Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse Review 163

Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse Review

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Graphics Card Temperatures

Temperature & Noise Comparison
ASUS RX 5600 XT STRIX TOP43°CFan Stop58°C63°C70°C55°C28 dBA
ASUS RX 5600 XT STRIX TOP (quiet BIOS)45°CFan Stop67°C75°C78°C66°C27 dBA
MSI RX 5600 XT Gaming X45°CFan Stop56°C67°C66°C48°C29 dBA
MSI RX 5600 XT Gaming Z45°CFan Stop58°C68°C70°C50°C29 dBA
PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red Devil48°CFan Stop76°C84°C82°C72°C28 dBA
PowerColor RX 5600 XT Red Devil (quiet BIOS)48°CFan Stop75°C84°C82°C72°C28 dBA
Sapphire RX 5600 XT Pulse43°CFan Stop73°C82°C76°C68°C28 dBA
Sapphire RX 5600 XT Pulse (quiet BIOS)43°CFan Stop71°C83°C78°C70°C28 dBA
Sapphire RX 5600 XT Pulse (old BIOS)43°CFan Stop64°C72°C72°C60°C28 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 in 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.

Fan Noise Measurement Setup

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.

As expected, Sapphire includes idle-fan-stop on both the performance and quiet BIOS. This could be a selling point because some (cheaper) NVIDIA cards don't offer that capability.

Gaming noise levels are simply outstanding, even with the new BIOS. Sapphire made sure not to compromise on acoustics. The result is a card that's whisper quiet even when fully loaded.

Fan Noise Idle
Fan Noise Gaming
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