Best RX 6650 XT Graphics Card

The AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT is a good entry-level GPU. Here is the ultimate buying guide so you can buy the best RX 6650 XT graphics card.

The RX 6600 XT wasn’t a great option for anyone looking to grab a lower-end AMD GPU. But because Nvidia pushed Ti variants of their GPU lineup, AMD made a similar move and released the RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT, and RX 6650 XT.

In this buying guide, we’ll review several variants of the RX 6650 XT and see exactly which one is the best one you could get.

So, let’s get right into it to find the best RX 6650 XT.

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The Pros:

  • Quality feel and design
  • Solid OC
  • Cool and quiet

The Cons:

  • No game-changing disadvantages

MSI’s Gaming X cooling system is quite famous for its attractive design, solid cooling, and overall good value. So, will the MSI Radeon RX 6650 XT Gaming X offer a similar value?

Pricing

The RX 6650 XT is priced at $400, but there is no information on the price of this Gaming X variant. So, taking into account the price increases we have seen previously with other Gaming X GPUs, we estimate that this one will cost between $450 and $500

Design

The RX 6650 XT gets a dual fan setup while its design is identical to previous iterations in other GPUs like the RTX 3070. Although the RTX 3070 got the “Trio” (three fans) treatment since it needed a better cooler.

The shroud is primarily black, with a couple of silver/grey accents around the fans. In addition, users will get a bit of front-facing RGB and some RGB on the side. Overall, the material looks and feels high-quality.

There is no RGB on the backplate, but it is made of metal which we can appreciate.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

The reference RX 6650 XT boosts to 2635 MHz, while this MSI Gaming X advertises a boost clock of 2694 MHz.

When you push the card in real-world testing, average clock speeds stay between 2650 to 2700 MHz, which is slightly faster than the reference card.

But, if you’re not satisfied with just 50 MHz over the reference card, get yourself the proper software to overclock this MSI RX 6650 XT because you can push it to 2800 MHz.

Thermals And Acoustics

Thermals look pretty good here, even though it has only two fans. Fan speed sits around 1250 RPM, the temperature at 64 degrees Celsius, and noise levels at ~27 dBA. So that’s both cool and quiet.

We imagine that MSI’s noise levels will stay pretty low even if you push for a hard OC.

The Pros:

  • Unique design
  • Exceptional cooling
  • Substantial overclock

The Cons:

  • No apparent disadvantages

Expectations for Sapphire’s Radeon RX 6650 XT Nitro+ are pretty high because the Nitro+ has not disappointed yet. It was even the Best Value option for the RX 6800 XT. It excels in all directions, so let’s see whether it holds up for this GPU too.

Pricing

Like most of today’s aftermarket cards, an MSRP for the RX 6650 XT Nitro+ has not been released. So, we expect a price point close to $500.

Design

The Nitro+ might be one of our favorite designs. We love this black and silver combination because we’re sure it will match any build, even though it is on the chunkier side.

RGB is not absent but is pretty subtle, with just a bit of lighting on the side.

The backplate might be the best attribute of this card (design-wise).

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

In-game boost clock frequency sits around the advertised number, 2694 MHz. But, this Sapphire card is more than capable deliver more power.

Overclocking can bring the Nitro+ up to 2950 MHZ, a 10% frequency increase. Not bad at all.

Thermals And Acoustics

We can estimate that this Sapphire GPU could stay quiet and cool even with that 10% frequency overclock. Why? Well, at stock, noise levels stay at 30 dBA while temperature sits around 65 degrees Celsius.

The Pros:

  • Exceptional design
  • Solid overclock

The Cons:

  • A bit louder and hotter than other options

Powercolor’s cooling setup has proved to be an excellent alternative to other more popular brands like Gigabyte, ASUS, etc.

But will this Powercolor Radeon RX 6650 XT Hellhound Spectral live up to those standards?

Let’s see!

Pricing

Powercolor has not provided us with an MSRP like the other contenders in this article. However, estimates put this card at around $500.

Design

White graphics cards that fit perfectly in white PC builds are too rare nowadays. So, this Hellhound Spectral card gets special praise from us.

And this is not any white GPU. The snow-white shroud is complemented by the translucent fans, white backplate, IO shield, and even PCB. Overall, a great design.

Let’s see if the performance complements the looks.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

The Powercolor RX 6650 XT Hellhound Spectral is factory OC’d to 2689 MHz, and it stays there throughout heavy loads.

Nothing too impressive, but if you bump up the sliders in MSI Afterburner, you may push this GPU’s boost clock up to 2930 MHz. So, a bit slower than the Sapphire variant.

Thermals And Acoustics

At stock clocks, temperatures stay around 70 degrees Celsius. Worse than the other contenders, but nothing too crazy. We imagine the extra 10 degrees from overclocking shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Noise levels ramp up to 34 dBA, so again, worse than the Nitro+ and Gaming X.

The Pros:

  • Coolest RX 6650 XT
  • Great overclocker

The Cons:

  • Premium price

When looking at the best variants for any GPU, we usually end up with an ASUS Strix in the list because it usually doesn’t have any compromises. Except for one thing: price.

So, let’s see if this ASUS Strix Radeon RX 6650 XT OC holds up.

Pricing

Just like Powercolor, Sapphire, and MSI, ASUS has not shared any information on the actual MSRP of this Strix. But, based on Strix history, we can assume that this variant is the most expensive RX 6650 XT.

So, expect a price closer to $500 or above that.

Design

Design-wise, the Strix cooling system has not changed significantly over the years. However, it definitely seems exclusive with the metal-like plastic shroud surrounding the two fans on the front.

Additionally, ASUS never disappoints with RGB, so you’ll get plenty of that with this RX 6650 XT.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

The advertised factory overclock is 2694 MHz, just like some of the other cards on this list. Although in-game, it ramps up over 2.7 GHz.

Overclocking is a bit of a mixed bag. Even though this is a premium product, you probably won’t get more than 2900 MHz OC, but your mileage may vary.

Thermals And Acoustics

Temperature and noise level are where the STRIX OC prevails. During heavy, loads temperature sits around 55 degrees Celsius while keeping noise at 33 dBA.

Definitely the coolest of the bunch!

Which RX 6650 XT Graphics Card Should You Buy?

Obviously, all of these GPUs are a great pick, but which one is best for you?

Well, if you’re looking for a Best Premium pick, ASUS’ Radeon RX 6650 XT Strix OC is what you should go for, considering its design and cooling.

If you’re looking to get the Best Value out for your money, definitely go for the Sapphire Radeon RX 6650 XT Nitro+.

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