No Review, Thanks To AMD
The changes in the VBIOS in the last few days changed the results so dramatically, I have to really question what the hell AMD was thinking in the days leading up to the Radeon RX 5600 XT launch. The SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT had some major changes in both GPU clocks and GDDR6 clocks, that it creates some big challenges for reviewers.
The two VBIOSes come in a silent and performance BIOS, where the TGP goes from 135W to 160W and the 6GB of GDDR6 cranks from the much slower 12Gbps to 14Gbps bandwidth. But it is the game and boost GPU clocks that really change, with the silent BIOS at 1460/1620MHz while the performance BIOS cranks up to 1615/1750MHz.
Consumers. Should. Never. Have. To. Do. This.
I mean sure, you're getting GDDR6 cranked from 12Gbps to 14Gbps and higher GPU clock speeds with the new VBIOS -- but it should've been this way from the beginning. It means AMD was blindsided by NVIDIA's double-jebait on dropping the GeForce RTX 2060 price, or AMD was never confident with the Radeon RX 5600 XT and had a built-in fail-safe = new VBIOS.
After all the momentum AMD has built, and the entire 'jebait' stunt -- I expected better from AMD in 2020 and this is how they've started it. A jumbled mess, that is going to cause confusion on launch day and I'm kind of excited to see what my fellow reviewers and YouTuber friends in the industry say in their reviews and launch day content.
Me on the other hand, I'll be holding off for a few days to get my review finished -- if I actually get a VBIOS in that time, or my SAPPHIRE sample turns up. What a mess!
Last updated: Jan 30, 2020 at 08:29 pm CST