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).


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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