹

up to 2825MHz(Boost)²

Memory Speed

18.0 Gbps

Memory Interface

64-bit

DirectX® Support

12

Bus Standard

PCIE 4.0 x4

Standard Display Connectors

1 x HDMI 2.1 , 1 x DisplayPort 1.4

OpenGL

Support

CrossFireX™ Technology

Support (DirectX® 12/Vulkan™)

AMD Stream Technology

Support

AMD Eyefinity Technology

Support

Maximum Resolution

VGA      

DVI       

DisplayPort       7680×4320

HDMI    7680×4320

Power Specs + Board Dimensions

Board Dimensions

180*111*40mm

192*126*41mm(with bracket)

Minimum System Power requirement (W)

450W

Extension Power Connector

One 8-pin PCI Express Power Connector

Warranty

2 Years

 

Before getting into testing I did also run GPUz to double-check that our clock speeds matched up with the specifications. The PowerColor RX 6500 XT Fighter 8GB has a boost clock speed of 2825 MHz which is a hair above the reference boost clock speed of 2815 MHz and the 2825 MHz clock speed in GPUz matches PowerColor’s specifications as well.

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