AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 'Review': The Most Troubled Launch Ever? (Page 3)

| Jan 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm CST

The Week Leading Up Into Launch

Around 5 days before the launch of AMD's new Radeon RX 5600 XT, emails began flying that there would be a new BIOS provided for review samples. I was meant to have a SAPPHIRE card on the way, but there was an address stuff up and my sample was sent to my old address (I've moved house in the last few months).

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This is outside of AMD's control, but it created a situation where I didn't have a sample ready for review. I had other AIB partners reach out to me sampling me cards, which is a usual situation for a reviewer like me -- but then that introduced its own problems.

MSI sent me their flagship Radeon RX 5600 XT GAMING X graphics card, but then it only arrived in the late afternoon of the day before the NDA lifted. But as it arrived, I had communication with my contacts at MSI in regards to a new VBIOS for the card before I tested it.

Then I was told to wait until that night as their R&D department were working around the clock, in order to get their VBIOS ready for benchmarkers. Well, it didn't arrive and I woke the next morning to try and sort out the mess that was this Radeon RX 5600 XT 'review'.

Well, MSI had issues getting me a VBIOS in the last few hours of this review -- so I don't have a day one review because of AMD's last-minute changes. To the credit of AMD, the review sample they were sending me was a SAPPHIRE PULSE edition RX 5600 XT, something they had an updated BIOS ready for... but because of the address hiccup, my sample isn't with me.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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