XFX AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Update and Review


Power Consumption Tests

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

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Power
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Power

After the stress test has ramped up the Radeon RX 5700 XT Graphics Card we see it tops out at 267Watts under full load and 26Watts at idle. It is very close to the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti and Titan RTX levels.

Cooling Performance

One of the key reasons we started this series was to look at blower-styler cooler performance. That shows in the temperature testing.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Temperatures
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Temperatures

Temperatures for the Radeon RX 5700 XT run at 77C which gets warm when under full loads, at idle we saw 35C.

Final Words

We found that the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is an impressive OpenCL workhorse that can be useful. Graphics results also appear to be in line with comparable options from the NVIDIA line up. The most exciting specification for the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the new PCIe 4.0 feature which will have an impact on high-end servers and workstations especially starting in 2020 as more platforms roll out with Gen4 support. Without any Radeon Pro support that is required for many rendering type applications, this is a huge miss by AMD.

AMD GPU users interested in professional applications are left out with the RX 5700 XT and forced to move to Pro graphics cards. At this time those cards do not take advantage of new tech like PCIe 4.0. Price-wise the RX 5700 XT competes with the RTX 2060 SUPER lines in many tests, but others the RTX 2070 and above. If you have a compute application that the Navi-based cards can accelerate, then the card makes a lot of sense. If you want a more general-purpose GPU, perhaps sacrificing top-end performance, then the NVIDIA line can make sense. That direction is going to be workload and workflow dependent so we simply wanted to present the data we have generated. AMD may well change the above in future driver updates.


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