AMD 6nm RDNA 2 Powered Radeon RX 6500 XT Graphics Card For Desktops, Radeon RX 6850M XT Flagship & RX 6000S 6nm Refresh GPUs For Laptops

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AMD is making several additions to its 7nm & 6nm RDNA 2 powered Radeon RX 6000, RX 6000M & RX 6000S series desktop/laptop GPU lineup at CES 2022.

AMD Makes Several RDNA 2 GPU Additions To Its Radeon RX 6000 Desktop & Laptop Lineup: 6nm RX 6500 XT Desktop Graphics, RX 6000S Series, 7nm RX 6000 XT Laptop GPUs

The AMD Radeon RX 6000 series is getting lots of additions on both the desktop and laptop sides of things. While the company is focusing on new entry-level solutions for the desktop family, they are also releasing new Radeon RX 6000M & RX 6000S chips utilizing both 7nm & 6nm process nodes for the laptop segment.

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AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT Graphics Card With 6nm Navi 24 XT GPU - $199 US / 19th January Launch

The AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT will be utilizing the full Navi 24 XT GPU die. Internally known as 'Beige Goby', the AMD Navi 24 GPU is the smallest of the RDNA 2 lineup and will feature a single SDMA engine. The chip will feature 2 shader arrays for a total of 8 WGPs and a maximum of 16 Compute Units.

AMD has 64 stream processors per compute unit so that brings the total core count on the Navi 24 GPU at 1024 which is half that of the Navi 23 GPU which will offer 2048 stream processors in 32 compute units. The GPU for the RX 6500 XT will be clocked at 2815 MHz boost and 2610 MHz game clock, making it the highest clock RDNA 2 GPU to date. That's around 5.7 TFLOPs of FP32 performance from the chip.

In addition to the number of cores, each shader array would feature 128 KB of L1 cache, 1 MB of L2 cache and there would also be 16 MB of Infinity Cache (LLC). The AMD Navi 24 RDNA 2 GPUs will also be featured across a 64-bit bus interface & will be featured on low-end Radeon RX 6500 or RX 6400 series parts. The card will feature a bandwidth of 144 GB/s but AMD is coming up with a new marketing name for total bandwidth (including Infinity Cache) which is rated at 232 GB/s.

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As for the specifications, the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card will feature 1024 cores and 4 GB of GDDR6 memory. The card would not be able to operate in any mining algorithm, especially ETH. The top model will feature a TDP of 107W and as such, will require external power connectors to boot. The graphics card will launch for $199 US on 19th January and will have custom flavors at launch.

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT Graphics Card Custom Models:

AMD Radeon RX 6400 Graphics Card With 6nm Navi 24 XL GPU - Made For OEM Channels

The second card in the Navi 24 RDNA 2 lineup is the AMD Radeon RX 6400 which will be based on a slightly cut-down 'XL' chip with 768 cores. The card will retain its 4 GB GDDR6 memory and feature slightly lower clocks but still around the 2.5 GHz+ frequency range. It is reported that the RX 6400 is not going to require any power connectors to boot thanks to its 53W TDP. It will also feature 112 GB/s standard and 232 GB/s IFC bandwidth. While the Radeon RX 6400 is expected to launch a bit later than the 6500 XT, it will likely be kept as an OEM-only model and won't get custom variants. In the official renders, it can be seen that the card is designed for the entry-level and low-profile GPU market with a single-slot and half-height form factor which features a single fan and an HDMI + DP output.

Both GPUs will be aimed at the entry-level segment with MSRPs of around $149 US. Since the Radeon RX 6600 series is already positioned in the premium 1080p gaming segment, expect the Navi 24 GPUs to be aimed at the entry-level 1080p gaming market. But given that AMD has raised the prices of RDNA 2 GPUs and alerted its AIB partners to do the same too, the entry-level market may end up in another mess for budget builders trying to get on something after years of wait.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series "RDNA 2" Graphics Card Lineup:

Graphics CardAMD Radeon RX 6400AMD Radeon RX 6500 XTAMD Radeon RX 6600AMD Radeon RX 6600 XTAMD Radeon RX 6700 XTAMD Radeon RX 6800AMD Radeon RX 6800 XTAMD Radeon RX 6900 XTAMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid CooledAMD Radeon RX 6900 XTX
GPUNavi 24 (XL)?Navi 24 (XT)?Navi 23 (XL)Navi 23 (XT)Navi 22 (XT?)Navi 21 XLNavi 21 XTNavi 21 XTXNavi 21 XTXHNavi 21 XTXH
Process Node6nm6nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm
Die Size107mm2107mm2237mm2237mm2336mm2520mm2520mm2520mm2520mm2520mm2
Transistors5.4 Billion5.4 Billion11.06 Billion11.06 Billion17.2 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 Billion
Compute Units12162832406072808080
Stream Processors768102417922048256038404608512051205120
TMUs/ROPs48/3264/32112/64128/64160/64240 / 96288 / 128320 / 128320 / 128320 / 128
Game Clock2039 MHz2610 MHz2044 MHz2359 MHz2424 MHz1815 MHz2015 MHz2015 MHz2250 MHzTBA
Boost Clock2321 MHz2815 MHz2491 MHz2589 MHz2581 MHz2105 MHz2250 MHz2250 MHz2345 MHz2435 MHz
FP32 TFLOPs3.5 TFLOPs5.7 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs10.6 TFLOPs13.21 TFLOPs16.17 TFLOPs20.74 TFLOPs23.04 TFLOPs24.01 TFLOPs24.93 TFLOPs
Memory Size4 GB GDDR6 + 16 MB Infinity Cache4 GB GDDR6 + 16 MB Infinity Cache8 GB GDDR6 + 32 MB Infinity Cache8 GB GDDR6 + 32 MB Infinity Cache12 GB GDDR6 + 96 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache
Memory Bus64-bit64-bit128-bit128-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit
Memory Clock14 Gbps18 Gbps14 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps18 Gbps18 Gbps
Bandwidth112 GB/s144 GB/s224 GB/s256 GB/s384 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/s576 GB/s576 GB/s
TDP53W107W132W160W230W250W300W300W330W330W
Price$149 US?$199 US$329 US$379 US$479 US$579 US$649 US$999 US~$1199 US~$1199 US

AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT & RX 6650M XT Mobility GPU With 7nm Navi 22 Architecture

AMD is also updating its top-of-the-line mobility GPU stack with the launch of the Radeon RX 6850M XT and the Radeon RX 6650M XT. The Radeon RX 6850M XT will serve as the flagship GPU for laptops and offer the enhanced Navi 22 GPU core based on the 7nm core architecture. It rocks 40 Compute Units for a total of 64 stream processors that come clocked at a game clock of up to 2463 MHz (+163 MHz over RX 6800M). The GPU will also feature 12 GB of GDDR6 memory running with 18 Gbps die speeds across a 192-bit bus interface for a total of 432 GB/s bandwidth. The TGP for the chip is rated at 165W but can be extended with SmartShift MAX to 175W on select laptops.

The second GPU that is being launched is the Radeon RX 6650M XT which will rock the 7nm Navi 23 GPU and feature 32 compute units or 2048 stream processors. The chip will be clocked at up to 2162 MHz (-15 MHz over RX 6600M) and also rock faster 16 Gbps GDDR6 dies powering the 8 GB VRAM interface across a 128-bit wide bus interface for 256 GB/s of bandwidth. The chip will have a TGP of 120W. The GPU will also come in a non-XT design known as the Radeon RX 6650M and that rocks 28 Compute Units or 1792 stream processors, clocking in at 2222 MHz (+45 MHz over 6600M) along with the same memory configuration and TGP design as the XT variant.

As for performance, we are told that we can expect anywhere from 10-15% uplift thanks to improving clock management and optimizations to the RDNA 2 architecture. There is also talks about some new technology that will help the Radeon RX 6000M GPUs work in tandem with the Radeon 600M 'RDNA 2' integrated GPUs featured on the Ryzen 6000 'Rembrandt' APUs known as Radeon Smart Access Graphics 'SAG' that improves performance further.

AMD Radeon RX 6000S 7nm & Ryzen 6000M 6nm Laptop GPU Refresh

And that's not the end of it. AMD will also launch two new entry-level parts that will be based on a 6nm refresh. Like the Radeon RX 6500 XT desktop graphics card, the Radeon RX 6500M and 6300M for the laptop segment will feature the 6nm Navi 24 GPU. The RX 6500M will rock 18 compute units clocked at up to 2191 MHz while the 6300M will feature 12 compute units clocked at 1512 MHz. The 6500M will rock 4 GB GDDR6 (18 Gbps / 128-bit) memory for 288 GB/s bandwidth while the 6300M will rock 2 GB GDDR6 (18 Gbps / 128-bit) memory for 288 GB/s bandwidth. The 6500M will operate at 50W TGP while the 6300M will operate at 25W TGP. These would be AMD's answer to NVIDIA's entry-level MX400 series and RTX 2050 solutions which were recently announced.

  • AMD Smart Access Memory Technology (SAM) – Now supporting the new AMD Ryzen 6000 Series mobile processors featuring PCIe® 4.0, SAM technology offers an increase in gaming performance by providing AMD Ryzen processors with access to the entire high-speed GDDR6 graphics memory in the system.
  • AMD SmartShift MAX Technology – Previously AMD SmartShift technology, the new and enhanced version is optimized for a broader range of games. By dynamically shifting laptop power between AMD Ryzen mobile processors and AMD Radeon graphics, SmartShift Max technology with an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU and an AMD Ryzen 6900H CPU offers a 2X uplift in gaming performance on average across select titles compared to a system with an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU and an AMD Ryzen 5900H CPU.
  • AMD SmartShift Eco Technology – Expected to be available later this year, it is projected to offer up to 2X gaming time when on battery on a system with an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU and an AMD Ryzen 6900H Series CPU by automatically shifting from discrete Radeon graphics to Ryzen integrated graphics.
  • AMD Smart Access Graphics Technology – Delivers 15 percent more gaming performance on average across select titles by allowing the AMD Radeon GPU to control the display directly vs. transferring information through the AMD Ryzen APU to the display.

Aside from these, AMD will also refresh its existing lineup with newer Radeon RX 6000S 'RDNA 2' laptop GPUs which will mostly retain the same core configuration but offer lower clocks to maximize power efficiency & more optimized TGPs.

AMD Radeon RX 6000M & RX 6000S GPUs:

The full lineup can be seen below:

AMD Radeon RX 6000M RDNA 2 Mobility GPUs

GPU NameGPU ArchitectureProcess NodeDie SizeGPU CoresGPU Clock (Max)Memory CapacityMemory BusTGP
AMD Radeon RX 6850M XTNavi 227nm334.5mm225602463 MHz12 GB GDDR6 (96 MB Infinity Cache)192-bit / 432 GB/s165W+
AMD Radeon RX 6800MNavi 227nm334.5mm225602300 MHz12 GB GDDR6 (96 MB Infinity Cache)192-bit / 384 GB/s145W+
AMD Radeon RX 6800SNavi 227nm334.5mm225601975 MHz12 GB GDDR6 (96 MB Infinity Cache)128-bit / 256 GB/s100W
AMD Radeon RX 6700MNavi 227nm334.5mm223042300 MHz10 GB GDDR6 (80 MB Infinity Cache)160-bit / 320 GB/s135W
AMD Radeon RX 6700SNavi 227nm334.5mm223041890 MHz8 GB GDDR6 (32 MB Infinity Cache)128-bit / 256 GB/s80W
AMD Radeon RX 6650M XTNavi 237nm237mm220482162 MHz8 GB GDDR6 (32 MB Infinity Cache)128-bit / 256 GB/s120W
AMD Radeon RX 6650MNavi 237nm237mm217922222 MHz8 GB GDDR6 (32 MB Infinity Cache)128-bit / 256 GB/s120W
AMD Radeon RX 6600MNavi 237nm237mm217922177 MHz8 GB GDDR6 (32 MB Infinity Cache)128-bit / 224 GB/s100W
AMD Radeon RX 6600SNavi 237nm237mm217921881 MHz4 GB GDDR6 (32 MB Infinity Cache)128-bit / 224 GB/s80W
AMD Radeon RX 6500MNavi 246nm141mm210242191 MHz4 GB GDDR6 (16 MB Infinity Cache)128-bit / 289 GB/s50W
AMD Radeon RX 6300MNavi 246nm141mm27681512 MHz2 GB GDDR6 (8 MB Infinity Cache)128-bit / 289 GB/s25W
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