SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT OC Review – 14Gbps Memory Without The Hassle

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PRODUCT INFO

SAPPHIRE Pulse RX 5600 XT OC

Type Graphics Card
Price $289.99

Conclusion - It's Time To Upgrade

AMD marketed the Radeon RX 5600 XT as the "Ultimate 1080p Gaming Card" and announced it at a great price of $279.99 making it a compelling option for existing RX 480 8GB and GTX 1060 6GB owners, who are likely still gaming at 1080p. NVIDIA promptly dropped the price of the GeForce RTX 2060 to $299 and effectively muddied the waters. The reason this was a real issue for AMD is that the initial specifications of the RX 5600 XT had the core clock a bit lower and the memory running at 12 Gbps. This was a problem for them.

In comes the famous flashing je-mess. AMD began working at the last minute to push out VBIOS updates for the vendors pushing the memory to 14 Gbps and the core clocks up a bit. We can see that the move was warranted and a good call, it just came at a bad time and the expense of a lot of hassle for the end-user. It's a shame that the image of the RX 5600 XT had to be tarnished because of its miscalculated launch efforts.

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But, this card, the SAPPHIRE Pulse RX 5600 XT OC doesn't suffer from any of those woes. It comes and has come from the factory with a default clock speed increase on the core and the memory. It is well built, offers great cooling, power draw, and performance. The SAPPHIRE Pulse RX 5600 XT does deliver the strongest raw power when it comes to most traditionally rasterized games and does so with a whisper.

For those wanting to lay down the most frames for the dollar at this price point will do well to consider the SAPPHIRE Pulse RX 5600 XT OC model, especially those still on the RX 480/580 and GTX 1060. But, something to keep in mind, is that the first generation Navi cards are not fully DirectX 12 Ultimate compliant. If that is something you care about then you do need to take it into consideration, if not then you'll find little to complain about with the SAPPHIRE Pulse RX 5600 XT OC.

 

For those wanting to lay down the most frames for the dollar at this price point will do well to consider the SAPPHIRE Pulse RX 5600 XT OC model, especially those still on the RX 480/580 and GTX 1060.

Pros

  • No BIOS updates required
  • 14 Gbps memory out of the box
  • Only $10 US Premium over RX 5600 XT MSRP ($289.99 US)
  • Huge performance uplift versus Polaris cards
  • Excellent Performance Per Watt
  • Spectacular thermal performance
  • Great factory overclock out of the box
  • Aluminum metal backplate
  • PCI-e Gen 4.0 Support

Cons

  • Not fully DX12 Ultimate compliant
  • Limited additional OC potential
  • No dedicated hardware for Ray Tracing
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