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What RX 5600 XT Has the Faster Clock Speed? Which One has BIOS update?

Last week we published our review of AMD’s latest RX 5600 XT graphics card dubbed as the “ultimate 1080p graphics card” by AMD. We reviewed the Asus Radeon RX 5600 XT TUF Gaming X3 EVO OC. It’s one of the faster RX 5600 XT in the market, but not the fastest. Due to a somewhat messy launch, some RX 5600 XT cards are faster than the other. And most of the first batch RX 5600 XT released in the market need to have their BIOS updated (by the users) to unlock the faster performance. In this article, let’s check out what are the faster RX 5600 XT available in the market; or the best RX 5600 XT available in the market. If you are in the market for a 1080p graphics card, or specifically an RX 5600 XT you might want to check out this one first.

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The Fastest and Best RX 5600 XT Cards in the Market

AMD’s launch of the RX 5600 XT graphics card was a bit messy. AMD was abruptly forced to make some changes on their graphics card right before reviews went live. This is due to NVIDIA’s move to mark down the price of their RTX 2060 Founders Edition from $349, down to $299. EVGA also released a cheaper RTX 2060 to combat AMD’s RX 5600 XT in the form of EVGA RTX 2060 KO.

AMD may not be anticipating NVIDIA’s move since the RX 5600 XT was originally intended to compete with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1660 Super. But they did not expect NVIDIA’s move to lower down the RTX 2060’s price. As a result, not only will the RX 5600 XT have to compete with the GTX 1660 Series, but it will have to compete with the RTX 2060 as well.

AMD did not make any price changes and stick with the $279 MSRP. Instead, the company decided to increase the performance of the RX 5600 XT through a BIOS update. Unfortunately, most of the RX 5600 XT graphics cards from the board partners are already in the warehouses or store shelves. As a result, those graphics cards have a slower clock speed and needed to have their BIOS updated to unlock faster performance.

Of course, after the initial batch of these RX 5600 XT, the newer ones are expected to come with the updated BIOS version right out of the box. So, if ever bought an RX 5600 XT recently, be sure to check out the clock speeds and compare it with the specs from the manufacturer’s site.

However, not all RX 5600 XT graphics cards will feature the same clock speeds. And on top of that only a very few select models will have a faster 14Gbps memory clock speed. Most will only have 12Gbps memory since the memory on those cards aren’t really designed to run at 14Gbps. One manufacturer said that they couldn’t guarantee their RX 5600 XT’s stability and longevity at 14Gbps since it could potentially hurt the memory chips as they are simply not designed for 14Gbps memory speed.

So, this leaves us questions like which RX 5600 XT graphics card should people buy? Which one is the best RX 5600 XT? Which one is the fastest?

Radeon RX 5600 XT Reference Specifications

The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT is powered by AMD’s NAVI 10 GPU featuring RDNA architecture. It features 2304 Stream Processors, 36 Compute Units, 64 ROPs, 144 Texture Units, and 6GB of GDDR6 memory with a 192-bit memory interface.

The game clock speed of the reference model is 1375MHz with a boost clock speed of 1560MHz. While the memory clock speed is 12Gbps, and has a typical board power of 150W. But most RX 5600 XT graphics cards from board partners will feature a higher and faster GPU clock speeds. And a very few will feature 14Gbps memory clock speed; resulting in a slightly higher TGP than the reference model.

These are the basic specification of an RX 5600 XT and they are common to all RX 5600 XT. Below is a specs table of the custom RX 5600 XT from the board partners. Note that the data below are taken from their respective manufacturer’s site. Some of the graphics card below needs to have their vBIOS updated before it can achieve the advertised speed.

Radeon RX 5600 XT Graphics Card Specifications

Graphics CardPriceGame ClockBoost ClockMemory ClockMemoryCoolingPower ConnectorDimensionBIOSvBIOS Update
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Reference)$279~ 1375 MHz~ 1560 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8-pin
Asus RX 5600 XT TUF Gaming X3 EVO OCCheck here~ 1660 MHz~ 1770 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitTri-Fan8-pin282.6mm x 128.5mm x 54mmSingleYes
Asus RX 5600 XT ROG Strix OCCheck here~ 1670 MHz~ 1750 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitTri-Fan6+8 pin303.7mm x 130mm x 54mmDualYes
Asus RX 5600 XT ROG Strix TOP~ 1670 MHz~ 1750 MHz14 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitTri-Fan6+8 pin303.7mm x 130mm x 54mmDual
Gigabyte RX 5600 XT WindForce OC~ 1460 MHz~ 1620 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8-pin228mm x 118mm x 41mmSingle
Gigabyte RX 5600 XT Gaming OCCheck here~ 1670 MHz~ 1750 MHz14 Gbps*6GB GDDR6, 192-bitTri-Fan8-pin279.85mm x 114.35mm x 49.55mmSingleYes
MSI RX 5600 XT MECH OCCheck here~ 1460 MHz~ 1620 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8-pin231mm x 127mm x 46mmSinglevia MSI Dragon Center / MSI Live Update 6
MSI RX 5600 XT GAMING XCheck here~ 1615 MHz~ 1750 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8+8 pin297mm x 140mm x 58mmSinglevia MSI Dragon Center / MSI Live Update 6
MSI RX 5600 XT GAMING Z~ 1615 MHz~ 1750 MHz14 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8+8 pin297mm x 140mm x 58mmSinglevia MSI Dragon Center / MSI Live Update 6
PowerColor RX 5600 XTCheck here~ 1560 MHz~ 1620 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8-pin230mm x 98mm x 40mmSingle
PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red DragonCheck here~ 1560 MHz~ 1620 MHz14 Gbps*6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8-pin240mm x 118mm x 40mmDualYes
PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red DevilCheck here~ 1660 MHz~ 1750 MHz14 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan6+8 pin240mm x 118mm x 52mmDualYes
Sapphire RX 5600 XT PulseCheck here~ 1615 MHz~ 1750 MHz14 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8-pin254mm x 135mm x 46.5mmDualYes
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II ProCheck here~ 1560 MHz~ 1620 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitDual Fan8-pin280mm x 148mm x 44mmSingleYes
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC III ProCheck here~ 1615 MHz~ 1750 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitTri-Fan6+8 pin326mm x 148mm x 44mmSingleYes
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC III Ultra~ 1660 MHz~ 1750 MHz12 Gbps6GB GDDR6, 192-bitTri-Fan6+8 pin326mm x 148mm x 44mmSingleYes

What’s the Best RX 5600 XT Graphics Card Then?

If you want the fastest RX 5600 XT graphics card then the option would be as follows:

Sapphire RX 5600 XT Pulse – Currently, the only RX 5600 XT from Sapphire and I think it’s one of the best RX 5600 XT in the market. It features a faster clock speed of up to 1750MHz GPU boost and a memory speed of 14Gbps. You may need to update BIOS though, if ever you got an early batch. It has dual BIOS though so there is a backup in case the BIOS update fails. The Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT retails for only ~$290 USD. It’s actually one of the more reasonably priced RX 5600 XT in the market.

Gigabyte RX 5600 XT Gaming OC – Another reasonably priced RX 5600 XT is the Gigabyte Gaming OC at ~$290 USD as well. This one has a slightly higher game clock speed compared to Sapphire’s, but it has only a 12Gbps memory clock speed. However, Gigabyte released a new BIOS – FA0, increasing the TGP to 180W and memory clock to 14000MHz. It’s also a tri-cooler design and Gigabyte’s WindForce 3X cooling system is tested and proven to be effective.

PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red Devil – The Red Devil lineup is PowerColor’s top of the line graphics card. This one also features 14Gbps memory speed, dual BIOS, RGB lighting on the side and back logo, and illuminated output ports. It features a dual fan design, but it’s already on the three-hundred-dollar price region, currently retailing at ~$310 USD. I guess the RGB lighting contributed to the higher price.

Asus RX 5600 XT ROG Strix TOP – One of the most expensive RX 5600 XT is the Asus ROG RX 5600 XT TOP graphics card at ~$340 USD. Not only that it is expensive, it’s also nowhere to be found at this time. Probably because not all cards can achieve 14Gbps memory clock or can run stable at those high speeds. If you like the ROG Strix look but can’t find the TOP version, then the ROG Strix RX 5600 XT Gaming OC is you next best option. Though I personally find it already expensive for an RX 5600 XT.

MSI RX 5600 XT GAMING Z – Another RX 5600 XT that will have a 14Gbps memory is MSI’s Gaming Z. Just like the ROG Strix TOP, this one retails for ~$340 and unfortunately nowhere to be found as well. The MSI RX 5600 XT Gaming X is available though, currently retailing for ~$330 USD. It has the same faster clock speed as the Gaming Z, but with 12Gbps of memory. MSI’s Twin Frozr 7 thermal design with Torx Fan 3.0 is also a good cooling solution. The graphics card feels premium as well.

Also Good

Asus RX 5600 XT TUF Gaming 3 EVO OC – We think this is a good RX 5600 XT. It’s fast and cool; and with the BIOS update it was able to beat the GTX 1660 Ti and 1660 Super easily. It’s also able to compete with the RTX 2060 based on our review. However, just like the ROG Strix RX 5600 XT, the TUF Gaming is a bit pricey at ~$320 retail price. Asus’ cards are typically on the expensive side though.

There you have it guys, I hope this article helped you one way or another. It’s not a comprehensive guide since we haven’t tested all the RX 5600 XT. Nevertheless, this will give you an idea which RX 5600 XT is the best or which is the fastest out there. My only real concern at this point is AMD’s drivers and the fact that you may need to flash the BIOS to “unlock” the faster speeds. The RX 5600 XT is a good graphics card, just like the RX 5700 XT. But it seems AMD is messing it up, at least at this time. Hopefully all will be fixed soon.

NVIDIA’s drivers are more polished and stable, based on my experience. And with the currently price adjustment of the RTX 2060 cards, not to mention the RTX cards have more features compared to the current RX cards (ray tracing aside), and the fact that you may need to do a BIOS update, which is a bit risky; it’s a bit hard for me to fully recommend that you get one.

Don’t get me wrong, performance wise alone, the RX 5600 XT is definitely recommendable. Most of the RX 5600 XT’s cooling solution and design is good. It’s also power efficient thanks to the 7nm process. It’s just that you’ll have to consider some of the things surrounding this graphics card.

Let us know if you decide to get one or not and which one did you get.

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Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

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