It has been quite a journey for AMD, but it is the year 2019 and the chip producing industry is ready with their new silicon wafer fabrication at 7nm, We reviewed the latest ZEN 2 CPU weeks ago now this time for NAVI. AMD has stepped up their game and moved to 7nm and making their products more power efficient thus more performance. Today we review the brand-new AMD mid-range product NON XT RX 5700 which is priced at $350 USD. Navi is the new family to AMD high-end GPU’s but these cards are not enthusiast grade cards. Navi is based on RDNA a brand-new architecture built from scratch fabbed at 8GB GDDR6 a brand new compute unit design that aims to increase IPC as compared to older GCN cards and also be the first commercial consumer graphics card that is PCIe Express 4.0 compatible. Let’s move to the product photos first and then the benchmarks.
|Processor:||AMD Ryzen 5 3600x OC 4.3GHz
|Motherboard:||MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Latest BIOS.
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance @3446MHz Tuned
|GPU||Zotac AMP Extreme! GTX 1080Ti OC
AMD Radeon VEGA 56 Ref
AMD Radeon Navi RX 5700 Ref
|PSU:||Antec HCG 750W|
|OS:||Windows 10 1903|
|GPU Drivers||WHQL 431.60 (Nvidia)
19.8.1 AUG 20 (AMD)
|AM4 Chipset Driver||Version 1.89.19.0915|
|Cooler:||Cooler Master ML240L RGB|
GPU Close Up
Our Testing Methodology
We ran 4 synthetics runs and compared it with V56 and GTX 1080Ti as i had no other GPU’s available on my desk at the time of testing. RX 5700 (NON XT) comfortably beating RX VEGA 56 in all tests.
1080p FHD Gaming
1440p QHD Gaming
Faster than our Vega 56 on all tests, In the gaming benchmarks the clocks are hovering in the ~1.6GHz domain and the it boosts to ~1.7GHz for a while but comes down due to heat. There is a possibility it can achieve ~1800 MHz at with after-market vendors but not with this blower edition. It can easily run 1440p titles at Very High and High Settings at decent frames and it really closes the GAP with last-year king GTX 1080Ti in specific games e.g Forza Horizon 4. The RDNA architecture has still a lot of room of improvement, it’s still new and by time it will get more improved through the drivers optimization.
Power Consumption and Temps
AMD insists on sticking with blower-type coolers, which simply aren’t up to the task. It rains fairly loud in the under-load. In gaming temps were much lower. We ran furmark for 15 minutes for the peak temperatures and power. AMD did amazing job, almost half power consumption as compared to VEGA 56 44% Power Reduction Roughly 100W less but yet more power-full in gaming. Hotspot temps were hovering at 90C which is completely fine according to AMD specifications and core temps were also decent at 80C which are absolutely fine and nothing to worry about. We suggest you to use at-least 500W of good-quality PSU with this GPU.
Overclocking is possible, but very limited by the drivers at the moment. However we managed to increase the slider to 1850MHz on the Core and Memory at 930MHz you can’t apply the numbers more than that in the after-burner, in terms of overclocking we are so restricted unless you apply custom mods. How-ever, we have gained 5% of more graphics score in the Firestrike and the Timespy.
- Core Voltage: Auto
- Power Limit: 20% +
- Core Clock: 1850 MHz
- Memory Clock 930MHz x 2 = 1860MHz
- Hit Enter.
Prices and Availability in Pakistan
AMD has set the MSRP of RX 5700 at the $350 at this time, This variant is available at Games and Geeks (Hafeez Center Lahore) for the 66K PKR*. AIB cards are also released but it will take months for retailers to fill their shelves in Pakistan.
Wrap up and Conclusion
Thanks to Games and Geeks (Hafeez Center) for giving us the opportunity to review these cards. The RX 5700 (we call this the NAVI 10 PRO SKU) is capable for smooth 2K experience at the decent-power consumption. It’s good to see AMD is back on track, AMD made a HUGE step forward in performance. In fact, NAVI sits at the Vega performance level. This product performed as we expected. AMD need to step up their game in the reference design and ditch the blower just like their previous flag-ship GPU Radeon 7. I have noticed few issues and bugs in the Radeon Watt-man this needs to be fixed. The UI was extremely laggy and unresponsive sometimes. These cards behave extremely well at the FHD 1080p resolution, easily can max-out every game while keeping 60 FPS higher. We recommend you to buy this card if you’re looking for a card that don’t break your bank.