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- AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT: Specs, features, price
- Radeon RX 5600 XT unlocked and unleashed
- Meet the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT
- Our test system
- Gaming performance benchmarks
- Power draw, thermals, and noise
- Should you buy the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT?
Strange Brigade is a cooperative third-person shooter where a team of adventurers blasts through hordes of mythological enemies. It’s a technological showcase, built around the next-gen Vulkan and DirectX 12 technologies and infused with features like HDR support and the ability to toggle asynchronous compute on and off. It uses Rebellion’s custom Azure engine.
Last year we used the DX12 renderer, as it offered improved performance. In 2020, we’ve switched to the Vulkan renderer with async compute enabled, as it’s now your fastest option, and Vulkan games are rare indeed.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider concludes the reboot trilogy, and it’s utterly gorgeous. Square Enix optimized this game for DX12, and recommends DX11 only if you’re using older hardware or Windows 7, so we test with DX12. Shadow of the Tomb Raider uses an enhanced version of the Foundation engine that also powered Rise of the Tomb Raider and includes optional real-time ray tracing features.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
It may run in DX11, but like its predecessor, Ghost Recon Breakpoint and its AnvilNext 2.0 engine absolutely melts GPUs—so much so that we test this game on Very High rather than Ultra settings.
Total War: Three Kingdoms
Most of the games in our suite are shooters or adventure games, but we’ve included Total War: Three Kingdoms to give us a glimpse at RTS performance. It’s another DX11 game, running on an improved version of the same engine found in Creative Assembly’s previous Total War entries.
Grand Theft Auto V isn’t really a visual barn-burner, but it still tops the Steam charts day in and day out. We test it with all options turned to Very High, all Advanced Graphics options except extended shadows enabled, and FXAA. GTA V runs on the RAGE engine and has received substantial updates since its initial launch.
Next page: Gaming benchmarks, thermals, and power
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT
The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT delivers outstanding 1080p gaming, knocking out the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti thanks to a last-minute BIOS upgrade. The need to install that upgrade manually and price cuts from rival Nvidia cards takes off some of its shine, though.
- Excellent 1080p gaming performance
- Fast GDDR6 VRAM, PCIe 4.0 support
- Faster BIOS unlocks much better performance
- Sapphire Pulse has great features for the price
- Trixx Boost software uses smart downscaling for FPS gains
- Very quiet
- Have to manually install critical performance-boosting BIOS
- No real-time ray tracing capabilities
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