AMD silently gave the Radeon RX 6400 a retail launch final week. Nevertheless, TechPowerUp’s overview of the Radeon RX 6400 purportedly revealed that it lacks overclocking help, which means there isn’t any approach for house owners to spice up the Navi 24-based graphics card’s efficiency.
The Radeon RX 6400 initially focused OEMs, however AMD finally determined to unleash it for the retail market. The graphics card apparently performs like Nvidia’s three-year-old GeForce GTX 1650 from the Turing days. In line with TechPowerUp’s outcomes, even the Radeon RX 570, which debuted in 2017, is quicker than the Radeon RX 6400. The publication recorded efficiency margins as much as 17% in 1080p and 24% in 1440p in favor of the venerable Polaris graphics card. It is no marvel AMD did not make a giant deal out of the Radeon RX 6400 launch.
The Navi 24 silicon has some drawbacks. There is a limitation on the bandwidth, for starters, with a 64-bit reminiscence interface and solely 4 lanes of (as much as) PCIe 4.0 connectivity. AMD has additionally trimmed down the media encoding capabilities. Because of this, Navi 24 lacks help for 4K H.264/H.265 encoding and AV1 decoding. As well as, sure AMD applied sciences, reminiscent of ReLive, aren’t out there on the Radeon RX 6400, the place the identical characteristic is accessible to outdated geezers just like the Radeon RX 480. Lastly, it will seem zero overclocking help is a part of the Radeon RX 6400’s shortcomings.
TechPowerUp claims that AMD has locked down the Radeon RX 6400 utterly. Whereas the OC settings panel is reachable in AMD’s Radeon WattMan utility, the customized setting does not present sliders to regulate the clock speeds. Nonetheless, it is too quickly to find out whether or not AMD has purposefully disabled overclocking on the Radeon RX 6400 based mostly on a single pattern. It might simply be an oversight with the drivers on AMD’s half, and different utilities like MSI Afterburner may also work. Maybe the chipmaker merely hasn’t explicitly enabled overclocking on the Radeon RX 6400 but. It will likely be fascinating to see whether or not third-party utilities can overclock the Radeon RX 6400, and we’ll probably hear extra within the coming days.
In fact, the Radeon RX 6400 is much from being one of many greatest graphics playing cards in the marketplace proper now. Even with a $159 beginning worth, the Navi 24-based graphics card appears underpowered, however maybe it could discover some success within the present state of the graphics card market, particularly with customized GeForce GTX 1650 fashions beginning at $210. Contemplating the way more succesful RTX 3050 begins at $250, nonetheless, we might attempt for that moderately than pinching pennies to finish up with a weak sauce card.