AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Benchmarks Posted: Performance Could be On-Par With Vega 56

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Just yesterday we reported about the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT's rumored specifications, which stated that the card would carry 1920 SPs and feature 6 GB of GDDR6 memory. Although today's report doesn't confirm the core count, it seemingly confirms the 6 GB of GDDR6 rumor again and brings in a heap of 3DMark benchmarks

The data comes as courtesy of reddit user _Rogame, which was spotted by VideoCardz

The tests were conducted on an OEM HP system packed with an Intel Core i7 9700, paired with 16GB of DDR4 memory and a 128GB SSDD. The card was also tested in a system with an i7 4700, but for the sake of brevity, we'll only look at the tests in the modern system. 

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3DMark Test Scores
Header Cell - Column 0 RX 5500 XT 8 GBRX 5600 XT 6 GBRX 5700 XT 8 GBDifference vs. 5500
Time Spy Extremen/a28154157n/a
Time Spy480064469302+34%
Fire Strike Ultra350047566881+36%
Fire Strike Extreme6800919813395+35%
Fire Strike143001890627475+ 31%

As you can see from the table, the RX 5600 XT 6 GB performs about 31 to 36 percent better than the RX 5500 XT 8 GB card, which puts it right on the money where we predicted the performance to be: right on-par with the somewhat dated Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card.

At the end of the day though, it will all depend on pricing whether these cards are interesting or not. The Radeon RX 5500 XT in its 8GB flavor carries an MSRP of $199, and though the RX 5700 XT carried a $449 MSRP, prices have come down since its launch with some units available for about $400, and higher-end cards hovering around the MSRP. For this 6GB variant of the RX 5600 XT, if the rumored performance is true, we would expect an MSRP around the $269 dollar mark. However, with the RX 5500 XT being available with 8GB for less, we reckon there will also be a higher-capacity card with a slightly higher price tag.

AMD's RX 5600 XT is rumored to launch in the 3rd week of January 2020, so we expect to see its announcement around CES in the first weeks of January.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • Spectre4444
    You have compared the 5600 XT to two other cards in the RX 5000 series, then say ( in the title no less) that is is comparable to a card that has no specs listed in this article and is from a different GPU series ? It also seems that it should also be compared to the RX 5700 not the RX 5700 XT . Just being picky.
  • siborg99
    Judging by the UK pricing, with the 8 GB 5500 XT starting at ~£180 compared to ~£270 for a Vega 56 and ~£300 for the 5700, I too would expect the 5600 XT to have somewhat similar performance to the Vega 56, as the 5700 is similar to the Vega 64. The pricing on these is going to be interesting given the above £120 window between the 8GB 5500 XT and the RX 5700 - I wonder how it will compare to the GTX 1660 / Super / Ti cards in price/performance terms?
  • cryoburner
    Performance is likely to be relatively predictable, slotting in between a 5500 XT and a 5700. It's probably going to be a little faster than the 1660 Ti, but might not be much more than 10% faster than a 1660 SUPER, which will almost certainly be priced lower.

    Pricing is everything, and based on the underwhelming 5500 XT pricing, I'm fully expecting another yawnfest out of the 5600 XT. A 6GB version of the card might be "okay" at $250, provided they don't cripple it with an 8-lane PCIe connection or something, but I wouldn't be surprised if we saw higher pricing than that.

    And really, it's hard to get excited about this card after the competition has reigned uncontested in this price range for the last year. Maybe if they had released these cards back in the summer near the launch of the 5700 and 5700 XT, but at this point the 1660 Ti has already been out for nearly a year, and even the 1660 SUPER has been out for a couple months. Plus, with consoles featuring raytracing hardware arriving in 2020, and support for it on the PC side of things gradually increasing as well, it brings into question how well any of these cards will hold up in the long term. A year from now, there might be mid-range cards with semi-decent raytracing support, with big titles universally supporting it, and all these cards might be relegated to running games at medium settings at 1080p.