5 Best AMD RX 5700XT Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards (2020)

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Performance Winner
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Graphics Card
Sapphire 11293-03-40G Radeon NITRO+ RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Dual HDMI / Dual DP OC (UEFI) PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT Overclocked 8G GDDR6 HDMI DisplayPort Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RX5700XT-O8G-GAMING)
Best Price-Performance Ratio
Sapphire 11293-01-20G Radeon PULSE RX 5700 Xt 8GB GDDR6 HDMI/ TRIPLE DP OC w/ Backplate (UEFI) PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Gigabyte Gv-R57XTGAMING OC-8GD Radeon Rx 5700 Xt Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Video Card
Model
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT
Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 5700 XT
ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT
Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent July 2020
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
PowerColor
Sapphire
ASUS
Sapphire
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base 1770 MHz / Boost: 2010 MHz
Base: 1770 MHz / Boost: 2010 MHz
Base: 1840 MHz / Boost: 2035 MHz
Base: 1670 MHz / Boost: 1925 MHz
Base: 1650 MHz / Boost: 1905 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
3 fans
3 fans
2 fans
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Absolutely amazing performance
  • 10 VRM phases
  • Extremely quiet during gaming
  • Dual BIOS mode
  • Best cooling among the RX 5700 XT graphics cards
  • Very quiet
  • Highest clock rate
  • Extremely quiet
  • Best PCB
  • Very compact
  • Good performance for its size
  • Good price
  • Very good cooling
  • Good PCB and VRM
  • Good price-performance ratio
Cons
  • High power consumption
  • Slightly larger than the Powercolor
  • Not quite as cool as others under load
  • Not really suitable for overclocking
  • Not the benchmark king
Recommended by us?
Performance Winner
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Graphics Card
Model
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent July 2020
Manufacturer
PowerColor
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base 1770 MHz / Boost: 2010 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Absolutely amazing performance
  • 10 VRM phases
  • Extremely quiet during gaming
Cons
  • High power consumption
Recommended by us?
Sapphire 11293-03-40G Radeon NITRO+ RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Dual HDMI / Dual DP OC (UEFI) PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Model
Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 5700 XT
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Sapphire
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1770 MHz / Boost: 2010 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Dual BIOS mode
  • Best cooling among the RX 5700 XT graphics cards
  • Very quiet
Cons
  • Slightly larger than the Powercolor
Recommended by us?
ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT Overclocked 8G GDDR6 HDMI DisplayPort Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RX5700XT-O8G-GAMING)
Model
ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
ASUS
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1840 MHz / Boost: 2035 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Highest clock rate
  • Extremely quiet
  • Best PCB
Cons
  • Not quite as cool as others under load
Recommended by us?
Best Price-Performance Ratio
Sapphire 11293-01-20G Radeon PULSE RX 5700 Xt 8GB GDDR6 HDMI/ TRIPLE DP OC w/ Backplate (UEFI) PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Model
Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Sapphire
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1670 MHz / Boost: 1925 MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Very compact
  • Good performance for its size
  • Good price
Cons
  • Not really suitable for overclocking
Recommended by us?
Gigabyte Gv-R57XTGAMING OC-8GD Radeon Rx 5700 Xt Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Video Card
Model
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1650 MHz / Boost: 1905 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Very good cooling
  • Good PCB and VRM
  • Good price-performance ratio
Cons
  • Not the benchmark king
Recommended by us?

Best AMD RX 5700XT Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards

It has become a tradition at Techtestreport to offer you overviews of all available designs of certain graphics cards.

Now that AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT are available in a variety of colors and shapes, it was time to review them all.

The result is two tables with all currently available custom designs and the reference models as a reference point.

The data is based on extensive research in all available sources.

We not only searched the manufacturers’ websites for information on their custom designs, but also enriched the data with our own tests and results.

Wherever possible and considered valid by us, we have also used (user) reviews from the Internet as an additional source.

Please note that some information is still missing.

The basically very important GPU power limit – the power budget that the GPU alone is allowed to request – is only given by a few manufacturers, so we can only list here the models tested by us or accurate colleagues with exact data

Radeon RX 5700 XT: Overview of manufacturer designs

The Radeon RX 5700 XT is AMD’s spearhead until further notice (the semi-professional model Radeon VII excluded).

It is based on the new RDNA architecture and uses the full version of the Navi-10 graphics chip, which comes off the production line at the Foundry TSMC in 7-nanometer structure width.

With 180 watts of GPU power and a total consumption of 225 watts, called Typical Board Power or TBP for short, the AMD reference design forms the baseline.

The manufacturers have more or less potent self-interpretations.

The way to higher performance is without exception via stronger cooling and an increased GPU power limit – the more power the GPU can take up, the higher and more stable it boots even under the hardest load.

Overclockers in particular should therefore pay attention to this value in order to be able to reach the 2 GHz mark stably and permanently.

Worth knowing: Not every manufacturer sticks to the specification they originally aimed for.

For many models firmware updates (also called BIOS) have been released in the past weeks, which implement a modified fan control.

In some cases, the power limit is also changed afterwards, as was the case with the Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC.

Here 200 instead of the original 190 watts are now programmed to speed up the card.

However, the increased fan speed in the same breath leads to higher loudness.

According to PCGH analyses, the fastest models are the Asrock RX 5700 XT Taichi X 8G OC+, Asus RX 5700 XT ROG Strix O8G, Sapphire RX 5700 XT Nitro+, MSI RX 5700 XT Gaming X and the new XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra.

They all calculate at eye level and can take on RTX-2070 super models here and there, but are also among the most power-hungry variants – the power supply is loaded with around 260 to 280 watts here.

Overview of all AMD RX5 5700 XT Aftermarket Cards

ManufacturerGraphic cardBase clock (MHz)Game clock (MHz)Max. Boost (MHz)GPU power limit (watts)Ventilation of the coolerHeight effectivePower socketsLength (part number)
AMD et al.RX 5700 XT (reference values)1,6051,7551,905180 (225 W TBP)1 × Ø 75 mm radialDual slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin285 mm
AMDRX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Ed.1,6801,8301,980188 (235 W TBP)1 × Ø 75 mm radialDual slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin285 mm
AsrockRX 5700 XT Challenger D 8G OC1,6501,7951,9051902 × Ø 100 mm axialDual slot2 × 8-pin281 mm
 RX 5700 XT Taichi X 8G OC + *1,8101,9352,0252302 × Ø 90 + 1 × 80 mm axialTriple slot2 × 8-pin325 mm
AsusRX 5700 XT TUF 3 O8G *1,6501,7951,905Unknown3 × Ø 80 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin269 ​​mm
 RX 5700 XT ROG Strix O8G *1,7701,9052,0102203 × Ø 85 mm axialTriple slot2 × 8-pin305 mm
GigabytesRX 5700 XT Gaming OC (BIOS FA0)1,6901,8351,9452003 × Ø 80 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin280 mm
MSIRX 5700 XT Mech OC1,6701,8151,925Unknown2 × Ø 90 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin232 mm
 RX 5700 XT Evoke1,6301,7751,905Unknown2 × Ø 90 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin254 mm
 RX 5700 XT Evoke OC1,6901,8351,9452002 × Ø 90 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin254 mm
 RX 5700 XT Gaming X1,7301,8701,9802102 × Ø 90 mm axialTriple slot2 × 8-pin297 mm
PowercolorRX 5700 XT (own design)1,6051,7551,905Unknown2 × Ø 90 mm axialDual slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin230 mm
 RX 5700 XT Red Dragon1,6501,7951,9051902 × Ø 90 mm axialDual slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin240 mm
 RX 5700 XT Red Devil1,7701,9052,0102203 × Ø 90 mm axialTriple slot2 × 8-pin300 mm
SapphireRX 5700 XT Pulse1,6701,8151,925195 (241 W TBP)2 × Ø 100 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin254 mm
 RX 5700 XT Nitro +1,7701,9052,010220 (265 W TBP)2 × Ø 95 + 1 × 85 mm axialTriple slot2 × 8-pin306 mm
XFXRX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra1,8101,9352,0252302 × Ø 90 + 1 × 100 mm axialTriple slot2 × 8-pin315 mm
 RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra1,7301,8701,9802102 × Ø 95 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin293 mm
 RX 5700 XT Raw II Ultra1,7301,8701,9802102 × Ø 100 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin278 mm
 RX 5700 XT Thicc II1,6051,7551,9051802 × Ø 95 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin293 mm
 RX 5700 XT Raw II1,6051,7551,9051802 × Ø 100 mm axialTriple slot1 × 8- / 1 × 6-pin278 mm

Remarks: Some cards offer a second BIOS with different (silent) settings. The memory clock of all models without exception is 7.000 MHz alias 14 gigatransfers per second (GT/s). *Manufacturer offers profiles with a minimum higher clock in the in-house OC-Tool.

Test Results: Best AMD RX 5700XT Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards

First of all we would like to present the best RX 5700 XT and the two RX 5700 models in detail.

We have combed through all the tests and comparisons on the net for you and have finally found these models.

Here you can find all the important key data, information, measured values and a rating for each graphics card. We didn’t test the graphics cards ourselves, but we evaluated many other tests.

Ranking First: PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT

PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT

Pros

  • Absolutely amazing performance
  • 10 VRM phases
  • Extremely quiet during gaming

Cons

  • High power consumption

Best AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Aftermarket Graphics Card

If you’re looking for a RX 5700 XT that offers everything, the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT is your choice.

This card is the top dog in almost all important categories: performance, smoothness, looks, workmanship and cooling.

Nevertheless, the compactness suffers of course, since it is a massive card with 2.5 slots.

This means that you’ll need a decent mid-tower or a bigger case to fit into this beast.

Technical specifications

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1770 MHz
  • GPU Boost: 2010 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • dimensions: 15.3×30.2cm, 2.5 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 351W
  • Power supply recommendation: 700 W

You’ll get up to 1905 MHz standard clocking for gaming and in performance mode the part turns up to 2010 MHz boost frequency.

Cooling and features

For cooling, the card has three 90 mm fans with ball bearings, as well as a large heat sink with 5 copper heatpipes and a larger number of aluminium fins.

There is also a dual BIOS with silent and OC mode, with the silent mode providing quieter gaming performance and the OC mode ensuring that the best frame rates are achieved.

PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT

However, even in performance mode, the card remains very quiet and is not loud at all.

The mute fan technology (0 dB) on this card provides semi-passive cooling.

This means that the fans remain switched off when the temperature is below 60°C and become active again when the temperature exceeds this threshold.

The manufacturing quality of the Red Devil is excellent.

It has a 1.5 mm metal back plate that protects the card and prevents it from bending.

In addition, the card has an RGB illuminated logo and a stripe on the side, which you can adjust the colours.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature idle and under load: 51, 78° C
  • Volume: Idle 0-27 dBA, under load 31 dBA
  • Overclocking: only 1.5% more power
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 9387

Ranking Second: Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 5700 XT

Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 5700 XT

Pros

  • Dual BIOS mode
  • Best cooling among the RX 5700 XT graphics cards
  • Very quiet

Cons

  • Slightly larger than the Powercolor

Second Best AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Aftermarket Graphics Card

If there is another Radeon RX 5700 XT card with three fans that comes close to the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT in terms of performance and quality, then this is definitely the Sapphire Nitro +.

It is definitely one of the best Radeon RX 5700 XT cards you can buy, especially in terms of cooling performance it is praised everywhere.

Technical specifications

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1770 MHz
  • GPU Boost: 2010 MHz
  • I/O: 2xDP; 2xHDMI
  • dimensions: 13,5×30,6 cm, 2,5 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 275W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 650 W

But it’s also a massive card with a 2.5-slot design and even a bit longer than the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT.

The Sapphire Nitro+ also has the same clock rates as the PowerColor Red Devil, but doesn’t quite reach the same performance in benchmarks.

Cooling & Features

Sapphire’s Tri-X cooling technology is provided by a solid aluminum heatsink with heatpipes to cool the GPU and VRMs, while the VRAM modules use a separate heat sink.

The heatsinks on this board are cooled by three fans (with ball bearings), where the middle fan is smaller than the other two and rotates in opposite directions (hello Gigabyte) to ensure better airflow.

However, the whole cooling system seems to be a bit more sophisticated, especially since the Nitro+ simply achieves sensational temperature values everywhere.

Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 5700 XT

The fans are also extremely easy to install (no cables) and have a proprietary connector so they can be easily removed for cleaning or replaced in case of a defect.

On top of that, the Nitro is extremely quiet (only slightly louder than the Red Devil), whether idling or under load.

On the card itself there is also an ARGB header that you can use to connect your ARGB-supported device to synchronize the RGB lighting with the card.

You can also use the Dual BIOS switch to switch between Performance and Silent modes.

In addition, the card and software also support the TriXX Boost function, which allows you to achieve more FPS in games by slightly reducing the resolution.

This is then adjusted with Radeon Image Sharpening to give you the best of both worlds.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature at idle and under load: 51, 59° C
  • Volume: Idle 0 dBA, under load 33 dBA
  • Overclocking: 3.3% more power
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8975

Ranking Third: ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT

ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT

Pros

  • Highest clock rate
  • Extremely quiet
  • Best PCB

Cons

  • Not quite as cool as others under load

Third Best AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Aftermarket Graphics Card

The RX 5700 XT card with the highest GPU clock rate is the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT OC edition.

Here you get a 1840 MHz base clock, up to 1965 MHz for the gaming mode and up to 2035 MHz boost clock.

Technical specifications

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1840 MHz
  • GPU boost: 2035 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • Dimensions: 13×30.5 cm, 2.7 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 260 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 600 W

But what really has to be emphasized with the ROG Strix is the extremely high quality PCB and VRM, which was named the best PCB among the RX 5700 XT cards by GamersNexus in this video.

High quality capacitors and a double 5-phase VRM guarantee you an optimal power supply.

Even if you want to really dive into overclocking, you can do so with this card (although you have a limit of course).

Cooling & Features

The Strix OC also comes with a massive 2.7-slot card and a larger heatsink with copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU for better heat transfer.

The card’s heatsink is cooled by three axial fans, where the fan blades are joined together at the end to form a ring for better airflow and heat distribution.

Of course, the card also has a metal backplate that gives it stability and protects it from damage.

ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT

The RGB illumination of the card can be seen on the cover as well as on the back plate.

The Asus Aura Sync for synchronizing and controlling the RGB lighting is of course supported.

Moreover, you get standard features like a semi-passive cooling due to the 0db technology, as well as a dual bios for performance and a silent mode for the price.

The RX 5700 XT card from Asus is certainly one of the highest quality and fastest on this list, but unfortunately it is also often the most expensive.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature in idle and under load: 48/77° C
  • Volume: Idle 0 dBA, under load 36 dBA
  • Overclocking: Brings 1% more power according to Techpowerup
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 9167

Ranking Fourth: Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT

Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT

Pros

  • Very compact
  • Good performance for its size
  • Good price

Cons

  • Not really suitable for overclocking

Fourth Best AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Aftermarket Graphics Card

The Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT is clearly the best compact in the range with manageable dimensions and only two fans.

If you want the smallest RX 5700 XT on the market, you have the choice between the Sapphire Radeon Pulse or MSI Gaming Evoke OC.

We can’t recommend the latter, especially since you get the same length and a higher price but worse cooling and a louder card.

In any case, with the Sapphire Pulse you get a great RX 5700 XT card, which has a lot of features and a similar performance to the RX 5700 XT cards with triple fan, both in terms of games and cooling.

The card also has excellent manufacturing quality and is reinforced with an aluminium back plate.

Cooling & Features

Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT

Technical specifications

  • Ventilation: 2 fans
  • GPU clock: 1670 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1925 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • dimensions: 13,5×25,4 cm, 2,3 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 253 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 600 W

The Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT can at least keep up with the Powercolor Devil in terms of cooling without getting unnecessarily loud.

The Dual-X cooling technology of this card uses a heatsink with copper heatpipes to cool the GPU, VRAM and VRMs.

Above it are two 95-mm fans with ball bearings for longer life. Just like the Nitro+, you’ll find the handy quick-change fans that make replacing them a breeze.

There’s also semi-passive cooling, with the fans stopping at low load.

There’s also the Dual-Bios, which allows you to switch between Performance and Silent Mode.

The TriXX software is not missing here, so you can do a lot of fiddling around.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature at idle and under load: 49° /75° C
  • Volume: Idle 0 dBA, under load 35 dBA
  • Overclocking: brings about a 3.6% increase in performance
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8847

Ranking Fifth: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming

Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming

Pros

  • Very good cooling
  • Good PCB and VRM
  • Good price-performance ratio

Cons

  • Not the benchmark king

Fifth Best AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Aftermarket Graphics Card

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING OC 8G is a very good Radeon RX 5700 XT card with three fans.

This is an OC edition with a base clock of 1650 MHz and a gaming clock of 1795 MHz.

You can partly shoot this model for under 440 Euros, which is really a bargain for the performance you get here.

Definitely get this card before you look at the MSI Evoke, especially since the Gigabyte is usually cheaper and also offers better performance (quieter and cooler).

Technical specifications

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1650 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1905 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • Dimensions: 11.4×28 cm, 2.5 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 250 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 600 W

Cooling & Features

The proven WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with counter-rotating fans is used to cool the somewhat larger card.

The massive heat sink even cools VRM and VRAM reliably and consists of composite copper heatpipes.

The fans have a unique blade design: the centre fans rotate in the opposite direction to the outer two to reduce turbulence and increase airflow pressure for better cooling performance.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming

The 3D Active Fan feature also comes in handy, as it provides semi-passive cooling for quieter operation.

In this case, the fans remain off when the GPU is idle or under low load during less hungry games.

The card also features RGB lighting with RGB Fusion 2.0 support for synchronization with other AORUS devices, a metal backplate for stability and protection, high-performance VRM for overclocking, and a stable power supply with intelligent Power LED display.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature at idle and under load: 37, 69° C
  • Volume: Idle 0 dBA, under load 37 dBA
  • Overclocking: Not specified
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 9025

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Buying Guide

Why is the RX 5700 XT a brilliant graphics card and what are the competitors?

The Radeon RX 5700 XT offers a much better price-performance ratio than the competition from nVidia.

You can get some of the RX 5700 XT models for as little as 400 Dollar, the same price as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super.

However, the RX 5700 XT is faster than the RTX 2060 Super and is even on the level of the 500 Dollar GPU RTX 2070 Super in many games.

In some games like Battlefield V, it can even keep up with an RTX 2080.

What are the disadvantages of the RX 5700 XT cards?

Despite a 7nm manufacturing process, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is not as efficient compared to the competition.

It draws more power and generates more heat.

That’s why you should also choose one of the RX 5700 partner cards presented here, as they offer a much better cooling solution than the reference design and are also much quieter.

Furthermore, neither the RX 5700 nor the RX 5700 XT supports things like real-time ray tracing or DLSS.

You can only get these things with NVIDIA’s RTX graphics cards.

So if you want to play games with raytracing support in the future, keep that in mind.

How does the RX 5700 (XT) perform in gaming?

Thanks to our own benchmarking test, we can confirm with certainty that the RX 5700 XT packs a punch in most titles both at 1440p over 100 FPS and at 4K over 60 FPS (with slight adjustments to the details).

Ergo perfect for just about every game currently on the market and also relatively future-proof.

The current sales figures from the second quarter of 2020 speak for themselves.

Especially since the RX 5700 is only about 10% slower than its big brother, it is also perfectly suited for 2K gaming.

But on 4K it gets a bit more difficult and you’ll have to reduce the details quite a bit.

But as long as you stay at 1440p, the RX 5700 is the perfect graphics card for you and you can play all games on Ultra or High without any problems.

To compare the performance of both cards, take a look at the video below – you can see that there is often not even a 10 FPS difference.

If you’re still playing with a 1080p monitor, this graphics card may be a bit too much for your needs, unless you have one at 144Hz or 240Hz. 1080p gamers will probably do better with the RX 580 or GTX 1660, depending on your budget and specific requirements.

RX 5700 XT Benchmark: How it performs against other cards

In general, the RX 5700 XT is on par with the RTX 2070 Super in terms of performance, depending on how well it is cooled and clocked.

We have compiled all the important RX 5700 (XT) benchmarks for you.

RX 5700 XT vs. RTX 2070 Super benchmarks

We have already said it in our RTX 2070 Super comparison and can only repeat it here:

At the latest with the high-quality RX 5700 XT partner cards presented here, the RX 5700 XT easily outperforms the RTX 2070 Super.

Despite the 10% performance difference, which is available according to our benchmarks (but based on old reference models and not the new partner cards, which we recommend here).

Again, we refer to the following current video which shows that the RX 5700 XT can easily keep up with the RTX 2070 Super in terms of gaming performance.

Not to mention the savings of about 100 Dollar.

RX 5700 vs. RTX 2060 Super Benchmarks

The next relevant duel takes place between these two cards.

Again, we meassured our own benchmarks of 41 games. The result?

The RTX 2060 Super is 3% faster at 1080p and a proud 4% at 1440p.

The RTX 2060 Super is slightly stronger (FPS difference often only between 1-5 FPS).

However, the cheapest RTX 2060 Super models often cost around 390 Dollar, whereas you can get good RX 5700 partner cards (like the XFX Ultra DD presented above) from 310 Dollar.

Keep in mind that the RX 5700 we tested was older and was tested with the worse RX 5700 reference card.

Which monitor is best suited for the RX 5700 XT?

The Radeon RX 5700 XT is basically a graphics card for 1440p gaming.

If you want to use a monitor with a high refresh rate at 1440p, you may want to reduce some graphics settings to get the full potential of 144 Hz, especially if a game is very graphics-intensive.

Although the RX 5700 XT series graphics cards are suitable for 4K resolutions, you will need an RTX 2080 or higher for true 4K gaming.

Of course you can also use the RX 5700 cards with a WQHD monitor, but a 4K monitor is not worthwhile here.

Are differences in the clock rate important?

Yes and no.

A higher clock rate provides a better “out-of-box performance”, but the differences are not very big.

Basically, each RX 5700 XT or RX 5700 uses exactly the same GPU chip with exactly the same capabilities.

However, higher base clock rates can save you the trouble of handling the overclocking process yourself.

In addition, higher clock rates show that the manufacturer trusts its own cooler design.

After AMD has used more or less the same technology (“Graphics Core Next”) in graphics cards for years, there is finally a new architecture with RDNA.

The Radeon RX 5700 and the Radeon RX 5700 XT are the first graphics cards with navigation and the interest of Techtestreport readers in corresponding models is great.

Recommendations and test winner for the Radeon RX 5700 (XT)

In addition to the reference design, the editorial team has now tested five different custom models of the Radeon RX 5700 XT and four variants of the Radeon RX 5700.

Now it is time to take another look at all the test candidates and the test results, make recommendations and choose a test winner for each class.

Benchmarks of the individual custom designs

The custom designs of the Radeon RX 5700 XT differ by a maximum of 6 percent in the frame rate and are not necessarily faster than the reference design.

If you get a bad GPU, which needs more voltage for the targeted clock rate and therefore reaches the power limit earlier, it can also happen that the performance turns out slightly worse.

Thus, the tested XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC2 works 1 percent slower than the reference.

It’s also interesting to note that the performance differences between the two BIOS versions available on most graphics cards vary:

The Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil thus varies by 4 percent between the OC and silent BIOS, while the Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ is closer at 2 percent.

All in all, however, a conclusion about the performance of the custom designs of the larger variant is that the performance should generally not be the deciding factor for the purchase decision.

And this is not only true for the Radeon RX 5700 XT.

On the Radeon RX 5700, the custom designs slide a little closer together, where the difference is only 3 percent.

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 Red Devil is ahead with a plus of 3 percent, whereas the Asus Radeon RX 5700 TUF is only as fast as the reference card.

Volume, temperature and power consumption in detail

In contrast to performance, the BIOS plays an important role in addition to the cooling system.

For example, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil is quite loud with the factory active OC BIOS and with the alternative Silent BIOS, on the other hand, it is hardly audible.

It is even the quietest Radeon RX 5700 XT.

On the other hand, the Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ is considerably quieter with the standard BIOS, so the graphics card can also be used with the factory BIOS without problems.

With the alternative BIOS, this graphics card is then also only slightly audible, but does not achieve quite as good measured values as the competitor model.

The Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT Strix OC is also almost equally loud when the Quiet BIOS is active.

All other custom models are clearly louder.

Thus, the MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X, the Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Pulse, the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC2 and the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT RAW2 fall into the category “acceptable when gaming”, but by no means into “quiet” anymore.

The Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT Strix OC with the factory OC BIOS is also loud. The Quiet version should definitely be used here.

The Radeon RX 5700 is available from very quiet to unpleasantly loud

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 Red Devil with its Silent BIOS is quite inaudible when playing games – it could hardly be quieter.

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 Red Dragon is also very quiet regardless of the BIOS, and in practice the difference between the two versions is surprisingly small.

Yes, the Red Devil is quieter, but even the Red Dragon can hardly be heard when playing.

The Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 Pulse is considerably louder, but still works pleasantly.

The card is audible when playing, but it stays in the background and doesn’t disturb at any time.

Only the Asus Radeon RX 5700 TUF doesn’t succeed in this: No custom design with Navi 10 was louder in the test.

Most navigation custom models stay cool

In addition to the known GPU temperature, the so-called junction temperature plays an important role in the temperature development on the navigation customs.

This is quasi a hotspot on the GPU.

If the value is too high, the graphics card clocks down.

However, no custom model has reached the critical value. But some were not so far away from it.

110 °C is the critical value.

The Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT Strix OC comes closest to this with 105°C in an active Quiet BIOS.

In addition, the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC with 102 °C and once again the Radeon RX 5700 XT Strix with the OC BIOS have a three-digit number.

With the factory firmware, 100 °C can still be measured.

All other test candidates remain below that.

The Radeon RX 5700 stays significantly cooler

The partner cards of the Radeon RX 5700 stay a good bit cooler.

91 °C is the highest measured value that three models achieve: the Asus Radeon RX 5700 TUF, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 Red Dragon and the PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 Red Devil.

More cycle means significantly more consumption

There is more clock speed on Navi 10 only with a disproportionately higher power limit and that means a higher power consumption.

Thus, the Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT Strix OC is the fastest custom design.

However, the power consumption of 267 watts also increases by 57 watts in comparison to the reference design and the energy efficiency drops by 18 percent.

Models without a performance boost can also easily use less energy.

The XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC2, for example, only consumes 201 watts, 9 watts less than the reference.

The Customs of the Radeon RX 5700 are more frugal.

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 Red Devil needs the most electrical power with 187 watts, which is only 11 watts more than the reference design.

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 Red Dragon gets a reading of 168 watts with the silent BIOS, 8 watts less than the standard model.

RGB increases the power consumption in idle

On the Windows desktop it can be seen that all graphics cards with RGB lighting require more power in idle mode than those without.

For example, the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC2 has no lighting and requires 7 watts.

In return, the Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT Strix OC and the PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil offer RGB and consume 17 watts.

Final Verdict: The Winner Of All Radeon RX 5700 XT

The title “test winner” of the Radeon RX 5700 XT custom models is hotly contested.

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil and the Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ battle it out head-to-head, both graphics cards have their advantages and disadvantages.

But in the end, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil version gets the title with a wafer-thin lead.

The Red Devil works a bit quieter with the Silent BIOS, the Sapphire is hardly louder and, but unlike the Saphhire, the factory default setting is also a good choice.

With the somewhat better performance, the more effective cooler, the low volume, the RGB lighting and the two usable BIOS variants, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil knows how to please in the end.


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