The Radeon RX 5600XT has been officially announced, and while the RX 5500 was not well received as the previous latest Navi GPU due to its less compelling price-performance value, the 5600XT is looking to be a potentially much more interesting option for high-value, low-budget gaming.
So far, we know the main aspects of the 5600XT, and they appear to be quite interesting: game clock of 1375 MHz, a cut-down Navi 10 die called Navi 10 XLE with 2,304 streaming units, and 6GB GDDR6 VRAM. Based on these stats alone, we can see that this is shaping up to be a direct competitor to the 1660 SUPER, and depending on price, could be a strong competitor, especially with its power efficiency (150W).
Initial benchmarks from AMD (so take them with a grain of salt…) place the RX 5600 XT at around 10% faster than the 1660 Ti/SUPER, and at the initially announced price of $279, would be around equal in terms of price/performance depending on partner board pricing. Further benchmarks will show the true value, especially considering the price drop of the RTX 2060 from Nvidia to $299 that make it a very compelling option for mid-range gaming.
RX 5600 XT AIB Card List
And now that AMD has officially announced all of the details of the 5600XT, we are also beginning to see the first announcements of the partner cards. The table below shows the full name of the announced models, as well as the ‘game clock’, the only factory setting that is really changed between models (all have the same 6GB GDDR6 memory). For reference again, the base game clock is 1375 (as seen on the MSI Mech non-OC model). We will update this chart with pricing info as soon as we can.
|Manufacturer||MODEL||Game Clock (MHz)|
|ASROCK||ASROCK Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB Challenger D OC||1460|
|ASROCK Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB Phantom Gaming D2 OC||1495|
|ASROCK Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB Phantom Gaming D3 OC||1560|
|GIGABYTE||GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GAMING OC||1560|
|MSI||MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GAMING||1420|
|MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GAMING X||1460|
|MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB MECH||1375|
|MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB MECH OC||1420|
|POWERCOLOR||POWERCOLOR Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB||1420|
|POWERCOLOR Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB Red Devil||1570|
|POWERCOLOR Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB Red Dragon||1460|
|SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB PULSE||1560|
|XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB THICC II PRO||1460|
|XFX||XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB THICC III PRO||1420|
Without pricing it is hard to say for sure which cards are interesting, but based on the designs and the game clock speeds, we have some early contenders in a few different categories. Note that these are our speculations and ‘potentials’ until further benchmarks and pricing becomes available.
Best Value RX 5600 XT Card
This category so far for Navi GPUs has been almost always the same card, and we see no reason to be excited by anything other than the Sapphire Radeon RX 5600XT PULSE. The Pulse line from Sapphire is typically a great value, offering a strong dual-fan cooling solution at a very reasonable price. What is interesting about the 5600XT is that the Pulse also features one of the strongest factory overclocks at 1560MHz. If the price remains the usual delta over reference, it could be a great value AIB card.
Best Design RX 5600 XT Card
If you really want your GPU to be a design statement, XFX is back with the THICC II PRO and THICC III cards. If they have managed to fix the cooling problems that plagued the THICC II 5700 series models, this card is definitely a fashion statement. The wrap-around grill and throwback to old automobiles may not be for everyone, but it is definitely eye-catching.
Best Performance RX 5600 XT Card
Without seeing performance and only having game clock speeds is difficult to judge, but if you like to tweak and overclock yourself, the PowerColor Red Devil still appears to be your best choice. It has the highest announced factory overclock at 1570MHz, and if it has the same great cooling as we have seen from the Red Devil line for other Navi GPUs, likely has even more headroom. The Red Devil is often more expensive than say the Pulse, but could be an interesting option.
All of this is dependent on final pricing and availability, especially with the price drop to the RTX 2060, which will still likely handily outperform the 5600XT. If the 2060 is available at $299, and partner cards for the 5600XT are not at least $20 or $30 cheaper, the Nvidia card will likely be a better buy. So let’s hope that AMD is able to adjust their price or keep partner cards at the same $279 reference cost to avoid losing out again in terms of value to Team Green.