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MSI RX 5700 XT Gaming X review – Radeon power pack with good genes and also a good thirst

After the first minutes with the new MSI RX 5700 XT a déjà-vu attacked me, because I suddenly had the legendary MSI R9 390 X 8G in mind again. Fast thing, a bit hot and by no means a despiser of food, on the contrary. Well, as you know, power comes from fuel and that’s why MSI has aligned itself to it. The concept to bring the fastest RX 5700 XT on the market so far has certainly paid off. I can spoil that much. Of course, we’re still talking about the possible consequences.

In times when school-age girls sail the Atlantic because of the climate, such a current-red packaging of course always makes itself a bit bad. That’s why in a second benchmark run I also trimmed this card to the state of the reference card using our MorePowerTool in order to recognize the actual character behind the construction. The proposed silent solution about MSI’s new Dragon Center would certainly also be an option, but since the software also changes Windows’ energy plan, among other things, I’m leaving it at that. MPT and done!

Technical data and picture gallery

Anyone who knows the Evoke will not be surprised by the new design. Again, you break with pretty much all the design elements of recent years and walk on rather simple paths. From the Dragon mega-edge design to the 1980s smooth-lucked railcar? It doesn’t even look bad and there’s an RGB logo on top of it for free on the house. Brushed plastic can also look higher quality and you only really notice the jewellery when you touch it.

Matching the promised overview of the most important features

Length (outer edge of slot bracket to end of card) 27,8 cm
Installation height (upper edge of PCIe slot to upper side of card) 13,5 cm
Front mounting depth (cooler body to underside of circuit board) 4,9 cm
Rear mounting depth (board to outside of backplate) 0,5 cm
Weight 1408 g
Shroud anthracite, subtle colour applications
ABS injection moulding, brushed
LED logo on the upper side
Connectors 3x DisplayPort 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0
Other Features 2x 8-Pin

The four most important tabs of the MorePowerTool provide an initial overview of the individual requirements of the MSI BIOS:

In addition there is of course the obligatory GPU-Z screenshot:

Finally, the table gives a nice overview of the remaining technical data of the current and older comparison models:

Data AMD Radeon
RX 5700 XT
RX 5700 XT
Gaming X
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) (40 CU) (64 CU) (36 CU) (56 CU)
Texture Units
160 160 256 144 224
Texture Fillrate (Gtexels/s) 304.8 326.2 395,8 248,4 330
Base Clock Rate (MHz) 1605 1424 1274 1465 1156
Boost Clock Rate (MHz) 1755 (typisch)
1905 (max.)
2049 (max.) 1546 1625 (typisch)
1725 (max.)
Memory 8 GB GDDR6
14 Gbps
14 Gbps
14 Gbps
Bus (Bit) 256 256 2048 256 2048
Bandwidth (GB/s) 448 448 483,8 448 410
ROPs 64 64 64 64 64
L2 Cache 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB
TGP/TBP 225 W 260 W 295 W 185 W 210 W
Mrd. Transistors 10,3 10,3 12,5 10,3 12,5
Die (mm²) 251 251 495 251 486
Node 7 nm 7 nm 14 nm 7 nm 14 nm
MultiGPU DX12/Vulkan DX12/Vulkan CF DX12/Vulkan CF


Test system and measurement methods

The test system and methodology are well known, but since I now test independently here in Germany, the test system has also been upgraded again without having to consider the former US colleagues.

The summary in tabular form offers interested parties a quick overview:

Test System and Equipment
Intel Core i9-9900 KF
2x 8GB KFA2 HoF DDR4 4000
1x 1 TByte Patriot Viper (NVMe System SSD)
1x Seagate FastSSD Portable USB-C
Seasonic Prime 1200 Watt Titanium PSU
Alphacool Eisblock XPX
5x Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM (Closed Case Simulation)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
Lian Li PC-T70
Modi: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
Monitor: Eizo EV3237-BK
Power Consumption:

Non-contact direct current measurement on PCIe slot (riser card)
Non-contact direct current measurement at the external PCIe power supply
Direct voltage measurement at the respective connectors and at the power supply unit
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multichannel oscilloscope with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current clamp adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, probe (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with memory function

1x Optris PI640, 2x Xi400 Thermal Imagers
Pix Connect Software
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
own anechoic chamber, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the centre of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise emission in dBA (slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as graphic
Betriebssystem Windows 10 Pro (1903, all Updates)