Best AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards (2020)

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Performance Winner
ASRock AMD Radeon RX5600XT Graphics Board GDDR6 6GB Phamtom Gaming Series RX 5600XT PG D2 6G OC
Best Price-Performance Ratio
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC 6G Graphics Card, 3x WINDFORCE Fans, 8GB 192-Bit GDDR6, GV-R56XTWF2OC-6GD Video Card
MSI Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT Boost Clock: 1600 MHz 192-bit 6GB GDDR6 DP/HDMI Dual Torx 3.0 Fans Freesync DirectX 12 Ready Graphics Card (RX 5600 XT MECH OC)
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO -14GBPS 6GB GDDR6 BOOST UP TO 1620MHz 3xDP HDMI Graphics Card RX-56XT6DF46
Model
ASRock Radeon RX5600XT Phamtom Gaming
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC
MSI Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT Boost Clock
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent July 2020
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
ASRock
Gigabyte
MSI
XFX
Performance
Video Memory
6GB GDDR6
6GB GDDR6
6GB GDDR6
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base 1420 MHz / Boost: 1570MHz
Base: 1200 MHz / Boost: 1450 MHz
Base: 1185 MHz / Boost: 1600 MHz
Base: 1560 MHz / Boost: 1620 MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
2 fans
2 fans
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • More than sufficient performance for 1080p gaming
  • Semi-passive cooling
  • Very good cooling
  • Good price/performance ratio
  • Great performance for 1080p gaming
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Solid cooling
  • Highest clock rates for GPU and memory
  • High-quality workmanship of the cooler
  • Low volume
  • High performance
  • Quiet fans and low noise during work
  • Low power usage
Cons
  • A bit too loud under load
  • Cheap processing of the cooler cover
  • High price
  • No RGB lighting
Recommended by us?
Performance Winner
ASRock AMD Radeon RX5600XT Graphics Board GDDR6 6GB Phamtom Gaming Series RX 5600XT PG D2 6G OC
Model
ASRock Radeon RX5600XT Phamtom Gaming
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent July 2020
Manufacturer
ASRock
Performance
Video Memory
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base 1420 MHz / Boost: 1570MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • More than sufficient performance for 1080p gaming
  • Semi-passive cooling
  • Very good cooling
  • Good price/performance ratio
Cons
  • A bit too loud under load
Recommended by us?
Best Price-Performance Ratio
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC 6G Graphics Card, 3x WINDFORCE Fans, 8GB 192-Bit GDDR6, GV-R56XTWF2OC-6GD Video Card
Model
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1200 MHz / Boost: 1450 MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Great performance for 1080p gaming
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Solid cooling
Cons
  • Cheap processing of the cooler cover
Recommended by us?
MSI Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT Boost Clock: 1600 MHz 192-bit 6GB GDDR6 DP/HDMI Dual Torx 3.0 Fans Freesync DirectX 12 Ready Graphics Card (RX 5600 XT MECH OC)
Model
MSI Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT Boost Clock
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
Performance
Video Memory
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1185 MHz / Boost: 1600 MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Highest clock rates for GPU and memory
  • High-quality workmanship of the cooler
  • Low volume
Cons
  • High price
Recommended by us?
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO -14GBPS 6GB GDDR6 BOOST UP TO 1620MHz 3xDP HDMI Graphics Card RX-56XT6DF46
Model
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
XFX
Performance
Video Memory
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1560 MHz / Boost: 1620 MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • High performance
  • Quiet fans and low noise during work
  • Low power usage
Cons
  • No RGB lighting
Recommended by us?

Best AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards

We are starting the new month of February directly with an up-to-date purchase advice on gamer graphics cards.

We will classify the graphics card series that are of interest to gamers in terms of performance, but of course we will also look at the prices and give you a few models per interesting graphics card series as a buying tip – since there are 52 graphics card models in total, we will distribute them on two pages with a large table at the end of the special.

Before we do this, we take a special look at the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, because something has changed in favor of the AMD graphics card since its release.

But first we want to start with some general tips for buying a graphics card.

Test Results: Best AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards

Ranking First: ASRock AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming

Pros

  • More than sufficient performance for 1080p gaming
  • Semi-passive cooling
  • Very good cooling
  • Good price/performance ratio

Cons

  • A bit too loud under load

Best performing RX 5600 XT in Best RX 5600 XT Aftermarket Cards

First we take a look at the ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC.

With a price of 340 Dollar, it is clearly above the actual price point of 300 Dollar, but this is also torn by numerous manufacturers.

With a length of 280 mm, ASRock’s model plays in the upper class – at least when it comes to the dimensions.

But the PCB is only 190 mm long. ASRock uses the additional space or volume for the heat sink. The volume of the cooler is supported by a height of 2.5 slots.

When it comes to the cooler, we are also right at the three axial fans with a diameter of 75 mm.

They only start rotating at a GPU temperature of 50 °C and work under load with 1,050 RPM.

When the GPU temperature drops to 50 °C again, the fans switch off again.

There are 3x DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b at the display connections.

The GPU temperatures of the ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC were around 60°C in our benchmarks, thus in a very good window because it was sufficiently cool.

The fans rotated at the same time with a bit more than 1.000 RPM, which is a low speed for fans on a graphic card and lets us hope for a low noise level.

The card doesn’t always reach the boost clock of 1.750 MHz, but you are also clearly above the promised game clock of 1.670 MHz.

In this respect the initial values of the card seem to be correct.

The ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC hides its rather small PCB behind a huge cooler.

This consists of a black cover, on which red accents are created. There are three axial fans distributed over the surface.

These stand still in idle mode and thus make the model a semi-passive card.

On the rear side there is a completely closed backplate, and at the same time it is very easy to see how short the PCB is and how long the cooler extends beyond it.

On the front side of the card is an illuminated phantom gaming logo.

The additional power supply of the card is provided by an 8-pin connector.

According to the specification, this supplies 150 W and together with the 75 W coming via the PCI Express slot, the card is thus sufficiently powered.

ASRock AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming

ASRock uses an aluminum base plate on the Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC, on which three heatpipes lie in several loops.

These should dissipate the waste heat in the best possible way.

The fins’ surface area is also very large due to the cooler’s large volume.

How well the cooling works, we will see in the measurements.

A maximum GPU temperature of 60 °C already shows that at least the temperatures are no problem.

All three test candidates have a semi-passive cooling system – they are therefore silent in idle mode.

The temperatures, from which the fans stop, differ slightly, but this doesn’t make a big difference in practice.

The MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X is the quietest model.

The ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC also works quite well, but the previously tested Sapphire version is a bit quieter.

One of the loudest is the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC 6G, whose fans simply turn a bit too fast.

All Radeon RX 5600 XT models are very close together in terms of power consumption.

Almost all manufacturers have increased the clock rates and thus also the power consumption.

In the power consumption of the entire system, all models of the Radeon RX 5600 XT are very close together.

Almost all manufacturers have increased the clock rates and thus also the power consumption.

ASRock AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming

In the individual measurement, smaller differences become apparent.

However, a difference of 5 to 10 W in consumption probably doesn’t play a role in practice, and this probably doesn’t make a difference for cooling either.

The temperatures are no problem for the three test candidates.

A value of 60°C is not exceeded by any of the recently tested cards. In this respect, we don’t see any reason for criticism here.

Verdict: Best performing RX 5600 XT in Best RX 5600 XT Aftermarket Cards

With the Radeon RX 5600 XT, AMD has set itself the goal of being able to offer a bit more 1080p performance.

Due to the subsequent overclocking, the cards come quite close to the Radeon RX 5700, but lack 2 GB of graphics memory.

However, NVIDIA is also satisfied with 6 GB of graphics memory in this performance range and in our tests we can only find a memory limitation in extreme cases.

95 % of gamers will not experience this in practice, though.

The Radeon RX 5600 XT models tested so far were basically quite close together.

There are usually no shifts within the model sequence. But there are with the models of the competition or with the own predecessors. The opponent is clearly the GeForce RTX 2060.

A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is partly clearly outperformed. Even a GeForce RTX 2060 only offers 6 GB of graphics memory and thus, the competitors are on par here as well.

For the first time in the navigation series, AMD has managed to be a real competitor to NVIDIA with the Radeon RX 5600 XT.

The GeForce RTX 2060 offers optional but hardware accelerated ray tracing, which will only play a role for AMD with the next generation.

ASRock AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming

In terms of performance, the ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC drops a bit, because overclocking the memory is omitted here.

This is more evident in some benchmarks than in others.

But the difference is quite striking, especially in compute applications.

The fastest card in this trio is the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X, because it can offer the highest clock rates due to the bank, which is mainly due to the very good cooling.

The cooling of the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X is even the best within all Radeon RX-5600XT models we’ve tested so far.

The fans can sometimes even stop briefly under load – that’s how potent the cooler seems to be at absorbing the waste heat.

The cooler of the ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC moves in the midfield.

Even though we’re talking about relatively quiet operation – the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC 6G is the loudest of the three cards we had here in the test.

In terms of cooling, all cards manage to keep the temperatures low.

So the rating refers exclusively to the volume.

Second: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC

Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC

Pros

  • Great performance for 1080p gaming
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Solid cooling

Cons

  • Cheap processing of the cooler cover

Second Best RX 5600 XT in Best RX 5600 XT Aftermarket Cards

The second test candidate is the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC 6G, which is the cheap model in this comparison with 322 Dollar.

Gigabyte’s model also has a length of 280 mm, but the PCB is considerably longer with 230 mm.

The size of the card, together with the height of a bit more than two slots, also determines the volume for the cooler.

Three axial fans with a diameter of 75 mm are also used on the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC 6G. In this respect the two models from ASRock and Gigabyte are very similar.

The three axial fans on the card start working at a GPU temperature of 48 °C.

After the load is finished, the temperature drops again and from a temperature of 50 °C, the fans are deactivated again.

The speeds are significantly higher than in the competitor model with 1,680 RPM.

Whether this will have a negative impact on the noise level, we’ll see in the measured rates.

The slot bezel offers the display connections in the form of three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b.

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC 6G clocks somewhat lower than ASRock’s card with 1.700 to 1.710 MHz.

The GPU temperatures can be described as relaxed at 58 °C.

The card thus meets the game clock specification of 1.670 MHz.

The boost clock of 1.750 MHz is only rarely reached by the card.

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC 6G offers a lot of black, which is only interrupted by a few grey elements.

Only plastic is used as a cover here as well.

The three axial fans are let into the three round openings.

The aluminum heat sink is concealed underneath and some copper is already flashing out.

A completely closed backplate is also used on the Gigabyte model, which serves as protection against mechanical damage.

There is an illuminated Gigabyte logo on the front of the card.

Besides ASRock, Gigabyte also uses an 8-pin connector for additional power supply of the card. 150 (8-pin connector) + 75 W (PCI Express slot) are more than sufficient for the supply of the card.

At this point you can see the smaller projection of the cooler, because the PCB comes to a length of 230 mm.

The backplate also uses the full length of the board.

GPU and memory are covered by a solid base plate.

Eight heatpipes run over this in the direction of the slot bracket and the rear end of the card.

We measured a GPU temperature of 58°C maximum, which is a very good value and lets the card unfold its performance.

Some components of the power and voltage supply have been equipped with an additional heat sink.

The airflow generated by the three axial fans thus effectively cools down these components as well.

Third: MSI Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT 

MSI Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT

Pros

  • Highest clock rates for GPU and memory
  • High-quality workmanship of the cooler
  • Low volume

Cons

  • High price

Third Best RX 5600 XT in Best RX 5600 XT Aftermarket Cards

The MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X can definitely be called a premium model with a price of 355 Dollar. We’ll have a look at whether this price is justified in the test.

Both the PCB and the cooler of the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X come to a length of 295 mm.

Moreover, the PCB and the card have a height of 120 mm, whereas it’s usually 100 mm in the mid-range.

To increase the volume of the cooler, MSI uses a cooler with a height of three slots.

In contrast to the previous two models, only two axial fans with a diameter of 100 mm each are used.

This is one of the most significant differences in the cooling concept.

The GPU temperature of the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X does not exceed 58 °C.

The corresponding GPU clock is around 1,720 MHz.

Thus, the boost clock of 1.750 MHz is also only reached here for a short time if at all.

The card keeps the game clock in any case.

The MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X shows a clear difference to its competitors in terms of looks.

Two large axial fans should keep the card cool. The plastic cover makes a much higher quality impression – also due to the surface structure and material thickness.

The back of the PCB is equipped with a closed backplate made of aluminum, which also supports the high-quality look in its gray.

We’d like to say a few words about the cooling or the fans.

These are unusually large at 100 mm, but also only have to work at 1,000 RPM under load.

This should have a positive effect on the volume. The fans only start to turn at all from a GPU temperature of 56 °C.

If the GPU temperature drops to 48 °C or less, the fans will turn off again.

The large heat sink in combination with the fans ensures that the GPU temperature can drop to 48 °C even under load and the fans stop briefly.

Then the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X is briefly in passive mode even under load.

MSI Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT

The additional power supply on the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X is provided by two 8-pin connectors.

Thus, the card is more than adequately powered – one could also say oversized powered.

A Radeon RX 5600 XT will certainly not need more than 300 W.

The cooling of the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X seems more than potent.

All important components have direct contact to the cooler, which is supported by nickel-plated heat pipes.

Besides the GPUs and memory chips, other components are also covered by the cooler and thus actively cooled.

The greater overall height is evident in the area of the slot bracket – certainly somewhat unusual for a model of the Radeon RX 5600 XT.

Fourth: XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO

XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO

Pros

  • High performance
  • Quiet fans and low noise during work
  • Low power usage

Cons

  • No RGB lighting

Fourth Best RX 5600 XT in Best RX 5600 XT Aftermarket Cards

While Nvidia is considered an expensive, but rarely bad choice for video editing, the only serious competitor, AMD, can usually attract attention with cheaper offers with comparable performance.

But does this also apply to the new Radeon RX 5600 XT?

In gaming, the two rivals are usually very close together, but in video editing AMD has been able to score up to three advantages in the past:

Firstly, the AMD cards generally offered better “raw” computing power due to their architecture (which made them especially interesting in cryptomining compared to Nvidia, among other things).

Second, AMD’s architecture was often designed for higher memory bandwidths than Nivida.

Especially in effect crunching of modern programs like Resolve, the memory throughput of the GPU still has by far the biggest influence on the overall performance.

And thirdly, AMD often used more memory than Nvidia in comparable price classes, which didn’t make the cards look old for future projects.

For these three reasons, AMD has repeatedly been able to shine with amazing price/performance results under Resolve in recent years.

For example with the Vega56 or the Radeon VII, but this performance was always accompanied by a comparatively high power consumption of AMD models.

With the latest chip generation (RDNA 1.0), AMD has now caught up with Nvidia in terms of efficiency, which is why the memory throughput is now similar in the comparable models.

The RX 5600 XT offers a memory bandwidth of approx. 300 GB/s on a 192 bit wide memory bus with 14 GBps DDR6 RAM.
This corresponds to a first generation RTX 2060 at Nvidia.

However, the significantly cheaper GTX 1660 SUPER, which can be found online from around 230 Dollar, has recently achieved similar values (May 2020).

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT models were only available from about 300 Dollar at the time of testing.

This is also true for the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II.

XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO

The memory interface of the RX 5600 XT provides an unattractive memory configuration in this price range due to the 192 bit width.

In contrast to models with 128 and 256 bit, the card has to be delivered with 6 GB memory because of the interface.

The smaller (RX 5500) and larger (RX 5700) AMD models, on the other hand, are available with a more future-proof 8GB.

XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II

The case of the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II protrudes far beyond the edge of the PCI mounting screws, making it slightly higher than typical graphics cards.

That’s why it only found its place in our PC case with a bit of pricking.

Also, the lavish conversion does not seem as stable as the typical Radeon reference cards, which spread the solid appearance of a metal block. XFX advertises this as an advantage with the words:

“Enhanced Open Air Design”

The exterior of the card is further characterized by two bulky 100mm axial fans.

The XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II is typically designed as a dual slot version (280x148x44mm).

As connections are 3 x display port and 1 x HDMI 2.0 available. An additional 8-pin power supply connector must be available for power connection.

According to the data sheet, the card can consume up to 160 W and becomes correspondingly loud under load.

The performance under DaVinci Resolve 16

XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO

Our earlier mentioned problems where Resolve with AMD cards always required long switching times between rooms is now a thing of the past.

In contrast to Nvidia cards, we noticed that the clips are somehow cached again with AMD’s driver before they are played smoothly by the graphics card.

And so preview pictures in the program remain empty for a few seconds at the start.

We now attribute this behavior to different code between OpenCL and CUDA.

Because we noticed another memory behavior:

While our 8K test project in CUDA mode with an RTX2080Ti repeatedly aborts due to memory overflows despite 11 GB DDR6 RAM, this does not happen with the 6GB AMD card.

This card acts clearly slower, but doesn’t stop the processing because of full memory.

The memory management under OpenCL should therefore work fundamentally different than under CUDA.

This leads us directly to performance considerations.

The following table shows how the performance of various graphics cards works under the current DaVinci Resolve Studio 16.

Various GPU-intensive effects were created and measured.

The first value (50 Curved Nodes CC) describes how many FPS the card can handle in 8K with 50 color correction nodes.

The other values describe the refresh rate for particularly complex effects.

Real time is reached here when 24 fps can be reproduced without jerking.

A GPU can’t achieve more than 24 (fps) in our test, because the project rendering is already optimal with this.

Miscellaneous

An automatic memory overclocking was included in the driver, which can be done with a mouse click, but in the 8K Resolve tests it “only” brought 0.5fps more (with 1810 instead of 1750 MHz).

Such big jumps as with the Vega 56 HBM overclocking are no longer possible with DDR6 memory.

Speaking of Vega 56…

The RX 5600 XT definitely remains quieter under load and only consumes half the power under full load in Resolve (on average about 110W vs. 220W with the Vega 56).

On the other hand, the RX 5600 XT had a few smaller glitches under Resolve.

For example, the scopes were not displayed correctly or there was (very rarely) a short flicker.

Since such effects did not occur on the same computer with either an Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti or an AMD Vega 56, we estimate that Resolve still has a few problems to work out with AMD’s new GPU generation…

Verdict

“Only” 6GB and no exceptional performance don’t make the AMD RX 5600 XT particularly exciting for video editors.

Add to this smaller glitches in Resolve, which are not dramatic, but you don’t have to put up with them because you can get comparable performance at a lower price and more reliably at the moment.

Even with the AMD VEGA 56 from our own company.

Graphics Cards: Buying Guide for the RX 5600 XT

We are starting the new month of February directly with an up-to-date purchase advice on gamer graphics cards.

We will classify the graphics card series that are of interest to gamers in terms of performance, but of course we will also look at the prices and give you a few models per interesting graphics card series as a buying tip – since there are 52 graphics card models in total, we will distribute them on two pages with a large table at the end of the special.

RX 5600 XT

Before we do this, we take a special look at the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, because something has changed in favor of the AMD graphics card since its release 10 days ago.

But first we want to start with some general tips for buying a graphics card.

Graphics card series, custom models and clock rates

AMD and Nvidia are constantly developing new graphics chips.

The two manufacturers then create so-called reference graphics cards for these graphics chips.

These graphics cards are the basis for the graphics card series, a blueprint, so to speak, which the partner manufacturers of AMD and Nvidia (for example Asus, MSI, Palit or Sapphire) then follow in order to launch their own models on the market.

This is because most users don’t buy one of the reference models directly from AMD or Nvidia, but rather rely on the custom models of the partner manufacturers.

In such models, especially the cooling is adapted in comparison to the reference model, and there are also many variants with significantly higher clock rates than the reference models.

The model selection is adapted to the buyer’s wishes – hence the term “custom”, which strictly speaking is more likely to be used even for individually made single models.

The custom models of the partner manufacturers are, of course, mass products despite the manufacturer’s own special features.

What’s certain, however, is that the graphic cards still belong to the AMD or Nvidia graphic card series, although the design of the board and the arrangement of the intended chips sometimes deviate from the reference construction plan.

Current graphics card series are for example the AMD Radeon RX 5700 or the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super.

So, when we come to the purchase consultation later, the graphic cards mentioned by us always stand for the reference models, but represent the complete respective series with their variants of the partner manufacturers.

RX 5600 XT

If a custom model then has an overclocking of, for example, 10 percent in comparison to the reference, it can consequently deliver up to 10 percent more FPS (frames per second) than the reference graphic card.

The clock values refer to the GPU, i.e. the main graphics processor, which is the heart of a graphics card.

A performance comparison based on the clock value can only be made within the same graphics card series.

If you compare graphics cards with two different GPUs, too many other factors, including the architecture of the GPU, play a role.

Example: The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super has a higher base and boost clock than the AMD Radeon RX 5700 – but the latter is a good 30 percent faster.

An Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 in turn has lower clock rates than the AMD RX 5700, but is a bit faster.

Graphics cards: length, fans and heat

The more powerful a graphics chip is, the warmer it can get – this rule always applies, at least roughly.

For this reason, but also because the stronger graphics cards have longer boards due to the more complex technology, the coolers of strong graphics cards are usually larger, so that these bolides are also relatively long.

For example, there are 10 very short versions of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super, which can rather be classified in the lower middle class range, which are a maximum of 18 centimeters long.

On the other hand, even the shortest model is 24 centimeters long in a high-end card like the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, because you couldn’t accommodate the strong technology on less length and cool it acceptably without a lot of effort.

If your PC case allows it, we recommend a rather long graphics card.

Since the cooler is logically quite large on longer models, the graphics card can usually be cooled more easily, so that the fans of the graphics card do not have to turn as fast under load and are therefore quieter.

But before buying, pay attention to how much space is available in the case.

You can find out this from the case manufacturer, but you can also measure it if necessary.

Moreover, within a graphics card series, models with three fans are – at least from experience – quieter than graphics cards with two or even only one fan.

This is because three fans naturally move a certain amount of air away at lower speeds than if there were only two fans, and when cooling, it is important to move the warm air away from the graphics card.

Of course, there are also cases where a graphics card with two fans is quieter than a model with three fans.

This can be due to three factors: The quality of the cooler, the clock speed of the graphics card and the fan profile set at the factory, i.e. the question of how fast the fans should rotate depending on the measured GPU temperature.

Some manufacturers want to keep the graphics card as cool as possible and let the fans run at full speed under load, others allow the GPU to get quite hot so that the ventilation is quieter.

In both cases, however, a software like the MSI Afterburner (which is compatible with all manufacturers) can usually be used to set a fan curve of your own choice.

Nvidia has also had a function in the drivers for a few weeks now that allows you to set a maximum FPS limit.

Should the graphics card theoretically be able to handle much more FPS, it is deliberately trimmed, but has to work under less load and therefore doesn’t get as warm.

So this trick not only saves power, but also makes the cooling system quieter – at least for those games where the graphics card could actually deliver a higher FPS value than the limit you set.

RGB lighting

RX 5600 XT

Many gamers use a case with a side window.

Not everyone of these users attaches importance to the look of their hardware – but if you do, you will find a lot of different designs in graphics cards.

In addition, RGB lighting is also used.

Where graphic cards used to have only a monochrome illuminated logo or similar, nowadays you can find more and more graphic cards with LED lighting, which can be illuminated in theoretically 16.8 million different colours if required.

Even effects like pulsating light or wave-like color changes are possible.

This is controlled by software – if the mainboard is compatible, the lighting of the graphics card can also be synchronized with other LED-equipped devices controlled by the mainboard.

Power supply unit

In terms of the power supply, 450 to 500 watts nominal power is actually quite sufficient even for the strongest graphics card and a good, modern CPU, if it’s a branded power supply starting at around 50 Dollar with at least two PCIe 8-pin connectors.

There is often confusion here, as the graphics card manufacturers usually specify a much higher value than 500 watts as the required power, especially for stronger graphics cards.

This is due to the fact that many a PC has a cheap power supply that, although it can provide 500 watts on paper, for example, in practice only 400 watts under load, or that it can’t provide enough stable power on the 12-volt rail that is important for graphics cards.

If the manufacturers specify for example 600 watts as a precaution, then they are on the safe side even with users with cheap power supplies and know in case of a support request because of a problem that it is very likely not due to the power supply performance.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT: New test results

RX 5600 XT

About 10 days ago, a new graphics card, the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, came onto the market, which is very close to the Radeon RX 5700 XT, available from 320 Dollar, with prices starting at just under 300 Dollar.

However, since the latter graphics card is a good 15 to sometimes 20 percent higher in performance in the first tests of the RX 5600 XT (and that with a price premium of less than 10 percent), the opinions of hardware magazines and websites about the new RX 5600 XT were rather moderate.

In comparison to Nvidia, AMD’s 300 Dollar graphics card didn’t fare too badly either: in some tests it came close to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (from 300 Dollar in stores) in some tests to about two percent, but in the performance index of PC Games Hardware the gap was eight percent.

However, it consumes slightly less power than Nvidia’s graphics card.

The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT also uses about 20 percent less power than its big sister.

However, a lot has changed in the last 10 days, which our colleagues also describe in detail and call “chaos” in their article, which was only updated on January 29th.

This is because the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT has performance advantages over the release version, depending on which BIOS version is used.

So if you look at a model with a current BIOS, you have to be aware that you are probably looking at a graphics card with a more than decent price-performance ratio.

The confusing thing is that unlike other graphics card series, not only the GPU clock is the cog on which the partner manufacturers turn to make their models faster than the reference graphics card from AMD, but that AMD has relaxed the general conditions for the power consumption upwards.

RX 5600 XT

On the one hand, this allows higher clock rates than the release, and on the other hand the RAM can be operated with 14 GT/s instead of 12 GT/s.

You need suitable RAM modules for this, but AMD apparently delivers the 14 GT/s versions to its partner manufacturers anyway, because it’s not worthwhile from a cost perspective to get 12 GT/s modules separately and manage the distribution to the manufacturers.

However, when buying a graphics card, you usually don’t know whether the graphics card already has a BIOS version with a performance boost or not.

In the latter case, you can also partially load a newer version of the firmware yourself.

But what exactly does the performance of the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT look like?

In the release version it performs almost as much as an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, but 15 percent less than an AMD Radeon RX 5700.

The gap is of course shortened with a faster BIOS.

A classification in our graphics card purchase advice on the next page is therefore difficult – but we will nevertheless include some models of the Radeon RX 5600 XT in our overview.


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