AMD unveils the “Ultimate 1080p” focused Navi
AMD’s Radeon team once again has sprung another GPU upon us with the new RX 5600 XT, and this time it is destined to fill the gap between the previous RX 5500 XT and the RX 5700 series. While this is not “Big NAVI” as so many gamers are waiting for to take on Nvidia’s top dog RTX 2080 SUPER, and 2080 Ti, it is focusing on more filling the gap in the midrange GPU space which is where a bulk of the cards that gamers buy exist. This brings AMD’s total product stack to four in the current RDNA powered RX series GPUs. Meanwhile, NVIDIA’s current standing with GPU models is numbering 12, which is three times the amount of cards ranging from the RTX 2080 Ti to the GTX 1650, which are all current Turing based GPUs. Nvidia has chiseled out not just niches but micro-niches in their product stack to have a GPU at almost every performance level you could want. AMD, on the other hand, now has four entries spanning the low to mid-high end, which means there are more significant gaps to fill, but fewer SKUs, which can potentially confuse. It’s a give and take as I see it.
While The 5600 XT may not be exciting to the die-hard enthusiasts in the room, we must remember that a large portion of gamers are on 1080p with something around the GTX 1060 range GPU, which is right around where the RX 5600 XT is looking to reside. That being said, this is a good money play for AMD to try to fill the upgrade needs of gamers who are very value-conscious and are looking for a solid newer 1080p experience.
The Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU comes to the market as follows.
- XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 6GB – MSRP $279 (Source: AMD)
The 5600 XT comes with 6GB and does not have memory options like the 5500XT we looked at previously. This is probably one of the most precarious things I observed with this new card, as we have the 5500 XT with up to 8GB VRAM, This just seemed strange to me, as I have not seen many instances where lower-end GPUs would have an option for higher VRAM density than a more top tier card.
Let’s read on and take a look at AMD’s new ultra 1080p focused RX 5600 XT.