MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X 8 GB Graphics Card Review – MSI Pushes Navi One Step Ahead!

Sep 12, 2019
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PRODUCT INFO

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

September, 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $439 US

Conclusion - MSI Nails It With Their Latest Navi Gaming X Custom Design

I have been waiting for the MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X since the moment it was announced and now that it has launched, I am glad I got to take a first look at it. MSI has topped out their Twin Frozr 7 design with this iteration of the cooler, expanding and turning it into a monster of its own that's more than enough to keep a GPU such as Navi 10 tamed under full load.

The card rocks some impressive clock speeds, 2025 MHz boost, highest I have seen so far on any RX 5700 XT variant. The clock speeds provide a massive bump over the EVOKE OC which featured its own respectable out of box factory overclock. In terms of performance, the Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X offers superb performance for a $440 US graphics card. This variant is $60 US cheaper than the RTX 2070 SUPER while having close calls with the more expensive graphics card.

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While the Radeon RX 5700 series is super competitive in terms of pricing against the RTX 2060 & RTX 2070 SUPER series, one of the major issues that have crippled the reference cards was the standard heatsink design coupled with a blower fan cooler which makes too much noise. Cooling alone gives NVIDIA RTX SUPER lineup an edge over the RX 5700 series but now, with an influx of superb custom variants like the Gaming X, users will be able to get their hands on better cooling and acoustic design for a small premium over the reference models.

The extra costs go into the behemoth shroud design that comes with a solid metal backplate, and a dual-fan cooling system fitted with MSI's most advanced TORX 3.0 technology. A solid PCB with an 11 phase design and dual 8-pin connectors keep this card fed with lots of power which would be useful in getting that extra juice out with manual overclocks. I even saw some nice gains in AAA titles with a small overclock which just shows it is waiting to be pushed even more.

The temperatures are really good on the card and nothing as rampant as what we saw on the reference models. AMD clarified that temperatures of up to 110C are expected and within spec of the RX 5700 series but you don't have to worry about this specific card hitting anywhere close to those numbers. With that said, the 0db technology and the added quiet mode are great profiles for users who want a silent operation with this card. The card is also beautiful on its own, a stunning brushed aluminum design which covers the front and backplate along with MSI's Mystic Aura RGB technology which provides a spectacular light show on the side 'Gaming' logo.

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MSI's Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC is a fantastic card in its own regards but the Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X further pushes AMD's rDNA architecture, providing a fantastic performance uplift by providing one of the highest factory overclock, a monster cooling solution and a price that remains to be beaten by other manufacturers.

9.8

The Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X further pushes AMD's rDNA architecture, providing a fantastic performance uplift by providing one of the highest factory overclock, a monster cooling solution and a price that remains to be beaten by other manufacturers.

Performance9.8
Value9.8
Design & Aesthetics10
Features9.5

Pros

  • Great Price ($439 US)
  • Huge performance uplift versus Polaris cards
  • Much cooler than the reference model
  • Much quieter than the reference model
  • Great factory overclock out of the box
  • Amazing Shroud design with Twin Frozr 7
  • Performance and Silent Mode Options in Dragon Center App
  • TORX 3.0 cooling system with finned aluminum heatsink
  • First GPUs Built Entirely on 7nm Process node
  • PCI-e Gen 4.0 Support
  • Good I/O (DSC 1.2a for 8K 60 Hz, Triple Display Ports 1.4 HDR, HDMI 2.0)

Cons

  • No dedicated hardware for Ray Tracing
  • Not a lot of overclocking headroom left
  • Power consumption slightly on the high side
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