ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT TUF EVO Review - Improved Cooler, Tested 57

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT TUF EVO Review - Improved Cooler, Tested

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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.

Radeon RX 5700 XT Market Segment Analysis
RX 5600 XT$2702304641375 MHz1560 MHz1500 MHzNavi 1010300M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2060$3001920481365 MHz1680 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RX 5700$3202304641465 MHz1625 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
GTX 1080$5002560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RTX 2060 Super$4002176641470 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$390 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$7003584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RX 5700 XT$3802560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
TUF EVO Gaming
$4202560641650 MHz1905 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$4002304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 Super$5002560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6003840641802 MHzN/A1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6302944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$7003072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
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