MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC 8 GB Graphics Card Review – A New Series Designed For Navi

Aug 14, 2019
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PRODUCT INFO

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC

2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $429 US

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC Overview

MSI has given the Radeon RX 5700 series its own exclusive lineup known as EVOKE. The flagship of the lineup is the MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC which we have set up on our testbed. The card boasts an elegant and simplistic design which would look great with all modern-day PCs. The card also comes with some really unique features such as a massive factory overclock, better cooling & once again, the simply stunning design.

In addition to the custom design, the Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC comes with a non-reference PCB that is slightly different than the reference design, featuring a 7 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 1835 MHz.

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MSI EVOKE Lineup With TORX 3.0 and Beautiful Design

With the differences out of the way, now let's talk about the similarities and the main highlights of the EVOKE cards. The EVOKE lineup is designed to be simple yet elegant, offering a stunning design that goes well with all PCs. With this design, MSI retains a shorter footprint with their custom PCB design and offers the same high-end TORX 3.0 fans and aluminum finned heatsink that we should expect from a premium graphics card.

The minimilastic design of EVOKE results in a premium graphics card that focuses on the essentials. Great cooling and top-notch performance. - MSI

MSI has incorporated and refined a couple of things in the new EVOKE 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 a 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 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 EVOKE graphics card is a champagne-colored backplate with a matte finish which provides a nice visual finish to the card. 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 EVOKE series graphics cards, offering peak performance and greater stability in multiple productivity workloads.
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