While AMD made great strides on the CPU front this year, their GPU game wasn’t too shabby either. Yes! although they are still not competing on the very top end like in the RX 290 days, their new NAVI cards provide a very strong lineup in the upper mid-end to the lower end bracket. According to rumors, AMD will unveil their RDNA 2 architecture early next year, but they will in all probability start the year with the launch of the RX 5600 XT. We have talked about this card before but now an early leak from ASRock confirms its specifications.
ASRock RX 5600 XT Challenger
Redditor “Poor Coelacanth” found the listing on ASRock’s website (via Videocardz). As evident from the name, this card will sit just behind the RX 5700 (non-XT), although both of them share some similarities. Both of these cards will have the same number of cores, pegged at 2304. The difference mainly comes in memory and memory bandwidth. The RX 5600 XT will get 6GBs of GDDR6 VRAM on a 192-bit bus, equating to a memory bandwidth of 288 GB/s. The RX 5700, on the other hand, gets 12GBs of VRAM on the full 256-bit bus, resulting in a significantly higher bandwidth of 448 GB/s.
- Clock: GPU / Memory
Boost Clock: Up to 1620 MHz / 12.0 Gbps
Game Clock: 1460 MHz / 12.0 Gbps
Base Clock: 1235 MHz / 12.0 Gbps
- Key Specifications:
Radeon RX 5600 XT Graphics
2nd Gen 7nm GPU
Up to 1620 MHz Boost Clock
6GB GDDR6, Up to 12.0 Gbps Speed
1 x 8-pin Connectors
3 x DisplayPort / 1 x HDMI
240.6 x 126.5 x 53.0 mm
- Key Features:
Long Life Dual Fan Design
0dB Silent Cooling
AMD Eyefinity Technology
Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR
8K Resolution Support
- Stream Processors– 2304
- Resolution– Digital Max Resolution: 8K HDR 60Hz
This card looks like a lower binned Navi with some CUs disabled. Given its one 8-pin power connector requirement, it should also be more power-efficient.
Both the RX 5700 XT and the RX 5700 are projected as 1440p cards, the RX 5600 XT will probably be projected as a strong 1080p alternative for people on a budget given its lower VRAM and memory bandwidth. The 6GB VRAM can be very limiting for newer games coming next year, given the launch of significantly more powerful next-gen consoles. It should be fine for most games on 1080p, but yeah you might have to slightly dial down texture settings on some games.
On the Nvidia camp, it will probably take on the GTX 1660 Ti and the GTX 1660 Super. Previous performance leaks indicate, the RX 5600 XT beats both the GTX 1660 Ti and the GTX 1660 Super and almost matches the GTX 1080. AMD will have a winner on their hands if they price the RX 5600 XT conservatively, the GTX 1080 performance tier is not very populated so this can be a good opportunity.
Pricing and Availability
We don’t have any official news on pricing and availability, we can only speculate at this point. The 5600 XT should be a sub $300 USD card, which will nicely set it up as a better GTX 1660 Super alternative. As far as availability is concerned, credible rumors place the launch date near CES 2020.