Graphics Cards PC Hardware Radeon RX 5700 series

MSI RX 5700XT Gaming X review

The new Radeon Navi RX 5700 series which was launched by AMD a couple of months ago is proving to be a success and a lot of fans couldn’t wait for the custom cards to launch in the market and in this case, we got our hands on the MSI RX 5700XT Gaming X for this review.

Though we might have missed out on checking out the reference Radeon RX 5700XT, MSI graciously sent us one of the best models of the Radeon Navi that you can get in the market right now.

Though as of writing, the local SRP for the MSI RX 5700XT Gaming X is not yet available (shipments hasn’t arrived yet!), we can at least take a quick look on how this card performs against other graphics cards in it’s class.

To read more about what’s new with the Radeon Navi architecture, you can take a look at one of our previous articles.

Quick Specifications

GPU Clock1870mhz
Boost Clock1980mhz
Memory Clock14gbps
Cores2560 units
Memory Bandwidth256 bit
Board Size 297 x 58 x 140 mm
Max Resolution7680×4320
Power Connectors2 x 8-pin
Slot-width2.5 slot

Aesthetics

The MSI RX 5700XT Gaming X design shows a new look for this generation of GPUs. This is one thing that I really appreciate because MSI is coming out with new designs making the Gaming X line up event better.

Unlike the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z, the RX 5700XT Gaming X sports a sleek industrial design with brushed aluminum and red accents. You also have your patented Twin Frozr fans which are silent but has exceptional cooling performance.

At the back of the card you have a good looking GPU back plate with brushed sides and a very subtle MSI logo. The addition of a GPU back plate is always welcomed and to be honest, it is more aesthetically pleasing to look at inside a gaming rig compared to just having a bare PCB.

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For outputs you have three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI port. From this angle you can see that the GPU will occupy two and a half PCIe expansion slots as the GPU dimension is very thick.

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On the side you will find the RGB illuminated MSI Gaming logo which is once again, a very subtle touch without going crazy on the RGB lighting.

This card needs dual 8-pin PCIe power connections and as you can see the heatsink of this card is very huge giving a total size of 297 x 58 x 140 mm (LWH).

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In fact, this graphics card is so huge that it sags on the PCIe slot while installed on the motherboard. We really wish MSI also included a GPU brace on the packaging just like what they did with the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z.

When turned on, I find the RGB lighting of this card to be very subtle and it is good to know that the RGB illumination is addressable via MSI Mystic Light software.

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Temperature

During our gaming tests and the Unigine Heaven Benchmark loop, the card was effectively kept cool under load with the fans only kicking in above 60°C. After a dw minutes the temperatures leveled around 70-72°C which is totally way better compared to hitting above 90°C on the reference Radeon RX 5700/5700XT models.

As usual, this was tested on our open case test bench with an ambient room temperature of 24-25°C.

Benchmarks

We have done the same synthetic and gaming benchmarks that we did with the reference Radeon RX 5700 and the results were very compelling. In summary, the MSI RX 5700XT Gaming X was pushing in between the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 in terms of raw performance.

Test System

CPU – Ryzen 7 2700x (stock clocks, core boost enabled, cooled by NH-D15)

Memory – 2x8GB G.Skill Sniper X 3400MHz DDR4 memory

Motherboard –Aorus X370 Gaming K7

Graphics Cards:

Radeon Navi RX 5700 Reference
Asus ROG Strix Gaming 2060 6GB
MSI RTX 2070 8GB Gaming Z
Palit Super Jetstream 2080 8GB
Nvidia RTX 2080 8GB Founders Edition
Gigabyte Gaming OC RTX 2080ti 11GB
MSI Radeon Navi RX 5700XT Gaming X

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Final Thoughts

The MSI RX 5700XT Gaming X is a truly exceptional card that not will not disappoint. It gives excellent thermal performance that allowed the Navi chip to go head-to-head against both the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 in our game testing.

MSI hasn’t failed to impress ever since they started releasing new card designs in the market. They only not deliver on aesthetics but on performance as well with truly justified price segmentation.

As of this writing, the local SRP for the MSI Radeon Navi RX 5700XT is not yet available since they haven’t arrived in the Philippines yet. But we are grateful to MSI for letting us try this out first hand. Nonetheless, this is one of the models that we would truly recommend for someone who is looking for a high performance Navi GPU.

Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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