SAPPHIRE nails its first custom Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card with its PULSE OC with a great-looking card that performs better than the reference Radeon RX 5700 XT in more than one area.
Another trick up SAPPHIRE's sleeve is its TriXX Boost mode, which sees the card running at 90% of either 1440p or 4K which results in 2304x1296 and 3456x1944 respectively. This reduction in rendering resolution boosts gaming performance anywhere between 5-15% depending on the resolution and game.
The biggest point here with the RX 5700 XT PULSE OC is the custom cooling which keeps the card 16C cooler than the reference Radeon RX 5700 XT from AMD. In its stock form, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is the hottest card we have in our GPU labs at 84C with the RX Vega 64 AIR close behind with 80C.
SAPPHIRE doesn't blind its Radeon RX 5700 XT PULSE OC up either, so we don't have something that will need you wearing sunglasses just to look at it. I really dig the red and black styling that SAPPHIRE went with:
SAPPHIRE has designed the backplate in such a way that it can dissipate heat much easier, but does so looking great as well. The ventilation definitely helps make it stand out from the reference card, which I would not buy over this starting today.
The only time you would've purchased a reference RX 5700 XT was if you simply couldn't wait and wanted Navi in your hands ASAP. If you did wait, then now is the time to pounce with a custom Navi card like the great SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5700 XT PULSE OC.
More performance than the reference card, and close to 20C cooler operation is a no-brainer.
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)90%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
The Bottom Line
SAPPHIRE knocks it out of the park with the Radeon RX 5700 XT PULSE OC, coming in at a gigantic 16C+ cooler than the reference card... oh, and it's faster, and looks slick AF.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Pricing]
- Page 2 [Specs: Navi 10 GPU + 7nm Node + PCIe 4.0]
- Page 3 [SAPPHIRE Dual-X Cooling]
- Page 4 [Detailed Look]
- Page 5 [Test System Specs]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 10 [Thermals & Power]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]