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MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING X Review: MSI's Best Custom Navi Card (Page 3)

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 11, 2019 10:00 am CDT
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MSIModel: R5700XTMHC

Kick Ass TWIN FROZR 7 Cooling Tech

I love the attention to detail MSI puts into its graphics cards, but the company has taken it to the next level when it comes to directly comparing its new RX 5700 XT GAMING X against AMD's own RX 5700 XT reference model.

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Starting with the fact it directly calls out the less-than-1mm gap between the PCB and backplate on the Radeon RX 5700 XT reference graphics card. MSI has a large 3.3-3.85mm gap on its RX 5700 XT GAMING X in something that it calls "Spaced Armor" with well-structured support with cubes.

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Overall, the TWIN FROZR 7 cooling tech isn't too different to the near-equivalent MSI card in the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING X (something I reviewed just a couple of days ago).

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We have the same TORX Fan 3.0 technology here.

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MSI uses its Wave-Curved 2 heat sink to drop GPU and VRM temps as low as they can go, with more airflow delivered across the heat sink that passes through the fins quicker... thus, dropping temps faster.

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Something that has been around since 2008 is ZERO FROZR, which stops the fans from spinning until they hit 60C.

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There's a chunky AF heat sink keeping MSI's Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING X cool.

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How cool? Well, pretty cool.

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MSI uses a die-cast metal sheet as its Close Quarters Heatsink that keeps both the memory models cooler - and has an anti-bending safeguard for the IO bracket.

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MSI is also dedicated to keeping the power delivery system cool with a dedicated aluminum plate that covers the entire power delivery system.

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TWIN FROZR 7 coolers have additional thermal padding applied to the GDDR6 memory and PWMs.

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MSi is using something new here with the RX 5700 XT in that it has a feature that draws more power from the PCIe power connectors versus the PCIe slot on the motherboard. As MSI explains, this prevents overloading the motherboard (or at least taking some load away from it) and ensures cleaner power goes into the card.

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MSI uses its own custom PCB with the Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING X.

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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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