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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.

Fan speeds over the temperature curve

You don’t have to understand AMD’s fuzzy logic for fan control, but at least with the Powercolor card, everything works as it should. In both cases it remains amazingly quiet, although the fans really do act in a mannerly way even with the new BIOS. With a heatpipe more, it would surely be even less, but it is also completely ok. Better would always be possible, of course.


In pure numbers it looks like this:

  New BIOS
Closed Case
GPU Temperatures
70-71 °C 68-69 °C
Fan Speed 1168-1181 rpm
885-912 rpm
Air temperature 43 °C 40 °C

Noise emission

One hears almost nothing and this is quite suitable to fire the cosy deep red fireplace ambience. What didn’t work with Polaris or Vega, now finally works with Navi. So you may let the fireplace and love glow and not the living room PC with 3D-animated combustion process. Cooling down the 150 watts is of course no magic trick, but with the 33.2 dB(A) it is almost inaudible. So it fits perfectly, even with the new BIOS and a heatpipe too little.

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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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