The MSi Radeon RX 5700 XT is one of MSi’s most premium Navi graphics cards from AMD, boasting a high-end but simple design aesthetic, and flawless 1440p gaming. However, can the MSi Radeon 5700 XT Gaming X deliver the performance we have been expecting from the AMD line-up? Let’s find out.
MODEL NAME: Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING X
GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT: Radeon™ RX 5700 XT
INTERFACE: PCI Express 4.0
CORES: 2560 Units
CORE CLOCKS: Boost: Up to 1980 MHz Game: Up to 1870 MHzBase: 1730 MHz(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.)
MEMORY SPEED: 14Gbps
MEMORY: 8GB GDDR6
MEMORY BUS: 256-bit
OUTPUT: DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) / HDMI 2.0b x 1
HDCP SUPPORT: Y
POWER CONSUMPTION: 225W
POWER CONNECTORS: 8-pin x 2
RECOMMENDED PSU: 750W
CARD DIMENSION(MM): 297 x 58 x 140 mm
WEIGHT (CARD / PACKAGE): 1406g / 2037g
DIRECTX VERSION SUPPORT: 12
OPENGL VERSION SUPPORT: 4.6
MULTI-GPU TECHNOLOGY: Y (Bridgeless)(DX12)
MAXIMUM DISPLAYS: 4
VR READY: Y
DIGITAL MAXIMUM RESOLUTION: 7680x4320
The MSi Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X features an all-new board by the third-party manufacturer, with a hefty cooling design to maximise performance efficiency, and keep the card as quiet as possible. The new RX 5700 XT is based on AMD’s new RDNA compute units and leverages the new 7nm Navi architecture, which offers better power delivery, keeping power draw low compared to performance offered.
The MSi Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X offers 2560 Shader Units, a standard core clock of 1730MHz, and a boost clock of 2025MHz - making it one of the most impressive factory boost clocks of any 5700 XT to date. The 5700 XT Gaming X also sports a 1750MHz memory clock, with 8GB GDDR6 256-bit VRAM, all sitting on the Navi 10 GPU.
Design And Aesthetics:
Out of the box, the MSi Radeon RX 5700 XT offers a beautiful and sleek design, with a brushed aluminium finish, mixed with black accents and a red trim around the fans. The simple, yet stunning, design is a perfect amalgamation of both MSi and AMD, making the RX 5700 XT Gaming X card seems as though it was perfectly made for both companies. Also, it makes for a seamless integration into most gaming towers, able to fit in with all MSi AMD motherboards.
Taking a look around, the the RX 5700 XT Gaming X features two large fans to cool the massive three-slot graphics card, with an impressively sturdy backplate, sporting a similar finish to the front of the card. On the side we see the two 8-pin power connectors to the right, and on the left we have the RGB display that illuminated the MSi logo and brand name. At the rear of the card we can see the display connections, featuring three DisplayPort 1.4a connections and a single HDMI 2.0b port.
With this being a gaming card - hence the Gaming X - we used six gaming titles to test the MSi Radeon RX 5700 XT, namely: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Metro Exodus, Devil May Cry 5, Monster Hunter World, Hitman 2, and The Witcher 3 to give a varying idea of graphically demanding titles. All games were tested at the highest graphical fidelity on both 1080p and 1440p resolutions. It is also important to note that max temperatures came in at 72℃ under load, accounting for ambient room temperature.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey came in at roughly 72fps on average at 1080p, and just under 60fps at 1440p, both using the DX11 API. This was rather impressive considering the serious strain Odyssey can put on even the highest end hardware. Metro Exodus - this time using the DX12 API - averaged at 105fps at 1080p, and 85fps at 1440p. Moving back to the DX11 API, we tested Devil May Cry 5, and we were seriously impressed with the 160fps result on 1080p, as well as the just over 100fps result at 1440p.
Monster Hunter World is a fairly well-optimised title on PC, and the Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X managed to hold just over 100fps at 1080p, and an average 65fps at 1440p. This isn’t at all surprising considering the massive maps that need to be rendered out, along with all the particle effects, and detailing on the monsters, gear, and weapons. Hitman 2 can be rather taxing on a system as well but the Gaming X managed a constant 85fps at 1080p and an average 60fps at 1440p. Finally, The Witcher 3 - renown for its taxation on graphics cards, even after four years, rendered beautifully at just over 120fps at 1080p and 90fps at 1440p.
Overall, the MSi Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X is an excellent 1440p card, or for those who are chasing the 144Hz refresh rate at 1080p. It is quiet, temperatures were way below expected for its performance, and it has great potential for stable overclocking, over-and-above its factory overclock. We loved the premium design and robust build quality for such a hefty card, and while it is slightly more demanding on your electricity bill, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is a worthwhile competitor to its Nvidia counterpart.
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