AMD is hiding its claim that 4 GB of VRAM is ‘not enough’ just as it is launching a 4 GB GPU

AMD claimed in 2020 that 4 GB of VRAM was “insufficient” for modern PC games and could result in error messages, warning limits, lower frame rates, and even gameplay stutter or pop-in issues. Today AMD is launching the $199 RX 6500 XT with… 4GB of VRAM, and the blog post with AMD’s original claims has mysteriously disappeared.

KitGuru reports that AMD hid the blog post today, as it was accessible earlier yesterday, and a Google cache display version from January 16, the post in full. “AMD is leading the industry by providing gamers with high-level VRAM graphics solutions across its entire product range,” said Adit Bhutani, a Radeon marketing specialist for AMD, in the 2020 blog post. entry level up to a maximum of 4 GB of VRAM, which is apparently not enough for today’s games.”

At the time, AMD was promoting its own GPUs for 1080p gaming with 6GB or 8GB of VRAM. The company ran a series of tests that showed how much better an 8GB model of its RX 5500 XT was compared to a lean 4GB model. It seems that this blog post has magically disappeared as AMD is about to launch a new 4GB GPU today. Mysterious.

AMD’s 2020 blog post featured performance charts with an emphasis on 4GB GPUs.
Image: AMD

The new entry-level RX 6500 XT is said to cost $199 and can be bought today (if you’re lucky). AMD’s marketing for this new GPU included a media roundtable earlier this month where: Radeon Vice President Laura Smith claimed: “even with the four appearances of framebuffer, that’s a really nice framebuffer size for most triple-A games.” Uncomfortable.

This could all be a completely harmless mistake or the most accidental technical glitch we’ve ever seen, so we’ve reached out to AMD to say if it has a search party looking for the missing blog post. We’ll let you know once the blog post mysteriously returns.

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