PowerColor refutes concerns of RX 5600 XT failure rates – “It’s running within spec”

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PowerColor refutes concerns of RX 5600 XT failure rates – “It’s running within spec”

AMD’s launch of its Radeon RX 5600 XT was a mess, requiring end-users to update their graphics card’s BIOS files in order to enable their peak performance levels. Beyond that, some RX 5600 XT manufacturers are upping their graphics card memory speeds to 14Gbps, while others are sticking to the RX 5600 XT’s stock 12Gbps data rate. 

PowerColor was one of the first companies to release BIOS updates for its RX 5600 XT series graphics cards, delivering PC gamers higher core clock speeds on its cards alongside increased memory speeds. PowerColor has updated their RX 5600 XT to provide 14Gbps memory speeds, rather than the GPU’s original 12Gbps speeds. 

Since then, other Radeon RX 5600 XT manufacturers have cited graphics card failure rates as a reason that they haven’t followed the lead of PowerColor and Sapphire. These claims have left customers concerned that these high-speed BIOS files will reduce the stability of their graphics cards. PowerColor has since released a statement to refute this argument, calling out MSI specifically. 


“MSI says that some GDDR6 chips can handle the faster speeds, while others cannot.” Our 5600XT cards have GDDR6 14Gbps rated memory modules as such it’s running within spec.

PowerColor has stated that its RX 5600 XT graphics cards all use 14Gbps GDDR6 memory, and because of this, all of their graphics cards are running “within spec”, even when using their updated BIOS files.  

Below is a comparison of the clock speeds of PowerColor’s original RX 5600 XT BIOS files and the performance offered by their new “unleashed” BIOS files. 

Model SKU Mode Stock
Game/Boost Clock(MHz)
Game/Boost Clock(MHz)

Red Devil Radeon RX 5600 XT

AXRX 5600XT 6GBD6-3DHE/OC OC 1560/1620 1660/1750 Download
Silent 1420/1600 1495/1620
Red Dragon Radeon RX5600 XT AXRX 5600XT 6GBD6-3DHR/OC OC 1460/1620 1560/1620 Download
Silent 1375/1560 1460/1620

PowerColor releases updated BIOS files to supercharge its Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards

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