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AMD Announces New Radeon 5600 XT Graphics Card

It’ll sit right above the 5500 XT

AMD is rounding out its GPU family in CES not with a new, high-end product, but with a mid-range card: the Radeon 5600 XT.

The Radeon 5600 XT sits above the 5500 XT but below the 5700 XT, and AMD envisions this particular GPU as a replacement for NVIDIA’s GTX 1060. While the GTX 1060 was a great card in its day, it’s now struggling to run many AAA in 60 FPS with high settings.

According to AMD, in games like The Division 2, Gears of War 5 and The Witcher 3 the GTX 1060 struggles to reach 60FPS, while their new card is able to keep an average of 90FPS easy.

As for the nitty-gritty of the new GPU, the Radeon 5600 XT has 36 compute units and 2,304 stream processors just like the Radeon 5700, but has slower clock speeds between 1,375MHz and 1,560MHz. Memory takes a hit to, down to just 6GB of GDDR6 instead of the 8 on the 5700.

Expected MSRP for the new card is around $279, which puts it in direct competition against NVIDIA’s GTX 1660 Ti. It will be hitting stores on Jan 21.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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