XFX has dropped us a line to let us know that it has decided to reboot or reset its Radeon RX 5600 XT lineup, in a manner.  If you recall, back when the Radeon RX 5600 XT was launched on January 21st, 2020, there was a debacle that came about in regards to shipping clock speeds on manufacturer custom video cards.

The nature of the issue was thus, AMD had set a “reference” clock speed on the GPU and memory by which manufacturers would go by to set their factory overclocks from.  This was all fine and good, and as reviewers reviewed their video cards (including us) before launch, no one thought that it would change.  However, due to fierce competition by the competition (NVIDIA) in lowering its prices AMD had to counter.  What AMD did was to recommend to manufacturers to raise both the GPU and memory frequencies before launch.  The problem with this was that it was before the launch, the night before the launch

BIOS Update Image

Reviewers and manufactures could only scramble to try and represent the new performance levels.  Manufacturers put out BIOS updates that raised the GPU frequencies.  However, on the memory side of things, it was a bit more erratic.  The default memory spec was 12GHz, and AMD now wanted to make it 14GHz.  However, certain memories on video cards wouldn’t quality at this rating.  It meant that some manufacturers were able to go ahead and qualify their memory for 14GHz, but others weren’t.  At the time, XFX was one that was not.  On its XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro the new game clock was 1560MHz but the memory remained at 12GHz.  In addition, some early adopters got cards where they had to download and install the new BIOS to get the new clock speed.  There were inconsistencies. 

Well, after some time, XFX has decided to just reboot the whole launch and provide brand new hardware with new part numbers and all that not only have the new GPU clock speed already enabled but now are qualified to also run at 14GHz on the memory.  That’s right, XFX has decided to launch new SKUs that offer 14GHz memory and the updated GPU frequency BIOS all in brand new hardware. 

XFX states that:  “There was a lot of confusion during the launch that we thought it warranted a little reset so that consumers can be confident in buying a card that has the latest spec without the need for any BIOS update.” 

The video cards will look the same, with the same boxing.  Here are the new SKU comparisons below.  XFX will be working with retailers to try and include the “14Gbps” in the main title/description so it is easy to find them as well.

5600 XT THICC III Ultra
14Gbps: RX-56XT6TB48
12Gbps: RX-56XT6TBD8

5600 XT THICC III Pro
14Gbps: RX-56XT6TF48
12Gbps: RX-56XT6TFD8

5600 XT THICC II Pro
14Gbps: RX-56XT6DF46
12Gbps: RX-56XT6DFD6

You can find the new video cards already listed on XFX’s website.

If you want to see how much the memory frequency can improve performance on the Radeon RX 5600 XT check out our XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro overclocking review.  In that review, we take the memory as high as it would go (due to hardware/software locks) at up to 14.8GHz.  It showed very remarkable improvements thanks to the memory overclock, so we know that going from 12GHz to 14GHz is going to be a significant gain for the Radeon RX 5600 XT’s performance.  With the new GPU frequency of 15460MHz and the memory at 14GHz the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT lineup should perform very well in games for its price point. 

Make sure to check out the rest of our Radeon RX 5600 XT reviews, we have no less than four distinct reviews using the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro. In the future when we use this video card for comparisons we will make sure to overclock the memory up to 14GHz so that it represents the new spec.

Join the Conversation

9 Comments

  1. These are new part numbers, and products, so no.

    Since these are new, additional products, the previous ones will still be available until dried up, and thus two different part numbers will exist, those with 12GHz memory, and those with the new 14GHz memory, is how I understand it.

  2. XFX brand still exists, just doing AMD cards now. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe they moved away from Nvidia due to GPP.
  3. Hello guys ,
    i bought a 5600xt recently, it’s an excellent video card, but i was disappointed that it doesn’t have the updated BIOS with 14gbps speed memories, while other models have it. Now, reading this article, i have seen that XFX is ready to release new models with 14 gbps support.

    Considering that i’m still in time to return my gpu via amazon, i wanted to replace it with the 14 gbps model, but unfortunately i still cannot find them for sale even though they are already on the xfx website.

    Do you have any suggestion or info, on when they will be put on the market ??

    Thank you so much guys

    Regards.

  4. Hello guys ,
    i bought a 5600xt recently, it’s an excellent video card, but i was disappointed that it doesn’t have the updated BIOS with 14gbps speed memories, while other models have it. Now, reading this article, i have seen that XFX is ready to release new models with 14 gbps support.

    Considering that i’m still in time to return my gpu via amazon, i wanted to replace it with the 14 gbps model, but unfortunately i still cannot find them for sale even though they are already on the xfx website.

    Do you have any suggestion or info, on when they will be put on the market ??

    Thank you so much guys

    Regards.

    Have you tried dialing up your memory speed to 14ghz to see if it will work at that speed? Our 12ghz rated test sample ran just fine at 14ghz – the differentiation in the models is due to the validation for 14ghz to be working over the entire population of cards produced targeting the 12ghz clock.

    Pinging @Brent_Justice to see if XFX said anything about when to expect these to show up in the channel in the emails that were traded.

  5. Don’t know when they will show up in retail or etail shops, but they are already listed on their website

    On the product pages for each one there is a "Where to buy" button you can press to see where they are being sold

    I also see them listed on newegg, but out of stock, like everything right now i imagine getting hardware stock is taking longer than usual for obvious reasons

  6. I’ve tried to increase the memory clock up to 1750mhz (14 gbps) but i got black screens with system restart. So, i tried to lower up to 1625 mhz (13gbps) and the graphics card seems to be stable. I’ve not changed any other value such as power limit or adjusted the VCore. , but i’ve only increased the memory clock with MSI Afterburner. I would like to specify , that i’m not an overclocking expert and i’m not sure that i do it correctly , but i don’t want to risk to damage the card.

    Anyway, i prefer to replace my xfx rx5600xt thicc 3 ultra with the new 14 gbps model, because i’m still in time to return it .

    I will patiently wait that this model will be put on the market for sale :)

    Thank you all guys !

  7. I’m also a proud owner of XFX RX 5600XT thicc III ultra… With 12Gbs mem’s… Now I feel quite pissed … I’m glad that they released new bios with new gpu speed’s but… I thing that it is just not fair to not bump up the mem also . Instead they "reboot" the whole lineup. My memory hits 1680Mhz stable and i assume that the low mem voltage is the only problem here 0.85mV…
Leave a comment