ASUS ROG Strix RX 6650 XT O8G GAMING, is it relevant?

It’s the big day, the AMD Radeon RX 6X50 XT graphics cards are finally officially launched and in this test we are going to focus on the card ASUS ROG Strix RX 6650 XT OC† We are therefore going to dissect our copy of ASUS in all directions and run through a whole host of benchmarks to see what it’s really worth.

Contents: ASUS ROG Strix RX 6650 XT O8G GAMING graphics card review

Before we get started, let’s point out that we’re here on a card dedicated to gaming in 1080p that can also be used in 1440p, but not necessarily fully in all games. In addition, it competes directly with NVIDIA’s RTX 3060. Faced with the latter, AMD announces higher performance for its RX 6650 XT (with Smart Access memory).

To start with the hard, let’s talk about the technical features of this GPU from AMD. Our ROG Strix model has a frequency of 2543 MHz in Game Clock and 2694 MHz in Boost. For comparison, the reference version is at 2,410 MHz for the Game Clock. The Navi 23 GPU is complete here and has 2048 Shading Units for 32 CU (Compute Units). Each of these CUs contains a Ray Accelerators specifically for Ray Tracing. We have 8 GB of GDDR6 memory running at 17.5 Gbps on a 128-bit bus, providing 279.7 Gbps of bandwidth. Note that we have a 32MB Infinity Cache.


ROG Strix series mandatory, we have several small features. For example, we find the presence of a Dual BIOS with a physical switch on the card to switch from one to the other (“Performance” and “Silent” mode). According to ASUS, this lowers the temperature by 4°C (Performance Mode vs. Silent Mode) under Time Spy Extreme. On the other hand, the Silent mode only represents a noise pollution of 37 dB against 43 for the second. As with several cards from NVIDIA, we find an opening on the back plate that reveals the heat sink with the fan underneath. This is to optimize the airflow and thus the overall cooling system.

As for the power supply, the recommendations are made according to the processor. So with an Intel i5 or AMD R5, ASUS recommends a 550W block. With an i7/R7 we go to 650W. With an i9 or R9, the recommendation remains at 650W and we go to 750W with a HEDT/Threadripper CPU. Note that the power supply is 1*8 pin.

Let’s start by remembering the price: the RX 6650 XT is announced for $399 ($549 the RX 6750 XT and $1099 the 6950 XT). At the time of writing, we have no information on the price of this particular model. We will be sure to update as soon as we know more.

Packing: ASUS ROG Strix RX 6650 XT O8G GAMING

In terms of packaging, the cardboard is based on the theme that we now know very well. A black background, red accents and on the front we have an image of the card accompanied by the various references. On the back we will have more details about the technical characteristics.

Note that ASUS is moving to a brand new graphics card extraction system. Admittedly, it’s pretty disturbing and not super intuitive per se. We would have preferred something simpler like what we’ve found so far.

Speaking of the bundle, we’ve got some Velcro, a thank you card, a quick install guide, and a graphics card trading card.


ASUS ROG Strix RX 6650 XT O8G GAMING: visual aspect

Visually, we find the characteristic lines of the ROG range since the launch of the RTX 3000 with silver lines on the fairing. We’re on a map with a dual-fan cooling system using Axial-Tech technology. These fans only turn on at a temperature of 60°C and then stop when the GPU temperature drops below 52°C.

We find a nice back plate with the ROG logo on the right side and an opening that gives a view of the radiator. This creates an airflow that completely traverses the radiator to prevent warm air from getting stuck in the fairing.

Regardless of the part of the card, the design is pretty much the same. The aluminum radiator is visible and there is a little fairing with the RADEON logo. Note the single 8-pin PCIe port on the edge.

In terms of connectivity, this card offers three DisplayPort 1.4a ports and an HDMI 2.1 port. On the other hand, nothing special to report. Note that we have a 2.9 slot form factor.

Strix series mandatory, this graphics card has a Dual BIOS with a physical switch as we mentioned above. It is located on the front of the back plate for easy access. You can switch from a BIOS “P” which means Performance to a “Q” mode which means Quiet.


We find a small RGB lighting area on the edge with the ROG STRIX inscription accompanied by the brand logo. This lighting is controllable via the internal ASUS AURA Sync software in the ROG Armory Crate utility. It will be possible to choose colors and effects and whether or not to synchronize them with other compatible components and peripherals.

RGB lighting

Tech specs: ASUS ROG Strix RX 6650 XT O8G GAMING

Trade name ASUS ROG Strix RX 6650 XT O8G GAMING
Monitors supported 4 (7680 x 4320 pixels maximum resolution)
Stream Processors 2.048
architecture RDNA2
OR 64
units of account 32
jet accelerators 32
GPU Frequency OC mode: up to 2694 MHz (Boost Clock) / up to 2543 MHz (Game Clock)
Gaming mode: up to 2694 MHz (Boost Clock) / up to 2523 MHz (Game Clock)
memory frequency 17.5 Gbps
Bus 128 bit
cut L=281 W=135 H=59 mm (2.9 slot)
Video output 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
1x HDMI 2.1
Nutrition 1*8 pin
Recommended nutrition 650W
TGP 180W
DirectX 12 Ultimate
OpenGL 4.6
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