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Skip this card when you still have chance
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 17, 2020
It's 2020, I expect the graphics card will plug and play after driver installation, well, hell NO with this card.
My setup is quite recent (AMD 3900x / Gigabyte B550I / Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB), and running latest windows 10 pro. Before this card arriving, I have my old XFX RX460 in it, fairly stable and smooth except for gaming.
After upgrading to the new card (this 5600XT), I see couple crashes from Raedon software, I'd guess is due to the previous configuration is not match new card, no big deal. So far the card is recognized as "Microsoft Basic Display", and the performance is poor as I can see lags when I drag a window. Though I would expect win10 will recognize the 50-serie and install drivers automatically, I am okay with extra manual steps.
Nightmare comes after I installed latest drivers from AMD.com:
1. First couple boots are okay, but soon blue screen shown after I login and try to move the mouse. I reboot but it repeats.
2. The next several boots either just fail with blue screen (some TDR failures which seems related to driver), or stuck in a weird state where nothing shown on the screen. The graphic card's LED is on, typing keyboard does not response, so I have no idea.
3. After several hard boots, I finally get into safe mode, reinstall the driver, and selected the "factory reset" option which says will clean previous driver setup/configs, but I still see constant blue screens.
4. Repeating #3, but this time I used AMD's cleanup utility to remove the drivers first, which requires reboot but occasionally crashes on next reboot.
I spent 15mins to put the card in, but 4 solid hours to try get drivers installed yet failed. I referred to couple solutions suggested in the other 1-star comments, but didn't work for me. I'd say this is the worst way to waste my weekend time.
I tried a bit more today but still the same. Going to return this and get a 2060 super which is $100+, but after this mess, the cost-efficiency is not the top of my mind. Hopefully, the N-card will be easy to deal with.
Update on 8/22/2020:
Just got Nvidia RTX 2060 Super founder edition. Put it in, boot into windows without any issue, and windows update found driver for it and installed automatically (not even require a reboot), and not a single crash noticed after an hour use so far.
There is no hardware or software change on my box, so I can conclude the issue is AMD unique.