Just like the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT this card has had a lot of hype around it, maybe even more so. I think one of the main reasons is that it aims to hit a great price to performance ratio at around the $279 mark. I think that it does a good job at that as well. In our testing this is a card that is going to easily hit over 100 FPS in most games at 1080p, while still achieving over 60 FPS at 1440p. That also means that you will be able to hit very high frame rates in eSports titles, so if you were looking to get a 144 Hz display this could be the card for that at 1080p.
Comparing this card to other cards it is about 25% faster than the RX 5500 XT, and almost spot on with the NVIDIA RTX 2060 which has been out for about a year now. With its recent price drop down to $299 both a relatively close in price, but if you care about real-time ray tracing you might want to go with the NVIDIA card. The RX 5600 XT is based on a newer architecture, which uses less power, but not by much. If you wanted to move up the AMD stack you have the RX 5700 XT, which is about 20-25% faster at both 1080p and 1440p resolutions. But at $279 for what you are getting with the RX 5600 XT you really can’t go wrong, and unlike NVIDIA’s offerings each card in the RX 5000 series clearly fits a certain price point / performance ranking.
Now lets talk about the specific RX 5600 XT we took a look at today, MSI’s Gaming X card. First off I have to say I really like the new design of the Gaming series cards. It is modern, is not crazy RGB in your face and just works. I also like it that all of the Gaming cards in the RX 5000 series look the same. The metal backplate is one of the best we’ve seen on a Radeon card as well.
The Twin Frozr cooling solution keeps on getting better and better, it is now on its 7th generation. You have two massive heatsink, dual 100 mm Torx 3.0 fans, and as I mentioned that backplate. MSI has actually increased the space between the backplate and PCB so more air can pass through the gap. The whole idea is that the backplate can dissipate more heat that way. This cooling solution is so good there is only a 7 degree difference between idle and load temperatures, which is really impressive. On top of that the fans are not even that loud at all.
Besides looks and great cooling this card will ship with a factory overclock with the game clock being 1615 MHz and the boost clock at 1750 MHz. That means that it is going to perform slightly better than a reference card. Sadly right now we do not know the price of this card. MSI’s RX 5500 XT Gaming X carries with it a $55 premium over the reference RX 5500 XT, so we can assume to see the same premium here. So this card should hover around the $330 mark.
At the end of the day this is definitely one of the better RX 5600 XT’s out there and we expect the RX 5600 XT to be one of the most popular cards in general this year. Overall ThinkComputers gives the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X Graphics Card a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Great performance at its given price-point
– Love the new Gaming series design from MSI
– Twin Frozr 7 cooling
– Very quiet, even during load
– Sleek full-cover metal backplate
– AMD changing the clocks of the card last minute