Amd radeon rx 5600 xt firmware upgrade
AMD supports the latest firmware update for Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU, and now it is recommended that owners upgrade to the latest version from home.
New firmware from companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, etc. saw the memory speed of the Radeon RX 5600 XT increase from 12 Gbps in stock to 14 Gbps. The
card was originally programmed to provide a memory speed of 12 Gbps, but shortly before its launch, AMD released a firmware update for partner manufacturers that included a new vBIOS. This update specifically increases the typical board power of the Radeon RX 5600 XT from 150 W by 10 W and increases the memory speed by 2 Gbps. According to reports, these changes have improved the performance of most models by 10-15%.
At the time, AMD’s decision was considered to offset NVIDIA’s direct response to the price reduction of its GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. The NVIDIA model is faster, but the price is similar. This move seems to be AMD's subconscious reaction and raises questions about why AMD did not enable 14Gbps memory speed in the first place.
Following the manufacturer’s announcement, many companies have sold Radeon RX 5600 XT with 12 Gbps. Since then, the situation has changed and now they have released an upgraded version with up to 14 Gbps memory speed and TBP improvements. Those who bought GPUs from the initially released stocks insisted on using 12 Gbps memory speeds.
AMD now recommends that owners of 12 Gbps models manually update the firmware to unlock 14 Gbps cards, and the manufacturer provides detailed instructions on how to do this.
These guides can now be found on ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX websites for those who are interested.
Although the free performance upgrade will certainly attract users, given that the initial batch of GPUs were not designed to handle 14Gbps memory speeds, it is not clear how effective the upgrade will be. Not all manufacturers have invested work and space to adapt to higher memory speeds, which can make it difficult for some cards to handle firmware updates.
This is of course a strange situation, and AMD seems determined to ensure that early adopters benefit from the improved specifications of the Radeon RX 5600 XT.