Test: RX 5600 XT vs GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060 (2020)

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Winner
XFX RX 5700 Triple Dissipation 8GB GDDR6 3xDP HDMI Graphics Card RX-57XL83LD8
Best Price-Performance Ratio
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO -14GBPS 6GB GDDR6 BOOST UP TO 1620MHz 3xDP HDMI Graphics Card RX-56XT6DF46
EVGA 06G-P4-2066-KR GeForce RTX 2060 KO Gaming, 6GB GDDR6, Dual Fans, Metal Backplate
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC 6G 192-bit GDDR6 DisplayPort 1.4 HDMI 2.0B with Windforce 2X Cooling System Graphic Cards- Gv-N166TOC-6GD
Model
XFX RX 5700
XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc II PRO
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good May 2020
Test Result 9.7/10 Very Good May 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Excellent May 2020
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
XFX
XFX
EVGA
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
6 GB GDDR6
6 GB GDDR6
6 GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1750 MHz
1560 MHz (1620 MHz OC)
1365 MHz (1710 MHz OC)
1500 MHz (1800 MHz OC)
Memory bandwidth
448 GB/s
14 GB/s
336.0 GB/s
288.0 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Best performance in the price range
  • Still great performance for the age
  • Nearly as fast as the RTX 2070
  • Even beats out the RTX 2060 Super in most titles
  • Excellent 1080p performance
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Nearly as fast as the RX 5700
  • Even beats out the RTX 2060 in some titles
  • Better performance than GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • Great for 1080p and even 1440p
  • Runs much cooler than previous
  • Easy overclocking
  • Outstanding features and build quality
  • Reasonably priced
  • Efficient and overclockable
  • Great performance at 1920 x 1080
Cons
  • No ray tracing support
  • No ray tracing support
  • Higher power consumption
  • No RTX ray tracing capabilities
Recommended by us?
Winner
XFX RX 5700 Triple Dissipation 8GB GDDR6 3xDP HDMI Graphics Card RX-57XL83LD8
Model
XFX RX 5700
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
XFX
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1750 MHz
Memory bandwidth
448 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Best performance in the price range
  • Still great performance for the age
  • Nearly as fast as the RTX 2070
  • Even beats out the RTX 2060 Super in most titles
Cons
  • No ray tracing support
Recommended by us?
Best Price-Performance Ratio
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 9.7/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
XFX
Performance
Video Memory
6 GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1560 MHz (1620 MHz OC)
Memory bandwidth
14 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Excellent 1080p performance
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Nearly as fast as the RX 5700
  • Even beats out the RTX 2060 in some titles
Cons
  • No ray tracing support
Recommended by us?
EVGA 06G-P4-2066-KR GeForce RTX 2060 KO Gaming, 6GB GDDR6, Dual Fans, Metal Backplate
Model
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Excellent May 2020
Manufacturer
EVGA
Performance
Video Memory
6 GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1365 MHz (1710 MHz OC)
Memory bandwidth
336.0 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Better performance than GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • Great for 1080p and even 1440p
  • Runs much cooler than previous
  • Easy overclocking
Cons
  • Higher power consumption
Recommended by us?
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC 6G 192-bit GDDR6 DisplayPort 1.4 HDMI 2.0B with Windforce 2X Cooling System Graphic Cards- Gv-N166TOC-6GD
Model
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC
Test Result
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
6 GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1500 MHz (1800 MHz OC)
Memory bandwidth
288.0 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Outstanding features and build quality
  • Reasonably priced
  • Efficient and overclockable
  • Great performance at 1920 x 1080
Cons
  • No RTX ray tracing capabilities
Recommended by us?

The new RX 5600 XT from AMD should make Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Super and 1660 Ti’s life difficult. Our gaming benchmarks show how fast the navigation GPU really is in games.

We test the RX 5600 XT from AMD in a duel with Nvidia’s Geforce graphics cards. The TUF Gaming X3 RX 5600 XT Evo OC from Asus is used as the test sample.

AMD praises the Radeon RX 5600 XT in the test as the optimal graphics card for Full-HD gaming. Our measurements clarify whether this also proves itself in gaming practice and in comparison with Nvidia’s graphic cards, such as the Geforce GTX 1660 Super, the Geforce GTX 1660 Ti and the Geforce RTX 2060.

In view of the costs of the current AMD graphics cards, the RX 5600 XT is placed far behind the RX 5500 XT and very close behind the RX 5700 with a RRP of 299 Dollar, as the following overview shows.

Price environment of the RX 5600 XT:

  • Geforce RTX 2060 Super: from approx. 390 Dollar
  • Radeon RX 5700 XT: from about 380 Dollar
  • Radeon RX 5700: from about 320 Dollar
  • Geforce RTX 2060: from approx. 300 Dollar
  • Radeon RX 5600 XT: from about 300 Dollar
  • Geforce GTX 1660 Ti: from about 270 Dollar
  • Geforce GTX 1660 Super: from approx. 230 Dollar
  • Radeon RX 5500 XT: from about 180 Dollar/ 220 Dollar(4.0 GByte / 8.0 GByte)

The custom design from Asus, which we tested, is more expensive: It’s currently only listed from 350 Dollar.

Confusion about technical data

In terms of price, the new RX 5600 XT is very close to the RX 5700, which has been available since mid-2019, and our test of the RX 5600 XT clarifies whether this also applies to performance.

Before we take a look at the test results, we have to deal with the exact hardware (or software) we measured due to AMD’s short-term BIOS update specifications.

AMD has provided us with a model from Asus for the RX 5600 XT test, which is the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5600 XT Evo OC. This is a factory overclocked RX 5600 XT that deviates from AMD’s reference specifications (see also the section “AMD navigation in comparison”).

However, the clock rates are additionally increased via a new BIOS, which is done by increasing the power target, respectively the maximum power consumption, according to Asus. The differences look as follows in bare figures:

Game clock/maximum boost clock:

Reference value1,375 MHz / 1,560 MHz
Asus X3 RX 5600 XT Evo OC without BIOS update1,460 MHz / 1,620 MHz
Asus X3 RX 5600 XT Evo OC with BIOS update1,615 MHz / 1,750 MHz

The effective memory clock has also received approval from AMD for an increase from 12.0 to 14.0 GHz. At least in the case of our test specimen, Asus doesn’t make use of this and refers to a manually possible increase via the Asus tool GPU Tweak II.

Which RX 5600 XT do the buyers get?

The first batches of the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5600 XT Evo OC, which we tested, are still delivered with the original BIOS. Asus enables the change to the new standard BIOS with higher clock rates via download and 1-click tool. Later batches will receive the new BIOS by default.

Moreover, Asus still offers a silent BIOS, but we’ll limit ourselves to the standard versions for our test, which will also reach the customer. We therefore measure the RX 5600 XT Evo OC once with the original BIOS and once with the new standard BIOS.

Note: We have already asked Asus how customers can differentiate between the models with the original and the new BIOS in the shops. As soon as we receive an answer, we’ll update the test at this point.

AMD Navi in comparison

Official references

GPURX 5600 XTRX 5500 XTRX 5700 XT
ChipNavi 10Navi 14Navi 10
Production7nm7nm7nm
Clock1.375 MHz game clock1,560 MHz max. Boost1.717 MHz game clock1,845 MHz max. Boost1,755 MHz game clock1.905 MHz max. Boost
Shader2,3041,4082,560
Video memory6.0 GB GDDR64.0 / 8.0 GB GDDR68.0 GB GDDR6
VRAM clock12.0 GHz14.0 GHz14.0 GHz
Memory interface192 bits128 bit256 bits
Memory bandwidth288 GB / s224 GB / s448 GB / s
TDP150 watts130 watts225 watts

A look at the technical data reveals a special feature of the RX 5600 XT: It has 6.0 GByte VRAM, while all other current models from AMD use either 4.0 or 8.0 GByte.

A step that was probably made easier for AMD due to the competition from Nvidia: The Geforce models, which are to be considered the main opponents of the RX 5600 XT, all also have a maximum of 6.0 GByte video memory.

Graphics card ranking

Performance rating
Average FPS from Anno 1800, Assassins’s Creed: Odyssey, Battlefield 5, Metro: Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Wolfenstein Youngblood at 1080p, 1440p and 4k resolution.

In our benchmarks, Asus’ RX 5600 XT reaches almost exactly the performance of the RX Vega 56 without a BIOS update and can thus already beat the models of Nvidia’s GTX-1660 series. The performance increases by about four percent with a BIOS update, which further reduces the manageable gap to the RTX 2060.

The competition from the own house in the form of the RX 5700 is, however, about 15 percent ahead of the RX 5600 XT with BIOS update and about 20 percent ahead of the values without BIOS update.

Models of the RX 5600 XT, which in opposition to the Asus card also rely on higher clocked memory, should once again increase by about five percent, making the RX 5600 XT comparably fast as the RTX 2060.

8.0 GByte VRAM vs. 6.0 GByte VRAM: If you compare the Radeon models with 8.0 GByte VRAM with the RX 5600 XT, which has 2.0 GByte less video memory, an increase in the gap is only noticeable in the 4K resolution, at least in our benchmark titles and in view of the average fps, whereas it remains quite stable in the other two resolutions.

For the Full-HD resolution officially targeted by AMD with the RX 5600 XT, 6.0 GByte video memory is (still) enough according to the test results, but the larger VRAM pad for the future still represents 8.0 GByte VRAM.

The GPU clock rate: Under typical gaming load, we measured values in the range of 1.700 MHz in our open test setup after the BIOS update; before that it was about 100 MHz less.

In comparison: Our test specimens of the RX 5700 XT and RX 5500 XT reach somewhat higher rates in the range of 1.800 MHz, Nvidia’s current graphic cards often manage to get close to 2.000 MHz.

Volume

Measured in a soundproofed room

You can’t blame the RX-5600-XT model from Asus in terms of volume. The three axial fans are idle anyway, but even under gaming load they only turn with about 30 percent. This makes the Asus card the quietest model in our test field.

Power consumption

The RX 5600 XT proves to be a very efficient graphics card, especially without, but also with the BIOS update.

Without the BIOS update, the entire test system consumes hardly more power than the Radeon RX 5500 XT, and that with a clearly higher performance.

With the BIOS update, the result for energy efficiency deteriorates only slightly, but the RX 5600 XT is on a very good level in this discipline one way or another.

Verdict

Already in the run-up to the test of the Radeon RX 5600 XT, it was shown that its price environment seems to be very important to AMD and Nvidia: First Nvidia makes the RTX 2060 a bit cheaper, then shortly before the release AMD pushes BIOS updates for higher clock rates.

However, both the new RX 5600 XT and the RTX 2060, which has already been available for a year, have a problem: The RX 5700. In our test course it is a bit faster than both models, but currently only slightly more expensive, and it also has 2.0 GB more video memory.

For Full HD, 6.0 GBytes might still be sufficient in most cases in the long run. In the price range of just over 300 Dollar, I’d still go for the RX 5700, which according to AMD’s official emphasis should continue to be available on the market, especially since ray tracing is not (yet) a decisive argument for me personally.

Another competitor worth mentioning is the GTX 1660 Super, also thanks to its comparatively low price of currently about 230 Dollar. The RX 5600 XT and the RTX 2060 are about 15 to 20 percent faster on the road, but also almost 30 percent more expensive.

The RX 5600 XT thus shares the fate of the RX 5500 XT in my view: performance and efficiency are right so far, but the price is too high at release to make it a really attractive option.

Nvidia & AMD: GPUs could become more expensive in 2020

Nvidia has a reputation among many people for offering highly overpriced graphics cards like the RTX 2080 Ti, especially in the high-end segment due to a lack of competition. AMD, on the other hand, very often comes over the price, as recently with the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT.

But both manufacturers could soon be forced to drive up the prices, so to speak.

This is reported by the market research institute Trendforce and the DRAMeXchange subdivision, which specializes in volatile memories. According to these reports, the price for graphics memory (GDDR) will rise significantly in the first quarter of 2020.

Demand higher than supply

DRAMeXchange cites the expected price increase for server DRAM due to the high demand, which will also increase the price of video memory, which is even more sensitive to market changes. Since OEM customers are also increasing their inventories, contract prices for GDDR VRAM are expected to rise by more than 5 percent across all quarters.

In addition, DRAMeXchange expects a dramatic increase in demand for fast GDDR6 video memory in the coming year. Both Nvidia and AMD are already equipping their current products with GDDR6 modules, but in 2020 more graphics cards will be equipped with probably even larger video memory – not to mention Intel’s Xe GPUs.

The next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, which will also be equipped with GDDR6, are scheduled for release towards the end of the year. A whopping 16.0 GBytes are under discussion for the Xbox Series X, and something similar is expected for the PS5.

GDDR video memory also causes the highest production costs per chip. According to DRAMeXchange, the outlook is therefore anything but rosy. The only glimmer of hope is an increase in production capacity at the three major manufacturers Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron – but no more than 15 percent is expected by the end of 2020.

Raytracing explained: How Nvidia’s 3D graphics revolution works

Nvidia introduced its current graphics card generation GeForce RTX 20xx in September 2018. It is based on the Turing microarchitecture, named after the British mathematician Alan Turing, and replaced the Pascal graphics cards of the GeForce GTX 10 generation after a little more than two years.

Smooth gaming in 4K and HDR

With the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the GeForce RTX 2080 and the GeForce RTX 2070 the first Turing graphics cards are available. They can be classified as the direct successors of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the strongest GeForce graphics card for gamers to date, as well as the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070. The GeForce RTX 20 series should of course clearly outshine its predecessor in terms of performance. As an example, Nvidia cites the GeForce RTX 2080, which is supposed to render games like Final Fantasy XV, Wolfenstein II or Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 4K and HDR with partly significantly more than 60 fps. This would make it at least 50 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Ti.

RTX stands for Raytracing

Because the Turing pixel accelerators are based on a completely new microarchitecture, features have been introduced in addition to the new GDDR6 memory type, which in total have not been found in any other graphics card generation so far. As with the Quadro RTX, an offshoot of the Turing chips designed for professional use, the Turing chips also contain both Tensor computing cores for AI computation and ray tracing cores (RT cores). They allow realistic shadows and reflections to be calculated in real time. How important this aspect is to Nvidia is shown by the naming of the GeForce RTX-20 series, because the letter R is supposed to clarify the relation to the raytracing cores.

Ray tracing versus rasterization

As with other rendering methods, raytracing is also about representing the three-dimensional game world in a 2D image. The ray tracing algorithm tracks all light rays from the eye of the viewer into the virtual space back to an object (= ray tracing). Once there, it analyzes how the light beam behaves based on the surface properties of the object. Depending on the material, such as wood or glass, the light beam can then be reflected, absorbed or diffracted, for example. Since the emitted light rays thus spread throughout the entire virtual space, ray tracing also detects objects that are covered by other objects; however, their surface structure in turn creates further light effects. This creates a very realistic picture of the game world.

The advantage of raytracing becomes clear when you compare it to rasterization, the rendering method used almost universally in current games. The rasterization only shows objects that are directly in the field of view of the viewer. This saves computing power, but eliminates all light sources that can only be seen indirectly. The fact that they are nevertheless noticeable, for example by means of reflections, shadows cast or light refractions, can only be calculated by the rasterization in a roundabout way, which does not look so good by far. Nvidia demonstrated the difference between rasterization and raytracing during the GeForce RTX premiere with a demo video of Battlefield V. The two screenshots above are taken from this demo video: Because the fire in the game scene burns mostly outside the field of view, it is not reflected by the mirroring surface of the car without raytracing (below).

Compromise solution: hybrid rendering

With the real-time calculation of complete game scenes via raytracing, however, even the Turing graphics chips are overtaxed despite their specially designed RT cores. That’s why Nvidia uses a hybrid rendering of raytracing and rasterization, whereby only certain effects, such as shadows or ambient occlusion, are calculated via raytracing to achieve more realistic lighting. The GeForce RTX graphics cards benefit from their tensor cores, which serve two main applications: firstly, to reduce the image noise that can occur during ray tracing when too few light rays per pixel are calculated. The second Tensor main task is the so-called Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), an AI-supported edge smoothing process.

Updates for games and Windows 10

In order for games to benefit from DLSS or the real-time ray tracing of Turing graphics cards, their manufacturers must respond with an update. We have compiled a selection of titles that support ray tracing and/or DLSS for you on the next page. Windows 10 requires the DirectX-12 ray tracing API DXR, which was introduced with version 1809 (October update).

Addendum dated (June 12, 2019): You can use ray tracing features with restrictions even with Geforce GTX 1xxx cards. To activate software ray tracing, you need at least the Nvidia driver 425.31 or newer. Because software ray tracing uses shaders (GTX 10xx upwards) instead of dedicated RT and Tensor cores (Geforce RTX), you shouldn’t expect miracles in terms of performance. Nvidia’s marketing statements, that the RTX cards are up to ten times faster, certainly apply here in one or the other game.

RTX: Supported games

These games support real-time ray tracing and/or DLSS of the GeForce RTX. We summarize already released and upcoming titles. Note: In most cases a patch from the developers is still necessary. The manufacturers inform about the current status on the official social media channels, in the respective forum and more.

Real-time ray tracing

  1. [Assetto Corsa Competizione] (racing simulation, initially deleted ) 
  2. Atomic Heart (first person shooter)
  3. Battlefield V (first person shooter)
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (first person shooter)
  5. Control (action adventure)
  6. Cyberpunk 2077 (action RPG)
  7. Dying Light 2
  8. Enlisted (first person shooter)
  9. Justice (online RPG)
  10. JX3 (online RPG)
  11. Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries (Action)
  12. Metro: Exodus (first person shooter)
  13. Minecraft (Windows 10, announced for until mid 2020)
  14. Project DH (Action MMO)
  15. Quake 2 RTX
  16. Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Action)
  17. Stay in the Light (horror shooter)
  18. Synced: off-planet
  19. Vampires: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (Action RPG)
  20. Watch Dogs Legion (Open World Action)
  21. Wolfenstein Youngblood (first person shooter, not for launch)

DLSS

  1. Anthem (online action)
  2. Ark: survival evolved (dino survival)
  3. Atomic Heart (first person shooter)
  4. Battlefield V (first person shooter)
  5. Darksiders 3 (action)
  6. Dauntless (Action RPG)
  7. Deliver Us The Moon: Fortuna (Space Survival)
  8. F1 2019
  9. Fear the Wolves (online shooter)
  10. Final Fantasy XV (RPG)
  11. Fractured Lands (online shooter)
  12. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Action Adventure)
  13. Hitman 2 (action)
  14. Islands Of Nyne (online shooter)
  15. Justice (online RPG)
  16. JX3 (online RPG)
  17. Kinectic (tactical shooter)
  18. Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries (Action)
  19. Metro: Exodus (first person shooter)
  20. Monster Hunter World
  21. Outpost Zero (survival simulation)
  22. Overkill’s The Walking Dead (first person shooter)
  23. PUBG (Action)
  24. Remnants From the Ashes (action shooter)
  25. SCUM (Open World Survival)
  26. Serious Sam 4 (online shooter)
  27. Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Action)
  28. Stormdivers (online shooter)
  29. The Forge Arena (online shooter)
  30. Serious Sam 4 (Action)
  31. Vampires: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (Action RPG)
  32. We Happy Few

Install the graphics card: Step by step explained simply

The old picture maker has served his time and the new one is already ready? Now only the installation is missing. Techtestreport shows how to use the graphics card and gives helpful tips!

When the graphics card makes a slide show out of current game hits such as “Call Of Duty – Modern Warfare”, “Sekiro – Shadows Die Twice” or “Anno 1800”, one thing is clear: A new picture maker is needed! If you haven’t decided on one yet, take a look at the graphics card comparison test. Once the choice has been made and the new one is in the house, you are ready for the installation. With these COMPUTER BILD instructions, installing the graphics card is easy.

Installing the graphics card: The Preparation

Before starting, ensure a work surface with sufficient clearance and good lighting. The following steps are easier to perform on a desk top than on a narrow, dark area under the desk. First remove all cables from the computer, then open the lid on the prepared work surface. If you want to install a graphics card, you need to clarify whether there is enough space for it. Especially as owner of a finished PC, take a close look, because it’s rather narrow. An Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti is not only extremely expensive, with it’s size it doesn’t fit into every computer. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti from Zotac is only about half as large and thus fits into almost any case. It’s also important to take a look at the power supply unit: Many cheap desktop PCs don’t have enough power and the necessary connections for the image maker’s separate power supply are missing.

As soon as the two questions of space and power supply have been clarified, we can start. At least almost: If there is a graphics card in the computer, loosen the lateral fixing screw if necessary, then press down the retaining clip and carefully pull out the circuit board.

Install the graphics card: Insert new model

If a separate graphics card is missing, you will usually find the corresponding oblong slot directly below the processor. Look for the lettering “PCI Express x16” (Peripheral Component Interconnect) or refer to the manual for the mainboard – also called “Motherboard”. After gentle pressure, the new graphics card is firmly seated in the slot. Fix it with a screw on the side. Powerful models like those in the comparison test require quite a lot of power from the power supply. So don’t forget to supply the picture maker with power via 6- and 8-pin plugs; otherwise the motherboard will beep.

Install graphics card driver

A note for all who change from an old AMD graphics card to a new Nvidia model or vice versa: For a clean installation, uninstall the previous driver completely from the PC. This works reliably with a free tool called “Display Driver Uninstaller” (DDU) – this guide describes step-by-step how to remove your graphics card driver.

The driver reinstallation is similar for AMD and Nvidia. Both manufacturers offer an express and a custom installation. The first one is handy if you want to do it quickly: Additional programs such as “Nvidia GeForce Experience” or the AMD problem report wizard automatically land on the hard drive. The user-defined procedure is aimed at advanced users who know what software they need.


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