5700 xt red devil review: PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Review

PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Review

Manufacturer: PowerColor

UK price (as reviewed): £449.99 (inc. VAT)

US price (as reviewed): $439.99 (exc. tax)

We’ll make no apologies for the continued interest in custom RX 5700 XT cards on these pages. While AMD’s 7nm GPUs are by no means perfect, they do offer truly compelling high-end performance in everything but ray tracing workloads, and while Nvidia’s Super refresh has seen partners simply rehash existing card designs for the most part, Navi has given AMD’s partners a real chance to show what they can do and is allowing less prominent manufacturers like Sapphire and now PowerColor to shine with compelling designs that put more established brands like MSI to shame.

The RX 5700 XT Red Devil is PowerColor’s flagship Navi part that sits above the dual-fan Red Dragon in its stack. As you’ll see, it is similar in many regards to the excellent Nitro+ design from Sapphire – size, clock speeds, price, and features are all largely a match:

Name AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Sapphire RX 5700 XT Pulse MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke OC Sapphire RX 5700 XT Nitro+ PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil
Base Clock 1,605MHz 1,670MHz (+4%) 1,690MHz (+5%) 1,770MHz (+10%) 1,770MHz (+10%)
Game Clock 1,755MHz 1,815MHz (+3.5%) 1,835MHz (+4.5%) 1,905MHz (+8.5%) 1,905MHz (+8.5%)
Boost Clock 1,905MHz 1,920MHz (+1%) 1,945MHz (+2%) 2,010MHz (+5.5%) 2,010MHz (+5.5%)
Memory Data Rate 14Gbps 14Gbps (+0%) 14Gbps (+0%) 14Gbps (+0%) 14Gbps (+0%)
Total Board Power 225W ~241W ~240W ~265W ~265W (?)
Power Connectors 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin 2 x 8-pin 2 x 8-pin
Multi-BIOS No Yes, 2 No (only via download) Yes, 3 Yes, 2
Display Connectors 3x DP, 1x HDMI 3x DP, 1x HDMI 3x DP, 1x HDMI 2x DP, 2x HDMI 3x DP, 1x HDMI
Length 270mm 258mm 236mm 306mm 300mm
Height 110mm 135mm 128mm 135mm 132mm
Slots 2 3 3 3 3
Power Phases 7(+1)+2 7(+1)+2 7(+1)+2 8(+1)+2 10(+1)+2
LEDs Yes, red Yes, red No Yes, ARGB Yes, RGB
Zero RPM Mode No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty (UK) 2 years min. 2 years 3 years 3 years 3 years

The Red Devil joins the Nitro+ in having the highest clock speeds so far, though as usual these are really just indicators of the extended voltage-frequency curve rather than fixed points on it. Still, a Game Clock that’s over eight percent higher than reference is a solid boost. Sadly, the memory is not overclocked, but PowerColor is no different to other partners in that regard.

If you want Navi to boost higher, you need to feed it a fair bit more power, which is why we also see PowerColor join Sapphire in having the highest Total Board Power figure. 265W is actually our estimate based on an official GPU Only Power figure of 220W; overall consumption tends to be around 45W higher than this figure for RX 5700 XT cards.

With 265W approaching the 300W limit on available power when using the reference power plugs (eight-pin plus six-pin), PowerColor has sensibly opted instead for a dual eight-pin setup to increase the theoretical maximum power available to 375W (150W per eight-pin, up to 75W from the PCIe bus), thus ensuring any realistic overclocks won’t be limited by the available power. Annoyingly, these are not indented into the card’s frame, so you’ll have to account for the height of your cables as well as the already-substantial height of the card itself.

Additional power means additional heat, so it’s also no surprise to see so large a cooler strapped to the Navi 10 GPU. The Red Devil and Nitro+ are almost identical in size, in fact, with both requiring about 300mm of clearance and three expansion slots. Mounting either card vertically is therefore going to see them suffocated in most cases, so plan carefully if you insist on doing this.

The build quality here is excellent with plenty of metal used in the construction including the 1.5mm-thick backplate. This also means it’s very much on the heavy side at around 1.25kg. Looking to bolster aesthetics, PowerColor goes against the name of the card and offers full RGB lighting along the top edge and on the backplate. You’re forced to use PowerColor’s own software to control this, whereas on the Sapphire Nitro+ card there’s a pinout on the PCB that lets you solder 5V addressable RGB connectors to it in order to enable motherboard control, though we can’t see many taking the time or effort to do that. The Red Devil is almost entirely colour-neutral, so there shouldn’t be any clashing regardless of which colour or effect you choose.

Whereas Sapphire opted for an equal split of HDMI and DisplayPort headers, PowerColor sticks to the reference design that has one of the former and three of the latter. We’ve no real preference ourselves, but Sapphire’s is arguably better if you’re intent on using a VR headset. That said, PowerColor has a nifty feature where the ports illuminate red, so it’ll be easier to see what you’re doing in the dark.

BIOS Position OC BIOS (default) Silent BIOS
Base Clock 1,770MHz 1,605MHz
Game Clock 1,905MHz 1,755MHz
Boost Clock 2,010MHz 1,905MHz
Memory Data Rate 14Gbps 14Gbps
GPU Power 220W 180W

Pleasingly, PowerColor has also included a proper dual-BIOS switch, giving you redundancy when overclocking and making available a so-called Silent mode. This drops the power consumption and clock speeds to the same as what you get from the reference card, which should have a tangible impact on fan speeds too. We also like that the positions of the switch on this card are labelled.

The cooler uses three 90mm fans all of which spin in the same direction and which are supposedly optimised for static pressure. They have a zero-RPM (semi-passive) mode, and the cutoff point is 60°C. Airflow is expelled out of the top and bottom (towards your motherboard), so most hot air will be dumped in your chassis – be sure you have adequate exhaust airflow. While the backplate unfortunately does not get directly involved in the cooling with thermal padding, it does have a cutaway section that aligns with the end of the PCB, allowing air to pass through the heatsink.

The cooler is easy to remove from the PCB (just six screws), and doing so reveals a 10-phase setup for the GPU, which is the highest we’ve seen so far. This isn’t necessarily a good thing (overclocking tends to be more affected by power limit, thermals, and silicon quality when sticking to air cooling), but it’s certainly not a bad thing, and PowerColor also boasts that it uses Dr. MOS components for its VRMs, the claimed benefits of which we’re unable to test. The power phase count for the other areas of the card remains the same as you get on reference, which means two dedicated to the memory.

Whereas Sapphire used a decoupled heatsink to cool the memory modules, PowerColor instead uses a single large copper contact plate with thermal paste for the GPU and thermal pads (full-size, thankfully) for the GDDR6 packages. This feeds five copper heat pipes, and all copper here is nickel-plated, creating a nice consistent shine. There are two aluminium fin stacks, and the larger one also has a contact plate that directly cools the MOSFETs of the primary GPU VRMs. Sapphire’s Nitro+ cooler also had pads for the secondary MOSFETs around the card and the VRM IC, but this is a pretty minor point of comparison. Overall, the amount of metal used and the level of coverage on the core components looks great here, and we have no major complaints about PowerColor’s cooler design.

PowerColor has confirmed that the RX 5700 XT Red Devil carries a three-year warranty in the UK. This is good news, as it matches Sapphire and is one year more than what you get from some reference and even some other third-party designs.

PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil Review vs. Sapphire Nitro+, Gaming X, & More | GamersNexus

Test Methodology

We have overhauled the host test bench and had updated with new games. Our games selection is a careful one: Time is finite, and having analyzed our previous testing methodologies, we identified shortcomings where we were ultimately wasting time by testing too many games that didn’t provide meaningfully different data from our other tested titles. In order to better optimize our time available and test “smarter” (rather than “more,” which was one of our previous goals), we have selected games based upon the following criteria:

  • Game Engine: Most games run on the same group of popular engines. By choosing one game from each major engine (e.g. Unreal Engine), we can ensure that we are representing a wide sweep of games that just use the built-in engine-level optimizations
  • API: We have chosen a select group of DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 API integrations, as these are the most prevalent at this time. We will include more Vulkan API testing as more games ship with Vulkan
  • Popularity: Is it something people actually play?
  • Longevity: Regardless of popularity, how long can we reasonably expect that a game will go without updates? Updating games can hurt comparative data from past tests, which impacts our ability to cross-compare new data and old, as old data may no longer be comparable post-patch

Game graphics settings are defined in their respective charts.

We are also testing most games at all three popular resolutions – at least, we are for the high-end. This includes 4K, 1440p, and 1080p, which allows us to determine GPU scalability across multiple monitor types. More importantly, this allows us to start pinpointing the reason for performance uplift, rather than just saying there is performance uplift. If we know that performance boosts harder at 4K than 1080p, we might be able to call this indicative of a ROPs advantage, for instance. Understanding why performance behaves the way it does is critical for future expansion of our own knowledge, and thus prepares our content for smarter analysis in the future.

For the test bench proper, we are now using the following components:

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All memory timings are completely controlled for our new GPU testing, which has significantly tightened our error margins. Windows is version 1903. Note that some games, like GTA V and Hitman 2, have been manually tuned outside of a simple preset to ensure we have a proper benchmark. GTA V uses 2x MSAA in our testing, as it runs into engine frame limits at 187.5FPS and triggers engine-level bugs. Hitman 2 has crowd simulation and sound simulation settings that we tune back to the 4-core setting, as running higher than that creates a CPU bottleneck (and more of a CPU benchmark, as a result).

40dBA Noise-Normalized Thermals – GPU

We’ll start with noise-normalized thermals, as this gives us the best look at cooler efficiency when all matched to the same noise level. Allowing coolers to run how they want is a different test, coming up later, but also means that anyone who brute forces high fan RPMs and noise can “win” the charts. That’s why we segment them. Results will mostly scale hierarchically, so if you have a 40dBA noise level, the hierarchy will mostly retain rank at, say, 44dBA. 40dBA is equal to or higher than what most coolers run stock, with most within 1-3dBA.

The Red Devil 180W Silent configuration runs the coolest. This isn’t a huge feat seeing as the power budget is also reduced, and so comes our next point: power must also be monitored, if not normalized. At 180W, this cooler is most comparable to reference at 40dBA — a massive improvement – or perhaps the Sapphire Pulse at 194W and Taichi X at 190W. Even against the Taichi X, the closest at 79 degrees Junction, the Red Devil maintains enough of a lead that even a 10W reduction to the Taichi won’t equalize the two.

With the OC VBIOS, the Red Devil maintains 220W under this benchmark, allowing it to run better than the Nitro+ by about 2-3 degrees Celsius Junction. The Edge temperatures are also close. The Taichi X at 230W still runs the hottest of the partner cards, at 92 degrees Junction against the high power consumption VBIOS, and the THICC at 210W runs 90 degrees Junction. The Red Devil and Nitro+ remain the most efficient cooler designs, with the Gigabyte Gaming OC and Sapphire Pulse following-up in the more reasonably priced category.

40dBA Noise-Normalized Thermals – VRAM

GDDR6 and VRM MOS thermals are next. As we said in the last one, VRM MOS thermals aren’t all that relevant here aside from ensuring nothing is horribly wrong. It doesn’t matter if one MOSFET is cooler than the other in terms of performance – at least, not until you’re at or above 125 degrees – but it does matter from a purely technical standpoint of cooler design. Memory is far more important, as the cards toward the bottom of this chart, like Reference, the Evoke, and the THICC, can all hit maximum memory temperatures of 105C+ when installed in a case with a higher ambient.

The PowerColor Red Devil’s 180W Silent VBIOS ends up second-place, behind the 20W-higher Sapphire Nitro+, when it comes to GDDR6 cooling. Both are so cool that it’s irrelevant who’s in the lead, as memory doesn’t boost based on GDDR6 thermals. That said, from a purely technical standpoint, the Nitro+ is the superior design for GDDR6 cooling, even with 20W more power budget. The Red Devil at 220W ends up again behind the Nitro+, retaining the scaling as the other test. With the two power budgets now equalized, we can see that the Nitro+ keeps about a 2-degree gap in GDDR6 thermals on the hottest module. In reality, both cards are performing well, and it doesn’t particularly matter which of the two you buy when it comes to memory or MOS thermals.


Check the video above for disassembly footage.

The cooler is fairly straight-forward, with most of its performance derived the old way: A lot of fans and a lot of metal. The finned heatsink has standard fin pitch and density and no fancy design elements, but if it works, that’s all that matters. Removing the heatsink reveals a separate aluminum coldplate for contacting memory, including some plus-shaped Phillips indents on the memory thermal pads. These screws help distribute the force of the aluminum plate, but aren’t the only thing connecting the memory plate to the heatsink. One of our concerns with some coolers is that it’s just a few screws contacting plates together, but the Red Devil takes the more traditional approach of welding the plate to the heatsink fins, then adding screws for additional support. We’re fine with this assembly.

There’s no direct conduction from the inductors to the heatsink, unlike the last card we tore apart, but this also isn’t important. The inductors are just copper coils inside of a shell, and they are capable of running at the highest temperatures out of every device on the card.

Thermal paste is well-spread on this card, and the heatsink has basically a perfect mount. We have completely even spread of compound across the die and outer edges, indicating even mounting pressure. As this was purchased retail, we also have some assurance in knowing it resembles what consumers buy.

There’s full contact of about 3 heatpipes to the GPU, with another 0.5 contact at the outer edges. Powercolor is using 6mm heatpipes, fairly standard for this generation, and has wide gaps between the heatpipes and the plate if looking under the hood. This is an area for potential in-fill and improvement, but not one which is all that relevant to performance.

Finally, the backplate on this card has no functional purpose. There aren’t any thermal pads connecting the backplate to the memory or rear of the GPU or VRM, and so it’s purely for looks. This is another area where Powercolor could undoubtedly improve if it felt the need.

Auto Thermals – GPU

Auto thermals are tricky to benchmark with this card. The PowerColor Red Devil behaves differently in FurMark than it does in 3DMark and games, which was true for another game that we tested previously. This means that unscrupulous testing in just one application wouldn’t give us a proper look at how the card performs; testing only in FurMark would mean a more aggressive fan curve, which doesn’t translate to real-world gaming scenarios, and so would paint the Red Devil as more capable than it truly is when auto. For this reason, we ran a second set of auto tests with the fan configured to follow the curve that’s used in games, then one that was configured to follow the curve in FurMark. The gaming curve will better represent scaling performance versus the other cards, in terms of establishing a hierarchy.

Starting with auto GPU temperatures. This allows us to see how the device performs when left to use its automatically configured VBIOS tables for both FurMark and gaming. The Red Devil at 220W with its FM profile is now among the chart-toppers, ranking alongside the Taichi X at 190W and XFX THICC Ultra at 190W. The THICC managed this performance by blasting fan speeds faster than most others, whereas the Taichi X was simply running lower power budget than some of the others.

The Red Devil ends up at its 80-degree Junction temperature with a 1750RPM fan speed, which is very close to our 40dBA measurement. That said, this isn’t actually how the fan behaves in gaming, despite how it behaves in FurMark. For gaming, it’ll spin at 1340RPM with the OC VBIOS and 1000RPM for the Silent VBIOS. This chart tells us that PowerColor has configured a fan curve that’s in the middle when in FurMark: When the THICC is running closer to 44-46dBA, depending on scenario, the Red Devil sits around 40dBA, and a lot of these other cards fall within 37, 38, or 39dBA marks. The difference is that the others, shown here, would also stack-up the same in 3DMark or a game, whereas the Red Devil would drop dramatically. If we highlight the 180W Actual Auto ranking, the Red Devil now ends up last, at 94 degrees Junction and 76 Edge, next to the Thicc with its terrible Ultra-High VBIOS. That doesn’t mean the cooler is bad, it just means the fan isn’t aggressive enough with silent mode. With the 220W Actual Auto rank, we’re near the Gigabyte Gaming OC and Nitro+, down around 90 degrees. That’s a big drop from the FurMark auto setting, and is more of where you should expect the card for regular use.

Again, all this really means is that the auto results could be improved upon by manually setting a fan curve. PowerColor’s cooler is fine when normalized, but doesn’t run aggressively enough, we think, under gaming conditions.

Auto Thermals – VRAM

GDDR6 thermals are up now, this time with auto settings. The Red Devil with its FurMark Auto settings ends up topping the chart, running its fans at 40dBA and outperforming the louder THICC without any issues at all, despite a higher power consumption. The Nitro+ is also outperformed here, but runs a quieter fan speed – hence the need to noise-normalize, as we did earlier. The FM Auto 180W test had us down near the Gaming X and Evoke with auto settings, pre-mod. As for applying the fan speeds used in games, the Red Devil ends up near the MSI Gaming X at 210W, although slightly advantaged. It’s middle of the pack, otherwise, and not particularly strong in its auto configuration.

Fan/Frequency of Red Devil RX 5700 XT

We’ll get the RPM plots for 3DMark on the screen now, representing performance for gaming workloads. Plotting fan RPM and GPU Edge temperature first, the OC VBIOS tries to sustain a GPU Edge temperature of about 72 degrees Celsius, which pushes an RPM of about 1300-1350. There’s a hard falloff at the beginning of the test from about 1700RPM down to this resting speed.

Looking next at frequency response, we can see that the OC VBIOS averages about 1950MHz during the course of the 3DMark workload. The Silent VBIOS is able to carry its lower fan RPM in part thanks to the 1830MHz average frequency, a significant reduction versus the OC VBIOS.

Frequency vs. Others

Here’s a super zoomed-in look at some other cards. We can’t fit all of them, obviously, but it’ll give you a good idea of the upper and lower limits. The Taichi X and its 230W VBIOS still holds claim of the highest out-of-box frequency, in the 2020MHz range and above everything else. The MSI Gaming X is next, then the Red Devil, then the THICC and Reference card. The AVG FPS delta between Reference and something like the Red Devil would be about 2-2.2% on average, for reference, so there’s not a big performance range here. Highest frequency isn’t a metric by which we judge value when the deltas are so low, especially when considering it can all be equalized in software. Also, this scale is 1850MHz to 2040MHz, so everything is blown-out to get a better view. It’d all be on top of each other if left with a normal scale.

Noise Levels

Here’s a plot of noise levels at a given RPM. The curve isn’t as linear as some others we’ve seen and tops-out higher, giving some additional headroom at the high-end for cooling if desired. That said, at over 60dBA, not many people will want to venture this high in RPM. It’s also just genuinely not necessary, as the card remains well within operating bounds when pegged around 40dBA. The only use would be on-air heavy overclocks and powerplay table mods for competitive overclocking, but you’d be better off with a water-cooled card for that.


The Powercolor RX 5700 XT Red Devil is similar in performance to the Sapphire Nitro+, with the two trading places depending upon which benchmark is used. We’d assign a slight advantage to the Nitro+ (although the Red Devil has the second-best PCB we’ve looked at), but at the level of performance that both these cards achieve, it doesn’t matter too much which of the two is purchased. For a more affordable 5700 XT, the Gigabyte Gaming OC still makes the most sense. For one of the higher-end ones, we like either the Nitro+ or the Red Devil, and would pick according to looks, fitment, price, and availability in your region. Whichever is cheaper or readily available would be fine.

The Red Devil has some clear avenues for improvement, like utilization of the backplate as a heatsink via thermal pads for the memory, but is overall above average for coolers on the RX 5700 XT series. The Red Devil was heavily hyped over the past few months, but we have the advantage of looking at it last. Without the context of some of these other cards, like the strong Gaming OC and Nitro+ performance, the Red Devil would have a clear victory. With, however, the context of most the other relevant cards, the Red Devil fits in relatively equally with some of these others.

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Powercolor RX 5700 XT Red Devil in Review — Power is the acceleration of massive time The

Powercolor sets up a decent brand flavor with the RX 5700 XT Red Devil — both in terms of performance and massive cooler, as well as in terms of price. There is also a Silent BIOS that truly lives up to its name. But I don’t want to spoil, I want to check. So it’s better to read for yourself.

How are you most likely to annoy your competitors? Impressively showing who has the longest and biggest. And if you then stay a little more subdued in terms of price and can score with features, then the product is selling well. Too much praise beforehand? Honor, to whom honor owes, but you are right. This will be included in the summary later. Now, as always, the focus is on product testing. nine0003

In order to make it all a little clearer and also to get a little more to the point, I largely kept the structure of the articles, but now I rely more on tables with a clear representation of the result value and specifications, which later also provide a better map comparison together.

Specifications and picture gallery

The design is based on old versions and is new. These include LED applications on the card and top with illuminated lettering and an illuminated logo in the back. The rest is made of heatsink and plastic, as well as a 3-fan design. nine0003

Compliance with the promised overview of the most important features

Length (outer edge slot panel to card end) 30.0 cm
Installation height (top edge of PCIe slot to top of card) 12.5 cm
Installation depth in front (cooler structure towards the bottom of the board) 4.57cm
Mounting depth at the back (board outside the back panel) 0.5 cm
Weight 1248 g
Cold cap Anthracite
ABS injection molding
LED (logo, strips of light)
Outlets 3x DisplayPort 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0
Specifications Dual BIOS with Silet mode

GPU-i gives us the first overview of other technical data:

The table gives a good overview of the remaining technical data of current and old comparison models:

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Map AMD Radeon
RX 5700 XT
Powercolor RX 5700 XT
Red DEvil
AMD Radeon
Vega 64
AMD Radeon
RX 5700
AMD Radeon
Vega 56
Architecture (GPU) Navi 10 Navi 10 Vega 10 Navi 10 Vega 10
CUDA Cores / SP 2560 2560 4096 2304 3584
(40 CU) (40CU) (64CU) (36CU) (56 CUBE)
Texture blocks 160 256 144 224
Texture fill factor (Gtexels/s) 304. 8 326.2 395.8 248.4 330
Master clock (MHz) 1605 1419 1274 1465 1156
Clock acceleration (MHz) 1755 (typical)
1905 (max.)
2039 (maximum) 1546 1625 (typical)
1725 (maximum)
Memory 8 GB GDDR6
14 Gbps
14 Gbps
14 Gbps
Bus width (bit) 256 256 2048 256 2048
Memory bandwidth (GB/s) 448 448 483.8 448 410
Rop 64 64 64 64 64
L2 cache 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB
TGP/TBP 225 W 250 W 295 W 185 W 210 W
Billion. Transistors 10.3 10.3 12.5 10.3 12.5
Area (mm2) 251 251 495 251 486
Knot 7 nm 7 nm 14 nm 7 nm 14 nm
Multi GPU DX12/Vulkan DX12/Vulkan Cf DX12/Vulkan Cf

Test system and measurement methods

The test system and methodology is well known, but since I am now testing myself here in Germany, the test system has also been upgraded once again without taking into account former American colleagues. nine0003

Summary in spreadsheet form provides a quick overview for interested parties:

Best RX 5700 XT Graphics Cards (2021 Review) But which RX 5700 is the best? Find out in this detailed buying guide.

For a long time, AMD has been the underdog in both the CPU and GPU markets. That changed when Ryzen processors first appeared in 2017, and again last year with the introduction of new AMD Navi GPUs.

At the moment, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is one of the most powerful graphics cards in the Navi lineup. .

It can best be categorized as GPU upper mid-range It primarily competes with the RTX 2060 Super, but also comes close to Nvidia’s significantly more expensive high-end models. nine0003

It goes without saying that the RX 5700 XT is an excellent GPU in almost every way, except for a few driver issues that AMD has mostly resolved for now.

It offers impressive performance at an even more impressive price, so if you’re considering buying it, check out ‘s list of the best RX 5700 XT models available in 2021!

Product points:

  • Good performance with basic settings
  • Looks better than older XFX models
  • Price MSRP

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  • Virtually no overclocking capability

For the first entry on the list, we have the XFX RX 5700 XT Raw II. Since XFX is known for its reliable cards and affordable prices, it makes sense that one of the cheaper RX 5700 XT models came from them. But how does it work in practice and how many corner cuts does it entail?

First of all, you can see that the XFX has updated its design, which is a very good thing, considering that its RX 400 and RX 500 series for the most part looked cheap and unattractive. nine0003

Raw II eliminates flashy glare and has an all-black finish that blends almost flawlessly with the metal back. As far as we know, this design is very Efectivo and is much better than what XFX has offered in the past.

In terms of in-game performance, we must consider that the XFX RX 5700 XT Raw II no está is factory overclocked , so it has the same core and increased clock speed as the AMD reference model. However, the XFX version offers slightly better performance thanks to a dual-fan external cooler, which is a much better solution than a fan for a GPU running as hot as this one. nine0013

With two fans, this card runs cooler and quieter than the reference model equipped with an AMD supercharger, and at the same time comes with the same price tag $400 attached. That being said, if you’re trying to fit the RX 5700 XT into your budget and don’t care much about overclocking, then this card might be perfect for you.

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  • Silent Triple Fan Cooler

  • Neutral design
  • Affordable price

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  • Limited overclocking capability

For our next picks we have the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OS.

Like the XFX RX 5700 XT Raw II, the Gigabyte Gaming OC version doesn’t think much about overclocking, as it has a default clock speed of 1905 MHz. However, it comes with an even better triple-fan cooler, allowing the Gigabyte version to deliver comparable performance with quieter operation and even cooler temperatures. nine0003

However, as mentioned above, this card is not designed for overclocking. While there is some overclocking headroom, temperatures can skyrocket quite quickly, so don’t expect much more performance from the RX 5700 XT with this cooler.

In terms of design, Gigabyte and XFX are also very similar as this card also features a plain black deck with some gray highlights. It might feel a bit bland compared to other competing models, but we think it’s a design is very simple and neutral which is sure to attract many players.

Ultimately, with its modest price (slightly above suggested retail price) and three-fan solid cooler, this is a great RX 5700 XT for those who want a balanced version of this GPU that won’t leave a hole in their pocket.

Product points:

  • Slightly better performance
  • Sapphire TriXX useful for FPS 9 smoothing0549

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  • Design also

The following card is brought to you by one of AMD’s most trusted partners, Sapphire. We are talking about the Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT.

This model has a somewhat unusual design , at least considering what we expect from Sapphire and other manufacturers these days. We think the combination of black, white and red will be too much in 2021 as more and more OEMs move towards a more neutral design philosophy. However, if you like having a more detailed lid and back panel, there is nothing to complain about here. nine0003

What also makes the Pulse version stand out compared to the XFX and Gigabyte models is its slightly higher boost frequency as this card is factory overclocked by and therefore performs slightly better. Of course, we’re only talking about a few extra frames, but with the help of Sapphire’s TriXX software, it should be a little easier to achieve the desired 1440p or 4K performance.

All in all, if you’re willing to pay a little more for a little better performance, or you just love the design of this card, then the Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT might be a good choice for you. Personally, we are not big fans of this design and there are other cards that we think can offer better value for money. nine0003

Product points:

  • Excellent performance
  • Silent cooler with three fans
  • Clean and unique design

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  • Shroud may seem cheap at first glance
  • Slightly more expensive than

For the next card, we’ll return to XFX, with a more serious performance-oriented solution. Know the XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra (we know, we just follow along, continue). nine0003

Visually, we can say that the map looks very impressive. With rounded edges and the way the lid and back panel are connected, as well as a metal grille on the side, the RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra looks like a very serious model with a relatively low price.

The cover design is sleek with no flashy details so it might look a little cheap, but we really really like ‘s minimalist aesthetic in ‘s black and silver.

Now let’s talk about performance, which is, you guessed it, a bit better than most of the cheaper models. XFX has equipped this card with three fans and a large heatsink that allow the to achieve clock speeds clearly higher than most models. The result is faster and quieter operation.

Ultimately, the RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra is a great option for those looking to squeeze extra performance out of this GPU. El quiet and efficient cooler It can withstand more factory overclocking. So if you change it a bit, this is one of the fastest RX 5700 XT models currently available. The

card is usually $440 , so it’s a little over the suggested retail price, but if you can get it on a discount, you’re getting a really good deal.

Product points:

  • Excellent cooling and performance
  • Noise level below average
  • New elegant design

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  • Slightly more expensive than

Our penultimate pick belongs to MSI and is the card which has almost all of the — Yonder MSI Radeon 5700 XT RX Game X .

First, in terms of design, you’ll notice that the RX 5700 XT is a bit different from the latest MSI Nvidia Gaming X models. While Nvidia cards have a black deck with some sharp corners and often wide RGB lighting, this card is a something completely different. nine0003

Specifically, this RX 5700 XT features a sleek black and gray lid with a brushed metal texture that pairs exceptionally well with the metal back. Also, while we’ve never been a fan of red highlights, they’re pretty subtle and look pretty good here. In addition, the card also has RGB, although it is reserved for the MSI logo on the side.

In terms of performance, the MSI RX 5700 XT Gaming X definitely doesn’t disappoint. dual fans torx 3.0 , they keep the card running at noticeably cooler temperatures than most other RX 5700 XT models, while still being very quiet when loaded.

Needless to say, the card can also reach slightly higher clock speeds than the already impressive factory overclock, and overall performance is on par with XFX’s Thicc III Ultra.

However, like the XFX Thicc III Ultra, the MSI RX 5700 XT Gaming X is usually expensive. costs between $430 and $450 at these days. However, between its performance, cooling efficiency, low noise y un
attractive design , we think it’s worth it.

Product points:

  • Excellent overclocking performance
  • Sleek water block and back panel design

Indicates product:

  • Extremely expensive
  • Questionable value

For the final record, we have what is probably la is a more powerful version of this Liquid Devil RX 5700 XT graphics card from PowerColor.

This model comes with the waterblock pre-installed and is a much better design than what we’re used to seeing in the PowerColor Red Devil line. After all, it’s not the Red Devil. With the RGB lighting and tint package that comes with the card, you can be sure that Liquid Devil looks great and is an easy to customize .

But you don’t get a water-cooled GPU just for aesthetic reasons. What performance boost can you expect from it? nine0003

Well, first of all, the card runs much cooler than any air-cooled RX 5700 XT variant, that’s for sure. And when overclocked, you can easily add another 10 fps to the 1440p frame rate, which is no joke. Compared to what Nvidia has to offer, it outperforms the RTX 2070 Super and even comes close to one of Team Green’s flagship models, the RTX 2080 Super.

While this is a great demonstration of the potential of the RDNA architecture, the real question is: how much will this extra performance cost you? nine0003

Well, the Liquid Devil costs a whopping $600 , which is $200 more than the RX 5700 XT’s MSRP. That’s also more than the RTX 500 Super’s MSRP of $2,070, but it’s cheaper than the RTX 2080 Super, which starts at $700.

However, we must also keep in mind that this is just a block of water. This means that you will have to purchase the rest of the liquid cooling system (pump, heatsink, fans) separately, which will only increase the price. You can also get an air-cooled RTX 2070 Super to say the least. Not only will it work the same, but you will also have the option to use real-time ray tracing in games that support it. nine0003

However, the Liquid Devil RX 5700 XT is really a niche product aimed at enthusiasts. Thus, this is by no means what I would call a «value» choice. .

How to Choose the Right Graphics Card for Your Needs

Now that we’ve gone through our pick of the best RX 5700 XT models available right now, let’s take a look at some of the things to consider when choosing a GPU.


Cuando is about compatibility One of the main factors to consider is the physical size of the card. If you want to make sure that the card you receive fits in its case, there are two main parameters to consider: long y el
width .

Some graphics cards are longer than others, either due to a longer PCB or a longer cooler that extends beyond the PCB. In any case, always follow make sure the HDD/SSD rack does not cover the card .

In terms of width, some cards take up more vertical space inside the case due to a bulkier cooler, usually a thicker heatsink. This can cause two potential problems:

  1. They can clog some of the PCIe slots on the motherboard, preventing you from installing additional PCIe expansion cards in those slots.
  2. They can be too close to the bottom of the case, and even if there is enough room to place the card, being too close to the bottom or to the power supply underneath can prevent air from flowing out of the card. Cooler, which can lead to higher temperatures. and increased noise levels. nine0549

Now the RX 5700 XT can hardly be called compact. While some of the models listed here are smaller than others, it’s always a good idea to play it safe and compare the dimensions of the card you want to buy with the dimensions of your case or if you plan to purchase one in the future.


The graphics card is the heat source of your PC, and AMD GPUs have a reputation for being much hotter than the competition. Thus, like any other component that generates a lot of heat, the graphics card needs active cooling .

Modern video cards use three main types of cooling solutions:

  1. outdoor
  2. blower
  3. network

refrigerators al outdoor they are the most common and are used by all graphics cards currently listed in this article. For the most part, outdoor coolers are the best solution for most gaming PCs as they have good overall heat dissipation and can get the most out of coolers. case fans. These coolers can use anywhere from one to three fans, but RX 5700 XT models usually come with two or three. nine0003

As for Fans , unlike external coolers, are equipped with a closed heatsink and one fan that blows hot air from the back of the card directly out of the case. This prevents heat from building up inside the box, making the blower suitable for small boxes with limited airflow. However, air-cooled cards are almost always much hotter and noisier than their external counterparts.

Finally, liquid cooling This is the most efficient cooling method available today, making it ideal for overclocking. Liquid-cooled GPUs can achieve higher clock speeds while operating at significantly lower temperatures than their air-cooled counterparts. However, they are not necessarily quieter as they still need a pump to circulate the fluid and fans to cool the heatsink.

However, because they are quite expensive and given that a quality AIO liquid cooler can easily add over $100 to the price of a GPU, liquid cooled graphics cards are indeed a niche product aimed primarily at PC enthusiasts. nine0003


Now that we’ve talked about cooling, we need to say a few words about it. accelerating . If you’re not familiar with the term, overclocking is the act of increasing the clock speed of a GPU beyond its manufacturer’s default speed.

Now the RX 5700 XT is a very powerful GPU that also performs very well. So how much extra performance can you get from overclocking? nine0003

Well, generally speaking, an overclocked GPU can give you about 5-15% more fps in compared to a card that runs with benchmark settings, but this will inevitably change from game to game.

In the case of weaker mid-range GPUs or budget GPUs, this is mostly a minor increase. However, when it comes to the RX 5700 XT , some proper settings can give you a good amount of frames per second, which can smooth out your gaming experience, especially if high performance at 1080p is your goal. nine0003

In any case, the performance offered by all the models presented here is about the same, and the differences are usually only a couple of frames, so there is not much need for overclocking.

Beauty Salon

You may have noticed that we talked a lot about the design of these cards in this article. Indeed, ‘s aesthetics are more important now than ever, due to the growing popularity of translucent cases and RGB lighting.

As a result, OEMs are working harder than ever to make their cards visually appealing, both because of this and because better looking cards make a product more desirable.

So, if you’re shopping for a translucent case or building an open deck and want to make sure your rig looks good, what should you keep in mind when it comes to designing your future graphics card?

First and most notable, we have color . Just a few years ago, many graphics cards had certain color reflections that served as something of a manufacturer’s signature. For example, Gigabyte had orange, Zotac had yellow, and MSI had red, although the design varied from series to series.

However, most OEMs have abandoned this design approach for two main reasons: consistency e RGB lighting .

Naturally, in order for the design to look aesthetically pleasing, it must have a consistent color scheme. By painting their covers and backs a specific color, hardware manufacturers have made it difficult for their cards to be compatible with different configurations. Cards now feature mostly black decks with subtler gray or white highlights, making them more neutral. nine0003

Then there’s RGB lighting, definitely the best solution on all fronts if you want to add some color to your setup. RGB is flexible and allows you to easily set and change the color scheme for various components at any time, not to mention it’s cheaper than ever and is now fairly common even among the most affordable graphics cards.


Finally, there is Backplate . Like RGB, back panels are slowly moving into the lower price ranges. In 2021, it’s not uncommon to find them even on budget graphics cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super. nine0003

Many would agree that back panels look great, but what are they for?

The main purpose of the rear panel is: they look great . However, in practice they protect the PCB by preventing it from bending. They also make it easy to remove dust from the back of the card, which is always handy.

However, back plate no helps with cooling. Despite what some original equipment manufacturers may claim, tests have shown that 9The 0013 metal backplate does not contribute to heat dissipation at all , so graphics cards with backplates will not run at higher clock speeds or run with less cooling than their backplane counterparts.

Conclusion: Best RX 5700 XT for 2021

When all is said and done, you’re probably wondering which of these cards we’ll pick as the winner.

Well, as is always the case with computer hardware, tastes, preferences, and budgetary constraints differ from user to user. Thus, we have chosen three models that are best suited to three types of consumers. nine0003

For those who care about the su budget and don’t want to spend more than absolutely necessary on the RX 5700 XT, we think the XFX RX 5700 XT Raw II would be the perfect choice.

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Intel Core i9-9900 KF
2x 8GB KFA2 HoF DDR4 4000
1x 1TByte Patriot Viper (NVMe SSD system)
1x Seagate FastSSD Portable USB-C
Seasonal Prime 1200W Titanium Power
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
5x Be quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM (Closed Body Modeling)
Thermal Grizzly Cryono (for colder changes)
Lian Li PC-T70 with kit and modifications
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Monitor: Eizo EV3237-BK
Power consumption:
non-contact DC current measurement on PCIe slot (Riser Card)
non-contact DC current measurement on external PCIe power supply
direct voltage measurement on appropriate feeders and power supply
2x Rohde and Black HMO 3054, 500 MHz multichannel oscilloscope with memory function
4x Rohde and Schwartz H’50, current adapter pliers (1 mA to 30 A, 100 kHz, DC)
4x Rohde and Schwartz H’355, probe splitter (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde and Schwartz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with memory function
1x Optris PI640, 2x Xi400 infrared cameras
Pix Connect evaluation software with profiles
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v. 7 )
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the center of the sound source(s), measuring a distance of 50 cm
Noise in dBA (slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as graphic
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