PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Dragon Review 7

PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Dragon Review

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Introduction

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We have with us for review the PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Dragon graphics card, positioned just a notch below the RX 5600 XT Red Devil. The Red Dragon brand represents high value as it's still a factory-overclocked product with such goodies as a quiet cooling solution with idle fan-stop, but a more compact dual-fan cooling solution, and dual-BIOS. The PowerColor Red Dragon also features a minimalist industrial design that looks great with its solid matte black surfaces and chrome rings around the fan intakes.

AMD created the Radeon RX 5600 XT to stamp leadership over the Full HD (1080p) gaming segment under the $300 price point by beating NVIDIA's entire GeForce GTX 16-series, at least that was the original plan. With the GTX 16-series lacking ray-tracing hardware, the playing field between AMD and NVIDIA is truly leveled. NVIDIA's decision to allow its partners to come up with RTX 2060 cards at $299 from its $349 original price prompted AMD to revise clock speeds with an objective of matching the RTX 2060 at the last moment, which led to BIOS update chaos. Luckily, the PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red Dragon tested in this review was announced after the specs update and comes with the latest BIOS out of the box. There's even prominent branding on the box to reflect that.



Based on the 7 nm "Navi 10" silicon, the Radeon RX 5600 XT is configured with 2,304 stream processors across 36 RDNA compute units, 144 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 192-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface, holding 6 GB of memory. On some of the cheapest RX 5600 XT cards, the memory ticks at 12 Gbps, but on the PowerColor Red Dragon, it does 14 Gbps out of the box. What's more interesting is that PowerColor enabled all of the revised-specs without increasing the number of power connectors. The card makes do with a single 8-pin PCIe power input.

The PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red Dragon in this review comes with factory-overclocked speeds of 1560 MHz game and 1620 MHz boost compared to the original 1375/1560 MHz reference specs. Its cooling solution features an elaborate aluminium fin-stack heatsink with a direct-touch heat-pipe base and a pair of large 100 mm fans, which turn off when the GPU is idling. The card is strictly two slots thick, but a good inch taller than what constitutes "full-height." The company is asking $299, or a mere $20 increase over the $279 baseline pricing for the RX 5600 XT Red Dragon. In this review, we take it for a spin across our test bed.

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
Red Dragon
$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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