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SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5600 XT PULSE OC Review: Please Update Your BIOS (Page 8)

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 2, 2020 at 07:06 pm CST - 2 mins, 5 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: SAPPHIREModel: 11296-01-20G

1440p Benchmarks

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a sequel to the popular Shadow of Mordor, which was powered by the Lithtech engine. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of War at Amazon.

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Metro Exodus is one of the hardest tests that our graphics cards have to go through, with 4A Games' latest creation being one of the best looking games on the market. It is a serious test that pushes GPUs to their limits, and also features RTX technologies like DLSS.

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Far Cry New Dawn was developed by Ubisoft, and is powered the Dunia Engine, an engine that has been modified over the years for Far Cry and last used in Far Cry 5. Dunia Engine itself was a modified version of CRYENGINE, scaling incredibly well on all sorts of hardware.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the latest games to join our graphics card benchmark lineup, with the game built using the Foundation engine as a base, the same engine in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Eidos Montreal R&D department made lots of changes to the engine during the development of Shadow of the Tomb Raider to make it one of the best-looking games out right now.

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1440p Benchmark Performance Thoughts

I wouldn't recommend the Radeon RX 5600 XT for 1440p gamers, but if you were playing esports games like Overwatch and Apex Legends then you will have a blast -- for AAA games? If you turned down the details then sure, but for benchmark purposes I run everything maxed out on Ultra graphics (with AA and motion blur disabled).

Starting with Shadow of War we have 60FPS only with the new BIOS -- where the old BIOS saw the SAPPHIRE RX 5600 XT PULSE OC dropping to 54FPS. Shadow of War is hard on graphics cards and even harder as the resolution goes up. We can see that the Vega 56/64 here dominate the RX 5600 XT, and so too does the now $299 priced GeForce RTX 2060.

Metro Exodus performs much better with the new BIOS at 49FPS average, equaling the Vega 64 and 1FPS shy of the RTX 2060. Far Cry New Dawn is super-playable at 89FPS average and keeping up with the RTX 2060, while Shadow of the Tomb Raider is still pumping out over 60FPS which makes it an enjoyable experience.

Last updated: Feb 19, 2020 at 01:21 pm CST

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

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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