Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ Special Edition Review 58

Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ Special Edition Review

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Clock Speeds

For this test, we first let the card sit in idle to reach thermal equilibrium. Next, we start a constant 100% gaming load, recording several important parameters while the test is running. This shows you the thermal behavior of the card and how the fans ramp up as temperatures increase. Once temperatures are stable (no increase for two minutes), we stop the load and record how the card cools down over time.

GPU Clock, Voltage Temperature, Fan Speed over Time

We also ran the quiet BIOS through this test, find the results below.

Second BIOS GPU Clock, Voltage Temperature, Fan Speed over Time

Voltage-Frequency Analysis

The card will dynamically adjust clock and voltage based on render load, temperature, and other factors.

For the graph below, we recorded all GPU clock and GPU voltage combinations of our 1920x1080 resolution benchmarking suite. The plotted points are transparent, which allows them to add up to indicate more often used values. A light color means the clock/voltage combination is rarely used and a dark color means it's active more often.

GPU Frequency and Voltage Analysis

Looks like there's still a bunch of driver issues with monitoring. Fan RPM kept returning to zero no matter the actual fan speed. GPU voltage and GPU clock would go to exactly zero when idle, which seems unlikely to be correct, too.

Clock Profiles

Modern graphics cards have several clock profiles that are selected to balance power draw and performance requirements.

The following table lists the clock settings for important performance scenarios and the GPU voltage that is used in those states.

GPU Voltage
Desktop6 MHz200 MHz0.725 V
Multi-Monitor6 MHz1800 MHz0.725 V
Media Playback73 MHz200 MHz0.725 V
3D Load1851 - 2036 MHz1800 MHz1.006 - 1.200 V

As mentioned further above, some sensor readings in the AMD driver simply come back as zero when the card is idle.
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