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AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
With AMD's fortunes transformed, the chip giant continues to march forward with new releases that are shaking up both the CPU and GPU landscapes. In the graphics space, the Radeon assault has been led by the introduction of a new RDNA architecture that powers not only current PC graphics cards, but also next-generation consoles from the likes of Microsoft and Sony.
RDNA and gaming appear to go hand-in-hand in 2020, and AMD is today expanding its appeal with the introduction of the Radeon RX 5600 XT.
|Radeon RX 5700 XT||Radeon RX 5700||Radeon RX 5600 XT||Radeon RX 5500 XT||Radeon RX Vega 64||Radeon RX Vega 56||Radeon RX 580|
|Launch date||Jul 2019||Jul 2019||Jan 2020||Dec 2019||Aug 2017||Aug 2017||Apr 2017|
|Codename||Navi 10||Navi 10||Navi 10||Navi 14||Vega 10||Vega 10||Polaris 20|
|Approx Die Size (mm²)||251||251||251||158||486||486||232|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1,905||1,725||1,560||1,845||1,546||1,471||1,340|
|Game Clock (MHz)||1,755||1,625||1,375||1,717||-||-||-|
|Peak SP TFLOPS||9.75||7.95||7.02||5.20||12.66||10.54||6.17|
|Memory Size (GB)||8||8||6||4 / 8||8||8||4 / 8|
|Memory Clock (MHz)||14,000||14,000||12,000||14,000||945||800||8,000|
|Memory Bus (bits)||256||256||192||128||2,048||2,048||256|
|Max Bandwidth (GB/s)||448||448||288||224||484||410||256|
|PCIe Support||Gen 4||Gen 4||Gen 4||Gen 4||Gen 3||Gen 3||Gen 3|
|Launch MSRP||$399||$349||$279||$169 / $199||$499||$399||$199 / $229|
Designed to bridge the rather large gap that exists between RX 5500 XT and RX 5700, the new part employs an existing 251mm² Navi 10 die and shaves some of the excess in order to meet a more attractive $279 price tag. The target is high-quality QHD gaming that doesn't break the bank, and with recent price cuts from rival NVIDIA, Radeon RX 5600 XT has the GeForce RTX 2060 firmly in its sights.
What cuts have been made to differentiate the new addition from its dearer siblings? As the specification table illustrates, boost clock has been cleaved from 1,725MHz on the 5700 to 1,560MHz on the 5600 XT, while at the back end 6GB of 12Gbps GDDR6 memory connects via a narrower 192-bit bus. Logical adjustments, yet in response to NVIDIA's pricing movements, AMD has seen fit to bolster the 5600 XT range with souped-up partner cards that crank the dial up to 11.
Sapphire, for example, is turning the screw with its RX 5600 XT Pulse OC, a card that ships with a lofty boost clock of 1,750MHz as standard, and memory overclocked to 14Gbps. Such tweaks suggest that partner cards will be at least 10 per cent quicker than reference, while remaining competitive on price.
What we have, in effect, is almost the full might of Radeon RX 5700 at a far more attractive fee. At launch, partner cards such as the Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse OC are expected to fetch roughly £255 here on UK shores, making AMD's latest a prime candidate for keenly-priced QHD gaming rigs.
1440p Gaming Credentials
Gaming at 1080p is light work for a GPU of this ilk. Radeon RX 5600 XT is ideally suited to a higher-resolution QHD display, and benchmarks from leading review sites highlight its ability to deliver in excess of 60 frames per second with quality settings cranked up to maximum
Smooth QHD action is the name of the game, and Radeon RX 5600 XT delivers. Partner cards from the likes of Sapphire are shown to outperform the rival GeForce RTX 2060, and for users still rocking older Radeon hardware, the efficient 7nm RDNA GPU represents a meaningful step forward. Making the switch from a Radeon RX 580 results in a performance leap of over 60 per cent.
AMD's 7nm RDNA graphics portfolio is beginning to take shape. Aiming for the mid-range, the Radeon RX 5600 XT is a noteworthy addition that brings smooth, high-quality QHD gaming credentials for a little over £250. Its arrival has resulted in price cuts across the way, and whether you consider yourself to be a GeForce or Radeon gamer, renewed competition in this space is ultimately proving to be a good thing for PC gaming as a whole.
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