AMD has officially announced the brand-new Radeon RX 5600 XT gaming graphics card at CES 2020. Based on the RDNA architecture, Navi 10 silicon and 7nm process, the Radeon RX 5600 XT arrives with 36 Compute Units (CUs), totaling to 2,304 Stream Processors (SPs).
The Radeon RX 5600 XT runs with a 1,375 MHz game clock and a boost clock that climbs up to 1,560 MHz. As a result, the graphics card delivers up to 7.19 TFLOPs of peak single-precision performance. It has up to 6GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 1,500 MHz (12,000 MHz effective) across a 192-bit memory bus at its disposal. The Radeon RX 5600 XT comes with a 150W Total Board Power (TBP) rating. However, the graphics card hits 120W in most gaming scenarios.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Radeon RX 5700||Radeon RX 5600 XT||Radeon RX 5500 XT|
|Architecture (GPU)||RDNA (Navi 10)||RDNA (Navi 10)||RDNA (Navi 14)|
|Base Clock Rate||1,465 MHz||?||1,607 MHz|
|Game Clock Rate||1,625 MHz||1,375 MHz||1,717 MHz|
|Boost Clock Rate||1,725 MHz||1,560 MHz||1,845 MHz|
|Memory Clock||14 GBps||12 GBps||14 GBps|
|Memory Capacity||8GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||4GB / 8GB GDDR6|
|Memory Bandwidth||448 GBps||288 GBps||224 GBps|
|Transistor Count||10.3 billion||10.3 billion||6.4 billion|
|Die Size||251 mm²||251 mm²||158 mm²|
AMD is comparing the Radeon RX 5600 XT to the outdated Radeon RX 590. The Navi-powered graphics card offers up to 2.1X higher performance-per-watt over the Polaris-based model. If you want to look at the numbers individually, the Radeon RX 5600 XT outperforms the Radeon RX 590 by up to 42% while consuming approximately up to 33% less power.
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 are the top three most popular graphics card on Steam. While they might have been awesome performers in their time, the trio have fallen victims to Father Time. That’s where the Radeon RX 5600 XT comes in to win over gamers' hearts.
As per AMD's internal tests, the Radeon RX 5600 XT is, on average, up to 55% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. The Navi graphics card pumps out frame rates over the 60 FPS (frames per second) mark without much effort.
The Radeon RX 5600 XT holds its own against some of Nvidia's more recent offerings. The Radeon RX 5600 XT provides up to 20% and 10% higher performance than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in AAA and eSports titles, respectively.
When compared to the GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC, the Radeon RX 5600 XT still manages to come out on top. It's 15% and 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC in AAA and eSports games, respectively.
Radeon RX 5600 and Radeon RX 5600M
The Radeon RX 5600 XT will make its way over to the OEM and mobile markets as well. The Radeon RX 5600 is tailored towards OEMs, while the Radeon RX 5600M is designed for mobile devices.
The Radeon RX 5600 only has 32 CUs enabled, but maintains the same operating clocks and TBP as the XT variant. The difference in performance will depend on whether the game is shader-bound. If the game is good, we're looking at a 5% difference, give or take.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Radeon RX 5600M||Radeon RX 5500M|
|Architecture (GPU)||RDNA (Navi 10)||RDNA (Navi 14)|
|Base Clock Rate||?||?|
|Game Clock Rate||1,375 MHz||1,448 MHz|
|Boost Clock Rate||1,560 MHz||1,645 MHz|
|Memory Clock||12 GBps||14 GBps|
|Memory Capacity||6GB GDDR6||4GB GDDR6|
|Memory Bandwidth||288 GBps||224 GBps|
|Transistor Count||10.3 billion||6.4 billion|
|Die Size||251 mm²||158 mm²|
The Radeon RX 5600M comes with Navi 10 die with the same 36 CUs as the Radeon RX 5600 XT. Laptop manufacturers will have to pay extra attention to the spacing and cooling to accommodate the Radeon Rx 5600M since the Navi 10 die is significantly larger than the Navi 14 die that's inside the Radeon RX 5500M.
Unlike the Radeon RX 5500M, which is rated for 85W, AMD didn't established a maximum TBP value for the Radeon RX 5600M. We're told that the minimum is 60W. As always, OEMs have the liberty to play with the Radeon RX 5600M's clockspeeds and TDP to fit their needs.
Radeon RX 5600 XT Availability and Pricing
Since the Radeon RX 5600 XT is strictly for add-in board (AIB) partners, you can expect a wide range of offerings at launch day. AMD estimates at least two SKUs from each vendor.
The Radeon RX 5600 XT will be available on January 21 for $279, which is on par with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti's pricing.
Anyway that's not a bad price. The 1660 Ti typically starts at $279, with many cards being closer to $300. Meanwhile the 1660 Super, while a bit slower, still represents a pretty darn good value.
While definitely an odd set of graphs, apparently those tests were performed on two different test systems. The comparison versus the 1660 Ti was performed on a Ryzen 3800X test system, while the comparison versus the 1660 SUPER was performed on an i9-9900K test system. Which begs the question, why did the system with the slightly faster gaming CPU create results that were closer to one another, rather than farther apart, as one might expect?
One possible explanation I can think of is that we may be seeing a repeat of the 5500 XT scenario. It may not be the 9900K holding the 5600 XT back, but rather PCIe 3.0, or more precisely, I suspect AMD might have once again gimped the card on PCIe 3.0 systems by giving it an x8 connection, which seems completely unacceptable for a nearly $300 graphics card. If that's true, then the performance on anything but an x570 motherboard might look more like the 1660 SUPER results, and as a result, the 5600 XT might only be around 10% faster than a 1660 Ti in demanding titles on most systems.
Or maybe it's simply a case of driver optimization, or someone messed up the graphs, or something else. It might be too early to jump to conclusions, but given that the 5500 XT sees similar performance anomalies due to its limited PCIe bandwidth on most systems, I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case.
As for pricing, etc. The 1660 Super is, for all intents and purposes, about the same as the 1660Ti. Nothing about the Ti justifies paying that extra money over the Super.
So, saying that, I think the 5600XT is going to have to come down a little. At least, that would seem to make sense for me - edging the 1660 Super and Ti out both in performance (more), and in price (less), if AMD wants to hold on to owning the mainstream tier. Hopefully the prices dip down below the release price quickly.
On another note, I'm also really enthused about the idea that, while it's rated at a 150W TDP, it hits 120W in most gaming scenarios. If that's true, we are now officially looking at AMD matching (or slightly outdoing) Nvidia in terms of performance/power-draw ratio. After all, from the 1660 Super review:
One thing helping efficiency here is that the clock rates are being kept relatively low, while the graphics core count remains the same as an RX 5700. The RX 5500XT, by comparison, has about 40% fewer cores, but the clock rates are cranked up higher than those of a 5700, to around 5700XT levels. So it wouldn't surprise me if the 5600XT's power draw isn't all that much different from that of the 5500XT.
It appears that reading isn't your strong suit. If I may re-quote the bit from the 1660 Super review:
Now, again, because reading the article is important, from the very same article that this thread linked to in the original post:
Please think carefully before you start spouting outright nonsense that is explicitly contradicted by documented facts.
Those first two do seem like the most likely culprits.
I don't see these graphs you guys are talking about ... but system ram speed can make a decent difference with Ryzen in gaming. Just a thought; I always try to rule out "nefariousness" first, when trying to conclude on a consideration.
Ok I did see those but I was looking for the part that indicated they were testing on different CPUs ... or was there just a whole lot of speculation about why it might be the case? Sorry I thought that there was confirmation on the two different platforms used. Maybe I need to read posts more carefully.