Over a year after the launch of Nvidia’s RTX 30 series GPU lineup, graphics cards are still nearly impossible to find at anything close to their MSRP. Despite previous guarantees to avoid a paper release, AMD’s cards aren’t doing much better.
A combination of supply chain problems affected by the pandemic and cards that make money for cryptocurrency miners make it almost impossible for regular players to take a look.
For those who don’t want to spend double the MSRP on an eBay card, there may be good news on the way. Videocardz has spotted a post on the Chinese Bilibili forum by a user describing having a ‘good’ track record of leaks predicting low-budget AMD GPUs in the works by early 2022.
According to the leak, the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT will arrive in January, and the Radeon RX 6400 will follow in March. Both cards will apparently have 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and the cheaper RX 6400 won’t require connecting to your power supply thanks to its less than 75W power draw. Previous rumors pointed to the Navi 24 GPUs with 1,024 cores in the RX 6500 XT and 768 in the RX 6400.
While it’s tempting to be cynical and speculate that these cheaper cards won’t be cheap for long once supply issues arise, there’s reason to be a bit more optimistic about it. Limited VRAM means these GPUs would be less useful to cryptocurrency miners, and hopefully their less ambitious specs mean they’ll be a bit easier to scale.
Of course, none of that is very reassuring if the cards are not good for later games, and that is something we won’t know until the benchmarks start to appear. However, on paper, the specs point to games generally being capped at 1080p.
Of course, AMD isn’t the only company reportedly having a new GPU planned for early 2022. Just yesterday, Nvidia was reported to be mapping out a desktop version of its GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, a relatively high-end card. low that in itself is supposedly made to target Intel’s upcoming debut Arc GPU.
For those willing to pay a high price, the exciting moves will come towards the end of the year, when Nvidia is apparently planning to launch the RTX 40 series, but if cryptocurrency mining continues to look attractive, then it may prove just as scarce. . like its predecessor.