- Improved cooling: This is a point I made in my review of the ASUS TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 XT EVO. The company has made used an improved thermal solution, and the proof is in the pudding. We have the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 EVO being the coolest operating card that I've tested in years.
- TUF style: I actually kinda dig the styling choices ASUS made with the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 EVO, the backplate is one of the best styled for its price range and the triple-fan cooler looks mean AF.
- 8GB over 6GB on RX 5600 XT: The 8GB of GDDR6 is going to be a big selling point between this (the RX 5700) and the RX 5600 XT which is $30 cheaper. You won't use 8GB of VRAM in every game, but there are games where 6GB is just not enough -- spending $30 to "future proof" your PC is definitely a selling point of the cheaper RX 5700 that ASUS has here with its TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 EVO.
- Great 1080p/1440p performance: Another thing that the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 EVO has on its side is kick ass 1080p and 1440p performance. You will maintain high FPS at these resolutions, and 100FPS+ in esports titles. The 8GB of VRAM comes in handy as the resolutions increase, too.
There's actually nothing wrong here with the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 EVO. The first version of the card had its faults, but the revised thermal solution and $30 premium over the TUF Gaming RX 5600 XT -- along with its 8GB of VRAM over the 6GB on the RX 5600 XT make it a fine choice for your money.
The easy sell on the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 EVO is that you're going to be someone who is looking at either the Radeon RX 5600 XT or the Radeon RX 5700 XT. I'm not going to sit here and convince you to buy NVIDIA because you've already made your mind up on that.
What I do think the big selling point of the ASUS TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 EVO is that the 8GB of VRAM begins to make the RX 5700 a better purchase than the RX 5600 XT for the additional $30. The Radeon RX 5600 XT is a great card but the RX 5700 has more GDDR6 that helps it at 1440p and 4K.
ASUS has made some gigantic changes to the thermal solution on its new TUF Gaming X3 EVO variants of the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT -- and it shows. We have some of the best thermal performance of any of the custom Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards that I've tested so far.
It has actually made me want to hunt down as many as I can of them to do one big gigantic Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT round up.
ASUS has really turned things around with its TUF Gaming graphics cards, and I hope we don't see a return to the bad form of the original cards. The new work here on the revised thermal solution needs a congratulations to the ASUS team, for listening to feedback and replying with an improved card.
This card is so radically better than the original cards, it would be nice to see ASUS come good and replace any purchase of the original version of this card, with the new TUF Gaming X3 EVO variant. It's such a good card in comparison, and would really go a long way of making good with ASUS customers.
Once again, nice work on this revised card, ASUS!
The Bottom Line
ASUS fixes up its two Radeon RX 5700 series cards in the TUF Gaming family -- with this card in particular kicking some serious ass in its price range. It has 8GB of RAM over the 6GB on the RX 5600 XT, making it worth the additional $30. Nice work, ASUS!