Today we're running the Radeon RX 5600 XT for the first time in over 30 games. For comparison, we have the older Pascal-based GTX 1070 and 1060 GPUs. We also used the RTX 2060 Super and RX 5700 XT, considering that we already had most of this data.
The most important aspect of this article is to see what kind of upgrade the Radeon 5600 XT offers over the GTX 1060 when testing a wide range of games. This also gives RX 580 owners a good idea of how much faster the 5600 XT is, as we found last year when testing 38 titles, the 580 was only 2-3% faster on average than the 1060. This is another GPU fight that we are likely to repeat again shortly.
The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB was launched in July 2016 about three and a half years ago for $ 250. The version used for testing in this video is technically $ 300 because it includes updated 9Gbps GDDR5 memory. With very little performance increases of 3-4%, however, not much was included, so the results here are representative of the premium GTX 1060 models, which were priced at $ 280 when released.
We recently found that the 5700 XT was ~ 50% faster than the GTX 1070 at the starting price for about the same price. So we're excited to see if the 5600 XT can offer similar benefits over the GTX 1060. It is almost four years ago and we hope for a performance improvement of at least 50%.
As representatives of the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070, we have the Gaming X Plus models from MSI. Both will compete with MSI's RX 5600 XT Gaming X. Our GPU test bench is powered by an Intel Core i9-9900K, which is overclocked to 16 GHz with 16 GB DDR4 -3400 memory. Instead of going through all 32 charts as usual, we'll take a closer look at a dozen or so and jump to the performance breakdown charts.
First up is Assassin's Creed Odyssey, where the 5600 XT can only keep up with the GTX 1070. This isn't a terrible result considering that the GeForce GPU cost at least $ 100 more when it was released, but that was over three years ago.
Compliance with the 1070 meant that the 5600 XT was 50% faster than the 1060 at 1080p and 53% faster at 1440p.
Again, we can see that the 5600 XT can only keep up with the GTX 1070, this time testing Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. The 1080p was 49% faster than the GTX 1060 at 1080p, and this margin rose to 63% at 1440p. At least in this title, the 5600 XT is significantly more powerful at this higher resolution.
The Outer Worlds use the Unreal Engine and since this engine was better optimized for Nvidia hardware, the 5600 XT could only keep up with the GTX 1070. That makes the new Radeon GPU for GTX 1060 owners in this title a fairly weak upgrade, 30% gain at 1080p and 35% at 1440p.
We get our first example for the 5600 XT, which clearly outperforms the GTX 1070 in Call of Duty. Here it was 25% faster at 1080p and 26% faster at 1440p. The Radeon was almost 62% faster at 1080p than the GTX 1060 and 67% faster at 1440p. That's the kind of solid performance upgrade that would justify the upgrade.
The benchmark results for Red Dead Redemption 2 are interesting and we see the first real problem for the 6 GB 5600 XT. The image time performance at 1440p was not particularly good. We see a very big difference between the 1% low and the average frame rate. A similar problem also occurs with the GTX 1060, another 6 GB model.
The Radeon 5600 XT was 1080p 31% faster than the GTX 1070 in Control, which meant that the GPS-based GPU was 80% faster than the GTX 1060, which means a very significant performance increase. The increases were very similar at both 1080p and 1440p.
The 5600 XT performed well when tested with World War Z, here it was 28% faster than the GTX 1070 with 1080p and thus 72% faster than the GTX 1060.
Note that the old $ 250 Pascal GPU had no problems delivering playable performance at 1080p. It was a bit of a problem at 1440p, although 56 fps are still very playable on average with 48 fps for the 1% low. For up to 70% more power, the 5600 XT is a nice upgrade.
F1 2019 is another title where the Radeon 5600 XT performed really well. Here it outperformed the GTX 1070 at 1080p by 29%. This enabled the Radeon GPU to deliver 82% more frames than the GTX 1060, which is a massive upgrade for F1 fans. The edges were similar at 1440p.
To test with Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, we updated to the Vulkan API. Here the 5600 XT was 29% faster than the GTX 1070 and thus 71% faster than the GTX 1060.
The same performance increase of 75% was achieved at 1440p and is much more important here as we have increased from 56 fps to 98 fps on average.
When testing with Fortnite, the 5600 XT again outperformed the GTX 1070, but only by 15%. By hitting the GTX 1070, this also means that it was a good deal faster than the 1060 and increased the frame rate at 1080p by 64%.
The increase from an average of 50 fps to 81 fps at 1440p will be most evident. We expect a whopping 62% increase in performance with the larger resolution.
The performance ranges in Gears 5 are similar to those of the last games we looked at. The 5600 XT easily prevailed over the GTX 1070 and outperformed the 1060 with an impressive 69% at 1080p and 70% at 1440p.
Usually Radeon GPUs work well in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and the 5600 XT is no exception. Here it was 62% faster than the GTX 1060 at 1080p and 66% faster at 1440p. Solid profits across the board.
Our Apex Legends fourth season tests show that the 5600 XT outperforms the GTX 1070 by 1080p by 23% and the GTX 1060 by 55%.
The last results, which we will discuss in detail, come from Borderlands 3. We see a very strong performance of the 5600 XT: At 1080p the GTX 1060 was destroyed by 88% and at 1440p almost 100%.
Compared to the older Pascal-based GPUs, the Radeon 5600 XT seems to be a practical upgrade for GTX 1060 owners, but probably not for those looking for a solid upgrade to the GTX 1070.
We took a look above and discussed the results of 14 of the 32 games tested. Here you can see the average performance of all titles.
On average, the Radeon 5600 XT with 1080p is 17% faster than the GTX 1070. For owners of the ~ 400 dollar Pascal GPU from a few years ago, this is not a practical upgrade. However, compared to the GTX 1060, we expect a 59% increase in performance, and that's pretty significant.
Compared to the $ 250 base models of the GTX 1060, you expect an average performance increase of just over 65%. The edges are basically the same at 1440p. It is important to see which games are the most profitable …
What we have learned
With such a large number of games tested, we can easily conclude that the Radeon RX 5600 XT is ~ 60% faster than the GTX 1060, making it a solid upgrade choice for most players. The limitation of the rule depends on the games you play most often. You can see this for yourself using the graphics above.
The GeForce GTX 1060 base models were initially available for $ 250. Models like the MSI Gaming X + cost around $ 300. Realistically speaking, you could get a similar level of performance for around $ 270 to $ 280, or a price similar to today's base model 5600 XT. If you were to say that a high-quality GTX 1060 would have thrown you back around $ 270 three years ago, the 5600 XT would have been ~ 7-10% more expensive. If we compare the RRP of $ 250 with $ 280, the 5600 XT is 12% more expensive. Let's look at this as a worst case scenario.
After about 3.5 years you can expect a performance increase of around 60% with a price increase of 12%. This is not surprising, but also not terrible, as there is no competition at this time.
The problem the Radeon 5600 XT faces in terms of the equation of value is the same problem that every GPU under $ 300 had last year: there are still greatly reduced RX 580 cards. When you released the 5600 XT a month ago, you were able to buy 8 GB 580 for $ 180. Now it's only $ 170, with some models only costing $ 160. Assuming that the RX 580 and GTX 1060 are still neck to neck, this would mean that the 5600 XT is about 50% faster than the 580 but also costs at least 55% more.
However, if we focus on raw performance, the Radeon 5600 XT is impressive in terms of value as it is a few tiers above the RX 580. We're probably going to look more at Vega 56 performance, since Vega was 56 ~ 10% faster than the GTX 1070 when we last tested it.
The Radeon Vega 56 cost $ 400, which makes the 5600 XT a good deal cheaper and also uses a lot less electricity. This is a good step forward for AMD over a two year period. The hope is that AMD can continue to become more competitive across the board, which will help lower GPU prices.
We saw years of stagnation on the CPU front when AMD had nothing and Intel ruled freely. We see a similar result for GPUs in recent years. Hopefully Radeon can experience a Ryzen moment in the not too distant future.
- AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT on Amazon
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- GeForce RTX 2060 Super on Amazon
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 on Amazon
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT on Amazon
- GeForce GTX 1660 Super on Amazon
- GeForce RTX 2070 Super on Amazon
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti on Amazon
- AMD Ryzen 9 3900X at Amazon
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