SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 Key Features + Noise Comparison!
SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT Power-Up!
When it was first announced, it boasted a 1560 MHz game clock and a 1620 MHz boost clock – 13.5% and 4% higher than reference specifications.
At the last minute though, Sapphire introduced a power up BIOS update, which gave it a bigger boost in performance :
- 1615 MHz game clock : +3.5% over original, +17.5% over reference
- 1750 MHz boost clock : +8% over original, +12% over reference
- 1750 MHz memory clock : +16.7% over original and reference
- 160 W TGP : 6.7% over original and reference
In this table, we compare the specifications of its two performance modes – 160W and 135W, against the Radeon RX 5700, and the Radeon RX 5600.
RX 5600 XT
RX 5600 XT
|Total Graphics Power||185 W||160 W||135 W||150 W|
|Game Clock||1465 MHz||1615 MHz||1560 MHz||1375 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1725 MHz||1750 MHz||1620 MHz||1560 MHz|
|Max. Texture Rate||248.4 GT/s||252.0 GT/s||233.3 GT/s||199.7 GT/s|
|Max. Pixel Rate||110.4 GP/s||112.0 GP/s||103.7 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|
|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 at 160W!
The Radeon RX 5700 only beats it in memory size, and memory bandwidth.
Its 135W performance mode is basically its original overclocked specifications at 150W, now with a lower TGP.
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SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT Dual BIOS
This is a really useful feature, offering the ability to switch between two performance modes, and doubles as a backup BIOS in case of a flash failure.
Here is how the Dual BIOS feature works. To select a performance mode, turn off your PC and use this BIOS switch to select between the default BIOS (right) or the secondary BIOS (left).
SAPPHIRE is offering a new 160W Performance Mode in the Primary BIOS, and a 135W Silent Mode in the Secondary BIOS through a BIOS update.
|Specifications||Silent Mode||Performance Mode||Difference|
|TGP||135 W||160 W||+25 W (18.5%)|
|Game Clock||1560 MHz||1615 MHz||+ 55 MHz (3.5%)|
|Boost Clock||1620 MHz||1750 MHz||+ 130 MHz (8%)|
|Memory Clock||1500 MHz
|+ 250 MHz (16.7%)|
For more details, please see our guide : AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Power Up BIOS Guide!
SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT Noise Comparison
In this video, we compare the fan noise level and characteristics using the Performance Mode and Silent Mode options.
SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT Power
Sapphire used an 8-pin power connector, which not only lets them instantly increase the TGP from 150W to 160W, it also gives you more overclocking headroom.
SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT Display Ports
SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT Interface
This gives it twice the bandwidth of PCI Express 3.0 x16 cards, but only if you pair it with a PCI Express 4.0 motherboard.
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