AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT gets faster and even more confusing

Published: May 5th 2020, 09:33 GMT   Comments

AMD RX 5600 XT: when artificial product segmentation causes more problems than benefits

The disastrous launch of Radeon RX 5600 XT caused confusion among retailers, manufactures, and customers. A last-minute specification change to 14 Gbps memory and 150W+ Total Graphics Power allowed AIBs to modify the parameters of their just-announced Radeon RX 5600 models.

Manufacturers who did not ship their cards were in the best position, they only needed to upgrade the BIOS on their models. Board partners who already made their cards, or even worse – shipped them to distributors – had no choice but to release a BIOS update. This was a tricky operation as there was no guarantee that the cards would work properly with higher memory speed. As a result, some brands decided to just leave things as they were and release new models, which went through the proper certification process.

In the end, we have an unbelievably confusing situation with Radeon RX 5600 XT. Not only do you have to be sure which model you are buying, but you also need to check what BIOS it ships with. AMD has not made any promises regarding BIOS upgrade failures and how AIBs should handle this situation. That said, if things go wrong, you are on your own, although AIBs should theoretically be more understanding in this very unusual situation.

However, chances are you are more likely to buy an upgraded model at this point, so the BIOS upgrade may not even be necessary. In any case, ensure to ask your favorite retailer exactly which model is offered, and what is the process if things go wrong with the BIOS upgrade.

This is the most up to date list of Radeon RX 5600 XT models:

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Models (May 5th 2020)Base ClockGame ClockBoost ClockMemory Clock
AMD RX 5600 XT Reference11301560162012 Gbps
ASROCK Challenger D OC (Bios < L07)12351460162012 Gbps
ASROCK Challenger D OC (L07 < Bios < L08)14201615175012 Gbps
ASROCK Challenger D OC (Bios L08+)14201615175014 Gbps
ASRock Phantom Gaming D2 OC (Bios < L10)12801495162012 Gbps
ASRock Phantom Gaming D2 OC (L10 < Bios < L12)14201615175012 Gbps
ASRock Phantom Gaming D2 OC (Bios < L12)14201615175014 Gbps
ASRock Phantom Gaming D3 OC (Bios < L10)13551560162012 Gbps
ASRock Phantom Gaming D3 OC (L10 < Bios < L12)15301650175012 Gbps
ASRock Phantom Gaming D3 OC (Bios < L12)15301650175014 Gbps
ASUS ROG STRIX Advanced?1670177012 Gbps
ASUS ROG STRIX OC?1670177012 Gbps
ASUS ROG STRIX TOP?1670177014 Gbps
ASUS TUF3 EVO OC?1660177012 Gbps
ASUS TUF3 EVO OC (VRAM OC TOOL)?1660177014 Gbps
ASUS TUF3 EVO TOP?1660177014 Gbps
ASUS DUAL EVO Advanced?1660177012 Gbps
ASUS DUAL EVO TOP?1660177014 Gbps
GIGABYTE GAMING OC (Bios F2)?1560162012 Gbps
GIGABYTE GAMING OC (Bios L04)?1670175014 Gbps
MSI GAMING11851420160012 Gbps
MSI GAMING (BIOS ?)11851420160014 Gbps
MSI GAMING X (launch specs)14601620?12 Gbps
MSI GAMING X (BIOS:TV381MH.301)14201615175012 Gbps
MSI GAMING X (BIOS:TV381MH.302)???14 Gbps
MSI GAMING Z (not released)14201615175014 Gbps
MECH (BIOS TV381MH.330)11301375156012 Gbps
MECH (BIOS TV381MH.331)????
MSI MECH OC (BIOS:TV381MH.320)?1420160012 Gbps
MSI MECH OC (BIOS:TV381MH.322)12351460162012 Gbps
PowerColor OC (launch specs)?1420162012 Gbps
PowerColor OC (retail specs)?1560162012 Gbps
PowerColor OC 14Gbps (new model)?1560162014 Gbps
PowerColor Red Dragon1460162012 Gbps
PowerColor Red Dragon?1560162014 Gbps
PowerColor Red Devil (launch specs)?1560162012 Gbps
PowerColor Red Devil (retail specs)?1660175014 Gbps
Sapphire PULSE (BIOS < 1.03)?1560162012 Gbps
Sapphire PULSE (BIOS:1.03)?1615175014 Gbps
XFX Thicc II PRO (RX-56XT6DFD6)?1560162012 Gbps
XFX Thicc II PRO V2 (RX-56XT626D6)?1560162012 Gbps
XFX Thicc II PRO V3 (RX-56XT6DF46)?1560162014 Gbps
XFX Thicc III PRO (RX-56XT636D8)?1615175012 Gbps
XFX Thicc III PRO V2 (RX-56XT6TFD8)?1615175012 Gbps
XFX Thicc III PRO V3 (RX-56XT6TF48)?1615175014 Gbps
XFX Thicc III ULTRA V2 (RX-56XT6TBD8) (Launch)?1495162012 Gbps
XFX Thicc III ULTRA V2 (RX-56XT6TBD8) (Retail)?1660175012 Gbps
XFX Thicc III ULTRA V3 (RX-56XT6TB48)?1660175014 Gbps
XFX Thicc III ULTRA PLUS (RX-56XT6TUD8)?1660175012 Gbps
XFX Raw II (RX-56XT6OFFR)?1560162012 Gbps

Source: AMD

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