Yes! AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Gets SUPER Power-Up!

There has been speculation that AMD is giving the Radeon RX 5600 XT a SUPER power-up to compete against the discounted GeForce RTX 2060 cards.

Well, we can confirm that it is true, and here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT SUPER power-up!


AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT : A Quick Primer!

The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT uses the same Navi GPU as the Radeon RX 5700, with 10.3 billion transistors fabricated on the 7 nm process

The Radeon RX 5600 XT is essentially the Radeon RX 5700, with slower clock speeds and a 192-bit memory bus, instead of a 256-bit memory bus.

It launched with a TGP of 150 watts, a 1375 MHz game clock, a 1560 MHz boost clock and 12 Gbps GDDR6 memory.

But less than a week before it was made available for sale, AMD gave it a big boost in these respects :

  • Up to 20.7% higher game clock
  • Up to 12% higher boost clock
  • Up to 16.7% higher memory clock
  • Up to 10W higher TGP

All that makes the Radeon RX 5600 XT quite a different beast from what was initially announced, and better positions it against the discounted NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 cards.

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT BIOS Guide : Power Up Now!


AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Gets Last-Minute SUPER Power-Up!

That mysterious groan you heard – that’s the sound reviewers made when they were given the new BIOS updates, that would give the Radeon RX 5600 XT a last-minute boost in performance.

That’s great news for those who want to buy the Radeon RX 5600 XT, but it meant that reviewers had to redo their tests!

There are actually two new BIOS updates for the Sapphire PULSE RX 5600 XT graphics card that we received from AMD :

Specifications Performance BIOS Silent BIOS
Firmware Name 411EFMIU.X4B 411EFMIU.O4C
TGP 160 W 135 W
Game Clock 1615 MHz 1560 MHz
Boost Clock 1750 MHz 1620 MHz
Memory Clock 1750 MHz (14 Gbps) 1500 MHz (12 Gbps)

Sapphire provided two different BIOS updates, because the PULSE RX 5600 XT has a Dual BIOS feature that lets you switch between a Performance mode, and a Silent mode.

Recommended : SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT In-Depth Review!


New AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the newly-boosted Radeon RX 5600 XT with the original launch specifications, as well as the Radeon RX 5700, the Radeon RX 5600.

Specifications Radeon RX
Radeon RX
5600 XT
Radeon RX
5600 XT
Radeon RX
Transistors 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 10.3 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm 7 nm 7 nm
Total Graphics Power 185 W 160 W 150 W 150 W
Stream Processors 2304 2304 2304 2048
Game Clock 1465 MHz 1660 MHz 1375 MHz 1375 MHz
Boost Clock 1725 MHz 1750 MHz 1560 MHz 1560 MHz
TMUs 144 144 144 128
Max. Texture Rate 248.4 GT/s 252.0 GT/s 224.6 GT/s 199.7 GT/s
ROPs 64 64 64 64
Max. Pixel Rate 110.4 GP/s 112.0 GP/s 99.8 GP/s 99.8 GP/s
Memory Size 8 GB 6 GB 6 GB 6 GB
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 12 Gbps 12 Gbps
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 448 GB/s 336 GB/s 288 GB/s 288 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16

This BIOS update totally changes the Radeon RX 5600 XT, giving it higher texture and pixel fill rates than Radeon RX 5700!

The Radeon RX 5700 only beats it in memory size, and memory bandwidth. In a couple of days, we will compare their performance in real life, so make sure you check back!


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