AMD CES 2020 Keynote Recap

Announcing Radeon RX 5600 XT

For AMD’s next official announcement of CES it announced the Radeon RX 5600 XT.  This continues that foundation of Radeon 5000 series GPUs based on the same RDNA architecture at 7nm supporting PCIe Gen 4 and GDDR6.  The Radeon RX 5600 XT will have 36 compute units, a game clock of 1375MHz and a boost clock of up to 1560MHz with 6GB of GDDR6. 

David’s Notes: AMD says that the 5600 XT is the same silicon as the RX 5700 but downclocked for power efficiencies. AMD says that the total board power should be 150W, leaving some headroom for overclocking and higher power levels. They said it was unlikely we’d see more than a single 8-pin power connector used by the AIB partners.

The video card is geared for the “Ultimate 1080p Gaming.”  Some gaming performance shown puts the Radeon RX 5600 XT about 12-19% faster in some games, and a whopping 26% faster in Gears of War 5 versus the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.  It’s a lot closer in ESPORTS gaming, but still maintains a lead over the competition according to AMD.    

David’s Notes: AMD also launched the Radeon RX 5600 that is intended for solely the preconfigured OEM systems market. It differs from the RX 5600 XT by having two fewer compute units but will be clocked the same.

Many video cards from add-in-board partners are gearing up ready to launch.  You can see designs from ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE, and XFX.  There are variants of all shapes and sizes that will be available.  And when would they be available?  Well, would you believe January 21st?  Yep, January 21st is when these video cards will be launched, you won’t have to do much waiting at all!  These video cards are right around the corner, ready to go.  The MSRP will be $279.  Stay tuned to our website as we will be reviewing the video card for the launch and see if that $279 is a good value or not.

David’s Notes: I suspect that the MSI and PowerColor cards are not that much smaller compared to the ASRock, ASUS and GIGABYTE cards. The Radeon RX 5600 XT will only be offered by AIB partners – no dented reference cards this time around. The $279 MSRP pricing will likely apply to the two fan cards in the product stack with the triple fan cards fetching a premium. The Radeon RX 5700 is expected to float back up to the $349 price point, so those of you who got one over Black Friday for $300 should rejoice.

Mobile Radeon RX 5600

AMD also went on to announce that the Radeon RX 5600 series is coming to mobile as well.  There will be mobile variants of the Radeon RX 5600 series which is very exciting for performance and power.  There will be the Radeon RX 5600M and Radeon RX 5700M.  These are coming in the first half of 2020.

2020 is the year of the gamer according to AMD.  AMD has different levels of FreeSync displays, 1080p and 1440p gaming covered with the Radeon RX 5500, 5600 and 5700 series GPUs, RDNA powered laptops and RDNA powered consoles.

Brent Justice
Former managing editor of GPUs at HardOCP for 18 years, Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components since the late 90s, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review, he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented and hardware enthusiast perspective. You can follow him on Twitter - @Brent_Justice You can sub to his YouTube channel - Justice Gaming You can check out his computer builds on KIT - @BrentJustice

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