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

Aug 14, 2019


MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC

Type Graphics Card
Price $429 US

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC Closer Look + Teardown

MSI’s Tri Frozr heat sinks are some of the biggest heatsink cooling solutions that I have ever tested. I first tested the Gaming X Trio when MSI released the 1080 Ti variant last year and that was a very aggressive design in its own right. With the RTX 20 series cards, MSI has further refined the Gaming X Trio design. Both cards measure the same at 327 x 140 x 55.6 mm with the RTX 2080 SUPER weighing in at 1582 grams. The card is also slightly taller at 2.7 slots height compared to 2.5 slots height of the previous model.

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MSI has designed the EVOKE series in such a way that it is shorter than the reference design but offers much higher cooling performance. The shroud is slightly wider but it should be no problem fitting the card inside a case as it comes in a 2.5 slot design which can be accommodated in cases with ease.

The back of the card features a solid backplate which looks stunning with its champagne-colored, matte finish. The backplate is made out of solid metal and has several heat pads to dissipate heat off the back.

The EVOKE design offers more than just looks, it's cooling performance and overclock just make it a much better product than the reference design. The dual fan Torx Fan 3.0 has already been seen on MSI's Gaming (Twin Frozr) variants but the EVOKE design looks a lot more elegant than MSI's gamer-aimed products.

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The new heatsink is a slightly modified version of the one used on MSI's Gaming Z series with the main changes being the shroud and singular aluminum fin stack compared to two separate blocks.

Coming to the fans, the card actually features two based on the Torx 3.0 system. Both fans combine traditional and dispersion fan blade technology to offer better cooling performance.

The dispersion fan blade technology has a steeper curved blade that accelerates airflow and as such increases effectiveness in keeping the GPU cool. All fans deploy double ball bearing design and can last a long time while operating silently.

The MSI TORX 3.0 fans deliver 50% more air pressure than standard blade fans and 15% more air pressure than MSI's TORX 2.0 fans. Utilizing the dispersion blade fan technology allows for higher static pressure and air to be pushed through the aluminum fin heatsink.

MSI also features their Zero Frozr technology on the Tri Frozr heatsink. This feature won’t spin the fans on the card unless they reach a certain threshold. In the case of the Tri Frozr heatsink, that limit is set to 60C. If the card is operating under 60C, the fans won’t spin which means no extra noise would be generated.

I am back at talking about the full-coverage, full metal-based backplate which both card use. The whole plate is made of solid metal with rounded edges that add to the durability of this card. The matte finish on the backplate gives a unique aesthetic.

We can also see the MSI Dragon logo on the back which looks stunning. MSI is also using heat pads beneath the backplate which offer more cooling to the electrical circuitry on the PCB.

There's no multi-GPU connector on the card as AMD uses their XDMA architecture for CrossFireX capabilities. This allows GPUs to communicate directly over the PCIe bus rather than an external bridge.

With the outsides of the card done, I will now start taking a glance at what's beneath the hood of these monster graphics cards. The first thing to catch my eye is the humungous fin stack that's part of the beefy heatsink which the cards utilize.

The large fin stack runs all the way from the front and to the back of the PCB. MSI is using the regular fin stacked aluminum block rather than the curved-fin design which they have featured on their Gaming series cards.

You can see that through large copper heat pipes run through the aluminum finned heatsink. The copper heat pipes come out from the GPU block and cover the entire aluminum heatsink block.

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.

I/O on the graphics card sticks with the reference scheme which includes three Display Port 1.4a, & a single HDMI 2.0b.

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The MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC makes use of a slightly non-reference PCB design that still uses a 7 Phase design but coupled with better components such as solid-state capacitors and a series of higher-quality chokes.

The MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC has the standard 8+6 pin power connectors which feed the card. The Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC has a rated TDP of 225W, same as the reference model.

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