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

Sep 12, 2019


MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

September, 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $439 US

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X Overview

Last month, we got to test the Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC from MSI, a brand new design built for RDNA GPUs but MSI didn't stop at EVOKE, they have now released their best custom design for Navi GPUs, the Gaming X. We have seen several variants of the Gaming X, mostly those that come with MSI's renowned Twin Frozr 7 and Tri-Frozr cooling but the Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X is a beast of its own. Featuring a new design scheme and a new look for the Twin Frozr 7 cooler, the RX 5700 XT Gaming X boasts some really impressive specs for a $40 US premium over the reference variant.

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In addition to the custom design, the Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X comes with a non-reference PCB that ships with a higher factory overclock, featuring an 11 phase design that features higher quality components than the reference variant which is already a really good design by itself. In terms of clock speeds, the graphics card features the same base frequency of 1690  MHz and a maximum boost clock of 2025 MHz. Following are the main features of the Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X graphics card:


  • Boost Clock / Game Clock* / Base Clock / Memory Speed
    Up to 2025 MHz / 1870 MHz / 1730 MHz / 14Gbps
  • 8GB GDDR6
  • DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) / HDMI 2.0b x 1

TORX FAN 3.0: Supremely silent

  • Dispersion fan blade: Steeper curved blade accelerating the airflow.
  • Traditional fan blade: Provides steady airflow to massive heat sink below.

RGB Mystic Light

  • Customize colors and LED effects with exclusive MSI software and synchronize the look & feel with other components.

Afterburner Overclocking Utility

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  • Wireless control through Android/iOS devices.
  • Predator: In-game video recording.

Dragon Center

  • A consolidated platform that offers all software including MYSTIC LIGHT functionality for your MSI Gaming product.
* 'Game Clock’ is the expected GPU clock when running typical gaming applications, set to typical TGP (Total Graphics Power). Actual individual game clock results may vary.

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X Graphics Card Gallery:

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With the differences out of the way, now let's talk about the similarities and the main highlights of the Gaming X cards. The MSI Radeon RX 5700 Gaming X lineup is designed to be the best custom solution for AMD's RDNA GPUs. The card is huge and bulky, featuring two TORX 3.0 fans in a 2.7 slot design, a custom PCB that is designed for overclocking and a huge heatsink featuring the new wave curved II design.

The much anticipated return of MSI’s iconic dual fan GAMING series. Combining a mix of black and gunmetal grey with a classy brushed metal backplate, this masterpiece provides you premium design with magnificent and smooth RGB light effects on the outside. The new MSI GAMING card is designed to amaze you!

MSI has incorporated and refined a couple of things in the new Gaming series graphics cards. First is the TORX fan 3.0 which uses both traditional and dispersion fan blades to accelerate airflow and push it down in a steady stream. These fans are made up of an extended life bearing design which ensures silent functionality in heavy loads.

The fans are fully compliant with the Zero Frozr Technology and are actually comprised of three areas. All of these would stay at 0 RPM (idle state) if the temperatures don't exceed 60C. When it does exceed 60C, all fans would start spinning. You can change that through the MSI configuration panel if you want more cooling performance over noise load but it's a nifty feature which I do like.

In addition to the cooling fans, the heatsink has been designed to be denser by using a wave curved fin design. It allows more air to pass through the fins smoothly, without causing any turbulence that would result in unwanted noise. Airflow Control Technology guides the airflow directly onto the heat pipes, while simultaneously creating more surface area for the air to absorb more heat before leaving the heatsink.

Talking about the heatsink, the massive block is comprised of five 6mm and a single 8mm copper squared shaped heat pipes with a more concentrated design to transfer heat from the copper base to the heatsink more effectively. The base itself is a solid nickel-plated base plate, transferring heat to the heat pipes in a very effective manner. To top it all off, MSI uses their exclusive Thermal Compound X which is said to offer higher thermal interface and heat transfer compared to traditional TIM applications.

On the back of the Gaming X graphics card is a solid backplate with a dual-tone design which comes in brushed aluminum and matte silver finish. It also strengthens the card and thanks to some cleverly placed thermal pads even help to keep temperatures low.

A die-cast metal sheet acts as a Close Quarters Heatsink for the memory modules and doubles as an Anti-Bending safeguard by connecting to the IO Bracket. The power phases towards the right side are covered by a plate that is fused directly to the heatsink for excellent cooling.
MSI has bundled its exclusive software such as Dragon Center that now comes with a creator mode. The creator mode is specifically tuned for Gaming X series graphics cards, offering peak performance and greater stability in multiple productivity workloads.
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