AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Power Consumption
For our power testing, we used AIDA64 to stress the Radeon Pro W5700, then HWiNFO, to monitor power use and temperatures.
After the stress test has ramped up the Radeon Pro W5700, we see it tops out at 268W under full load and 28W at idle. The Radeon Pro W5700 pulls power comparable to a higher-end RTX 2080. This is very similar to the Radeon RX 5700 XT.
A key reason that we started this series was to answer the cooling question. Blower-style coolers have different capabilities than some of the large dual and triple fan gaming cards.
Temperatures for the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 ran at 77C under full loads and 35C at idle. Our tests show suitable temperatures for a GPU with a blower type cooler, and the Radeon Pro W5700 would do well in a server type installation.
There are a few caveats. First, the lack of CUDA support is a reality in the AMD GPU world. The industry is working to free itself of CUDA, but there are tests we cannot run on AMD GPUs because of this. Second, the performance is very workload-specific. In some applications, this card is a great performer. In others, it may not be the most cost-effective option. At just under $800, it does not compete with the big workstation GPUs such as the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, or even the NVIDIA Titan RTX.
It does not have ECC memory support as many of the higher-end GPUs support but it does have PCIe Gen4. There are some applications where that may be a big deal but it tends to impact larger GPUs more than GPUs in this class.
Overall, the Radeon Pro W5700 performs relatively well for its class but it is in a tough spot with competition below and above where both performance and features differentiate different options. Our suggestion, if you need a professional GPU for high dollar licensed software, reach out to your VAR or ISV to get a recommendation on the W5700. If you think this is the right performance and feature set, including certified drivers as part of AMD’s Pro offering, then the Radeon Pro W5700 can be a great option.