Sapphire First To Launch 8 GB AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT Graphics Card

Sapphire has become the first manufacturer to officially introduce an 8 GB variant of the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card.

Sapphire Is The First AIB To Launch AMD's Radeon RX 6500 XT Graphics Card In 8 GB Flavor

Sapphire announced the latest graphics card on its Twitter feed in the PULSE variation which rocks a custom design with a dual-slot and dual-fan cooler. The AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT launched in the 4 GB GDDR6 flavors first but now, AIBs have been given the greenlight to launch 8 GB flavors too.

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Internally known as 'Beige Goby', the AMD Navi 24 GPU featured on the Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card  is the smallest of the RDNA 2 lineup and features a single SDMA engine. The chip rocks feature 2 shader arrays for a total of 8 WGPs and a maximum of 16 Compute Units. The Radeon RX 6500 XT features 1024 cores though it is not the most entry-level GPU SKU within the RDNA 2 family as that title belongs to the Radeon RX 6400.

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 GPU for the Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card comes with a 64-bit bus interface. The card will feature an 18 Gbps memory clock for a total bandwidth of 144 GB/s and an effective bandwidth (with Infinity Cache) of 232 GB/s.

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The official clock speeds are rated at 2610 MHz Game and 2815 MHz boost while the AIB model from Sapphire runs at a higher 2695 MHz Game and 2855 MHz Boost clock. These clocks are also higher than the 4 GB PULSE Radeon RX 6500 XT variant which comes clocked at 2685 MHz Game and 2825 MHz boost clocks.

The Sapphire Radeon RX 6500 XT PULSE graphics card is now available in both 8 GB and 4 GB variants. Both models come with a 130W TBP which is 23W higher than the official TBP of 107 Watts. There's no word on pricing but the 8 GB model should end up close to the $200 US figure considering the RX 6500 XT 4 GB models go for well below $200 US nowadays. In terms of GPU performance, we don't expect any major differences coming in from the extra VRAM but clock speed uplift will lead to slightly better overall performance.

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

Graphics CardAMD Radeon RX 6950 XTAMD Radeon RX 6900 XTAMD Radeon RX 6800 XTAMD Radeon RX 6800AMD Radeon RX 6750 XTAMD Radeon RX 6700 XTAMD Radeon RX 6700AMD Radeon RX 6650 XTAMD Radeon RX 6600 XTAMD Radeon RX 6600AMD Radeon RX 6500 XTAMD Radeon RX 6400
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Process Node7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm7nm6nm6nm
Die Size520mm2520mm2520mm2520mm2336mm2336mm2336mm2237mm2237mm2237mm2107mm2107mm2
Transistors26.8 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 Billion17.2 Billion17.2 Billion17.2 Billion11.06 Billion11.06 Billion11.06 Billion5.4 Billion5.4 Billion
Compute Units808072604040363232281612
Stream Processors51205120460838402560256023042048204817921024768
TMUs/ROPs320 / 128320 / 128288 / 128240 / 96160/64160/64144/64128/64128/64112/6464/3248/32
Game Clock2116 MHz2015 MHz2015 MHz1815 MHz2495 MHz2424 MHz2330 MHz2410 MHz2359 MHz2044 MHz2610 MHz2039 MHz
Boost Clock2324 MHz2250 MHz2250 MHz2105 MHz2600 MHz2581 MHz2495 MHz2635 MHz2589 MHz2491 MHz2815 MHz2321 MHz
FP32 TFLOPs23.80 TFLOPs23.04 TFLOPs20.74 TFLOPs16.17 TFLOPs13.31 TFLOPs13.21 TFLOPs11.50 TFLOPs10.79 TFLOPs10.6 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs5.7 TFLOPs3.5 TFLOPs
Memory Size16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache12 GB GDDR6 + 96 MB Infinity Cache12 GB GDDR6 + 96 MB Infinity Cache10 GB GDDR5 + 80 MB Infinity Cache8 GB GDDR6 + 32 MB Infinity Cache8 GB GDDR6 + 32 MB Infinity Cache8 GB GDDR6 + 32 MB Infinity Cache4 GB / 8 GB GDDR6 + 16 MB Infinity Cache4 GB GDDR6 + 16 MB Infinity Cache
Memory Bus256-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit192-bit192-bit160-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit64-bit64-bit
Memory Clock18 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps18 Gbps16 Gbps16 Gbps17.5 Gbps16 Gbps14 Gbps18 Gbps14 Gbps
Bandwidth576 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/s432 GB/s384 GB/s320 GB/s280 GB/s256 GB/s224 GB/s144 GB/s112 GB/s
TDP335W300W300W250W250W230W220W176W160W132W107W53W
Price$1099 US$999 US$649 US$579 US$549 US$479 USTBD$399 US$379 US$329 US$199 US$159 US?
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