Ultimate 1080p Gaming


AMD is on a roll, there’s a lot of momentum behind the company, and we’ve seen the fruits of their labor with new hardware releases.  In 2019 there was the huge 7nm Zen 2 CPU product launch in July plus the new RDNA architecture Radeon RX 5000 series GPU launch.  Since then AMD has continued to launch its full lineup of Zen 2 Ryzen desktop and Threadripper CPUs.  AMD launched the Radeon RX 5700 XT, Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5500 XT.  AMD launched its yearly very large driver release with the new AMD Adrenalin 2020 Edition

The momentum continues for 2020.  At AMD’s keynote speech at CES 2020, it was stated that 2020 will be an even bigger year for AMD than 2019. Some new product announcements were made already to start off the new year.  There was the introduction of the new Ryzen 4000 mobile APU lineup based on Zen 2 cores.  Specific APUs like the Ryzen 7 4800H were announced, for high-performance laptops.  AMD also announced the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, the first 64 core/128 thread CPU in a single package at 7nm for the desktop market with a great price.  AMD also announced another new video card in its new RDNA architecture Navi GPU lineup, the Radeon RX 5600 XT.

We have a full retail customized Add-in-Board manufacturer video card to review for you today based on the new Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU.  First, let’s talk about the Radeon RX 5600 XT, and then we will talk about our XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro video card we will be reviewing.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT is born out of the idea that gamers in the sweet spot of 1080p gaming need newer and better GPUs.  According to Steam survey, the top three graphics cards used are 3+ years old. These graphics cards provide subpar 1080p experiences for ultra-quality 1080p gaming in today’s games.  The Radeon RX 5600 XT is here to answer this need, and provide an upgrade path for people on AMD Ellesmere and Polaris GPUs based on the previous GCN architecture.  It is now time to upgrade to the new RDNA architecture and Navi GPUs.

First, the price, the official MSRP of the Radeon RX 5600 XT will be $279.99.  Manufacturer Add-in-Board partner video cards may cost more with robust cooling solutions and high factory overclocks. Let’s look at the specifications on the next page.

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  1. Pretty impressive, but I bet that “Ultimate 1080p” moniker will bite them in the ass with its performance in certain high profile games (ie: RDR2).

    And I’m really enjoying how Nvidia’s responding to the launch (lower prices). Once AMD launches big Navi, I’m hoping Nvidia will adjust their prices like they’ve done here.

  2. Some quick notes.

    [URL]https://www.thefpsreview.com/2020/01/21/xfx-radeon-rx-5600-xt-thicc-ii-pro-review/5/[/URL] <-- White background through page 9 [URL]https://www.thefpsreview.com/2020/01/21/xfx-radeon-rx-5600-xt-thicc-ii-pro-review/13/[/URL] white background again. [URL]https://www.thefpsreview.com/2020/01/21/xfx-radeon-rx-5600-xt-thicc-ii-pro-review/16/[/URL] White backgound again Just something to touch up. The review itself was well written and presented. Thank you! Seems like a good product from AMD that Nvidia if course is trying to tank. You should test with RT on as well. just to give a all features performance parity and show screen shots between the two. I bet those performance numbers change on applicable games!

  3. Background stuff should revert back – I assume you were seeing the mobile white at a desktop width?

    I gave the caching plugin another chance with some setting tweaks. Looks like it went back to caching mobile pages and presenting them to desktop users again… Bad thing is that when caching plugin is disabled the cdn is as well…

  4. One other note. Can you test this card on a system supporting PCIE 4.0. I only ask because I have seen evidence that the PCIE 4.0 bus really can unlock these lower end cards with it’s greater throughput.

  5. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 9491, member: 215″]
    Nope this was on my desktop running Chrome. Windows 10 pro.

    Right, but what I mean is you likely saw the mobile theme delivered to your desktop browser due to the caching. Specifically, you’d have seen no sidebar or footer things that you’d usually find on the desktop site.

    [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 9492, member: 215″]
    One other note. Can you test this card on a system supporting PCIE 4.0. I only ask because I have seen evidence that the PCIE 4.0 bus really can unlock these lower end cards with it’s greater throughput.

    We’ve got some PCI 3vs4 testing in the pipeline – Brent’s review system is moving to a 3700X shortly. AMD’s official statement on the PCI-e 3.0 vs 4.0 performance differences, both for 4GB and 8GB cards (and I suppose, 6GB now included in that) is that it’s related to using system memory as a swap file when the card runs out. They say that there are a few specific games (i.e. Wolfenstein) that can be memory hogs and exceed the GPU’s on board memory for very short periods of time while playing leading to the differential. Take that with or without salt, we’ll do some more detailed testing on that though…

  6. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 9492, member: 215″]
    One other note. Can you test this card on a system supporting PCIE 4.0. I only ask because I have seen evidence that the PCIE 4.0 bus really can unlock these lower end cards with it’s greater throughput.

    I forgot to put this in the review, but we asked AMD if PCIe 4.0 would play a part in performance with this particular GPU, the answer was generally that it won’t. The reason why is because the memory bandwidth is sufficient on this card for texturing over the PCIe bus to not be a problem.

    However, this wasn’t necessarily the case for the 5500 XT, because if its much narrower and less memory bandwidth situations occur where the PCIe speed can affect performance.

    So generally, this shouldn’t be a thing on the 5600 XT.

    This is the exact quote they gave me at the briefing:

    [QUOTE]“I don’t think so but its hard to quantify, it’s impossible to say yes or no, but given the target bandwidth I think you shouldn’t see a beyond margin of error performance difference between PCIe speeds”[/QUOTE]

  7. Since the two of you responded to my PCIE 4.x request. Thank you I look forward to when you do test it. I would be interested to see if it makes a discernible difference even on cards with more memory or not. Especially if you purposefully exceed the cards installed memory footprint.

  8. [QUOTE=”noko, post: 9541, member: 69″]
    Good base start review for the 5600XT which I hope will continue with the New bios results.

    We had that article done this morning and we got a new new bios dropped in our lap just before I clicked publish. Brent was up overnight testing and gets to re-test the whole thing again, and at this point, has probably fallen asleep at his keyboard. It’ll land as soon as he’s done :-).

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