AMD may be launching a new cheap GPU, but don’t get too excited

Rumor has it that AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics card lineup will soon get a new addition: the AMD Radeon RX 6300.

If this turns out to be true, AMD may indeed be working on a very budget-friendly graphics card. However, you may not be able to get one installed on your own PC.

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card.
Image Source: AMD

We already know that AMD will be releasing several new RDNA 2 graphics cards soon before moving on to RDNA 3. The AMD Radeon RX 6950XT, RX 6750XT, RX 6650XT, as well as the entry-level RX 6500 and RX 6400 are reportedly going to launch soon, though it looks like their release date has been pushed back.

This is where things get interesting regarding the acclaimed RX 6300 – AMD’s RX 6400 was initially supposed to be a manufacturer only card. This means AMD would sell it directly to its partners so they could install it in pre-built PCs and it wouldn’t be available on the DIY market. However, it now appears that the RX 6400 will also be sold as a standalone graphics card and made available to PC builders.

On the other hand, the RX 6300 seems to be taking the place of the RX 6400 in the sense that it will only be distributed to AMD’s partners. Information comes from known hardware leaker Komachi_Ensaka on Twitter† Their tweets are private, but Wccftech saw the leak and passed it on.

According to Komachi_Ensaka, the RX 6400 is no longer pre-built for PC exclusively, and AMD is preparing the 6300 to be found in pre-built budget builds. While, like any rumor, this should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, there is some official credit to Komachi_Ensaka’s tweet. On the official AMD website, the company reveals that the latest GPU Performance API provides support for AMD Radeon RX 6300, 6400 and 6500 series graphics cards, proving that the card does indeed exist.

Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, in the photo with an AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card.

No specs have been shared about the GPU, but it’s safe to say you won’t find one in the best gaming PCs – it’ll likely be a similar offering to some of the integrated graphics found in recent AMD APUs or Intel processors.

In times of GPU shortage, more graphics cards are never a bad thing, even if the RX 6300 is unlikely to blow anyone away with its performance. Nor is it a given that it will never make it to the DIY market.

Consider what appears to be happening with the (also entry-level) AMD Radeon RX 6400. The same could one day happen to the RX 6300, introducing it to the consumer DIY market, much in the same way AMD appears to do for the RX 6400. Of course people who buy future pre-builts with the RX 6300 can also resell the card on the secondary market, but that is not very likely a worthy purchase for the buyer.

This year is going to be a very busy time for AMD. Between the upcoming CPU releases on April 20, the RDNA 2 refresh (now reportedly moved to May 10), and the next-gen processors and graphics cards, the company is going to flood the market with a bunch of new products – what exactly is what? we need now.

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