vBIOS updates and drivers available for Radeon RX 5600 XT
We recently reported on the ryzing (anyone?) competition between AMD and Nvidia with the introduction of the Radeon RX 5600 XT. Nvidia dropped it’s GeForce RTX 2060 from $349 to $299 in anticipation of the new Radeon card’s launch at $279. AMD responded by pushing out a new vBIOS to boost the performance of the RX 5600 XT. The vBIOS increases the card’s maximum power draw from 150W to 160W, improving base and boost clocks, as well as rasing the memory from 12 Gbps to 14 Gbps.
However, the vBIOS didn’t quite make it out the door and onto cards before vendors started shipping them. Fortunately, the vendors were quick to release BIOS updaters, so those who have already received their cards can unlock the extra power waiting to be released. The vendors and cards are listed below with links to where you can find the updaters.
- ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D, D2, and D3
- Asus (According to PCGamesN, two versions of the updaters should be accessible soon.)
- Gigabyte RX 5600 XT Gaming OC
- MSI (According to TechPowerUp, MSI is distributing the vBIOS through its Dragon Center app)
- PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red Devil and Red Dragon
- Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT OC Edition
- XFX (I refuse to list the names of the cards, and you can see why by visiting the helpful landing page.)
If you’re running an RX 5600 XT, you’ll also need the recently released Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.1.3 beta drivers, which add support for the new graphics card. The beta drivers also fix a number of issues, but are not issue free. You can pick them up here.
- An intermittent black screen or loss of display may occur when performing parallel actions such as web browsing, gaming or watching video.
- A limited number of games such as Nioh, Dragon Quest Builders 2, WWE2k20, Dead or Alive 6 and Atelier Ryza may crash or fail to launch.
- Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is not detected in Radeon Software games manager.
- Text overflow in some UI boxes or toast messages may be experienced in some language localizations.
- Fan Tuning may change back to the default state when switching between available GPUs.
- Copy text options are not available in the display specs table for Radeon Software.
- An intermittent black screen or loss of display may occur when the system is left idle at desktop.
- Factory Reset install may keep previously configured Radeon Software game profiles. This can cause mismatch between global graphics settings and per profile settings.
- Grand Theft Auto 5 may experience a system hang or black screen at launch, when opening Radeon Overlay while in game, or after performing a task switch while in game.
- Audio may intermittently be missing from Radeon ReLive recordings near the end of recorded clips.
- Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.
- Multiple games may have very dark or very bright graphics in game when HDR is enabled in Windows.
- Radeon Anti-Lag enable and disable beep notifications may be played in error when individually pressing keys assigned to the hotkey.
- The Radeon Software Overlay hotkey notification may sometimes be displayed during video playback in web browsers or launching some video player applications.
- Integer Scaling option is not showing up or available on some Windows7 system configurations.
- Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent size or may not keep its previously set size when opened.
- Some Vulkan gaming applications may crash when performing a task switch with Radeon Image Sharpening enabled.
- Some Radeon RX 5700 series graphics users may intermittently experience a black screen while gaming or on desktop. A potential temporary workaround is disabling hardware acceleration in applications running in the background such as web browsers or Discord.