AMD is supposed to release a new, even cheaper RDNA 2 graphics card, at least if the latest rumor turns out to be profitable.
The theory is that Team Red is readying an RX 6300 GPU to slot under the current wallet-friendly RX 6400, according to speculation shared by Komachi_Ensaka (opens in a new tab)a hardware leaker on Twitter (whose tweet was spotted by Wccftech (opens in a new tab)).
The tweet mentions that the RX 6400 is “no longer exclusively for OEMs”, which means that it will not only be present in pre-built PCs, and will be available for purchase as a product. freestanding on the shelves. Apparently the RX 6300 is coming as an “OEM exclusive”, meaning this GPU will only be sold to PC makers to include in new machines.
In short, the RX 6300 is theoretically in the works, but you won’t be able to buy one as a standalone model to put in your existing PC; it will only come out on newer computers.
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Assuming that’s true – big pinches of salt on hand, as always – keep in mind that in the future you can still buy a resold RX 6300 on an auction site, for example. And it also means that budget PCs may soon become even more user-friendly when OEMs have the ability to use the 6300 and reduce the cost of manufacturing a cheap system a bit more.
It’s also possible that if the RX 6300 appears as an OEM-only graphics card to begin with, it could eventually be produced and sold as a standalone product. As noted above, that’s what would happen with the RX 6400, which was introduced as an OEM-only GPU in January, but could go on its own very soon – supposedly in April – if the rumor is right. (note that this is unconfirmed).
We’ll just have to see, but fingers crossed that the RX 6300 is in the cards, as another useful option for the budget end of the GPU market certainly wouldn’t be bad. We imagine we’re more likely to see such a card sooner rather than later, as next-gen RDNA 3 products aren’t that far off, after all (they’re expected to land later in 2022).