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Review MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X (8 GB)

Review MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X (8 GB)

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Object of study: Serially produced three-dimensional graphics accelerator (video card) MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X 8 GB 256-bit GDDR6

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

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Briefly about the main thing
At the beginning of all reviews of serial video cards, we update our knowledge about the performance of the family to which the accelerator belongs and its rivals. All of this, we are subjectively evaluated on a scale of five gradations.



If you put all these magic ray traces and smart tensors out of your head, then in the bottom line in terms of speed in 3D in general, the Radeon RX 5700 XT accelerators go at about the level of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (a miracle happened: the AMD flagship finally caught up with the Nvidia flagship - true, 4 years ago) and are exactly between the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super (closer to the latter, so the RTX 2070 is left behind). Earlier, our studies showed that the GeForce RTX 2070 is perfect for most games in resolutions up to 2560 × 1440 inclusive, using the highest quality graphics. Given that the Radeon RX 5700 XT is slightly better in performance, with this accelerator you can get some comfort even in games in 4K resolution (with the same maximum settings), although, of course, not all.

Card Features



MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X



MSI (MicroStar International, MSI trademark) was founded in 1986 in the Republic of China (Taiwan). It produced OEM products by third-party orders. The release of products under its own brand was launched only in 1994. Headquarters in Taipei / Taiwan. Production in China and Taiwan. 50% of the products are ordered by third-party companies (OEMs). On the market in Russia since 1997.



MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X 8 GB 256-bit GDDR6
ParameterValueNominal value (reference)
GPURadeon RX 5700 XT (Navi 10)
InterfacePCI Express x16
GPU frequency (ROPs), MHz1730-1870 (Game / Boost) —2200 (Max)1605-1755 (Game / Boost) -1905 (Max)
Memory frequency (physical (effective)), MHz3500 (14000)3500 (14000)
Memory bus width, bit256
The number of processing units in the GPU40
The number of operations (ALU) in the block64
Total number of ALUs2560
Number of texture units (BLF / TLF / ANIS)160
The number of rasterization blocks (ROP)64
Number of Ray Tracing Blocks-
The number of tensor blocks-
Sizes, mm300 × 125 × 58220 × 100 × 36
The number of slots in the system unit occupied by the video card32
PCB colourthe blackthe black
Peak power consumption in 3D, W229219
2D power consumption, W2522
Power consumption in sleep mode, W33
The noise level in 3D (maximum load), dBA26.242,2
The noise level in 2D (video viewing), dBA18.019.0
The noise level in 2D (in idle), dBA18.019.0
Video outputs1 × HDMI 2.0b, 3 × DisplayPort 1.41 × HDMI 2.0b, 3 × DisplayPort 1.4
Multiprocessor Supportno
Maximum number of receivers/monitors for simultaneous image outputfourfour
Power: 8-pin connectors2one
Power: 6-pin connectors0one
Maximum Resolution / Frequency, Display Port3840 × 2160 @ 120 Hz (7680 × 4320 @ 30 Hz)
Maximum Resolution / Frequency, HDMI3840 × 2160 @ 60 Hz
Maximum Resolution / Frequency, Dual-Link DVI2560 × 1600 @ 60 Hz (1920 × 1200 @ 120 Hz)
Maximum Resolution / Frequency, Single-Link DVI1920 × 1200 @ 60 Hz (1280 × 1024 @ 85 Hz)

Memory


MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X



The card has 8 GB of GDDR6 SDRAM located in 8 chips of 8 Gbit on the front side of the PCB. Micron memory microcircuits (GDDR6, MT61K256M32JE-14 ) are designed for a nominal operating frequency of 3500 (14000) MHz. The code decoder on the FBGA packages is here.

Card Features and Reference Design Comparison



MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X



It is obvious that the printed circuit board and the wiring as a whole have undergone significant changes. The power subsystem has been strengthened - and this is the main reason for the redesign.

Actually, the core power scheme is 9-phase,

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X



controlled by the International Rectifier (Infineon) IR35217 PWM controller. This controller is one of the most secretive, so to speak. There is very little information about it, and almost all observers simply mention its use without giving details.



MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X



There are phase doublers on the board, this is clearly visible.



MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

Also on the front side, there is another PWM controller (On Semiconductor NCP81022),

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

which controls the 3-phase power circuit of the memory chips.

 MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

There is also a controller for backlight control and monitoring.

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

The nominal memory frequencies are equal to the reference values, but the core frequency is higher, which, as it turned out during testing, provides a performance increase in the region of 7.5%.

The MSI board has a common set of video outputs: three DisplayPort and one HDMI. Power is supplied through two 8-pin connectors.

Management of the card is provided using the proprietary utility MSI Dragon Center.


 MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

For gamers, there are three accelerators presets, of which the leftmost is the fastest. There is also a Creator Mode (taken from AMD Ryzen Master), which optimizes the card for non-game class programs

 MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

Of course, frequencies can also be set manually. There are no voltage adjustments here, but they can be changed through another program - MSI Afterburner

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

And of course, what kind of utility can be used to control the board without a tab with monitoring!

Heating and cooling


MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

The basis of CO is a large nickel-plated two-section radiator with plate fins, all parts of which are penetrated by numerous heat pipes soldered to a large sole, cooling the GPU chip. The radiator fins have a wavy shape, which helps to reduce noise. A separate sole on the same radiator is pressed to the power elements of the power converter. But the memory chips have their own heatsink. A thick plate is installed on the back of the card, which serves not only as a stiffener but also as a PCB cooler.

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X


On top of the radiator is a casing with two 95mm Torx 3.0 fans. They have dispersion blades that increase cooling efficiency.

The basis of CO is a large nickel-plated two-section radiator with plate fins, all parts of which are penetrated by numerous heat pipes soldered to a large sole, cooling the GPU chip. The radiator fins have a wavy shape, which helps to reduce noise. A separate sole on the same radiator is pressed to the power elements of the power converter. But the memory chips have their own heatsink. A thick plate is installed on the back of the card, which serves not only as a stiffener, but also as a PCB cooler.

The cooler stops the fans if the GPU temperature drops below 55 degrees. Of course, CO becomes silent at the same time. When the PC starts, the fans work, but after loading the video driver, the operating temperature is polled and they turn off.

Temperature monitoring using MSI Afterburner (by A. Nikolaychuk AKA Unwinder):

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

After a 6-hour run under load, the maximum core temperature did not exceed 66 degrees, which is a very good result for a video card of this level.

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

Maximum heat is the central area of ​​the PCB near the GPU and power converters.

Noise

The noise measurement technique implies that the room is soundproofed and damped, and reverberation is reduced. The system unit, which studies the noise of video cards, has no fans, is not a source of mechanical noise. The background level of 18 dBA is the noise level in the room and the noise level of the sound level meter itself. Measurements are taken from a distance of 50 cm from the video card at the level of the cooling system.

Measurement Modes:
  • The idle mode in 2D: an Internet browser loaded with iXBT.com, a Microsoft Word window, a number of Internet communicators
  • A 2D model with watching movies: using SmoothVideo Project (SVP) - hardware decoding with the insertion of intermediate frames
  • A 3D model with maximum accelerator load: FurMark test is used
Assessment of noise level gradations is as follows:
  • less than 20 dBA: conditionally silent
  • 20 to 25 dBA: very quiet
  • 25 to 30 dBA: quiet
  • 30 to 35 dBA: clearly audible
  • 35 to 40 dBA: loud but tolerable
  • above 40 dBA: very loud
In the idle mode in 2D, the temperature was 36 ° C, the fans did not rotate, the noise level was equal to the background.

  • When watching a movie with hardware decoding, nothing changed, the noise remained at the same level.
In the maximum load mode in 3D (without acceleration), the temperature reached 66 ° C. At the same time, the fans spun up to 1260 rpm, the noise grew to 26.2 dBA, it's quiet.
Backlight
The backlight of the card is very modest, it is concentrated only on the end of the card in the form of a small bar with the logo and name of the series.
Review MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X


Actually, only it glows. Compared to how modding PCs can now be equipped with backlighting, this video card looks overly modest.
It is surprising that the cards of the same Gaming X series, based on Nvidia GeForce accelerators, offer much richer backlighting, and why only MSI designers know why Radeon based cards are deprived. Despite the small size of the luminous element, the backlight can still be controlled on the Mystic Light tab in the same large Dragon Center utility.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X
Scope of delivery and packaging
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

The basic package should include a user manual, media with drivers and utilities. We see the basic kit, plus bonus flyers.

Test results



 Testbed configuration
  • Computer based on Intel Core i9-9900K processor (Socket LGA1151v2) :
    • Intel Core i9-9900K processor (overclocking to 5.0 GHz for all cores);
    • ZhSO Corsair H115i RGB Platinum 280;
    • Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme motherboard based on Intel Z390 chipset;
    • Corsair UDIMM RAM (CMT32GX4M4C3200C14) 32 GB (4 × 8) DDR4 (XMP 3200 MHz);
    • SSD Intel 760p NVMe 1 TB PCI-E;
    • Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3 TB SATA3 Hard Drive;
    • Corsair AX1600i power supply unit (1600 W);
    • Thermaltake Versa J24;
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit operating system; DirectX 12 (v. 1903);
  • LG 43UK6750 TV (43 ″ 4K HDR);
  • AMD drivers version 19.9.2;
  • Nvidia drivers version 436.30;
  • VSync is disabled.

List of Testing Tools

All games used the highest quality graphics in the settings.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Bethesda Softworks / MachineGames)
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (Massive Entertainment / Ubisoft)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom / Capcom)
  • Battlefield V (EA Digital Illusions CE / Electronic Arts)
  • Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft / Ubisoft)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal / Square Enix) with HDR
  • Metro Exodus (4A Games / Deep Silver / Epic Games)
  • Strange Brigade (Rebellion Developments / Rebellion Developments)

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 


MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X

Ratings
No.Accelerator ModelWebsite RatingUtility Ratingprice, rub.
04RTX 2070 Super 8 GB, 1605-1950 / 1400097027735,000
05MSI RX 5700 XT Gaming X, 1730-2200 / 1400091028731,700
07GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB, 1480–1885 / 1100088019146,000
08RX 5700 XT 8 GB, 1605-1905 / 1400086030228,500
09RTX 2060 Super 8 GB, 1470-1950 / 1400083031726,200
10RTX 2070 8 GB, 1410-1850 / 1400080025631 300
The increased frequency of operation of the MSI card (in Extreme Performance mode) provides it with a noticeable speed increase: up to + 7%. As a result, the card became even closer to the RTX 2070 Super.
Utility Rating


The utility rating of the same cards is obtained if the iXBT.com rating indicators are divided by the prices of the corresponding accelerators. Given that the Radeon RX 5700 XT is aimed at a resolution of at least 2.5K, we give the rating in this resolution.
No.Accelerator ModelUtility RatingWebsite Ratingprice, rub.
06RTX 2060 Super 8 GB, 1470-1950 / 1400028975726,200
10RX 5700 XT 8 GB, 1605-1905 / 1400027377828,500
elevenMSI RX 5700 XT Gaming X, 1730-2200 / 1400025982031,700
13RTX 2070 Super 8 GB, 1605-1950 / 1400025288335,000
17RTX 2070 8 GB, 1410-1850 / 1400022971731 300
25GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB, 1480–1885 / 1100017279246,000
At the time of writing, the weighted average prices for the GeForce RTX 2060 Super were slightly lower than for the Radeon RX 5700 XT, so the Nvidia accelerator turned out to be the leader in its group, but the lag of the RX 5700 XT is very small. But the cost of the MSI card (as well as all non-reference cards based on the Radeon RX 5700 / XT) at the time of writing was excessively high, the tested model was able to take only third place in its group. Of course, prices are a shaky thing. It is possible that soon the RX 5700 XT in non-reference versions will be able to boast a more attractive ratio of features and price.

And again, it should be repeated that the utility rating takes into account only pure performance (with reservations), and such things as noise, lighting, design elements and a set of video outputs are not taken into account by definition.
Findings

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X (8 GB) is one of the interesting options for a gaming-grade 3D graphics accelerator with a price of around 30,000 rubles. At the time of this writing, the GeForce RTX 2060 Super looked a little more attractive and took a higher place in the utility rating, but the RTX 2060 Super does not certainly fit 2.5K resolution, while the Radeon RX 5700 XT feels great in games in this resolution. As prices fall, you can safely recommend the RX 5700 XT for purchase.

The considered MSI card has an excellent cooling system, quiet even at maximum load, and at low load, it is generally silent. Fans of modding may be disappointed with the modest lighting capabilities of this card, although the set of lighting effects is good here. As a plus, it is worth noting the availability of proprietary software (Dragon Center), which makes it easy to change the modes of the card, as well as optimize the settings in games so that you can comfortably play in one or another resolution on a particular video card.

We repeat that the Radeon RX 5700 XT as a whole provides the player with complete comfort with maximum graphics settings in the resolution of 2560 × 1440 in all games, and in some games, you can try playing with the same graphics quality in 4K.

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