AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Unleashed, to rival NVIDIA’s GTX 1660 Super/Ti Graphics Cards

AT CES 2020, AMD announced their latest graphics card, dubbed as the “ultimate 1080p gaming” card – the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT. It’s no longer a big surprise since there have been several leaks regarding this graphics card recently; and we’re already expecting that AMD would announce a new graphics card at CES 2020 thanks to the leaks. The RX 5600 XT sits above the RX 5500 series graphics card, but just near below the RX 5700. This card aims to compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Super and 1660 Ti graphics card; and will come with a starting price of $279. Check out more details about the new RX 5600 series below.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Released

AMD RX 5600 XT – The Ultimate 1080p Gaming Graphics Card?

Just like the RX 5700 XT and 5500 series graphics cards, the RX 5600 series features AMD’s RDNA architecture and software features that would provide the “ultimate” high-performance, high-fidelity experiences for 1080p gamers. The RX 5600 XT is actually not alone in the series; there are also the RX 5600 (non-XT) and RX 5600M for mobile GPUs. AMD also introduced an RX 5700M to power some of the higher-end gaming laptops.

The Radeon RX 5600 XT is also based on the 7nm process technology and it is PCIe 4.0 ready. It features 36 compute units, 2304 stream processors paired with a 6GB GDDR6 memory. It’s capable of delivering up to 7.19 TFLOPs, with a game clock speed of 1375 MHz and a boost clock speed of up to 1560 MHz. The 5600 XT also has a total board power of 150 watts.

Other features of the RX 5600 XT include the following:

  • Radeon Boost – Delivers a performance increase during fast-motion gaming scenarios, including up to a 37 percent boost in Overwatch at 1440p, by dynamically reducing image resolution, increasing frame rates and fluidity, as well as bolstering responsiveness with little to no perceptible change in image quality.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag – Radeon Anti-Lag significantly decreases input-to-display response times, including making Apex Legends up to 22 percent more responsive, and offers a competitive edge in gameplay.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) – Brings crispness and clarity to in-game visuals that have been softened by upscaling and post-process effects in DirectX® 9, 11, 12 and Vulkan titles. When paired with Radeon GPU upscaling, RIS enables sharp visuals and fluid frame rates on high-resolution displays.
  • AMD FidelityFX – An open-source toolkit for game developers making it easier for them to add high-quality post-process effects that make games look beautiful while offering the optimal balance of visual fidelity and performance. Available on GPUOpen, FidelityFX features Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS), which draws out detail in low-contrast areas while minimizing artifacts caused by typical image sharpening routines.

AMD RX 5600 XT vs NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super/Ti

Like I mentioned earlier, the RX 5600 XT is designed to compete with the GTX 1660 series. There are no reviews at this point since this graphics card will be available on January 21st. But AMD showed some slides revealing that the RX 5600 XT is faster than the GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 1660 Ti and a GTX 1660 Super OC. Below are the slides:

RX 5600 XT vs GTX 1060 GB
AMD RX 5600 XT vs GTX 1060 6GB

According to the graph above, the RX 5600 XT offers around 32 to 35 more frames in triple-A titled games compared to the GTX 1060 GB. It has an average performance increase of around 55% from the GTX 1060 6GB.

RX 5600 XT vs GTX 1660 Super OC
AMD RX 5600 XT vs GTX 1660 Super OC

The RX 5600 XT, when compared to a GTX 1660 Super OC, it offers up to 15% more performance on avarage in AAA games. Meanwhile, the RX 5600 XT is only around 5% faster than the GTX 1660 Super OC when it comes to eSports title games.

RX 5600 XT vs GTX 1660 Ti
AMD RX 5600 XT vs GTX 1660 Ti

Finally, when compared to the GTX 1660 Ti, the RX 5600 XT is around 20% faster on average in AAA games, while only around 10% faster in eSports games. The GTX 1660 Ti is supposed to be a little bit faster than the GTX 1660 Super. But in the graphs, the performance of the RX 5600 XT is closer to a GTX 1660 Super (OC) than a GTX 1660 Ti. Hmm…

You know the drill; these are internal testing conducted by AMD. So, we don’t know yet if they reflect real world gaming performance or not. Hopefully, we’ll get a change to review an RX 5600 XT graphics card soon.

I don’t think a vanilla version of the RX 5600 XT will be sold individually in the market, like the RX 5700 series. But I’m positive that most, if not all, RX 5600 XT will come from board partners featuring custom designed coolers and factory overclock settings.

AMD RX 5600 XT Custom Designed Graphics Cards

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Peter is a PC enthusiast and avid gamer with several years of hands-on experience in testing and reviewing PC components, audio equipment, and various tech devices. He offers a genuine, no-nonsense perspective, helping consumers make informed choices in the ever-changing world of technology.

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