Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review

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The Sapphire RX 5600 XT Pulse comes in a vertical box which we are always fans of just because it's different. The fact it also matches up to the office wall is neither here nor there.

Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review
  

The Pulse dual-slot, dual-fan cooler promises to keep the RX 5600 XT cool with big heatsink and thick heat pipe coupled to those two fans. Given how thermally efficient the latest AMD GPUs have been, this should be more than enough to keep the card frosty even with a nice overclock in place.


Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review
  

Two things are immediately obvious when you look at the rear of the RX 5600 XT Pulse. Firstly there is plenty of space to let the hot air move away from the card, but secondly that the PCB which lays beneath this cooler isn't anywhere near as deep as the cooler makes it seem. It's purely a matter of taste, but if you hate your heat pipes sticking out of a card and ruining its smooth lines then the Pulse might be the very thing for you.

Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review 

Despite being a card aimed at the all-in 1080P gamer, or light 1440 gamer, the RX 5600XT Pulse is still a dual slot cooler with a very hefty heatsink underneath that shroud.


Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review
  

If you ever fear that backplates are a nice idea but restrict the airflow across the all important back of the PCB, leading to warping and similar issues down the road, then you need to have no such concerns regarding the Pulse as it has plenty of holes to air ventilation every where you look.


Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review
  

The BIOS switch adjusts between performance and silence modes as you choose. The silence mode doesn't underclock the card as much as you might imagine, and is a good balanced profile if you're just playing games which come more from Indie studios than £60 'games as service' titles. 
 
 
Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review  
 
At the business end we find the usual AMD combination of DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, as well as the tasteful Sapphire branding which handily doubles as a low airflow restriction exhaust.


Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review
  

Lastly the Sapphire Pulse has a single 8pin PCIe power input, perfect for frugal gaming and easy cable routing thanks to the deep recession. This shot also confirms that it shares the same PCB as the 5700 and 5700XT.


Sapphire RX 5600XT Pulse Review

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Most Recent Comments

21-01-2020, 09:54:40

KingNosser
Good performing card for that price point, kinda feels like the higher end is going to have to drop in price somewhat in the current crop of cards. Interesting times for the graphics market the best for a few years now, so many decent mid range cards to pick from and more on the way Quote

21-01-2020, 12:47:53

golemka
Does this card support windows 7?Quote

21-01-2020, 12:49:04

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by golemka View Post
Does this card support windows 7?
It should. AMD's current drivers still support Windows 7 64-bit.

https://www.overclock3d.net/news/gpu...a_s_rtx_2060/1Quote

21-01-2020, 13:04:56

Tolemac
This little gem is very impressive . It makes me wish I hadn't just splashed out £700 on a 2080 Super but mine is white .Quote

21-01-2020, 14:40:15

Wraith
Having just got the RX 5700 XT Pulse as per OC3D and GN I can say hand on heart, you go AMD! I'm massively impressed at the performance. It's seriously trading blows with my 1080Ti and it runs much much cooler.Quote
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