Those yearning for a budget-friendly RX 6000 series graphics card from AMD finally have a date to look forward to — “team red” is expected to unveil a couple of “affordable” GPUs in Q1 2022, as per Moore’s Law Is Dead.
Now, one can never be too certain with rumors like this one, but MLID has been spot on with his predictions and leaks, so we might as well take his word as gospel!
Entry-Level AMD RX 6000 GPUs Are Inbound
These graphics cards will be the cheapest way to get your hands on AMD’s latest RDNA 2 architecture, and there could be at least two separate GPUs with TDPs around 100-120W. They’ll be small, fairly silent, and more than sufficient for 1080p gaming. Heck, they might even suffice for 1440p if you can live with Medium/Low settings! As always, it will heavily depend on the title you’re playing, so your mileage may vary.
Seeing how NVIDIA is all but guaranteed to announce its entry-level RTX 3050 Ti around the same time, AMD simply has to ship a competitive product so as to better compete in that (seemingly forgotten) segment of the market. Heck, even Intel has a slew of ARC GPUs coming out in the first half of 2022, so it’ll definitely be a hectic fight between three tech giants, all of which will be fighting for supremacy and a lion’s share of the market.
Price-wise, we’re expecting these GPUs to retail for around $200, but it’s still too early to predict anything with confidence — doubly so given the ongoing semiconductor shortages; it is a persistent issue that will surely result in higher MSRPs than any of us want.
There’s still a whole lot that we don’t know, but MLID did close off with a few interesting tidbits: these GPUs will be powered by a single 6-pin PSU connector (hardly a surprise given their modest power draw), they’ll actually beat NVIDIA’s RTX 3050 Ti in terms of raw performance (not counting DLSS, of course). Its presumed 4GB of VRAM would definitely limit its overall potential, but you can only expect so much from a sub-$200 graphics card.
All in all, these entry-level RX 6000 GPUs seem mighty alluring, but all of this sudden hype will be in vain if AMD cannot get their prices down to a reasonable level. Obviously there’s a finite amount of control that AMD has over these things, but they’ll need to deliver ample supply because demand will surely be off the charts!