Our guide will help you choose the best RX 5700 XT for you and provide general information on these cards’ performance. Let’s jump right in.

1. PowerColor RED DEVIL RX 5700 XT

GPU clock 1770 MHz
GPU Boost 2010 MHz
Input / Output 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 351W Recommended
Power Supply 700 W

If you are looking for an RX 5700 XT that has it all, the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT is your choice. This card is the top dog in almost all major categories: performance, smoothness, appearance, build quality and cooling.

Nevertheless, the compactness suffers, of course, since it is a massive card with 2.5 slots. That means you will need a decent mid-tower or larger case to accommodate this beast.

You get up to 1905 MHz standard clock rate for gaming and in performance mode the part turns up to 2010 MHz boost frequency.

Cooling and features

For cooling, the card has three 90 mm fans with ball bearings and a large heat sink with 5 copper heat pipes and a large number of aluminum fins. There is also a dual BIOS with Silent and OC mode, whereby the Silent mode offers a quieter gaming performance, and the OC mode ensures that the best frame rates are achieved.

However, the card remains very quiet even in performance mode and is not loud at all. The mute fan technology (0 dB) on this card ensures semi-passive cooling. This means that the fans will remain off when the temperature is below 60 ° C and reactivate when the temperature exceeds this threshold.

The build quality of the Red Devil is excellent. It has a 1.5mm metal backplate that protects the card and prevents it from bending. The card also has an RGB-illuminated logo and a stripe on the side, whereby you can adjust the colors.

The most important performance data

  • Maximum measured temperature idle and under load: 51, 78 ° C
  • Volume : idle 0-27 dBA, under load 31 dBA
  • Overclocking: Only brings 1.5% more performance
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 9387
Pros
  • Extremely quiet when gaming
  • 10 VRM phases
  • Killer performance
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Cooling slightly worse than with Sapphire Nitro +
  • High power consumption

2. Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC

GPU clock 1650 MHz
GPU Boost 1905 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP , 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 250 W
Recommended power supply 600 W

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING OC 8G is a very good Radeon RX 5700 XT card with three fans. This is an OC edition with a base clock of 1650 MHz and a gaming clock of 1795 MHz. Sometimes you can shoot this model for under 440 dollars, which is really a bargain for the performance you get here. Definitely get this card before you look at the MSI Evoke, especially since the Gigabyte is usually cheaper and also offers better performance (quieter and cooler).

Cooling & features

The tried and tested WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with counter-rotating fans is used to cool the somewhat larger card. The massive heat sink even reliably cools VRM and VRAM and consists of composite copper heat pipes. The fans have a unique blade design: the middle fans rotate in the opposite direction to the two outer ones to reduce turbulence and increase airflow pressure for better cooling performance (you can see that this works by the temperature values ​​below). 

The 3D Active Fan function comes in handy, too, as it offers semi-passive cooling for quieter operation. In this case, the fans will remain off when the GPU is under low load during idle or less hungry games.

The card also features RGB lighting with RGB Fusion 2.0 support for synchronization with other AORUS devices, a metal backplate for stability and protection, a high-performance VRM for overclocking, and a stable power supply with intelligent power LED display. 

The most important performance data 

  • The maximum measured temperature in idle and under load: 37, 69 ° C
  • Volume : idle 0 dBA, under load 37 dBA
  • Overclocking: No information
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 9025
Pros
  • Very good price
  • Great Cooling
  • Good PCB and VRM
Cons
  • A little louder than other models
  • The lower basic clock rate
  • Not the benchmark king

3. Sapphire RX 5700 XT Nitro +

GPU clock 1770 MHz
GPU Boost 2010 MHz
Input / Output 2xDP , 2xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 275W
Recommended power supply 650 W

If there is another three-fan Radeon RX 5700 XT card that rivals the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT in terms of performance and quality, it is definitely the Sapphire Nitro +. It is definitely one of the best Radeon RX 5700 XT cards you can buy, and it is widely praised for cooling performance in particular.

However, it’s also a massive card with a 2.5-slot design and a bit longer than the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT. The Sapphire Nitro + also has the same clock speeds as the PowerColor Red Devil but does not quite achieve the same performance in benchmarks.

Cooling & features

Sapphire’s Tri-X cooling technology is powered by a solid aluminum heat sink with heat pipes to cool the GPU and VRMs, while the VRAM modules use a separate heat sink. The heat sinks on this card are cooled by three fans (with ball bearings) where the middle fan is smaller than the other two and rotates in opposite directions (hello gigabytes) to ensure better airflow. However, the whole cooling system seems to be a bit more sophisticated, especially since the Nitro + achieves sensational temperature values ​​everywhere.

Also, the fans are straightforward to assemble (without cables) and have a proprietary connection to be easily removed for cleaning purposes or replaced in the event of a defect. On top of that, the Nitro is extremely quiet (only slightly louder than the Red Devil), regardless of whether it is idling or under load.

There is also an ARGB header on the card itself, which you can use to connect your ARGB-supported device to synchronize the RGB lighting with the card. With the dual BIOS switch, you can then switch between performance and silent mode.

Also, the card and software support the TriXX Boost function, with which you can achieve more FPS in games by slightly lowering the resolution. This is then adjusted with Radeon Image Sharpening to give you the best of both worlds. 

The most important performance data

  • The maximum measured temperature in idle and under load: 51, 59 ° C
  • Volume : idle 0 dBA, under load 33 dBA
  • Overclocking: 3.3% more power
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8975
Pros
  • Best cooling among the RX 5700 XT graphics cards
  • Very quiet
  • Dual BIOS mode
Cons
  • Not quite as powerful as the Powercolor
  • Expensive
  • Slightly larger than the Powercolor

4. Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT

GPU Clock 1670 MHz
GPU Boost 1925 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP , 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 253 W
Recommended Power Supply 600 W

The Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT is clearly the best compact in the series with manageable dimensions and only two fans. If you want the smallest RX 5700 XT on the market, you have the choice between the Sapphire Radeon Pulse or MSI Gaming Evoke OC.

However, we cannot recommend the latter to you, especially since you get the worse cooling and a louder card with the same length and a higher price. Anyway, with the Sapphire Pulse, you get a great RX 5700 XT card with a variety of features and performs similarly to the triple fan RX 5700 XT cards, both in terms of gaming and in terms of performance Cooling capacity. The card also has an excellent build quality and is reinforced with an aluminum backplate.

Cooling & features

The Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT can at least keep up with the Powercolor Devil in terms of cooling without being unnecessarily loud. The dual-X cooling technology on this card uses a heat sink with copper heat pipes that cools the GPU, VRAM, and VRMs. Above that, there are two 95 mm fans with ball bearings for longer service life. Just like with the Nitro +, you will find the practical quick-change fans here, which make replacement child’s play.

There is also semi-passive cooling, in which the fans stop when the load is low. Of course, there is also the dual BIOS, which allows you to switch between performance and silent mode. The TriXX software is, of course, not missing here, so you can tinker a lot.

The most important performance data (based on the tests by Hexus and Techpowerup ):

  • Maximum measured temperature in idle and  under load: 49 ° / 75 ° C
  • Volume : idle 0 dBA, under load 35 dBA
  • Overclocking: brings about a 3.6% increase in performance
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8847
Pros
  • Very compact
  • Good performance for its size
  • Good price
Cons
  • It gets a little warmer under load
  • Not quite as quiet as other models
  • Not really suitable for overclocking

5. ASUS ROG Strix RX 5700 XT OC

GPU Clock 1840 MHz
GPU Boost 2035 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP , 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 260 W
Recommended power supply 600 W

The RX 5700 XT card with the highest GPU clock speed is the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT OC Edition. You get an 1840 MHz base clock, up to 1965 MHz for gaming mode, and up to 2035 MHz boost clock.

What should really be emphasized about the ROG Strix is ​​the extremely high-quality PCB and VRM, which GamersNexus named the best PCB among the RX 5700 XT cards in this video. High-quality capacitors and a double 5-phase VRM guarantee you an optimal power supply. Even if you really want to dive into overclocking, you can do that with this card (although, of course, you have a limit).

Cooling & features

With the Strix OC, you also get a massive card in a 2.7-slot design and a larger heat sink with copper heat pipes that are in direct contact with the GPU for better heat transfer. The card’s heat sink is cooled by three axial fans, in which the fan blades are brought together at the end to form a ring to achieve better airflow and better heat distribution. Of course, the card also has a metal backplate, which gives it stability and protects it from damage.

The RGB lighting of the card can be seen on the cover and the back wall. The Asus Aura Sync for synchronizing and controlling the RGB lighting is, of course, supported. Also, for the price, you get standard features such as semi-passive cooling through 0db technology and dual bios for performance, and a silent mode.

The RX 5700 XT card from Asus is certainly one of the fastest and highest qualities on this list, but unfortunately, it is often the most expensive.

The most important performance data (sources Techpowerup and Guru3d ):

  • The maximum measured temperature  in idle and  under load: 48/77 ° C
  • Volume : idle 0 dBA, under load 36 dBA
  • Overclocking: Brings 1% more performance according to Techpowerup
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 9167
Pros
  • Highest clock rate
  • Extremely quiet
  • Best PCB
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Not quite as cool as others under load
  • High power consumption

6. XFX Radeon RX 5700 DD Ultra

GPU clock: I / O: 1565 MHz
GPU Boost 1750 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP , 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 206 W
Recommended power supply 600 W

The XFX Radeon 5700 Ultra DD is one of the cheapest partner cards you can currently get. A boost clock of only 1750 MHz is specified here, but the card clocks more in the 1900 MHz range in practice. As a budget tip, you have to make a few compromises when processing, especially since you will sometimes find plastic elements here. But there is still a metal backplate.

So if you are looking for a cheap RX 5700 that remains relatively cool and quiet, then this is your choice. Of course, the XFX model can’t keep up with premium cards, but that’s not the goal here either.

Cooling & features

The Ultra DD is cooled by two massive 100mm fans that do a great job (the XFX is not the coolest card in our comparison, but at the price, it is absolutely clear). The cooling system is similar in design to that of the RAW II Ultra, but the heat pipe arrangement is different at the front of the card. The GPU is cooled by four individual heat pipes, while the memory is cooled by an aluminum interposer and thermal pads.

For price reasons, RGB was not used here – so if you value it, you should use another card. Nevertheless, you get a dual BIOS with performance and silent mode.

The most important performance data  (sources user test on Extreme.PCGamesHardware and Computerbase, as well as a test by Madshrimps ):

  • The maximum measured temperature in idle and  under load: 46 / 68-75 ° C
  • Volume : idle 28 dBA, under load 39 dBA
  • Overclocking: Up to 2.5% performance increase possible
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8315
Pros
  • Quite cheap compared to the competition
  • Good performance for the price
  • Low energy consumption
Cons
  • Partly plastic cladding
  • It gets a little warmer under load and with an air cooler
  • Not the quietest

7. MSI RX 5700 GAMING X

GPU Clock 1610 MHz
GPU Boost 1750 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP , 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 225 W
Recommended Power Supply 600 W

The MSI RX 5700 GAMING X is practically a copy of its expensive XT brother – down to a weight of 1g. Ergo the same cooling system, material, and functions, just a different GPU. And that’s a good thing considering that this cooling solution and design is more than enough for the RX 5700 XT GPU.

Cooling & features

Again, there is a massive heat sink design that is probably at least half the card’s weight. It is divided into two aluminum blocks: a base plate made of nickel-plated copper for the GPU and an aluminum heat spreader for cooling the 11-phase power system. 

All of this is connected and uses a total of 6 nickel-plated copper heat pipes, one of which is an 8mm pipe. A black aluminum heat spreader below the main cooler absorbs the heat from the video memory via thermal pads. On top of that, there are two 95mm TORX 3.0 fans.

The card is almost inaudible under load, especially when it is built into a housing (rotates at an average of 900 RPM). If you wear headphones, you won’t hear anything from this card anyway. There is also very subtle RGB lighting.

It is a great overall package, but unfortunately a bit more expensive than other RX 5700 partner cards.

The most important performance data

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 46/68 ° C
  • Volume : Idle 0-29 dBA, under load 33 dBA
  • Overclocking: not specified
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8070
Pros
  • Nice and quiet
  • Better cooling than the XFX model
  • Higher quality workmanship than the XFX model
Cons
  • Extremely chunky
  • More expensive than the XFX model
  • Red accents on top are not for everyone