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AMD strongly supports the recent Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU firmware update, and it is now recommended that owners upgrade to the latest version from home.

New firmware from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and other companies will increase the speed of the Radeon RX 5600 XT memory from 12 Gbps in stock to 14 Gbps. The

card was originally planned to provide a memory speed of 12 Gbps, but shortly before its release, AMD released firmware updates for partner manufacturers that included a new vBIOS. This update specifically increases the typical power of the Radeon RX 5600 XT board from 150W by 10W to 160W, and increases memory speed by 2Gbps. These changes reportedly provide a 10-15% performance improvement on most models.

At the time, AMD's decision was seen as a direct response to NVIDIA's lowering of the price of its GeForce RTX 2060 card. NVIDIA's model is faster, but the price is similar. This seems to be AMD's knee-jerk reaction and raises questions as to why AMD didn't enable 14Gbps memory speed in the first place.

Following the manufacturer's announcement, many companies have sold the Radeon RX 5600 XT with 12 Gbps. This has changed and now they are updating the version with a memory speed of up to 14 Gbps, in addition to improvements in TBP. Those who bought GPUs from initial stocks will get 12Gbps of memory speed.

AMD now recommends that 12 Gbps model owners manually update the firmware to unlock the card at 14 Gbps, and the manufacturer provides detailed instructions on how to do this.

These guides are now available on the ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX websites for those who are interested.

Although the free performance upgrade will certainly appeal to users, given that the initial batch of GPUs didn't handle the 14Gbps memory speed, it's unclear how effective the upgrade will be. Not all manufacturers put in the work and space required to achieve higher memory speeds, which can make it difficult for some cards to handle firmware updates.

This is, of course, an odd situation, and AMD seems to intend to ensure that early adopters benefit from the Radeon RX 5600 XT's improved specs.

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