AMD is completing its Radeon family at CES 2020 – but it’s not the high-end video card many expected. Instead, it’s introducing the Radeon RX 5600 XT, a GPU focused on delivering 1080p performance between 90 and 120 FPS. It ranks between the entry-level Radeon 5500XT, which is more focused on consistent 1080p performance at 60 FPS, and the 5700 XT, a more powerful 1440p gaming card.
The new GPU contains 2304 cores and operates with a 1375 MHz gaming frequency and a 1560 MHz turbo frequency. It has a competitive price of $279 and will be released on January 21.
The Radeon RX 5600 XT comes to compete directly with Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti, which has 1536 cores ranging from a 1500 MHz base frequency to a 1770 MHz turbo frequency with the same retail price (MSRP). The two cards have an identical memory configuration. While the 1660 Ti has a definite clock speed advantage, AMD believes its core number advantage is more than compensatory.
The Radeon RX 5600 XT works with the same RDNA architecture found on the RX 5500 and RX 5700 cards. It offers up to 36 compute units operating at a turbo clock frequency of up to 1,560MHz and pointing to 1.375MHz as the game base frequency. The cards will include 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
AMD showcased the new 92 fps graphics card for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, 88 fps for The Division 2, and 87 fps for Gears of Wars 5. These cards show the RX 5600 XT beating the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti by a decent margin, and AMD’s new card costs exactly the same price as its Nvidia counterpart: $279.
AMD also wants to target competitive online titles. It showed the RX 5600 XT reaching 124 fps in Apex Legends, 126 fps in Fortnite and 147 fps in World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth.
AMD’s new graphics card is shaping up very well to compete with Nvidia in the mid-range graphics card market. And it will soon, as AMD has set a release date of January 21, with the card coming from all AMD AIB partners.
A mobile version, the Radeon RX 5600M, has also been announced and will be released in the first half of 2020 along with a Radeon RX 5700M. These two new mobile graphics processors are likely to play an important role in THE momentum AMD will give to mobile computing in 2020 along with its Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs.
On stage, AMD showed benchmarks for six games in which the 5600 XT beat the 1660 Ti. Margins ranged from 5% to 30%, abyss of 16%.
|Game||Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti||AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||88||92|
|The Division 2||74||88|
|Gears of War 5||69||87|
|World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth||113||147|
Although AMD did not mention it during its presentation, it has also published a product page for the non-XT variant of the RX 5600. It has the same speeds and memory as the 5600 XT, but its number of cores has been reduced to 2048 shaders.
Like the non-XT 5500 version, the 5600 is for OEM systems only, which is reasonable since there is not much margin between the 5600 XT and the 5500 XT. Specifications place it approximately equivalent to the Nvidia GTX 1660 Super. AMD has not yet indicated when it will be available, but we expect it to start appearing on pre-built systems when the 5600 XT launches late this month.
In the table below you can see the specifications for the entire first generation of Desktop Navi. We don’t have base frequencies for the RX 5600 series as AMD hasn’t confirmed them yet, but we’ve heard they’re around 1130 MHz.
|Model||Cores||Base Clock||Game Clock||Boost Clock||TFLOPs||Memory||Bandwidth||MSRP|
|RX 5700 XT||2560||1605 MHz||1755 MHz||1905 MHz||8.99||8GB||448 GB/s||$399|
|RX 5700||2304||1465 MHz||1625 MHz||1725 MHz||7.49||8GB||448 GB/s||$349|
|RX 5600 XT||2304||?||1375 MHz||1560 MHz||6.34||6GB||288 GB/s||$279|
|RX 5600||2048||?||1375 MHz||1560 MHz||5.63||6GB||288 GB/s||?|
|RX 5500 XT||1408||1607 MHz||1717 MHz||1845 MHz||4.84||4GB or 8GB||224 GB/s||$169|
AMD hasn’t shown us a reference edition for the 5600 XT, so for now we have our sights set on OEMs. There have been no announcements, but the Asrock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX models briefly appeared in AMD’s presentation, and there have been some leaks. There will be triple and dual fan configurations to address the 5600 XT’s 150W TDP.
Even if you’re not looking to upgrade soon, the Radeon 5600 XT is still an exciting card. It puts the company in a better position to compete with NVIDIA. Sure, there’s no high-end option yet, but for the vast majority of players, the latest Radeon cards will still be compelling options.