MSI has taken to YouTube to explain exactly why it’s only able to ship one AMD RX 5600 XT SKU out the door capable of sporting the updated 14Gbps memory spec the red team decide to drop at the eleventh hour. Basically, AMD supplied it with memory chips specifically designed to run at 12Gbps, and MSI couldn’t be sure they would operate comfortably at the higher speed indefinitely.
The whole AMD RX 5600 XT launch has been a weird one, even though the GPU itself is great – in fact it’s sat atop our list of the best graphics cards to buy right now. But it’s only getting weirder as manufacturers are now coming out to defend the fact their cards using the latest Radeon Navi GPU aren’t capable of dealing with AMD’s updated specs.
It also seems like some manufacturers had more warning than others about the graphics card BIOS update, with some we spoke to only have a day or so while others claimed they’d known for ages. It looks like the dedicated AMD graphics partners, such as XFX and Sapphire, have been given preferential treatment, with the likes of Asus and MSI left out of the loop until the last minute.