I received the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra in the first wave of review cards sent out, but after a disastrous first couple of days with it, I shelved it and continued on with the mountain of work behind me.
Now that I'm back around to having some time to play with the RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra, it has given me some clarity and an interesting take on my review versus other first-wave reviews of XFX's return to flagship Radeon cards. I would NOT have recommended this card if I had reviewed it in the first few days of receiving it.
Nope, I would not have recommended the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra... but now? Heck yes I do.
At first, I had the same issue as the first wave of cards -- the fan speed problems were atrocious. My card would sit there under load with the fans not doing a damn thing, letting the GPU temps raise past 90C before they kicked in to sound like a jet engine roaring up until the temps came back down to reality.
XFX did reach out and provide me with another BIOS, but this is where things get interesting -- I have just installed the card into my Core i7-8700K test bed with the latest Radeon Adrenalin 19.10.2 drivers and the fan speed issues weren't a thing.
It looks like AMD has used some magic in their drivers to fix the issues here? Because I still have a wave-one card, and have NOT installed a new BIOS on it. This is how I received the card, then I had the issues and didn't have the time to test it afterwards because of the utter insane flow of samples arriving between custom Navi and custom SUPER cards.
But now? I take it from my shelf and throw it into the machine to do some benchmarking and I discover the fan speed issues are gone. Cool.