A look at MSI's RX 5600 XT MECH & GAMING X - CES 2020

MSI's new AMD-exclusive Gaming X design looks awesome!

Hands on with MSI's RX 5600 XT MECH & GAMING X - CES 2020

A glance at MSI's RX 5600 XT MECH & GAMING X - CES 2020

Last night, AMD officially revealed its Radeon RX 5600 XT, a mid-range graphics card that's designed to outperform Nvidia's GTX 1660 Ti, delivering gamers outstanding 1080p gaming performance. 

At CES 2020, MSI has become AMD AIB partner to talk to us about their RX 5600 XT series, which will range from reference clocked models to higher-end factory overclocked variants. All of these graphics cards feature 6GB of GDDR6 memory and the same 2304 stream processor count as AMD's Radeon RX 5700. 

Like other custom Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards, MSI's MECH and GAMING series models will release on January 21st worldwide. 

Both of MSI's RX 5600 XT cards ship with dual-fan cooling solutions, with the MECH series acting as the company's budget-friendly offering while their Gaming series models ships with a larger, heavier cooler design that features RGB lighting support. 

Hands on with MSI's RX 5600 XT MECH & GAMING X - CES 2020

MSI's MECH series cooler is an upgraded version of MSI's VENTUS series design, giving MSI's, so far, AMD-only MECH cooler an advantage over its older Nvidia-only Ventus counterpart. Like MSI's MECH cooler design, MSI's new Gaming X cooler design also remains as an AMD-only heatsink.

As expected, even MSI's high-end Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X model features lower clock speeds than AMD's reference Radeon RX 5700. This limitation is likely due restrictions that AMD has placed on its AIB (Add-in-Board) partners to prevent the RX 5600 XT from outperforming AMD's more expensive Radeon RX 5700. This leaves us to wonder if the Radeon RX 5600 XT has much untapped overclocking potential. Could AMD's Radeon RX 5600 XT be an overclocking monster?  

 AMD Radeon RX 5500 XTAMD Radeon RX 5600 XT MSI RX 5600 XT MECHMSI RX 5600 XT MECH OCMSI RX 5600 GAMINGMSI RX 5600 XT Gaming XAMD Radeon RX 5700AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Process Tech/ Architecture7nm Navi7nm Navi7nm Navi7nm Navi7nm Navi7nm Navi7nm Navi7nm Navi
Base Clock ------1465MHz1605MHz
Gaming Clock1717MHz1375MHz1375MHz1420MHz1420MHz1460MHz1625MHz1755MHz
Boost Clock1845MHz1560MHz1560MHz1600MHz1600MHz1620MHz1725MHz1905MHz
Memory Bus128-bit192-bit129-bit192-bit192-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit
Memory Clock14Gbps12Gbps12Gbps12Gbps12Gbps12Gbps14Gbps14Gbps
MSRP (US)$169$279----$349$399

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Most Recent Comments

07-01-2020, 18:10:20

Mr. Smith
Not a fan of coloured accents, prefer neutral, clean looks. Mech colours with Gaming X design would be ideal for meQuote

07-01-2020, 18:20:30

The Gaming X card is gorgeous IMO.Quote

07-01-2020, 18:27:25

Agree, are those coloured accents RGB lights? (IE can I turn them off)Quote

07-01-2020, 18:36:10

Originally Posted by tgrech View Post
Agree, are those coloured accents RGB lights? (IE can I turn them off)

Nope it's red plastic, same as on the 5500 XT, 5700 & XTQuote

07-01-2020, 19:02:51

The Mech cards are really not doing it for me. They're quite tacky.Quote

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