XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro Video Card Review

Intro

Review of the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro

A bright shiny new video card is what all gamers, graphic and video designers want to help boost their skills.  With that boost comes a pretty hefty price tag that not all of us can afford.  We do have options but we all want the best!  What if I told you that you could still get a great experience without breaking the bank?  My review of the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro could be that card to get you to the next level without emptying your wallet.

Let’s see the features and specifications of this investment.

• Based off of AMD’s 2nd Gen 7nm process RDNA architecture
• Boost Clock of Up to 1620Mhz
• 1560Mhz Game Clock
• 6Gigs of 192Bit GDDR6 RAM
• 14 Gbps Effective Memory clock speed
• 2,304 Stream processors
• Dual UEFI BIOS Support
• Dual Fans
• Card Profile: Dual slot
• Dimension: 11.02 x 5.83 x 1.73 inches
• 1 x HDMI 2.0b
• HDMI @ 4096×2160
• 3 x Display Port 1.4 HDR DSC 1.2a
• DisplayPort @ 5120×2880
• Max of 4 concurrent displays
• Supported Features
• Video Streaming up to 8K
• PCI Express 4.0
Radeon Boost
• AMD Compute
• BIOS Switch
• Asynchronous Compute
• Radeon Rays Audio + True Audio Next
Radeon Image Sharpening
• Fidelity FX
Radeon Freesync 2 HDR
• Radeon VR Ready Premium
Radeon Boost
• Fuse Protection
• DirectX 12 Optimized
• HDR Ready
• Radeon Relive
• XFX Zero DB Auto Load Sensing Fans
• Requires a minimum of 500Watts
• Requires 1 x 8-Pin PCI Connectors
• XFX 3 Year Warranty

You might have noticed, I bolded the 14Gbps portion of the memory clock speeds and it was for a reason.  It’s the updated version of the Thicc II Pro with faster memory (14Gbps over 12Gbps).  You don’t need to jump through hoops to get that extra speed, you get 14Gbps out of the box.  Because of that bump though, an issue does come up.  It might be a small one, but we will go over it here.

Talking about the box, let’s see what’s inside.

Let’s break it down.

Starting off with the Installation Guide, this will give you the basics on how to install the card.  You don’t really need to worry about this document though this since I will go over it in detail here.  Stay tuned for that, but let’s move on.

Next up, the driver insert documentation.  Some companies will throw a disk in the box with the driver.  The problem with that is the minute those CD’s are printed the drivers are out of date.  XFX provides you a link to their website which includes their latest approved AMD drivers.  It’s a good and a bad thing though.

Good because they don’t want you to have an older driver, they want you to have the latest and greatest.  Bad, because sometimes you just can’t download that driver, maybe your internet is out or you have a metered connection.  At least Windows 10 will give you basic drivers to get you going in the meantime.

I love the fact that they include this adapter.  This adapter turns 2 x 6Pin PCI-e cables into 1 x 8Pin PCI-e cable.  The card requires a 450Watt power supply, some power supplies may not include an 8Pin, this has you covered.

And lastly, but certainly not least, we have the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro itself.  I want to get a little personal with it, so let’s take a Close look at the card.

Continue To: A Close Look at the Card

Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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