CES 2020: AMD Radeon RX 5600 series and Radeon RX 5700M announced
AMD has finally announced the much-rumored AMD Radeon RX 5600 series at CES 2020. Consisting of three parts, there’s the Radeon RX 5600 for OEMs, the Radeon RX 5600M for laptops and last but not least, the Radeon RX 5600 XT for PC builders.
The Radeon RX 5600 and Radeon RX 5600 XT are actually quite different, which is something you must take note of before going out to get a PC powered by the Radeon RX 5600. The Radeon RX 5600 is going to be quite a bit slower with quite a number of stream processors shaved off the Radeon RX 5600 XT. Interestingly, AMD sets the same board power rating for both cards at 150W.
Meanwhile the Radeon RX 5600M is based on the Radeon RX 5600 XT, albeit with significantly slower clocks to accommodate a laptop’s limited cooling capacity. All of the Radeon RX 5600 series feature 6GB of 12 Gbps GDDR6 fed over a 192-bit memory interface.
Radeon RX 5600 Series Specs
|Compute Units (CU)||Stream processors (SP)||TFLOPS||Game Clocks / Boost Clocks|
|Radeon RX 5600 XT||36||2304||Up to 7.19||1375 / 1560 MHz|
|Radeon RX 5600M||36||2304||Up to 5.83||1190 / 1265 MHz|
|Radeon RX 5600||32||2048||Up to 6.39||1375 / 1560 MHz|
Since the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT is the only variant you can get as a standalone card, it’s the only one with a recommended price tag. It will be available for around $279 (~RM1145), starting 21st January. Meanwhile the Radeon RX 5600M will be available later during the first half of 2020.
AMD promises impressive performance gains over the green team’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which debuted at the same price. However with the recent price slashes on the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, we might see that AMD’s cards would come up a bit short.
Meanwhile for laptop gamers who want more grunt than what the Radeon RX 5600M can serve up can look towards the Radeon RX 5700M. The Radeon RX 5700M is based on the Radeon RX 5700, and it isn’t even downclocked that much with the game clock set to 1620 MHz and a boost clock of 1720 MHz. Based on my experience with the desktop Radeon RX 5700, it should sit nicely between the mobile GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce RTX 2070, which is actually quite the sweet spot for a laptop GPU. Pricing wise, it remains to be seen whether it will be worth it, but color me interested.
Pokdepinion: Considering that RTX is still reasonably unfeasible on laptops, the RX 5600M and RX 5700M might be quite popular, if OEMs would use them.