MSI, ASRock, ASUS & Other AMD Partners Launch Faster vBIOS for the RX 5600 XT: Specs and Prices Comparison

AMD launched the Radeon RX 5600 XT yesterday, with select partners releasing a faster vBIOS at the last moment. This resulted in a near-10% performance boost in the case of these flashed cards, creating a sub-hierarchy among the aftermarket offerings. At launch, only four RX 5600 XTs had received the BIOS update, but today all major board partners released a faster BIOS for at least one of their 5600 offerings. These include ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte and ASRock, all of whom have now updated their product specs to include a boost clock of 1750MHz and 14 Gbps memory.

ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Models

All ASRock cards have gotten the BIOS update L07 which lifts the possible boost clock to 1750MHz. The Challenger and Phantom Gaming D2 have a Game Boost Clock of 1615MHz while the D3 is a notch above at 1670MHz. The D2 and D3 cost a $30 premium, bringing the MSRP to $319.9. The memory clocks are unchanged at 12Gbps.

Radeon RX 5600 XT Challenger D 6G OC
(RX5600XT CLD 6GO)

Price: $279.99

Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D2 6G OC
(RX5600XT PGD2 6GO)

Price: $319.99

Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC
(RX5600XT PGD3 6GO)

Price: $319.99

Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT Models

For now, only the Gaming OC variant seems to have received the official vBIOS that boosts performance by 10%. Both the core clocks as well as the memory speeds have been increased. The prices are not out at the moment.

Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC 6G

Price: $299?

Radeon RX 5600 XT Windforce OC 6G

Price: $279.99

ASUS Radeon RX 5600 XT Models

Like always, ASUS has the most expensive lineup (overkill to be honest). The TUF Gaming X3 starts at $319.99 while the Strix costs a hefty $339.99. Then there’s the Strix TOP Edition. It’ll most likely cost $10-20 more, but we’re not yet certain about the exact figure.

As for the specs, all three GPUs promise a max boost clock of 1770MHz, but we reckon that the Strix will fare better than the TUF variant due to better cooling. Furthermore, only the TOP Edition gets the 14Gbps memory boost. The rest are all stuck to 12.

TUF Gaming X3 Radeon™ RX 5600 XT EVO

Price: $319.99

ROG Strix Radeon™ RX 5600 XT

Price: $339.99

ROG Strix Radeon™ RX 5600 XT TOP Edition

Price: $349.99?

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Models

MSI has four models, the Mech, the Mech OC, Gaming and Gaming X. Only the last one gets the 1750MHz core clock update. Memory speed is unchanged.

Radeon RX 5600 XT Mech OC

Price: $299.99

Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming

Price: $319.99?

Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Price: $329.99

XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Models

XFX has four variants. The Raw II, Thicc II, Thicc II Pro, and Thicc III Ultra. The Thicc III models will be getting the 1750MHz core boost while all the 5600 XTs will have 14Gbps memory support.

  • THICCII Price: $279.99
  • THICCIII Price: $309.99

PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Models

PowerColor will be fielding its traditional 3DH, Red Dragon and Red Devil variants. The Red Dragon will get the 14Gbps memory boost while the Red Devil will benefit from both improved core clocks as well as faster memory.

PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT 3DH

Vanilla (3DH)

Price: $279.99

PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Dragon

Price: $289.99

PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil

Red Devil

Price: $309.99

Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT

Price: $289.99

And then lastly, there’s the Sapphire Pulse, the card we reviewed and my personal recommendation. It comes with both faster memory as well as a higher core clock of 1750MHz. Coupled with Sapphire fancy Pulse heatsink and backplate, this is easily the best Radeon RX 5600 XT on the market, and it costs just $289.99 to boot!

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Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.

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