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Flashing Radeon RX 5700 with RX 5700 XT BIOS: Guide & Performance

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AMD's Radeon RX 5700 has been engineered for maximum efficiency, which forced AMD to compromise in terms of performance. We demonstrate how a simple BIOS flash can unleash the card, delivering performance almost on par with the much more expensive Radeon RX 5700 XT.

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Out of curiosity; did you happen to get any power consumption numbers?
 
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Looking forward to all of these "Need help with bad 5700 flash" forum posts.
 
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Out of curiosity; did you happen to get any power consumption numbers?
Would also be interesting to see an XT flashed to non XT with power figures comparison too...
 
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Not worth at all. Just pay for extra 100$. Seem like Japanese 2L turbo VS V8 4L Hemi.
Sorry, but this is an enthusiast site, please pack your bag and go complain about it on some regular, boring site.
 
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Sorry, but this is an enthusiast site, please pack your bag and go complain about it on some regular, boring site.
I do not believe being an enthusiast and overclocking are mutually exclusive. I believe there are plenty of entusiasts who would prefer to not OC and there is nothing wrong with that, they are not any less of an enthusiast for it.
 
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Shaite. This article reminds of the old ATI X800 days... :pimp:

Awesome :lovetpu:
 
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Seems like a solid option if you're water cooling the whole thing.
 
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Not worth at all. Just pay for extra 100$. Seem like Japanese 2L turbo VS V8 4L Hemi.
Your analogy is way off base. It's more like 2.0L with aftermarket turbo kit vs 2.1L with factory turbo. Also what are you getting at trying to single out the Japanese? EVERY SINGLE manufacturer(cept Ford they want to be special with a 1.8/2.3) has a 2.0L turbo since they figured .5l/cylinder is the golden power/efficiency figure for turbo engines a few years ago courtesy of MB.
 
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Was this tested on a open test bench? Those temps are quite high and considering some cases have really poor airflow have to wonder how long a gpu would last in that scenario.
 

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Now with this info one could search for AIB RX 5700 cards which have a similar pcb to their XT part, and hopefully the XT BIOS is compatible with the regular 5700. Better if it features dual BIOS. Even better if it also features a strong thermal design to dissipate the extra heat.
Asus Strix 5700, Powercolor Red Devil 5700 are strong candidates. Asus TUF and Gigabyte Gaming OC feature 3-fan design but not dual bios.
 
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I did this. Stock cooler can not handle the temps with max power. It was too hot for 5700 flashed to 5700xt. While 5700 stock worked fine with the cooler. The 5700 cooler just can't handle the temps for long session. I ran 3dmark loop and temps creeped up to 90 and I am in the basement lol.

Yea if you could flash the aftermarket card or put better cooler on it then I can recommend it, but 5700 stock cooler just isn't designed to cool anything more than base 5700.
 
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I was going to mention those temps measured with the max power limits are kinda inching too high for comfort. Definitely needs more cooling...
 
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I do not believe being an enthusiast and overclocking are mutually exclusive. I believe there are plenty of entusiasts who would prefer to not OC and there is nothing wrong with that, they are not any less of an enthusiast for it.
Did you even read the article? This is NOT related to typical overclocking at all. Yes, the GPU will run at a higher clock, but there's no manual tuning involved.
 
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I'd expect as much from the stock blower & stock fan curve when bios flashing is very similar to OCing,, the reference cooler is notorious for high temps & non-reference models alone show a large performance gain over the reference model, anyone that overclocks would know the stock profiles are usually tuned towards low noise over performance too. So.. We end up with low results & high temps. Someone said there's no manual tuning involved when in the test setup they do specifically state theres some core OCing with wattman on the flash + max power OC.

I would take these as worst case scenario results only, really interested to see some non-reference results as the reference cooler is the main issue here. A few are up already & performing much higher than what's shown here. Appreciate the effort either way.
 
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If you already own the 5700 Reference and are willing to take the risk, it is worth it.
 
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Shader unlocking via BIOS mod or bust! :D My golden standard is still the 128 MB Radeon 9500 non-Pro I had that could be fully unlocked (via Omega driver or BIOS flash) to a 9700 and then OC'd a bit to be a Pro. Glorious times and probably some of the best bang for buck I've had when it comes to graphics cards. My Athlon 64 X2 was probably the second most satisfying OC experience, since I really felt it in day to day Windows tasks and application launches (the extra core alone was a godsend).

But at least AMD allows it for the RX 5700, which I must applaud. I would like Nvidia to return to BIOS tweaking, too. Good article! If I were to buy a new card, RX 5700 (XT) would definitely be on my list (since I'm space constrained 240mm length cards are all I can run and the performance of the 5700 (XTs) and the 2070 is similar enough to make it a competitive race).
 
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Well that was easy. To go nvidia, i'd still need to spend another $200.
But RAY TRACING!
 
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