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AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT Selling at 35% Below MSRP in Germany

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT
(Image credit: PowerColor)

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics cards are now being sold for far less than the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) in Europe. One of Germany's biggest online PC tech retailers, Mindfactory, has a twin fan cooler PowerColor design advertised (opens in new tab) at €169 including VAT. This Euro price is equivalent to USD $189, and we must remember that Germany's VAT is quite an impactful sales tax at 19%. If we remove the added VAT to get to a price that would be advertised in the US, we would have $159.

Taking another view of the above figures, the Radeon RX 6500 XT sells about 35% below MSRP in Europe. If the same discount were applied to the US MSRP, we would be seeing these graphics cards advertised by retailers at about $130.

(Image credit: Future, Mindfactory)

If you browse to the MindStar special offers section of the site, you can see there are two PowerColor models on special offer at Mindfactory today. The single-fan ITX model is €169, and the dual-fan Fighter model is just €10 more.

We visited this special offers section from the RX 6500 XT search results page, which had the same cards listed at a higher price. However, on returning to the search results page (with seven different models available) we noticed the prices had dipped to match the special offers. With these cookie-induced shopping shenanigans in mind, please check around the Mindfactory site and peruse the MindStar section if you're looking for the best prices.

Three weeks ago, we reported on Mindfactory being perhaps the first retailer of any significant size selling graphics cards beneath MSRP. At the time its best RX 6500 XT price was €199, so to drop to €169 in three weeks represents significant movement. 

(Image credit: PowerColor)

PC enthusiasts and gamers might not be that interested in the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT due to its panning by reviewers. We reviewed the XFX RX 6500 XT QICK 210 and were disappointed at the MSRP and the fact that previous budget GPUs could easily outgun this new 4GB kid on the block.

That begs the question of whether the RX 6500 XT is a bellwether of trends in the graphics card market, or a special case. Looking at the data we have, it is indeed something of a special case due to how far it undershot expectations and how much it is improved upon by its nearest Nvidia Ampere competitor, the GeForce RTX 3050 (MSRP $250, just $50 more). However, there are have been plenty of other reports in recent days and weeks showing the house of cards that supports the crazy PC GPU pricing is starting to teeter.

Four days ago, we reported some welcome price reductions for GeForce RTX 3080 models and noted that EVGA's online store offered cards like the RTX 3080 12GB and RTX 3080 Ti at MSRPs. Taking a wider view, we also noted that GPU prices had dropped another 9% in the first half of March. Normally this overall market view has been a monthly update, but thanks to the accelerating rate of price drops, we thought it was worth keeping you up to date with the (good) news.

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • Neilbob
    It's almost as if it's heading towards its true value. Just a little further to go.
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  • keith12
    Much maligned GPU. Have to laugh though. It's hardly even worth it at the reduced price. I hope that now GPU pricing seems to be on the way to something more normal, that AMD are left with a truck load of these things, and can't sell them as they are actually rubbish.
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  • InvalidError
    $160 sounds just about right for what the RX6500 is. I wouldn't be too mad if my GTX1050 decided to quit on me and I could get an RX6500 for that price, though I would prefer holding out until I can get an RTX3050 for sub-$200.
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  • spentshells
    All they had to do is sell it with a 8x link as low as pcie3 and they would have gotten their original 300 dollar asking price.

    Such a foolish thing to do equipping this card with a 4X link @ pcie 4. They would have cleaned up the low end market using 8x pcie in order to stunt the card slightly and made a pile of money doing so. People just needed to fill the gap, but those people don't have new equipment.
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  • InvalidError
    spentshells said:
    All they had to do is sell it with a 8x link as low as pcie3 and they would have gotten their original 300 dollar asking price.
    The GPU was designed to pair with 6000-series APUs in laptops. The desktop RX6500s are only a side-hustle to accommodate an otherwise grossly neglected market segment. With some luck, AMD won't repeat the same mistakes if it launches desktop RX7500.
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  • spentshells
    InvalidError said:
    $160 sounds just about right for what the RX6500 is. I wouldn't be too mad if my GTX1050 decided to quit on me and I could get an RX6500 for that price, though I would prefer holding out until I can get an RTX3050 for sub-$200.
    Hope the 1050 lasts for another 2 years ;) With the older 3.0 pie interface there were at least a couple more market segments that would have bought that card up for 300 bucks at launch, but I guess I see what you mean. He'll I'd buy a laptop with that card,almost too perfect.
    The thought of a 128 bit mem and an 8x link could be sold as a desktop xtx model.
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  • watzupken
    spentshells said:
    All they had to do is sell it with a 8x link as low as pcie3 and they would have gotten their original 300 dollar asking price.

    Such a foolish thing to do equipping this card with a 4X link @ pcie 4. They would have cleaned up the low end market using 8x pcie in order to stunt the card slightly and made a pile of money doing so. People just needed to fill the gap, but those people don't have new equipment.
    I am not expert at this, but this is not just about providing a PCB with an x8 link and be done. The GPU itself was designed for x4 link/ interface. So the pin count/ connection is not going to allow it to run at x8.
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  • watzupken
    InvalidError said:
    $160 sounds just about right for what the RX6500 is. I wouldn't be too mad if my GTX1050 decided to quit on me and I could get an RX6500 for that price, though I would prefer holding out until I can get an RTX3050 for sub-$200.
    I agree that the GPU is ok, if the price is right. To me, this should be worth around USD 150, which is below AMD’s MSRP. But I am not surprised at the steep price drop because in the DIY space, most people will not want a GPU with this much compromises and level of performance. I suspect most people won’t mind paying more for a more capable card like the RTX 3050, as long as the prices don’t go crazy. With prices dropping drastically across the entire GPU range, interest for this card is probably very very low. However, AMD can still sell these cards cheaply to OEMs, which should sell in the truckloads.
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  • spentshells
    watzupken said:
    I am not expert at this, but this is not just about providing a PCB with an x8 link and be done. The GPU itself was designed for x4 link/ interface. So the pin count/ connection is not going to allow it to run at x8.
    Easily remedied, with little cost,when moving g the card to des!top. I had no idea it was aimed at laptops, mostly as I've never seen laptop with it as an option.

    I don't claim to be an expert either, just an enthusiast. The 6500xt as a desktop card was pigeon holed. And to me that's bummer,
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  • InvalidError
    spentshells said:
    Easily remedied, with little cost,when moving g the card to des!top. I had no idea it was aimed at laptops, mostly as I've never seen laptop with it as an option.
    You haven't seen the RX6500 in laptops because it was intended for pairing with 6000-series APUs (PCIe 4.0) which haven't launched yet.
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