We have with us for review the ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT TUF Gaming EVO. This is the fastest graphics card in the ASUS TUF Gaming family of durable yet value-positioned cards. The TUF Gaming ecosystem includes not just motherboards, graphics cards, and gaming peripherals by ASUS, but even extends to third-party memory, SSD, case, and PSU makers. This is the second TUF Gaming-branded RX 5700 XT model. The original TUF Gaming RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards, which launched among the first wave of Navi 10 custom designs last August, were heavily criticized by reviewers for having some of the worst thermals and noise levels. Acting on this feedback, ASUS redesigned the card with a new heatsink design, a trio of its "Axial Tech" webbed-impeller fans, and an airier cooler shroud. To differentiate this newer card from the original, ASUS added "EVO" to the model name.
The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is AMD's fastest graphics card based on its 7 nm "Navi" silicon that uses the RDNA architecture succeeding "Vega." The RDNA graphics architecture introduces a new generation of number-crunching machinery that brings out significant hardware changes over the "Vega" NGCU for higher performance, coupled with upgraded display and media engines that have caught up with the times. The RX 5700 XT also uses GDDR6 memory. An interesting series of price adjustments and product launches ensure that even at its starting price of $399, it offers slightly better price to performance than NVIDIA.
In this ASUS RX 5700 XT TUF EVO review, we'll definitely check on whether the current $420 price tag makes sense for the TUF, especially since you can now find some lower-end RX 5700 XT models for just $379.
At the heart of the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the 7 nm "Navi 10" silicon with an impressive 10.3 billion transistors crammed into a 251 mm² die. Unlike the "Vega 20", Navi is a more traditional GPU in that the package only has the GPU die and is surrounded by memory chips. AMD opted for cost-effective 256-bit GDDR6 memory over exotic design choices, such as HBM2. At a memory frequency of 14 Gbps, Navi enjoys a healthy memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s. It also features the latest-generation PCI-Express gen 4.0 x16 host interface with full backwards compatibility for older generations of PCIe, so you can pair it with AMD's new Ryzen 3000 processors on an X570 chipset motherboard. The buzz-words "7 nm" and "PCIe gen 4.0" are extensively used in AMD's marketing, as if to suggest that Navi is a generation ahead of NVIDIA's Turing, which is built on 12 nm and has PCIe gen 3.0. The RX 5700 XT is hence targeted at 1440p gaming with maxed out details, although compared to NVIDIA graphics chips such as the RTX 2060 Super, you lose out on ray-tracing features.
ASUS positions its TUF Gaming family a notch below its coveted ROG STRIX family of graphics cards. We in fact reviewed the RX 5700 XT ROG STRIX OC and found it to be among the strongest custom-design RX 5700 XT offerings. The RX 5700 XT TUF EVO in this review offers a beefier heatsink than the original RX 5700 XT TUF and has three Axial Tech fans that are designed to direct all of their airflow axially (onto the heatsink), with impeller webbing preventing lateral flow. ASUS also made serious efforts to lower the temperatures of the VRM and memory areas by giving them thermal pads to even the card's metal backplate. The company is said to have spent a lot of time optimizing the card's thermals and noise.
|RX 5600 XT||$270||2304||64||1375 MHz||1560 MHz||1500 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|RTX 2060||$300||1920||48||1365 MHz||1680 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|RX 5700||$320||2304||64||1465 MHz||1625 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|GTX 1080||$500||2560||64||1607 MHz||1733 MHz||1251 MHz||GP104||7200M||8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit|
|RTX 2060 Super||$400||2176||64||1470 MHz||1650 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX Vega 64||$390||4096||64||1247 MHz||1546 MHz||953 MHz||Vega 10||12500M||8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit|
|GTX 1080 Ti||$700||3584||88||1481 MHz||1582 MHz||1376 MHz||GP102||12000M||11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit|
|RX 5700 XT||$380||2560||64||1605 MHz||1755 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|ASUS RX 5700 XT|
TUF EVO Gaming
|$420||2560||64||1650 MHz||1905 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070||$400||2304||64||1410 MHz||1620 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070 Super||$500||2560||64||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|Radeon VII||$600||3840||64||1802 MHz||N/A||1000 MHz||Vega 20||13230M||16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit|
|RTX 2080||$630||2944||64||1515 MHz||1710 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Super||$700||3072||64||1650 MHz||1815 MHz||1940 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|