AMD XFX Radeon RX 5600XT THICC II Pro
Source: web on 14 July 2020 at 11:16 EET
Both cards sit at a price range of $280-$310 and make up what is now considered upper mid-range. The 5600XT had previously been beaten by the 2060, due to some models of the 5600XT having slower memory out of the box (which has since been rectified with a BIOS update). Now all models should be able to have 14Gigabit per second memory.
The two cards we will be focusing on today have a completely different way of arriving to a similar price point. The 5600XT is one of the beefier and higher end 5600XTs, as this one is about $20-30 more than the cheapest models available.
Meanwhile the 2060 KO from EVGA is one of the cheapest 2060s on the market, and is a much smaller cut down card. Typically people ask what the difference is between the cheapest model and the model that is 20 to even 50 dollars more, and generally it’s things like build quality and cooling. Higher priced cards generally run a bit cooler, quieter, and last a little longer. This card features a lot of the same technology as the THICC III Ultra, though at a smaller size. It takes the successful revision from the somewhat maligned launch THICC cards. The card is quite well built, and has a nice backplate, as well as dual 100mm fans and 4 copper heatpipes for better thermal load transfer (it keeps it cooler).
The II in THICC II is for the dual fan card. While XFX also has a triple fan variant, the aptly named THICC III which (when available) is around $20 more.
This card is factory overclocked to 1620 MHz boost. One thing to keep in mind when looking for this card is that we are testing the updated model, with 14Gbps memory. Newer models will show 14Gbps on the box, and should say 14Gbps on the webpage. The model we linked is the 14Gbps model.
Like other modern GPUs, it also includes Zero DB fan technology which, during light gaming or video streaming, turns the fans off. Though once the GPU gets taxed the fans speed up as the temperature increases.
The GPU testing methodology we will be using at Niche Gamer will be similar to what you may have seen at hardware-focused sites.
For this review we will be testing at 1080p only, due to the fact that this card is very strongly marketed as a 1080p card (though we will be posting 1440p numbers for our RTX 2060 review coming soon).
We take each game, test it in 1080p over 3 runs, which are then averaged out. Any extreme results (more than 5%) are thrown out and retested, to insure we can be accurate with the hardware’s performance in a given game.
The two metrics we will use today is average FPS, the other is 99th percentile frame rate. This is taking the data, and looking at the 99th percent of frames, or the worst noticeable stutter. Ideally the lows should still remain above 60fps, or as close as possible to the average.