The reviews for AMD’s new RX 5600 XT graphics card are in, and they generally found that the $279 card delivers great frame rates at 1080p and is competitive with similar cards from rival Nvidia.

It sounds like a great option for 1080p gaming
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At CES 2020, AMD announced its new Radeon RX 5600 XT, a midrange $279 graphics card utilizing the companys Navi architecture that sits between the cheaper RX 5500 series and the more powerful RX 5700 series. AMD is positioning the 5600 XT as the ultimate graphics card for 1080p gaming, and reviews out today seem to indicate that AMD might have made a card thats exactly that.
Anandtech found that the RX 5600 XT lives up to AMDs ultimate claim, averaging more than 60 fps in all but one game it tested that game being Metro Exodus.At 1080p with all of the settings cranked to their highest (with the Nvidias HairWorks graphical setting turned off), it managed 58 frames per second, a respectable count thats a handful of frames ahead of the slightly more expensive Nvidia RTX 2060. The publication said that the card is fast enough to deliver a no-compromises experience even with the craziest settings. It also said that the 5600 XT clobbers Nvidias GTX 1660 Ti, a popular and similarly priced card that also targets gamers who want great 1080p graphics.
Other reviewers saw great performance as well. Toms Hardware found that the card easily eclipsed 60 fps at 1080p (with maximum settings activated) on most of the titles that it tested, which includes heavy hitters like The Division 2 and Gears of War 5. Compared to the RTX 2060, the 5600 XT maintained a higher, steadier frame rate across the board. PC Gamer found 1080p to be an easy hurdle for the card and said it achieved average frame rates of around 137 fps across 12 games.
The closest competitor to the 5600 XT is probably the aforementioned Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, which came out last year and also costs $279, and reviewers generally found that the RX 5600 XT performed better than the GTX 1660 Ti. But perhaps in response to AMDs new card, Nvidia dropped the price on its entry-level ray-tracing graphics card, the RTX 2060 Founders Edition, to $299. So theres now a bit more competition at that sub-$300 price point, though models at this price point currently appear to be sold out. Directly comparing the two cards together, Toms Hardware found that the 5600 XT wins more than it loses against the RTX 2060, though only Nvidias option can handle ray tracing.
Engadget called the 5600 XT the most powerful 1080p gaming option on the market under $300, though, and other reviews are backing that up. If youre looking for a midrange card that will let you play games at 1080p and high frame rates, the 5600 XT seems like it could be a good choice.
If youre looking to get your hands on one of these cards, PC Gamerhas found several configurations of AMDs new graphics card that are available right now, starting at $279.99.