AMD’s Radeon RX 6400 GPUs are hitting a shelf near you
When AMD introduced its Navi 24 graphics processing unit and the Radeon RX 6400 and 6500 XT graphics cards based on them, it said the former would only be available to OEMs. Then, in March, a rumor emerged that AMD was eager to launch Radeon RX 6400 in distribution and retail markets.
While there’s no formal confirmation that the Radeon RX 6400 is indeed heading to retail, evidence is mounting that Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte, and MSI are all readying the Radeon RX 6400 for retail.
Bulgarian retailer puts on sale (opens in a new tab) the Asus Dual Radeon RX 6400 4G graphics card (Dual-RX6400-4G) for 562.20 Bulgarian Levs ($260 without VAT). As the name suggests, the card packs 4GB of memory and features a dual-fan cooling system (which is usually two slots wide). Unfortunately, BestPC.bg doesn’t have this card in stock and doesn’t even post a photo of this product, so one can only wonder when (and if) Asus will start selling this device. In the meantime, since there is a part number, it’s likely that Asus is indeed offering the card to its partners.
ASRock’s Radeon RX 6400 Challenger ITX was probably the first custom RX 6400 card to leak in early February in a file with the filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) customs database. Yet the board has not been listed by any retailer so far.
Gigabyte is apparently readying its Radeon RX 6400 Eagle graphics card with 4GB of onboard memory, according to a listing from South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency (RRA) that certifies hardware sold in the country, which VideoCardz uncovered. Additionally, the card has the part number GV-R64EAGLE-4GD, indicating that it is indeed a Radeon RX 6400 with an additional moniker “Eagle”.
The moniker obviously indicates that the card has a feature that differentiates it from an OEM-oriented card, although we can only guess what that feature is. For example, it could be a more sophisticated cooling system (like the one used on Gigabyte’s Radeon RX 6500 XT Eagle) or increased clocks. In any case, OEMs do not need such differentiators, so the card is intended for the retail/distribution market.
MSI has quietly started selling its Radeon RX 6400 Aero ITX graphics card based on a slimmed down version of AMD’s Navi 24 GPU in Singapore. The device fits into Mini-ITX systems and other compact systems (except low-profile systems) that can accommodate a dual-slot card and does not require any additional power connectors.
The Radeon RX 6400 Aero ITX graphics card from MSI has 4 GB of GDDR6 memory with a 64-bit interface and has two display outputs: a DisplayPort 1.4 and an HDMI 2.0. The bard features a typical Mini-ITX design, but comes with a dual-slot single-fan cooling system that might prevent it from being installed in some smaller chassis. Meanwhile, AMD’s Radeon RX 6400 does not require an external power supply. Therefore, the graphics card can be useful for upgrades or for repairing obsolete OEM systems that tend to use power supplies without auxiliary PCIe power connectors.
The MSI Radeon RX 6400 Aero ITX card is currently available for S$349 (about $240 excluding VAT) at a retailer in the Kim Hoe Center, according to a listing on Carousell.sg (opens in a new tab)discovered by @momomo_us (opens in a new tab).
While it’s great to have one more modern Mini-ITX graphics card on the market, perhaps more important is that the card comes in a retail box and has a cooling system proprietary with the MSI brand. There is no doubt that the product is intended for the retail market.
Ultra low-end for desktop computers
AMD has officially confirmed that it designed the Navi 24 GPU primarily for laptops running its Ryzen 6000-series processors, as it was not for a gaming GPU for desktops. Moreover, the lack of video encoding support and AV1 decoding support makes the GPU unattractive for media lovers.
Meanwhile, AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT is a low-end gaming solution and requires an eight-pin power connector, greatly reducing its compatibility with inexpensive systems that sometimes lack power connectors. additional. Still, such systems do exist and sometimes require a minor upgrade, or just a graphics card, so offering a Radeon RX 6400 for this market segment makes sense for AMD.
Prospective buyers should keep in mind that AMD’s Radeon RX 6400 isn’t a gaming solution, so it doesn’t even make much sense to compare its performance to entry-level GPUs three to five years. This card also only has two display outputs and lacks some critical multimedia capabilities (like all Navi 24 based solutions). The main advantage of AMD’s Radeon RX 6400 over outdated graphics cards is continued driver support that will last for years.