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MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke OC Edition tested – butter or margarine on bread? | English Review

The MSI RX 5700 Evoke OC Edition was deliberately placed by MSI below the Gaming and Gaming X models in order to be able to operate significantly cheaper on the market. In and of itself, such an endeavour is also very praiseworthy, whereby of course it always depends on where the manufacturer has set the red pen and has to save in order to really hit the price point customer-effectively. That's exactly what we want to test and question today.

There is a fan stop, the hysteresis is well solved and the fans only turn when you really need them. If it is still approx. 2050 rpm in the open construction, it rises up to approx. 2200 rpm (max. 2012 rpm in the closed construction), depending on case and airflow. This is an acceptable value, but not perfect enough for really quiet systems. And this is exactly where the idea with the optional BIOS comes into play, which can lower the fan speed by about 200 rpm without the card really starting to glow. It's a compromise between clock speed, temperatures and noise.


By the way, it doesn't look any different in the stress test.

Let us look at the measured values once again in direct comparison to the reference card as a tabular list:

  MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke
AMD RX 5700 XT Ref.
Fan Speed Open Benchtable Maximum 2071 rpm (Gaming, Peak) 2112 rpm (Gaming, Peak)
Fan Speed Open Benchtable Average 2054 rpm (heated on) 2106 rpm (heated on)
Fan Speed Closed Case Maximum 2212 rpm (Gaming, Peak) 2121 rpm (Gaming, Peak)
Fan Speed Closed Case Average 2198 rpm (warmed up) 2118 (heated on)
Noise Level Average 44.4 dB(A) Average Closed Case, 44.9 dB(A) Peak
41.8 dB(A) Average Closed Case (optional BIOS)
50.5 dB(A), Closed Case
Noise Level Idle Fan Stop 31.9 dB(A)
Sound Characteristics swishing, slightly oscillating, hardly any low-frequency parts noisy, a lot of low frequency components
Coil Whining
low, only with very high FPS numbers and load changes hearable, with very high FPS numbers and load changes

Noise emission and spectogram

The measured 44.4 dB(A) are based on the measured approx. 2200 rpm in the closed housing. I applied the same gaming load to the open structure in the measurement room, but fixed the fans at approx. 2200 rpm in order to be able to adjust this value as accurately as possible. The result is shown in the spectogram. With the 200 rpm less from the optional BIOS the card is running quieter at 41.8 dB(A) and only 2 to 3 degrees hotter. Decide by yourself and set your own priorities.

The sound backdrop is audibly present and one can also perceive and measure low-frequency motor noises in addition to fan noise (see peaks on the spectral analysis above). The noise comes from the turbulence of the rotor blades and is defined by a slightly oscillating noise and buzzing of the two fans. However, the chirping of the coils is loosely drowned out.

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Igor Wallossek

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