Msi gaming X 5700 XT first up first of all it’s one of the best-looking graphics cards on the market. MSI previous gaming X models had a pretty aggressive gamer aesthetic, but this is definitely a lot cleaner. The card is built very nicely. The shroud Is mostly a hard thick plastic with some aluminium trim on the surface.
The 5700 xt gaming x from msi is an example of an ultra premium cool Design slapped on the 5700 XT GPU and we’re going to see how it does in
Terms of thermals and noise comparisons versus the AMD reference model, but also Nvidia’s r-tx 2070 super. It’s one thing to look at bar charts and just throw the 5700 XT but when the usability and thermal performance of the card sucks I can totally understand why people would shell out the extra cash for a 2070 super.
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For display output you’re looking at a fairly standard assortment here. 3 displayport and one HDMI. Overall the gaming X is a pretty beefy card so make sure that you’ve got enough room for this one in your case. It’s 27 Millimeters longer than the reference card at 297 millimeters, it’s 20 millimeters taller at 130 millimeters, and thickness is 57 millimeters, making this almost a three slot card. So no, this will not fit in slim small form-factor
Cases with only two PCI expansion slot clearance.
100 millimeter fans are up to the task of cooling the large heatsink. The fin stack array is oriented like most open air coolers, venting the hot air towards the motherboard and out of the front of the card. Limited RGB illumination, which is fine by me, its customizable in their software and the backplate is similar to the other gaming X models, a nice brushed aluminium. Now whereas most 5700 XT’s will take a 6 plus 8 pin power connector, including the reference design, the MSI gaming X will take 8 pin.
Disassembly of the card is pretty simple. You’ve got four mainscrews around the GPU, and a few more secondary screws which are all the same type. There’s an aluminium baseplate making contact with the GDDR6 memory modules, and the thermal pads underneath those seem overall sufficient. That is except for two of the modules which are unfortunately neglected with a narrower pad, which only covers about half of the modules. I did connect a k-type thermocouple to these two modules to see whether we’d see something alarming, but thankfully that was not the case. The surface temperature of these modules was actually a bit lower than what we were seeing by the internal censors.
There are six nickel-plated copper heat pipes in total. Five of those being 4 Millimeters in thickness and one of those being 6 millimeters. Also the thermal pads for the chokes are a bit short, but thankfully the actual mosfets for the VRM are sufficient.
The most important topic for a graphics card review in my opinion, and here we’re going to compare directly MSI Gaming X to AMD’s reference RX 5700 XT model. We will look at how the two cards perform on an open Test bench with a heaven 4.0 loop at 4k resolution, with the controlled ambient room temperature of 19 degrees C. So result is about a nine degree difference in peak GPU temperature after twenty minutes and although that doesn’t sound like much this is with the gaming X running significantly quieter than the reference model, and at a higher GPU clock speed as well.
Another thing worth pointing out is that the fans don’t start spinning on the gaming X until it reaches around 62 degrees C, so that’s why the temperature curve peak in the beginning, then lower, then slowly rise again.
Next let’s look at the difference between the GPU hot spot temperatures, parameter where the reference card is a real problem, easily hitting 100 degrees C. The gaming X is thankfully a lot more controlled in this regard, peaking at a much lower 87 degree C. Again this is with a significantly lower noise level and fan rpm too.
Looking at the temperature of the memory modules the values are actually pretty close between the two but thankfully still within a safe range. The peak values between the two were within 2 degrees C. Vrm MOSFET thermals were about the same between the two at around 65 degree C, again these values are well within a normal range.
Gaming performance between the two is virtually the same, and further testing here would be kind of redundant, it’s the same GPU at the end of the day, the big difference is the quality of the cooler. Overall this GPU you can manage high frame rate at 1440p, making a great match for a 1440p 144 Hertz monitor, or even a 1080p 240 Hertz monitor.
GPU Clock Speed
Looking at the GPU clock speed, the gaming X leads the reference card by about 70 megahertz, which is great to see. Also don’t mind the significant dips down to 0 megahertz, this seems to be an issue with the drivers or the monitoring software. The GPU doesn’t actually stop working for a second at a time. So overall this is a little nice boost over stock, especially when the card is running much cooler and much quieter as well.
Now in terms of noise I don’t Have the 5700 XT reference model here With me to compare noise levels with, but I can assure you that the 5700 XT gaming X Is exceptionally quiet even at full load.
Nvidia RTX 2070 super
The $500 founders Edition 2070 super performs pretty decent in terms of thermals, the noise levels are also just as low as the 5700 XT gaming X, and the most important detail is that it’s about 5% faster on average. Even if you cannot grab a founders Edition 2070 super there are plenty of adequately cooled models that are close to that 500 low price point including MSI zone Ventus OC
So hopefully we can see some more realistic pricing for the 5700 XT gaming X in my opinion, because 150 dollars over the reference model is just a bit too much. That positions it over plenty of the RT x 2070 super models which at the end of the day will give you slightly better gaming performance. And the same goes for the cards like the ASUS Strix 5700 XT which in my opinion are just not worth buying, unless you’re a hardcore AMD fanboy, logically you should just buy the lower-cost at faster GPU.
So if you are set on the RX 5700 XT, which most of you should be because it is a great GPU, you maybe should be looking around the 450 dollar price range for an aftermarket model at that point you are looking at some pretty good value even against the RTX 2070 super and thermals and noise levels will be good enough.