Is 1080p gaming dead? Far from it, I say. 1080p gaming has become more affordable for the budget market. So I do not see it going away any time soon. Even eSports FPS professionals play on a 1080p resolution. The reason they choose 1080p over say 2K or 4K is because of the enlarged targets and so it’s easier for them to acquire the target on the screen. Another reason they choose lower resolutions is to boost their frames per second rates thus resulting in a smoother play. If you are looking to game on a 1080p resolution there are several on the budget video cards that can help you to achieve the best experience at low resolution. One of the Graphics Cards I am talking about is AMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU. The RX 5600 XT is an improved version of RX 5500 XT and a direct competitor to NVIDIAs GeForce RTX 2060. Our sample of the RX 5600 XT comes from ASRock. ASRock taking the reference RX 5600 XT GPU and overclocking Core Clock and Memory Clock right from the factory. Besides factory overclocking RX 5600, XT Phantom Gaming D3 features a massive 3 fan heatsink cooler and ARGB logo.
|Graphics Engine||AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT|
|Bus Standard||PCI Express x16 Gen4|
|Engine Clock||Boost Clock: Up to 1750 MHz
Game Clock: 1670 MHz
Base Clock: 1530 MHz(Need to update L10 version VBIOS or later)
|Memory Clock||14 Gbps
(Need to update L12 version VBIOS or later)
|Resolution||Digital Max Resolution: 8K HDR 60Hz|
|Interface||1 x HDMI 2.0b
3 x DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC 1.2a
|Power Connector||1 x 8-pin|
|Accessories||1 x Quick Installation Guide|
|Dimensions||290.6 x 126.5 x 53.1 mm|
The packaging of ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 is extremely similar to ASRock’sRX 5500 XT. We see the same style of imagery here with a section for Specifications, Key Features, and Minimum System requirements. If you would like to compare these two cards you can refer to our ASRock RX 5500 XT review here. RX 5600 XT is built on the latest AMD’s 7NM technology which supports FreeSync 2 HDR and RDNA Architecture.
Internal packaging is simple. The GPU itself is wrapped in an ant-static bag and is securely embedded in the plastic foam cutout. There are no drivers disk and no cables included with ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3. The only thing that is included in the Quick Installation Guide booklet.
A Closer Look
The GPU itself is about 180mm long however the entire package dimensions are 290 x 126 x 53mm. Massive 3 fans cooler extents the whole card 110mm. The fan bezel is made out of ABS plastic and is covered with a protective plastic sticker to keep scratches while shipping at a minimum. All three fans spin in a clockwise direction. The GPU backplate has a stylish ASRock logo along with the Phantom Gaming logo in the right corner.
Passive cooling is being done via aluminum heatsink and three heat pipes that spread heat evenly throughout the heatsinks. Because of the length of the heatsink about a third of the heatsink is exposed. TBP for RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 is 150W and the recommended power supply to be used with this card is 650W. The entire card is being powered by a single 8 pin connector.
There is not much lighting going on in RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3. The only ARGB section I found was in the Phantom Gaming logo in the middle of the card. Display connections available are 1 HDMI 2.0B and 3 DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC 1.2A (HDR Codec).
When removing the heatsink and disassembling the GPU backplate please note that you will be Voiding ASRock’s warranty by doing so. To have a better thermal contact ASRock is using 2mm thermal pads on RAM chips, VRM, and Chokes on the front of the card. On the back of the card, there is only one thermal pad that protects the GPU connections. GPU itself has a thermal paste in the middle to create strong contact with the heatsink and provide better thermal conductivity.
Ends of heat pipes could be seen from the back of the card but they do not stick out any more than they should. The GPU plate on the heatsink is highly reflective to achieve the best thermal conductivity.
ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 has a 6+1 phase design that has 6 GDDR chips around the GPU. Ram chips also have 2 VRMS and two Chokes.
RAM used in ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 is by Micron GDDR 6 9UA77 D9WCW.
The GPU on this board is by AMD Navi 10.
Mosfets are by SIC654 by Vishay Siliconix
There are several VRM Chokes around the board. They range from LR 27 to LR 56.
Phase controller and voltage regulator are provided by UPI uP9505P.
RAM has dedicated VRM and Chokes.
PWM controller is by Nuvoton NUC121ZG2.
Test System and Synthetic Benchmarks
|Component||Product Name||Provided By|
|Case||Open Test Bench|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 9700K|
|CPU Cooler||Celsius+ S36 Prisma||Fractal Design|
|Motherboard||EVGA Z390 FTW||EVGA|
|Ram||(2) 8GB Corsair DDR4-3200 CMW16GX4M2C3200C16||Corsair|
|GPU||Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC||ASRock|
|Monitor||BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K HDR Gaming Monitor 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz|
|Hard Drives||Adata XPG SX8200 PRO (512GB)||Adata|
|Power Supply||Thermal Take Tough Power RGB 80 Plus Gold 750W|
There are many ways to benchmark GPUs. With these benchmarks our goal is to do two things: first to show the performance of the card and secondly to make them easy to replicate. With a similarly configured system, you should be able to get similar results to compare your current graphic card against. There will always be a variance from system to system.
All benchmarks will be running in 1080p resolution where possible. Gaming benchmarks are being done with Highest In-Game Preset.
3DMark Firestrike from Futuremark is a Semi-synthetic DirectX11 benchmark designed for high-performance gaming PCs. Firestrike performs advanced geometry, illumination, and particle tests with its Graphics benchmark and performs physics simulations using the CPU. Firestrike Ultra Kicks it up a notch and ratchets up the resolution to 4K and turns the quality up a bit.
Timespy is an additional test in 3DMark which represents DirectX 12 gameplay. The extreme version is meant to test the highest-end graphics cards at 4K.
In both Firestrike Ultra and Time Spy Extreme ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 has performed significantly better than RX 5500 XT cards from ASRock and Gigabyte. The field is pretty close in terms of performance between the RX 5600 XT cards and the RTX 2060 from EVGA.
Unigine’s Superposition features both a monitor benchmark but also a VR load as well. I used the 4K optimized and 8K optimized presets. Superposition also allows you to explore the environment in VR Mode with your headset connected.
The Super Position scores show the performance race is extremely close between the two 5600 cards yet, the RTX 2060 edges them both out.
The Orange Room test from VR Mark represents VR performance with the original HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. The ASRock Radeon 5600 XT has a good showing in this test.
The Cyan Room Benchmark represents high-end VR hardware such as the Rift S. RX 5600 XT is performing extremely well and can match the performance of the RTX 2060.
Finally, there is the Blue Room benchmark. This is designed to test GPUs at future VR Hardware and brings a lot of cards to their knees. In this test, the RTX 2060 can take a slight lead over the rest of the field. Interestingly, the 5600 and 5700 cards are very close in performance.
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Conclusion and Final Thoughts
When I was allowed to review ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 I got excited because I favor 1080p gaming with a high-frequency monitor. My benchmarking of this card showed a high and stable frame rate on most of the demanding games such as Far Cry New Dawn and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The max frames per second here were above 60fps and made the game look stunning. Other gaming benchmarks performed well above 40 FPS. Do keep in mind that all graphic quality settings were maxed out in every game. I have done personal gaming with ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 as well. Most of my game time was spent playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an extremely fun game to play not only because of the mechanics but also because of the eye candy. This game is full of it. I did not have any issues with the quality of the image in this game. Metro Exodus is a highly demanding game and ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 did well but the gameplay wasn’t as pleasable as Shadow of the Tomb Raider. At times I have noticed frame rate drop and image distortion. Lowering graphics quality settings helped with the stability of the game and overall performance.
Overlocking this card was fairly easy with the ASRock Tweak app which could be downloaded from ASRock’s website. To get the best values from my benchmarks with the firmware of RX 5600 XT was upgraded to L12 which allowed me to have Boost Clock speed and RAM speed. I was able to push Boost Clock to 1742MHz from 1660 MHz speed however I was successful at pushing Memory speed to 1820MHz from 1752 MHz. Temperatures of the GPU reached a maximum of 67C and the fan RPM at full speed spins at 3700 RPM.
Right now ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 retails for about $290 and ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D retails for about $90 less. And RX 5700 XT retails for about $330. If you are looking for a sweet 1080p card this is a good contender. If you are thinking of doing some 2k gaming then you might want to look at the RX 5700 XT cards. ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 is greatly positioned in between two cards. Similar cards like Nvidia 2060 would be a direct competitor to 5600 and 5700 XT cards but at a higher price point. ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 is a great 1080p card.