1440p Game Benchmarks
When it comes to 1440p gaming, AMD’s main solution for this is the Radeon RX 5700 XT. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t use an RX 5600 XT together with a 1440p monitor. You can still use this graphics card, but the gaming experience will not be as great compared to using a more powerful RX 5700 XT graphics card.
You can get a more playable or higher frame rate by lowering the graphics quality. But I’d generally discourage you to get an RX 5600 XT for 1440p gaming. Check out the benchmark results below and find out why.
As you can see from the results, I didn’t get a solid 60FPS with the RX 5600 XT in most game titles. However, you may be able to get an average of 60 FPS or more by lowering the graphics quality to medium settings. And perhaps turning off some graphics features that would add to the GPU load. If you have a 1440p high refresh rate monitor, the RX 5600 XT is definitely not for you. Let’s wrap up this review then.
Pricing and Availability
The XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro 14Gbps 6GB variant is now available. It comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of ~$290 USD. Prices do change, and upon checking on the latest pricing as of writing this review I noticed that some retailers are selling this graphics card for a slightly lower price. The price does vary depending on the retailer, so you might want to check which seller has the lower price by visiting the links below. I have included links to the tri-fan version Thicc III Pro 14Gbps as well, which I think is the better one compared to the Thicc II Pro.
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro 14Gbps Review Conclusion
It’s good that XFX released a newer variant of the RX 5600 XT with a 14Gbps memory speed. We can see that this graphics card delivers good 1080p gaming performance. I think it’s a good graphics card under the $300 segment for its price. And it’s able to compete with the more expensive GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card.
Based on the benchmark results that I got, the RX 5600 XT offers a better value compared to NVIDIA’s offering. However, the RX 5600 XT won’t really blow things away. For gamers who are using a 1080p monitor with a higher refresh rate, you may need to tone down the graphics quality to reach the maximum potential of your monitor. I wouldn’t recommend this graphics card if you have a 1440p gaming monitor or if you plan to get one. It’s simply not powerful enough to give you a smoother and enjoyable gaming experience.
We can also see in this review that the 14Gbps memory speed does have some advantage over an RX 5600 XT running at 12Gbps memory. So, I don’t think getting an RX 5600 XT with 12Gbps memory is a wise decision. Not unless there is a really low price tag attached to it.
In terms of aesthetics, I think the Thicc II Pro looks good. Although the plastic shroud feels a bit flimsy, especially on the sides. The only issue that I can find with this graphics card is I think the cooling solution is a bit subpar. GPU and memory temperatures are high due to the not-so-thicc heatsink. Increasing the fan speed could help in lowering the temperature, but that would also result in an increased fan noise.
That’s why between the Thicc II Pro and Thicc III Pro, I am more comfortable recommending the Thicc III Pro 14Gbps instead due to its larger heatsink and triple fan design. Obviously, the Thicc III Pro has the better cooling solution but it’s also a bit expensive as well.
Finally, I think XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro 14Gbps isn’t one of the best RX 5600 XT graphics cards out there. It’s a good alternative though; but there are better options, especially if you want a cool and silent-running card.