Monday, August 12th 2019

AMD To Continue Offering Reference Design for RX 5700, RX 5700 XT

With the introduction of AMD's AIB partners' custom designs for the Navi-based RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards, rumors (ie, reports) started to float around of AMD's discontinuation of their reference designs. However, AMD's own Scott Herkelman confirmed via Twitter that the company isn't transitioning its reference designs to an EOL (End of Life) status, and that they will continue to be offered in the traditional venues.

However, Scott did say that AMD is in the stage of transitioning their AIB partners fully to their own custom designs. This means that AMD will likely keep the market cornered on blower-style designs, that can be bought by users planning to stick their own aftermarket cooling solution and just want the cheapest possible card. This way, AIB partners will always sell Radeon cards under their own brand names, instead of something like "ASUS Radeon RX 5700".
Source: Scott Herkelman @ Twitter
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6 Comments on AMD To Continue Offering Reference Design for RX 5700, RX 5700 XT

#1
Vayra86
If this gets their time to market for AIBs in order then good and finally.
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bug
It seems pretty pointless. But it won't hurt.
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#3
yakk
Since AMD have some of the best reference board designs & components they're great to keep a standard for water blocks.
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bug
yakk, post: 4097242, member: 158293"
Since AMD have some of the best reference board designs & components they're great to keep a standard for water blocks.
"Some of the best" = they're in top two of GPU makers? :D
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Midland Dog
bug, post: 4097447, member: 157434"
"Some of the best" = they're in top two of GPU makers? :D
read the comment, at no time did he say GPU he said board design
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John Naylor
Midland Dog, post: 4097785, member: 168254"
read the comment, at no time did he say GPU he said board design
I would say he did. "AMD have some of the best ***reference*** board designs...." ... of which there remain just two reference board providers. That's why it is called the "reference design"; if it is modified in any way, it ceased to be a "reference design" and becomes an "AIB design"

I have not seen much on whether the new AIB cards include a PCB that is different that the reference design and if so how much

- The reference card's "GPU VRM is 7-phase, controlled by an International Rectifier IR35217 controller, ***which is among the best controllers available on the market. ** > It uses the same model controller with 2 phase VRM for the memory ... the Sapphire card also uses a 2 phase VRM for the memory with a different controller.... downgrade ? The Asus uses an 11 phase VRM for the GPU and a 2 +1 phase VRM for the memory with the reference controllers.

- The reference and Sapphire (300 watts) cards use 8 + 6 power connectors, Asus (257 watts peak gaming) uses 8 + 8 (375 watts) .. IOW the 2nd 8 pin is unnecessary

- The reference card's "GDDR6 memory chips are made by Samsung and carry the model number K4Z80325BC-HC14. They are specified to run at 1750 MHz (14 Gbps GDDR6 effective)." The Sapphire and Asus card's memory is made by Hynix with same rating ... I remember folks w/ nVidia cards seeking models out w/ Samsung and seeking to avoid Hynix. The MSI 2080 ti card with Samsing memory was 10 fps faster when overclocked to 2090 ,, the Microm version topped out at 2005.

That's all I notices in the TPU reviews.
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