AMD launched the RX 6400 today without much fanfare as several partners like ASRock, Gigabyte, and MSI listed the new graphics cards with major retailers.
Although it’s a weaker GPU than even the RX 6500 XT – which received rather lukewarm reviews at best – the RX 6400 is designed for those with a discrete PC that probably can’t cope. to much else. It’s a single slot that fits well in narrow cases – paired with the more affordable price of $159 / AU$213 / £121, and it becomes a decent pick in specific scenarios.
The RX 6400 also uses very little power, only 53W, which is even less than the RX 6500 XT. It also has 12 compute units, lower clock speeds, slower RAM, 128 Gbps bandwidth, and dual display outputs. Those lower specs make sense given that the Navi24 GPU that powers it was originally designed for laptops.
Analysis: why budget for PCs?
The concept of a budget PC might seem counter-intuitive to most PC gamers, as the culture surrounding PC gaming tends to focus on power and speed above all else.
But budget PCs offer a unique experience: you can equip them with the best cheap processors and the best cheap graphics cards, then enjoy almost any PC game on lower settings for a fraction of the cost. It also means more money to spend on gaming peripherals instead of PC hardware.
While it’s hard to find affordable parts in general due to ongoing supply chain issues, parts like the AMD RX 6400 are sure to bring “budget” back to budget PCs. Pre-made platforms are also another affordable option, with prices still under $1,000.