A few months ago we had the opportunity to review the Radeon 5700XT THICC III Ultra from XFX. Today we will be comparing the little brother the XFX Radeon RX 5600XT THICC II Pro to a similarly priced 2060 KO by EVGA.
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.
|RX 5600 XT||XFX Radeon RX 5600XT THICC II||EVGA RTX 2060 KO|
|Memory Clock||1500 (12Gbps)||1750 (14Gbps)||1750 (14Gbps)|
|GPU Core||Navi 10||Navi 10||TU106|
|Memory||6GB GDDR6 192-Bit||6GB GDDR6 192-Bit||6GB GDDR6-Bit|
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.
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For our load temperature testing we run Hitman 2‘s benchmark, looping at 1080p for 30 minutes, and get the highest listed temperature at a locked 50% fan speed (to remove any sort of fan curve variation between cards). Idle testing is done with the system turned off, and waiting 5 minutes for temperature to stabilize.
For our temps here, we see that the idle temps are about the same across the board, but the 5600XT absolutely crushes the the other cards at the 50% fan speed. During most of this review at out of the box settings, the fans would rarely turn on during gaming.
Also for those interested the Hotspot on the 5600XT was 66C during these tests and the hotspot on hte 5700XT was 97C. we don’t use those in the graphs because Nvidia and older AMD cards do not include that information.
Forza Horizon 4
For this game, we tested at 1080P at high settings in the in-game benchmark. I ran the software from the start and to the end of a race, roughly a minute and 40 seconds.
In Forza we see a slight win for the EVGA card, but it’s within margin of error, so I would call it a toss up. In our previous review, we saw how older Nvidia cards struggled with DX12 games, but here the Turing based 2060 stays about even.
Gears Tactics flips the gameplay of previous titles on it’s head with a turn based strategy game based heavily on X-Com (which we reviewed, we recommend it). We again tested at 1080p, this time at ultra settings and used the in-game benchmark.
The 5600 XT here wins by just over 6% on average, and 4% on the 99th percentile. It’s a tight race here, but again a pretty slim lead by the XFX Radeon RX 5600XT THICC II.
After the very successful Doom (2016) reboot, Doom Eternal follows the Doomslayers journey to save earth and kill demons. You can find our review here (we recommend it).
For our run, we use the first section of the Exaultia level without any enemies on screen, your game experience in-game during fights should be a bit slower than this, but it’s a consistent run.
This time Nvidia takes a 9% lead in the average, and just about 10% on the 99th percentile. At least in this section of the game, we can see the 2060 justifying its higher out of the box cost.
Red Dead Redemption 2
A gunslinging tale in the old west which we reviewed here (we recommend it). This title features bot Open GL and Vulkan APIs, and a bevy of settings to change and tweak to your hearts content. We test using the last section of the in game benchmark, which takes just under 2 minutes.
In Read Dead Redemption 2, the XFX 5600 XT trails behind the Nvidia card by a margin around 5% once again. Oddly enough, the control for this review (the higher priced 5700XT) gets about the same 99th percentile.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
Featuring very dense jungles and beautiful views, as well as some of the latest technology, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is an ideal game to benchmark more on that in our review. Recently the game has been updated to use the Vulcan API, improving performance for both AMD and Nvidia cards.
For this game we test using the in-game benchmark, waiting for the second scene to start which is more graphically intensive.
Ghost Recon is another game that again is too close to reliably call, with both cards sitting near the same performance.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is definitely one of the oldest games we are testing today, but it is still a relevant title that has been updated constantly over the course of its existence, like the recent Vulkan API update.
The test was done using using the single player situation of the consulate map for 60 seconds.
In Siege we see Nvidia take over a 10% win here, which is enough to consider pretty significant. The 2060’s performance is nipping on the heals of the 5700XT, though all cards here are able to push 144FPS quite consistently.
Shadow Of the Tomb Raider
The latest in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise. We use this title as it’s been a very popular series, and a well optimized title. We test using the in-game benchmark for the first sequence.
Another time where the numbers are really close. The 5700XT’s 99th percentile is almost what the other cards averages are.
The latest entry in the Hitman franchise has you traveling across the globe in search of targets. For more on the game check our review. For our Hitman 2 test, we test the Miami benchmark for 60 seconds.
Another game another test that is within margin of error. Really solid showing on both cards to play this game comfortably.
Control a title from Remedy Entertainment, and known very well to PC gamers for it being one of the first RTX game that allows ray tracing. For our test we run around in the lobby of the first level for 60 seconds, at high settings.
Unfortunately, even though Control is well known for being the first ray tracing game out on the market, when ray tracing and DLSS are turned off the 5600 XT produces the better gameplay experience. The Nvidia card trails by 11% here, with a similar margin in the 99th percentile.
The XFX Radeon RX 5600XT THICC II performs right up there with a value-focused variant of Nvidia’s cheapest RTX card. While I can’t speak to the other AMD Radeon RX 5700 XTs, the one in front of us is factory overclocked and is doing a great job in keeping very close with the slightly more expensive Nvidia card.
The THICC II Pro runs cooler and quieter than the card it’s competing against, with a higher build quality. Though kudos to EVGA for putting a backplate on the card- I was pleasantly surprised to see this on a value-branded card.
But that isn’t to say the EVGA RTX 2060 KO is without any value; you are getting RTX functionality for the 2060 with things like DLSS, ray tracing, RTX voice, and (the elephant in the room) Nvidia’s typically better drivers and recording functionality. AMD has come a long way in terms of their software the past few years, but driver bugs still do come up more often than their counterpart.
I was reminded of those bugs during this review, which for people like me who swap between cards frequently will experience this more often than the average user. My system had flickering issues when switching from the 5600 XT to the 5700 XT.
All in all though, most users never experience these bugs. I strongly recommend this card to anyone looking for a solid 1080p card that isn’t looking to break the bank, but wants a premium experience.
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The XFX Radeon 5600XT THICC II was reviewed on Windows PC using a review sample provided by XFX. The EVGA RTX 2060 KO was provided by EVGA for purposes of this review. You can find additional information about Niche Gamer’s review/ethics policy here.