AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Review 160

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Review

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Temperatures



Overclocked temperatures are not included in the chart above because we changed fan speed and power limit for overclocking, which would make this an unfair comparison.

Just like on other recent AMD cards, the GPU reports a second temperature called "Hot Spot" or "Junction Temperature". While the temperature was at 92°C in the testing above, Hotspot reached 110°C. From what I can tell, the throttle point for Hotspot is set to 115°C in the BIOS.

GPU Temperature Comparison
IdleLoadGaming Noise
RX 570045°C79°C43 dBA
RX 5700 XT48°C92°C43 dBA
Testing notes & interpretation
  • GPU temperature listed here is based on GPU-Z measurements of the on-chip temperature sensor.
  • We report these GPU temperatures under a constant load for ease of comparison, as well as an idle state most end users will experience often. This combination will help dictate cooling needs and provides context for how well the thermal solution performs.
  • Please note that GPU temperature is contingent on a variety of factors. Some, including clock speed, voltage settings, cooler design, and production variances, are beyond the control of the end user. Others, such as ambient temperature, case design, and airflow pathway affecting the GPU, can be mitigated to certain extents.
  • The data in the table above shows results for similar cards, achieved with identical conditions during previous TechPowerUp reviews.

Fan Noise

Noise Testing Details
In past years, gamers would accept everything for a little more performance. Nowadays, users are more aware of their graphics card's fan noise and power consumption.

In order to properly test how much noise a card's fan emits, we use a Bruel & Kjaer 2236 sound-level meter (~$4,000). It has the measurement range and accuracy we are looking for.


The tested graphics card is installed in a system that does not emit any noise on its own, using a passive PSU, passive CPU cooler, passive cooling on the motherboard, and a solid state drive. Noise results of other cards on this page are measurements of the respective reference design.

This setup allows us to eliminate secondary noise sources and test only the video card. To be more compliant with standards like DIN 45635 (we are not claiming to be fully DIN 45635 certified), the measurement is conducted at a distance of 100 cm and 160 cm off the floor. Ambient background noise inside the room was well below 20 dBA for all measurements. Please note that the dBA scale is not linear but logarithmic. 40 dBA is not twice as loud as 20 dBA since a 6 dBA increase results in double the sound pressure. The human hearing perception is a bit different, and it is generally accepted that a 10 dBA increase doubles the perceived sound level. 3D load noise levels are tested with a stressful game, not with Furmark.

AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT lacks the highly popular idle-fan-stop feature, but the idle fan settings are excellent—the card is whisper quiet and pretty much inaudible unless you put your ear right next to it on an open bench.

When gaming, the picture changes completely, though. With 43 dBA, the card is simply noisy. It's slightly quieter than Vega 64, but the levels are pretty much identical to the Vega 56 and Radeon VII. Considering the card is also running fairly hot, I really have to question AMD's choice for their cooling solution.

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