Without major announcement, AMD launches a new Radeon graphics card which is presented as being more powerful than a GTX 1650 and GTX 1050.
Any PC gamer who doesn’t have unlimited wealth will know how difficult it is to buy a graphics card in today’s market. With shortages and scalpers driving up the prices of both AMD and Nvidia cards, many are deciding to just ignore this generation of cards and see if they can keep running an older GTX 980. Lately things have gotten a little better for the market as some GPUs are down to 12 % above their MSRP, while other graphics cards even go on sale.
Also, it looks like AMD is looking to help those who don’t have the budget for cards that may still be priced above $1,000. The computer company recently quietly launched a brand new card for entry-level machines. At a recommended price of $159, the Radeon RX 6400 won’t run the latest games at 4K 120fps with ray tracing. However, it appears to be an affordable and decent gaming card for any gamer looking to build an entry-level PC.
This is the second graphics card AMD has introduced this year so far, with the RX 6500 XT being unveiled in January. The RX 6400 shares some similar features to the RX 6500 XT, which is branded as a competitor to Nvidia’s 3050 card. Both entry-level cards include a Navi 24 6nm GPU. However, the RX 6400 is not touted as being as powerful as its 6500 XT counterpart. The RX 6400 is still marked as a competitor to the GTX 1650 while consuming less power, meaning a PC with it won’t need such a powerful PSU.
To play games like CS:GO, Overwatch, and a few other older titles, the RX 6400 is likely to be a capable card. There is a potential bottleneck issue with the 6400, especially when placed in older PCIe 2.0 systems. As the card will likely be used as a replacement for an outdated or dead GPU in an older machine, this is something to watch out for. Currently, some PC gamers think the price is slightly too high. Although there is no reason for scalpers and miners to buy this card wholesale, the price could drop quite quickly. As mentioned, prices for other GPUs have also been dropping steadily, meaning any gamer looking to upgrade their machine may find now is a good time to do so.
Any gamer looking to secure a major deal on an RTX 30 series or Radeon 6000 card might want to wait a little longer. If the predictions are to be believed, the two major graphics card producers will have a new series of graphics cards in 2022. The announcement date of these is unknown, but it could see the price of graphics cards of the generation current fall even more.
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