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Over the past months, AMD and NVIDIA have introduced several new video cards in the $150 to $300 category, updating their lineup in the most massive market segment. Radeon RX 5600 XT, Radeon RX 5500 XT, GeForce GTX 1660 Super and GeForce GTX 1650 Super fell into the price niche that is most relevant for the domestic consumer. But what to choose among the new video cards? Are there enough low-end models for comfortable performance in Full HD and is it worth paying extra for a GeForce GTX 1660 Super or Radeon RX 5600 XT? All these questions will be answered in this review. Let’s get acquainted with four models of video cards from the MSI Gaming line, compare their temperature and noise characteristics, overclocking potential, gaming performance and power consumption.

MSI Gaming Graphics Cards

Based on the results, you can evaluate the general differences between different series of video cards, the advantages of the MSI Gaming line, and the features of individual models.

Video adapter MSI RX 5600 XT Gaming X MSI RX 5500 XT Gaming X 8G MSI GTX 1660 Super Gaming X MSI GTX 1650 Super Gaming X
Core Navi 10 Navi 14 TU116 TU116
Number of transistors, million pieces 10300 6400 6600 6600
Process technology, nm 7 7 12 12
Core area, sq. mm 251 158 284 284
Number of stream processors 2304 1408 1408 1280
Number of texture blocks 144 88 88 80
Number of render units 36 32 48 32
Core frequency (Base/Game—Boost), MHz 1615–1750 1737–1845 1530–1830 1530–1755
Memory bus, bit 192 128 192 128
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory frequency, MHz 12000 14000 14000 12000
Memory size, GB 6 8 6 4
Supported version of DirectX 12 (12_1) 12 (12_1) 12 (12_1) 12 (12_1)
Interface PCI-E 4.0 PCI-E 4.0 (8x) PCI-E 3.0 PCI-E 3.0
Power, W 160 130 125 100

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Let’s start with the older video card from our list. This is the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which is a stripped down version of the Radeon RX 5700. The Gaming model comes in a large box.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Visually, this model resembles solutions from the MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming series. The video card is made in a new design with an angular outline of the casing. The gray elements of the case are combined with small red inserts around the fans.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Cooling takes up three slots, like older Radeon models. Total length — 30 cm.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

A large radiator is visible under the casing. In the corner there is a window with a logo and backlight.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

The reverse side is covered with a metal plate.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

There are three Display Ports and one HDMI on the back panel.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Under the shroud, we see the same cooling system as the MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming. The manufacturer did not save, although the Radeon RX 5600 XT is more economical and colder.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Contact with the graphics chip is made through a flat base. Six heatpipes distribute heat over a massive heatsink that consists of two sections of fins. The second section has a contact pad for heat removal from the elements of the supply circuit.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

The radiator is blown by two fans of the standard 100 mm (the actual size of the impeller is about 96 mm).

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

The fans are made using TorX Fan 3.0 technology — the unique shape of the blades and their mutual arrangement relative to each other enhance the air flow and its dispersion.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

A separate heatsink plate covers the memory chips.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

The back plate is involved in cooling thanks to three massive thermal pads, which are located under the zone of the graphics chip and memory chips.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

When looking at the printed circuit board, we are again in for a pleasant surprise. This is a PCB from the older model Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming without any simplifications.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

The GPU power node has nine phases. External power is connected via two eight-pin connectors.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

There are six Micron 9RA77 D9WCW chips soldered on the board. Six gigabytes of memory work with a 192-bit bus. The Navi 10 processor has been cut from 2560 to 2304 stream cores.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

For the regular version, the base core frequency of 1130 MHz is declared with a Game Clock of 1375 MHz and Boost Clock of 1560 MHz, the memory operates at an effective value of 12 GHz. For the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X, the Game Clock is 1615 MHz and Boost Clock 1750 MHz, and the memory is 12 GHz. But our copy had a special BIOS version with 14 GHz memory. This probably hints at the imminent retail release of a new version of the MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming with fast memory (perhaps it will be the version with the letter Z).

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Testing was carried out on an open bench at 23 °C indoors. Under such conditions, peak core temperatures did not exceed 66°C. The frequencies in games were kept in the range of 1905-1935 MHz. The frequency dynamics is reflected in the monitoring screenshots in the Final Fantasy XV benchmark (resolution 1920×1080 and 2560×1440).

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming XMSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Below is a screenshot of monitoring during tests of The Division 2 at high resolution.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

The fan speed did not exceed 1200 rpm, which means a very low noise level in operation. At the same time, the fans still stop in idle time, allowing you to work in 2D in complete silence.

Overclocking has traditionally run into software limitations. The maximum core frequency can be raised by 2%, which gives a more serious increase in Boost Clock and Game Clock. The memory frequency can be raised up to 1860 MHz (14880 MHz).

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Real Boost frequencies rose to 1760-1770 MHz, only in some applications they were slightly lower.

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming XMSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X

Taking into account the excellent efficiency of the cooler, we did not leave the fans in automatic mode, slightly increasing the upper speed limit. As a result, we got 1100–1300 rpm at temperatures up to 69 °C. And this is a great result, because the video card remains as quiet with higher performance.

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