PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil review: Outstanding for 1080p gaming - Page 2
Performance in games and benchmarks
We tested PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil graphics card using a desktop computer with the following hardware and software:
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
- CPU Cooler: ASUS ROG RYUO 120
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (WI-FI)
- Memory: HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB (2 x 8GB, 3600MHz)
- Storage: ADATA XPG Gammix S11 Pro SSD
- Power Supply Unit: ASUS ROG Thor 850W Platinum
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro x64 with May 2020 Update
To get a clearer idea of how fast PowerColor's Radeon RX 5600 XT is, we also compared its performance to ASUS' ROG STRIX GTX 1660 Ti GAMING OC. Both video cards have similar prices, and both of them target high-end 1080p gaming.
We started by testing the graphics card with World War Z. Using Vulkan API and Ultra graphics quality settings, on the 2560 x 1440 resolution, we obtained a minimum of 117 frames per second (fps), an average fps of 135, and a maximum fps of 187. In 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, the minimum fps was 116, the average 162, and the maximum 235. As you can see, the RX 5600 XT can render over 100 fps easily, both in 1080p and 1440p, which is an outstanding result and much better than what we got with the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti!
In Assassin's Creed Odyssey, with DirectX 12 and Ultra video settings, when playing at a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, we had a minimum fps of 25, an average of 56, and a maximum fps of 87. In 1920 x 1080 resolution, we saw a minimum fps value of 27, an average of 71, and a maximum of 116fps. Although the minimum fps can drop below 30, the average number of frames is close to 60 in 1440p and above in 1080p. It's generally better than the 1660 Ti and an excellent result considering how demanding this game is.
In Battlefield V, which is a popular game and very demanding in terms of hardware resources, we used the DirectX 12 API and the Ultra quality settings. When we ran the game in 1440p, we had a minimum fps of 60, an average of 71, and a maximum of 97. When we switched to 1080p, the minimum fps was 60, the average 96, and the maximum 123. In 1440p, the Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil was clearly better than the 1660 Ti. In 1080p, it managed better average fps and maximum fps, but, oddly, a lesser minimum fps. Overall, excellent results from both cards!
Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks fantastic but demands a lot of power from the graphics card. Using the 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution, we had a minimum fps of 47, an average of 58, and a maximum of 83. In 1080p, the minimum was 68 fps, the average fps was 88, and the maximum 134.
The performance offered by the PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil was excellent and very similar to the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti.
In Tom Clancy's The Division 2, using DirectX 12 and the Ultra graphics quality preset, we had an average fps of 52 fps in 1440p and 80 fps in 1080p. It's an outstanding level of performance, and it's more than what we got from the NVIDIA counterpart!
Next, we moved on to Metro Exodus, an incredibly demanding game when it comes to graphics power. Using DirectX 12, the Ultra video preset, and a 1440p resolution, we managed to get a minimum of 24 fps, an average of 42 fps, and a maximum of 60 frames per second. On 1080p, the minimum was 28 fps, the average fps was 53, and the maximum 82. Yet again, the RX 5600 XT was better than the GTX 1660 Ti on all levels.
We also tested Fortnite using its Epic graphics preset and DirectX 12. In 1440p, the minimum fps was 48, the average 60, and the maximum was 66. In 1080p, Fortnite ran with a minimum of 83 fps, an average of 104 fps, and a maximum of 120 fps.
The performance of the RX 5600 XT was excellent and better than the GTX 1660 Ti in 1080p. Still, in 1440p, it looks like it's the opposite, as the NVIDIA counterpart does a bit better.
In Apex Legends, using the highest graphics quality, the graphics card rendered a minimum of 62 fps, an average of 82 fps, and a maximum of 99 fps in 1440p. In 1920 x 1080 resolution, we had 78 fps minimum, 114 fps on average, and 131 fps maximum. Here, the performance is top-notch in either resolution, but it looks like the NVIDIA 1660 Ti does better in 1080p. Maybe the game is better optimized for NVIDIA?
Finally, we also benchmarked the graphics card using the 3DMark Time Spy tests, which runs on DirectX 12 and in 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. Here, we had a score of 6464 points with the PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil, and 6938 with the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1660 Ti GAMING OC. It's a bit odd considering our previous results where the AMD RX 5600 XT did better in most tests, but that's what we got.
The power consumed by the video card is also important. According to our measurements, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil graphics card draws up to 140 Watts. It's not extraordinarily much, and it confirms the fact that a 500 Watts power supply unit should be more than enough to power this card even in the most demanding games and workloads. As for the heat produced by this graphics card, Open Hardware Monitor told us that the GPU Hot Spot can get to a maximum temperature of 86 degrees Celsius.
The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil graphics card offers high-end performance in 1080p gaming and does a decent job in 1440p too. As far as we've seen, it's definitely better than the similarly priced NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti, so choosing the former over the latter is a no-brainer, in our opinion.
The only software that PowerColor offers for the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil graphics card is an app called PowerColor DevilZone. It lets you adjust the RGB lighting on the graphics card using a bunch of predefined effects and any colors you want. Unfortunately, it doesn't also apply to the red LEDs found on the ports, which are always on and cannot change their colors.
Although PowerColor bundles only one app with their 5600 XT premium graphics card, it works well and does its job as it should.
What's your opinion about the PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil?
Now you know what our opinion about the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil is, and you know that we like it a lot. Do you agree with us? Did you already buy one? What's your impression of it? Comment below, and let's discuss it.