PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT ITX Review 31

PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT ITX Review

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Introduction

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In this review, we will cover the new PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT ITX graphics card, which is targeted at those putting together some really compact Mini-ITX or SFF gaming PC builds. At first look you could confuse the PowerColor RX 5600 XT ITX with a OEM-reference design RX 5500. However, the RX 5600 XT does pack a much stronger punch that lets it see eye-to-eye with even the GeForce RTX 2060. The card is only slightly longer than the PCI-Express x16 slot, measuring 18 cm in length, and no taller than what constitutes "full height." It also only needs one power connector, so the cable clutter in your build is kept to a minimum.

AMD originally came up with the Radeon RX 5600 XT to dominate the 1080p space at its $279 price-point, beating NVIDIA's entire GeForce GTX 16-series, but a price cut of the RTX 2060 baseline price down to $299 forced AMD to revise its specs with higher clock speeds, which means it matches it. The consumer naturally benefits from this move as the RX 5600 XT is now 1440p-capable, while gaming at 1080p with frame-rates in excess of 90 FPS. The PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT ITX comes with the performance-enhancing BIOS update out of the box, so no manual action is necessary.



AMD carved the Radeon RX 5600 XT out of the same 7 nm "Navi 10" silicon that goes into making its flagship RX 5700 XT, by giving it the same 2,304 stream processors as the RX 5700, but narrowing the memory bus to 192-bit from 256-bit, and memory amount proportionately down to 6 GB. It also features 144 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The PowerColor RX 5600 XT ITX in this review runs at the maximum spec AMD allows for the RX 5600 XT: 1560 MHz game clock, 1620 MHz maximum boost clock, and 14 Gbps (GDDR6-effective) memory, compared to the 1375/1560 MHz original reference clocks with 12 Gbps memory. The card uses a dense aluminium fin-stack heatsink that's ventilated by a single fan, and still goes on to offer idle fan stop. PowerColor is asking $299 for this card, which is a $20 premium over the MSRP and a price that matches the RTX 2060 KO from EVGA. The premium appears to be dictated largely by the card's main USP—its compact size.

Radeon RX 5600 XT Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RX 590$2002304321469 MHz1545 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1660$200 1408481530 MHz1785 MHz2000 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1070$3001920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$2603584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1660 Super$2301408481530 MHz1785 MHz1750 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1660 Ti$2701536481500 MHz1770 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1070 Ti$4502432641607 MHz1683 MHz2000 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 5600 XT$2802304641375 MHz1560 MHz1500 MHzNavi 1010300M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
PowerColor RX
5600 XT ITX
$3002304641560 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2060$3001920481365 MHz1680 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RX 5700$3302304641465 MHz1625 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
GTX 1080$5002560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RTX 2060 Super$4002176641470 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$375 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$7003584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RX 5700 XT$3802560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
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