PELADN RX 6500 XT with 8GB memory announced
Some entry-level models are now getting unnecessary memory upgrades.
Some of our readers may not be familiar with the brand name PELADN, and there’s a good reason for that. The company changed its name from PRADEON a few years ago, which was indeed an odd choice for a GPU company that also offers GeForce cards. While the new name resolved the issue, it hasn’t made the brand more recognizable.
Despite the name change, the company’s operations have been relatively unaffected. Although they aren’t a top-tier board partner for GPU manufacturers, they continue to successfully release new models. While there’s no RX 7000 GPU from PELAND yet, they regularly produce new RX 6000 cards. Recently, we reported on their adoption of a unique pixel design for RTX 3070 and RX 6700 series, which they have now implemented in the RTX 4070 line.
Adding to their lineup, PELADN has introduced a new Radeon RX 6500 XT model with a dual-fan cooling solution and two display connectors. Although the renders may suggest a full-sized PCIe slot, this model is actually limited to four PCIe Gen4 lanes. Despite the limitation, PELADN has managed to equip this entry-level card with an 8GB memory buffer, which is uncommon for this SKU.
The RX 6500 XT from PELAND also features factory overclocking, boosting its clock speeds from 2685/2825 MHz to 2695/2855 MHz for game and boost respectively. Additionally, it boasts a full cover backplate, a feature usually seen on high-end models, but it’s not unique to RX 6500 XT.
It appears that even lower-priced last-gen models are now receiving memory upgrades, including those that may not be suitable for serious gamers. As a reminder, the RX 6500 XT is based on Navi 24 with a 64-bit memory bus and 107W TDP. This GPU struggles to compete even in the mobile space, let alone for desktop use.