Why would you buy MSI's new Radeon RX 5700 GAMING X over the reference card from AMD or another custom card? Super-stable performance with great power efficiency and virtually silent -- at the least, so close to it all the time it doesn't matter.
If you want that extra oomph in performance you'll want to nab MSI's even better Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING X, but if you can't quite afford that and want the next best thing that's when the RX 5700 GAMING X stands strong.
You're getting better-than-reference RX 5700 performance in a card that is silent until 60C and not that loud when the fans spool up to keep that Navi GPU and 8GB of GDDR6 cool. You're not going to see mass overclocking of the Navi 10 GPU on the MSI RX 5700 GAMING X either... so don't buy this expecting to OC it like mad because it simply has dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors.
For a card slightly lower-end compared to the RX 5700 XT GAMING X, the new MSI Radeon RX 5700 GAMING X still offers up 8GB of super-fast GDDR6 at 14Gbps, enough for high-FPS monitors at 1080p and 1440p, but with enough grunt to handle some games at 4K with no problems.
Wrapping up, MSI has yet another great offering with its Radeon RX 5700 GAMING X, another fine member of the growing custom Navi GAMING X family of graphics cards. If you were upgrading from an older-gen AMD Radeon R9 290X or RX 480, then you're going to get a huge upgrade here.
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)90%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
The Bottom Line
MSI offers a much more refined AMD Radeon RX 5700 with its GAMING X card. It's the coolest running card on our charts now and almost lowest power consuming card too, offering kick ass performance at 1080p and 1440p. Even some sneaky 4K gaming isn't too hard.