According to a new regulatory filing, AMD exclusive partner ASRock is working on a new RX 6400 graphics card, though you probably won’t see it on store shelves anytime soon.
In a new issue Deposit of the Eurasian Economic Commission dated February 1, 2022 and originally posted on Twitter by Komachi_Ensaka, ASRock has listed several new AMD Big Navi graphics cards, including an RX6400 CLI 4G.
The RX 6400 is built from the same Navi 24 GPU found in the disappointing RX 6500 XT, Neowin pointed out, so there would be many of the same issues found in this card.
At a much lower price, these issues wouldn’t be as significant. It could be a decent upgrade from the older RX 5xx cards that many gamers are still using.
There’s a catch, though: the RX 6400 is an OEM-exclusive part, which means you’ll only find it in pre-built PCs or on the resale aftermarket. Not that that’s a bad thing.
Analysis: Keeping budget PC gaming alive by any means necessary
The RX 6400 may be OEM-exclusive, but it’s still going to be a cheap graphics card with decent performance for the price. Since OEMs can get wholesale pricing on these types of parts, they tend to be even cheaper, which means pre-built budget gaming PCs based on them will be more affordable.
At a time when component price inflation is killing budget PC gaming, that’s good news. DIY builders looking to build a cheap gaming PC have little reason to do so when more powerful game consoles are actually cheaper and more and more games are going cross-platform.
And if it is true that the latest consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X | S are hard to find, so are many older, low-end components that would go into a budget gaming PC.
Worse still, assuming you can find a five-year-old graphics card at this point, it could cost three times its original MSRP.
Pre-built systems may not be the budget gaming PCs we want, but at this point they might be the best hope of keeping budget PC gaming alive until we get through it all. this semiconductor/supply chain nightmare we’re living in right now.