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AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT/RX 5700: A Step In The Right Direction (Page 12)

By Anthony Garreffa on Jul 7, 2019 08:30 am CDT - 1 min, 28 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI


I haven't had as much time with the new Radeon RX 5700 series as I did with GeForce RTX 20 SUPER cards, but I have been working 18-hour days for two weeks to get all of this done and in that time I have spent a chunk of it with Navi. I wasn't expecting much out of the reference Radeon RX 5700 XT, but AMD easily proved me wrong.

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During my Vega 56/64 testing (back when I reviewed the cards, and even now) they are near impossible to touch after a few hours of heavy benchmark sessions. They're simply too hot, but the new 7nm node and a much better cooler help the Radeon RX 5700 XT achieve a really kick ass operating temperature that allowed me to continue to touch the card during testing without burning my hand, and not sizzling it off when I removed the card from the system.

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Kudos, AMD - this is one of your best reference cards yet. I kinda like the kink in the card, too...

Power Consumption

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AMD reigns in its power consumption in a big way with Navi when compared to Vega, but the power efficiency of Turing is far superior as the much faster GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti barely use any more power compared to the Radeon RX 5700 XT. Sure, look at the numbers -- our full system with the Radeon RX Vega 64 (14nm + HBM2) uses 360W+ while the Radeon RX 5700 XT uses 285W or so and keeps up with, sometimes loses to, and sometimes beats Vega 64.

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The lower-end Radeon RX 5700 isn't too bad at all with power consumption, coming in under the GeForce RTX 2060 and its 220W and the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with 225W.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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