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AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT review – with the last-minute BIOS boost to an efficient RTX-2060 killer?

AMD made an interesting move at the last moment and shifted the Radeon RX 5600 XT into a new performance class virtually overnight via BIOS upgrade. This review will answer whether this goes well and whether one can beat the now targeted opponent in the form of the GeForce RTX 2060 6GB. Spoilers I can at this point however already once that the power consumption will offer a surprise. At least in direct comparison to the GeForce RTX 2060. Crowbar or moneybox? We'll settle that today, I promise.

Clock rates and overclocking

The old BIOS delivers clock rates of up to 1570 MHz, the new one up to 1682 MHz with 30 watts more power consumption. This alone would not explain the performance explosion that catapults the card into the next higher performance class, because without a higher RAM clock rate, it would probably all go up in the bottleneck of memory bandwidth. Temperatures of up to 70 °C are now nothing to worry about.

If the power limit is fully exhausted, overclocking peaks even exceed 1780 MHz, but the real average is still only around 1720 MHz, because more is simply not possible. It is certainly logical and comprehensible that you come up against limits that never let you reach a Radeon RX 5700 with this card. The variances get worse and in the end it’s hardly worth the effort.


And now the whole thing once again in sober figures in table form:

  Neues BIOS
Altes BIOS
Closed Case
GPU Temperatures
70-71 °C 68-69 °C
GPU Clock rate 1675-1682 MHz 1566-1570 MHz
Air temperature in closed case 43 °C 40 °C

Board analysis

The following infrared images show the gaming loop of the card. You can see a very even temperature distribution over the whole board, which can be very nice. First the card with the new BIOS:

The old BIOS leads to slightly lower board temperatures, which in total even allows lower fan speeds when warming up.

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

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