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XFX accidentally outs Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro After ASRock’s Slipup

At this point, with AMD’s CES 2020 spot mere days away, the Radeon RX 5600 XT is a virtual certainty. Following ASRock’s complete listing of the Radeon RX 5600 XT Challenger 6 GB, XFX has apparently decided to break the embargo, too. While the listing was recently taken off their website, multiple outlets managed to capture screenshots of the listing.

XFX is evidently set to launch its own AIB model, the Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro. The unwieldily named XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro (seriously, who comes up with these names?) will feature 6GB of GDDR6, as it says on the box. It will have a base clock of 1460 MHz and a boost clock of 1620 MHz. These are in line with what we saw in ASRock’s earlier listing.

More and more, the 5600 XT is reminding us of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (which, coincidentally, it’s expected to perform on par with). AMD is seemingly pulling the same trick Nvidia played with the older Pascal card: dialing back stock clock speeds (and possibly advising AIBs to do the same) to artificially widen the gap between it and its higher performance derivative. In this case, the 5600 XT has the exact same shader and backend configuration as the RX 5700. The only difference is the use of slower 12 Gbps GDDR6 across a narrower 192-bit bus. Since it’s built on the exact same Navi 10 silicon as the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, we fully expect the 5600 XT to, at the very least, achieve circa 1800 MHz in-game.

Another interesting thing we’ve noticed with these periodic leaks is that these are all AIB models. It’s quite possible that, unlike the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT launch, we won’t see reference parts: this could be an AIB free-for-all. With so much OC potential on the table, this might be a card where a high-end AIB cooler is absolutely worth the added cost. Let’s wait for CES and see.

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Arjun

Penguin-published author, and journalist. Loves PC hardware but has terrible hand-eye coordination. Most likely to be found playing Total War or watching weird Russian sitcoms.
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