AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT: the new desktop GPU at under $300

At the CES 2020, the latest AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, a mid range $279 graphic card with the Navi architecture from the cheaper RX 5500 series to the stronger RX 5700 series, was revealed. AMD described the 5600 XT as the “only 1080p graphics card,” and detractors claimed that AMD could have made an identical model.

Anandtech finds that the RX 5600 XT fits the “actual” assertion of AMD, and that in all, but one of the games reviewed, it averages more than 60 frames per second-the title is Metro Exode. It managed 58 frames per second at 1080p with all parameters at optimum (with the graphical mode of Nvidia’s HairWorks switched off), a decent number that reflects a couple of more frames than the slightly more expensive RTX 2060. The publication says the card is “fast enough to give even the craziest possible conditions an uncompromising experience.”

The excellent performance of this card was also noted by other analysts. Tom’s Hardware found that in most of the games it reviewed, including large players like Division 2 and the Gears of War 5, the card was “easily” overshadowing 60 fps in 1080p (maximum settings allowed). In all instances, relative to RTX 2060, the frame rate of 5600 XT was higher and stabler. PC Gamer found 1080p to be an “easy hurdle” for the card and stated the average frame rate for 12 games was around 137 frames per second.

The RX 5600 XT was found generally to outdo the GTX 1660 Ti by critics. But maybe as a result of the new gpu for AMD, Nvidia has reduced the price of its RTX 2060 Founders version entry level graphics card to 299$. So at this price level there is now a little more competition than $300 but products at this price level tend to be out of stock at the present moment. Tom’s Hardware finds that, when measured between the two cards in the same way, the 5600 XT “wins over the RTX-2060” even if only the RTX-2060 can be used with Nvidia.

If you plan to purchase a 5600 XT, you should be aware that AMD has released a BIOS update that can improve performance a few days before its publication. This BIOS update is not available for all cards that you can purchase today. However the $289 Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT cards tested by both Anandtech and PC Gamer were already very decent before the BIOS upgrade –much better and more expensive than the $279 5600 XT reference design from AMD. The performance gains contained in their BIOS update were also icing on the cake.

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