The $199 RX 6500 XT looks worse on paper than AMD’s $199 GPU from six years ago

From a PC gaming standpoint, one of the most interesting things to happen at CES 2022 is that both AMD and Nvidia are finally showing off this generation of sub-$250 graphics cards. While we’re still waiting for more specs and performance details on Nvidia’s RTX 3050, AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT has some frustrating things to watch out for, especially when you compare it to the $199 Radeon that launched in 2016 RX 480 when comparing.

The performance gains we’ve seen in graphics cards over the past few years have been surprising. We’ve got the most powerful GPU ever to grace a PC with graphics silicon capable of pixel-pushing feats we’ve only dreamed of so far. But that comes at the expense of affordability, with even today’s third-tier graphics cards costing upwards of $700.