AMD may have planned a new graphics card as a super cheap GPU that fits under the current RX 6400, or that’s a theory being circulated in the rumor mill right now.
Coming from Phoronix.com (opens in new tab) who reported findings in AMD’s Linux graphics driver (for Linux 5.19) that adds a new device ID for a ‘Beige Goby’ card.
The Beige Goby family are low-end RDNA 2 (current gen cards) built with the Navi 24 GPU, like the existing RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 graphics cards.
We don’t know exactly what a potential new Navi 24 GPU could be: it could simply be a refresh of an existing model, arguably the RX 6400, although we’re not sure how much point it would make to ram a different GPU into the line -up here – or it could be a whole new product.
So, one of the theories mentioned is that AMD could be preparing an RX 6300 model that sits under the RX 6400 at an even cheaper price point.
A lot of salt needs to be added at this point, as this is obviously just speculation – the GPU in question could be all or nothing, as adding code to a Linux driver is hardly confirmation that a new product from Team Red is arriving . However, we’ve already heard a rumor that an RX 6300 could happen…
Analysis: Battle of the Bargain Basement GPUs?
Let’s discuss what this might mean given these caveats. It might make sense that AMD might explore other options in the budget GPU category, given that Nvidia appears to be making a move in this space.
Remember the rumors – and again they’re just rumors – that Nvidia is producing a GTX 1630 as a fresh, low-end graphics card, perhaps to finally give people a truly budget-oriented option (speculation says the 1630 will be released in just might show up a few days).
AMD could therefore try to counteract this alleged inbound GPU. Looking at the RX 6300M - because yes, there is already a mobile version of the 6300 – the specs of this laptop GPU are considerably weaker than the RX 6400, and so a desktop variant could follow the same path; which might make it a bit of a weak sauce for gamers. However, there are concerns that this could also be the case with the GTX 1630…
Ultimately, we’d be foolish in trying to draw comparisons to an also-rumoured Nvidia GPU if we had no idea what specs the AMD card might hold.
We’ll just have to see how this potential budget card battle plays out, but one thing to keep in mind: given that there are already some disappointments with the performance of the desktop RX 6400, expectations for any RX 6300 model are growing with it lower specifications naturally be tempered. It’s also possible that the 6300 will also be OEM-only (at least initially).
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