AMD Radeon RX 5700 GPU Review


Power Tests

For our power testing, we used AIDA64 to stress the AMD Radeon RX 5700, then HWiNFO to monitor power use and temperatures.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Power
AMD Radeon RX 5700 Power

After the stress test has ramped up the Radeon RX 5700 GPU we see it tops out at 233 watts under full load and 26 watts at idle. It is very close to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 levels.

Cooling Performance

The Radeon RX 5700 we tested is a blower-style GPU which we actually started this series to test. As such, we always look at cooling performance:

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Temperatures
AMD Radeon RX 5700 Temperatures

Temperatures for the AMD Radeon RX 5700 run at 71C which gets warm when under full loads, at idle we saw 32C.

Final Words

We found the Radeon RX 5700 GPU to be an impressive OpenCL workhorse which can be useful.

AMD offers PCIe Gen4 that NVIDIA cannot match at this time. On the flip side, NVIDIA has better driver support and CUDA support making it able to accelerate a wider array of compute applications. There are some areas where AMD has outsized performance versus NVIDIA in a price band.

The Radeon RX 5700 runs cooler and uses less power than the XT version. If one is looking at Radeon RX 5700 series, the RX 5700 finds itself in a tough spot price/ performance wise vs. the XT. The cost difference is not much more for the XT at about $50. For our readers, that $50 is well worth stepping up to the higher-performing XT version.


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