AMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT was a little bit of a complicated mess. The business pressed out a last-minute vBIOS upgrade that opened greater clock speeds and memory speeds for its GPUs. Which indicated you might see extreme distinctions in efficiency from one 5600 XT to the next, depending upon whether the producer crammed in the much better software application. That left me advising everybody opt for the Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT. Back in January, it was the only card that I understood would have the faster vBIOS out of package. Today, AMD is dealing with partners to resolve that confusion. Which resulted in items like the upgraded PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon 5600 XT, which has 14Gbps memory speed (rather of 12Gbps) out of package.
The Red Dragon 5600 XT is readily available now for $300.
To be clear, while PowerColor is upgrading its Red Dragon, this item still experiences the very same concerns the RX 5600 XT had at launch. AMD’s upgraded software application clearly captured business like PowerColor unprepared. And now it’s attempting to fix that. However this is still an RX 5600 XT, so don’t anticipate a major enhancement over something like the Sapphire Pulse.
So, what should you anticipate? Preferably, I want to see the Red Dragon provide Sapphire Pulse-like framerates and thermals. That would make it much easier to suggest the card. Which’s basically what I obtained from this GPU.
PowerColor Red Dragon has the RX 5600 XT efficiency you desire
The 5600 XT is an exceptional 1080p GPU. Like I stated in my evaluation, it has sufficient power at that resolution. It likewise fares respectably at 1440p. And truly, it’s at 1440p where the faster memory is going to make a much larger distinction. So for my screening, I put the Sapphire Pulse and Red Dragon head-to-head at 1440p. I primarily wish to see that the PowerColor card remains in the very same variety as the Sapphire card.
I checked with the following rig:
- Z490 Aorus Master
- 32GB HyperX Predator memory @ 3200MHz
- NZXT E850 PSU
- 500GB Samsung 860 Evo Sata SSD
Likewise, to require more of the load onto the GPU, I attempted to max out settings at 1440p. In criteria like Gears Strategies, that put 100% of the load onto the video card throughout of the test. In truth, you would likely deny much of these visual functions if utilizing the 5600 XT at 1440p. So don’t anticipate these numbers to precisely show how the video game will carry out. I’m simply attempting to see how one card compares to the next.
Here are the outcomes:
In Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, the PowerColor Red Dragon came out ahead of the Sapphire Pulse. It is 10% quicker in regards to the typical framerate. However it likewise has an in general more steady framerate, which you can see from the 1% and 0.1% lows.
However in the remainder of the video games, the Sapphire Pulse ended up out in front. Often the Sapphire card is simply around 2% faster (Hit man 2), however in Gears Strategies it was a massive 19% faster. While perhaps something else is choosing the video game because circumstances, it’s clear the Sapphire Pulse is still the RX 5600 XT to beat.
Which makes good sense. While the Red Dragon got the memory increase to 14Gbps, it doesn’t have the very same increase to clock speeds as the Sapphire Pulse. The previous can regularly enhance as much as a video game clock of 1560MHz, while the latter hits 1615MHz.
Above: Faster is quicker.
Image Credit: GamesBeat
I would still suggest the Sapphire Pulse over the Red Dragon. However I’ll yield that the 5600XT landscape is a little less complicated than it was, and I believe that was AMD’s objective. If you head out to purchase a 5600XT today, you’ll still need to do your research study. Make certain you’re getting that 14Gbps memory speed in the specifications sheet. However discovering that is much easier now than it remained in January and February.
I believe you’re most likely pressing both of these cards too far if your objective is 1440p video gaming. However at 1080p, either one is overkill. And it’s an excellent indication that the Red Dragon does so well in a huge Ubisoft video game like Odyssey.
In regards to thermals and sound, both cards are fantastic. Once again, the Sapphire has the edge, however I had no problems about the Red Dragon — specifically when it concerned fan sound.
At $300, the PowerColor card is more costly than its Sapphire equivalent. However if Pulse offers out, the Red Dragon is a great option.