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

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

Now we’re getting into the territory of a game more optimized for the higher performance GPUs. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an awesome game and part of a long-lasting franchise. It supports full DX12 along with new RTX features which we may start to include in testing once Radeon options have ray-tracing capabilities enabled. We run at max details at DX12 with RTX and DLSS disabled.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a newer title and the latest in the Tomb Raider Franchise. This game can be extremely heavy on the GPU while being playable and great overall graphics. The RX 5600 XT once again comes to life a bit more with the new VBios, but the magic is in the memory as it jumps up readily past the RTX 2060 and the GTX 1080, falling just short of the RX 5700.

In the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark test at 1080p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 9% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 13% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

In the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark test at 1440p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 4% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 13% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

In the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark test at 2160p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 4% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 13% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry has been a great series of games and the newest takes on a cult-like group in the rural USA. This entry into the Far Cry franchise has some great visuals and can definitely put your GPU to work being a much newer game.

Far Cry 5 shows the RX 5600 XT pulling a nice lead with the RTX 2060 in the dust at 1080p with the stock VBios, and the new VBios only gets stronger. Adding memory overclock to the equation and we see the RX 5600 XT surpass the RX 5700 at 1080p, and that really does speak to this GPU’s 1080p prowess.

In Far Cry 5 at 1080p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a -1% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 7% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

In Far Cry 5 at 1440p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 4% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 13% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

In Far Cry 5 at 2160p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 4% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 13% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

Here we see the first actual drop in performance and that is the VBios flashed alone; it is weird, but we have to take it as it is since it was a repeatable result. Overclocking the memory across the board, you will see the light blue bar really shows how badly the 5600 XT was hamstrung by lower memory speeds.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands is an awesome squad-based shooter that has tons of varying terrain, vehicle play and plenty of eye candy via explosions and particle effects to make your GPU cry.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a veritable torture test of a game that now shows a reverse of what Far Cry 5 was showing. Here, the RX 5600 XT with its new VBios gets closer to the RTX 2060 but only outperforms it at 4K, while pushing the memory once again kicks this card into overdrive. The 1080p and 1440p results show the 5600 XT  catching and right at the heels of the RX 5700 with the memory up to speed.

In Ghost Recon at 1080p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 2% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 12% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

In Ghost Recon at 1440p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 5% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 14% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

In Ghost Recon at 2160p, we see that the VBios alone shows us a 2% gain while pushing the memory gives us a 3% gain over the out of the box original VBios.

Now that we see the performance, next up is to see how far we can push it?

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