Drivers OK for Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT GAMING OC-6G???

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  1. x509's Avatar
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    Drivers OK for Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT GAMING OC-6G???


    I would like comments from owners of this Gigabyte 5600 XT card about driver stabililty. I'm building a new rig based on ASUS ROG Strix-E and AMD 3900X. I was all set to buy this card https://www.newegg.com/gigabyte-rad...814932244?Item=N82E16814932244&quicklink=true and https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Gra...rds=gigabyte+rx+5600+xt&qid=1584976015&sr=8-2 until I read all the really negative comments on Newegg and Amazon about drivers. So should I buy this card despite the negative reviews, or buy a different 5600 XT card? Or should I use my ancient GTX 660 until AMD releases good drivers?

    Here is the thing. I'm not a gamer, but I do work all the time in Adobe Lightroom, which is now using the GPU for some intensive tasks (e.g. Enhanced Details). I also use Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat, and Microsoft Office programs a lot, Outlook, Word, Excel and some PowerPoint. One of the review comments said that he had an issue with Word.

    I honestly don't know what to do here.
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  2. x509's Avatar
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    x509 said:
    I would like comments from owners of this Gigabyte 5600 XT card about driver stabililty. I'm building a new rig based on ASUS ROG Strix-E and AMD 3900X. I was all set to buy this card https://www.newegg.com/gigabyte-rad...814932244?Item=N82E16814932244&quicklink=true and https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Gra...rds=gigabyte+rx+5600+xt&qid=1584976015&sr=8-2 until I read all the really negative comments on Newegg and Amazon about drivers. So should I buy this card despite the negative reviews, or buy a different 5600 XT card? Or should I use my ancient GTX 660 until AMD releases good drivers?

    Here is the thing. I'm not a gamer, but I do work all the time in Adobe Lightroom, which is now using the GPU for some intensive tasks (e.g. Enhanced Details). I also use Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat, and Microsoft Office programs a lot, Outlook, Word, Excel and some PowerPoint. One of the review comments said that he had an issue with Word.

    I honestly don't know what to do here.
    Anyone?
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    I'm partial to EVGA GPU's . Since I don't see any EVGA AMD GPU's ....my next choice would be XFX and the reviews, albeit 10, are real positive. I would compare the 2 XT cards. There's a $40 difference between the 2.
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  4. Plankton's Avatar
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    Personally I'd go with a Nvidia card.....then a EVGA but not sure what your budget is.
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  5. bobkn's Avatar
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    I have used both nVidia and AMD (ATI) cards over many years. I have usually prefered nVidia's drivers.

    It appears that an nVidia RTX 2060 is a close match to the 5600 XT in performance. Not a lot more expensive, at the low end of its price range. GeForce RTX 2060, New, Desktop Graphics Cards, Video Cards & Video Devices, Components - Newegg.com

    I would have suggested a 2060 Super for the latest hardware, but the price premium seems a bit high.

    I wouldn't worry too much about brand. eVGA may have the best customer service. My current card (2080 Super) is a Gigabyte. Can't be clocked much above its factory overclock. I don't overclock (except for a little testing).
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  6. x509's Avatar
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    bobkn said:
    I have used both nVidia and AMD (ATI) cards over many years. I have usually prefered nVidia's drivers.

    It appears that an nVidia RTX 2060 is a close match to the 5600 XT in performance. Not a lot more expensive, at the low end of its price range. GeForce RTX 2060, New, Desktop Graphics Cards, Video Cards & Video Devices, Components - Newegg.com

    I would have suggested a 2060 Super for the latest hardware, but the price premium seems a bit high.

    I wouldn't worry too much about brand. eVGA may have the best customer service. My current card (2080 Super) is a Gigabyte. Can't be clocked much above its factory overclock. I don't overclock (except for a little testing).
    Guys, I want to say that I really appreciate these comments. The reason I wanted to go with an AMD card was the PCIE-4 support, since I am getting an AMD X570 motherboard with that support. Also, I wanted a 3-fan card, since I thought it would run quieter than a 1 or 2 fan card. The RTX 2060 cards that are comparable in price to the Gigabyte 5600 XT card are all 1 or 2 fan models, and the reviewer comments sometimes mention high temps. Still I appreciate that nVidia probably has better drivers.

    So I'm still sitting on my hands not knowing what to do. My fallback is to do nothing, that is, don't buy anything right now. It seems like a shame to use the ancient RTX 660 card from my current rig in a brand-new 2020 build, but at least that way I'm buying time. Agree? Disagree?
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    I neglected an nVidia compromise: the GTX 1600 series. I believe that they are basically RTX cards (like the 2060), but without the raytracing capability. Their price range runs below the RTX cards.

    As regards PCI-E 4.0, does that give any performance advantage for graphics cards? I thought that the PCI-E bus was never a limit for any card at PCI-E 3.0 X16. Or even PCI-E 3.0 X8.

    My primary PC is X570, with a 3900X CPU. I spent extra on a Sabrent PCI-E 4.0 M.2 card. The speed boost there is obvious - in benchmarks. I'm not sure that I can detect the difference in ordinary use.
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    bobkn said:
    I neglected an nVidia compromise: the GTX 1600 series. I believe that they are basically RTX cards (like the 2060), but without the raytracing capability. Their price range runs below the RTX cards.
    I just looked at the selection on Newegg, and those 1600 series cards start at half the price for an AMD 5600-XT. I'm not a gamer, so raytracing isn't an issue for me. Now I need to look at the specs a little more carefully.

    As regards PCI-E 4.0, does that give any performance advantage for graphics cards? I thought that the PCI-E bus was never a limit for any card at PCI-E 3.0 X16. Or even PCI-E 3.0 X8.
    I didn't know that. Thanks. I'm going to guess that in the future, not sure exactly when, PCI-E 3 will be a limiting factor for video cards.
    My primary PC is X570, with a 3900X CPU. I spent extra on a Sabrent PCI-E 4.0 M.2 card. The speed boost there is obvious - in benchmarks. I'm not sure that I can detect the difference in ordinary use.
    Wow. Same config as my new build. Look at post #1.

    Now I have something I think I can work with. Thanks.
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    x509 said:
    I just looked at the selection on Newegg, and those 1600 series cards start at half the price for an AMD 5600-XT. I'm not a gamer, so raytracing isn't an issue for me. Now I need to look at the specs a little more carefully.


    I didn't know that. Thanks. I'm going to guess that in the future, not sure exactly when, PCI-E 3 will be a limiting factor for video cards.

    Wow. Same config as my new build. Look at post #1.

    Now I have something I think I can work with. Thanks.
    I wonder whether the 5600XT exploits PCI-E 4.0 or not? I did a little more reading, and one author suggested that it could use 8 PCI-E 4.0 lanes to achieve the same bandwidth as 16 PCI-E 3.0 lanes. No idea whether it's smart enough to do that. (Or whether it actually needs that much bandwidth.) The X570/3900X combination doesn't support a large number of PCI-E lanes. You may not wish to buy a 3rd generation Threadripper setup (a mere $1.5 k for the 24 core 3960x, plus $400 and up for a compatible MB, according to Newegg.)

    My motherboard is an Asus X570 Plus Tuf Gaming, which is less expensive than the RoG Strix. I'm not much into overclocking. So far, it has been solid.
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