MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X & Gaming Z Review 30

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X & Gaming Z Review

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Overclocking



With manual overclocking, maximum overclock of our sample is 1860 MHz on the memory (6% overclock), which is limited by the adjustment range in Wattman. I suspect the chips could go even higher, but for some reason, AMD chooses to artificially limit overclocking potential of their cards. GPU overclocking also maxed out the slider range; it seems the overclocking limits were not extended with the new BIOS.

Maximum stable overclock was 1820 MHz Boost, which increases average GPU clock from 1709 MHz to 1763/1764 MHz (3% overclock).

Maximum Overclock Comparison
Avg. GPU ClockMax. Memory ClockPerformance
ASUS RX 5600 XT STRIX TOP1764 MHz1860 MHz93.0 FPS
MSI RX 5600 XT Gaming X1763 MHz1860 MHz93.6 FPS
MSI RX 5600 XT Gaming Z1765 MHz1860 MHz93.9 FPS
PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red Devil1756 MHz1860 MHz93.0 FPS
Sapphire RX 5600 XT Pulse1760 MHz1860 MHz92.8 FPS
Testing notes & interpretation
  • Overclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan, power, and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for most users.
  • Each GPU (including each GPU of the same make and model) will overclock slightly differently based on random production variances.
  • The data in this table shows comparable overclocks, using identical conditions, from previous TechPowerUp Reviews.

Overclocked Performance

Using these clock frequencies, we ran a quick test of Unigine Heaven to evaluate the gains from overclocking.


Actual 3D performance gained from overclocking is 9.7% for the Gaming X and 4.1% for the Gaming Z.
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