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AMD announces RX 5600 XT graphics card

AMD announces $279 RX 5600 XT graphics card for 1080p gaming

Radeon RX 5600 XT

Surprising absolutely no one, AMD has officially announced the RX 5600 XT at CES 2020. The heavily-leaked graphics cards, which sits between the RX 5700 and RX 5500 8GB, will feature near-enough the same chip configuration as its bigger RDNA sibling save a few gigabytes and megahertz.

Initially introduced with the RX 5700 series back in July, AMD’s RDNA architecture is now being introduced within another gaming-focused graphics card to kick off the new year: the RX 5600 XT. Whoever saw that one coming? The architecture incorporates heaps of optimisations for gaming workloads, and the efficiency gains brought about by the 7nm process.

All but the price of the RX 5600 XT leaked prior to the official heads-up. The RX 5600 XT will feature 36 CUs, parity with the RX 5700, running at 1,375MHz base and up to 1,660MHz boost. It’s also fitted with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, a little less capacity than both the RX 5500 and RX 5700 series.

The RX 5600 XT will be available worldwide from January 21, 2020 for $279. Third-party designs will likely run pricier, such as premium cards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Sapphire, but we’re hoping a few MSRP models to make an appearance at launch.

Radeon RX 5600 XT

RX 5600 XT RX 5500 XT 8GB RX 5700
Compute units 36 22 36
RDNA cores 2,304 1,408 2,304
Peak engine clock 1,560MHz 1,845MHz 1,725MHz
Memory interface 192-bit 128-bit 256-bit
Memory speed 12Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps
Price $279 $199 $349

If it truly is like its bigger sibling, it may be possible to unlock a hefty performance boost on the RX 5600 XT with tools such as the MorePowerTool. That sure would make for a best graphics card heavyweight title fight.

AMD is also introducing the RX 5600M and RX 5700M GPUs for laptops. Stay tuned for more Radeon-powered laptops, such as the Dell G5 15 SE this April. And the 32CU RX 5600 will be available to OEMs for pre-built PCs in the coming weeks.

Check out the on-demand feed of AMD’s CES 2020 conference here.