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AMD’s 5600 XT Debacle – A Post Mortem of Arguably the Worst Launch in PC history.

3DMark Fire strike

Here, the older 3DMark Firestrike tests show us that the new VBios makes a reasonable improvement over the out of the box VBios, but increasing the memory clock and upping the power target gives you even more headroom as the RX 5600 XT surpasses the 5700 and also the RTX 2070 in the Ultra test, while the extreme test shows the 5600 XT right at 5700 levels.

The Ultra test we see that the new VBios gives us a 5% gain in graphics performance while pushing the memory on the new VBios gives us an 11% gain in performance.

The Extreme test, we see the new VBios gives us a 4% increase while pushing the memory on the new VBios provides us with an increase of nearly 12%.

3DMark Time Spy

Time Spy being the more modern benchmark, we see the RX 5600 XT falling a bit, slotting itself behind the 2060 but a much more closer margin than we had previously.

We see a 5% increase with the new VBios on the extreme test while tweaking the memory pushes the 5600 XT to nearly a 15% increase on the extreme test.

The standard Time Spy test we see that adding the new VBios increases performance by 5% or so while pushing the memory on the new VBios ups the gain to almost 10%.

VRMark

VRMark is more of the same as the RX 5600 XT sees a reasonable gain from the VBios itself, but pushing the memory helps the card wake up.

In VRMark’s mid-range test the Cyan Room benchmark, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 5% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 10% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

In VRMark’s tougher test the Blue room benchmark, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 5% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 9% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Pro

Heaven is a long-time test in our suite. It is from Unigine and pushes tessellation and some heavy GPU loading.

While Heaven may be aging, putting it at 4K still puts some hurt on the GPU and can give you an excellent view of raw performance scaling. Here, with the new VBios, we see that the RX 5600 XT gets a defined bump with just the VBios but once again more of the same as the memory is the real hold out here.

In the heaven benchmark test, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 5% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 11% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

Unigine Superposition Pro

Superposition is the newest benchmark from Unigine and is better aligned with testing the newer cards we are testing today.

Unigine superposition being the newer benchmark, we now can see the RX 5600 XT VBios flash giving it a reasonable bump and the memory OC pushing the GPU even closer to the RTX 2060 here.

In the Superposition benchmark test, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 5% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 13% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

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