The original review for this card was posted on the day of the announcement of the RTX 30-series and around that time, prices for the RTX 20-series cards were dropping like flies. That put any Radeon card at a significant value disadvantage. Today, AMD is releasing their Radeon RX 6000 cards but while get first glimpse into the performance of those cards, I’m updating this review to pit it against the RTX 30 series cards namely the RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and the RTX 3070. Most of these cards place above the RX 5700 XT but given the current pricing of the RX 5700 XT, the now-discounted surplus of post-RTX 30 cards still have to go somewhere and with majority of gamers still not giving much care about raytracing, a high-performance card like the RX 5700 XT sits on a perfect place especially with its current pricing.
In this review we’ll take a look at the Sapphire NITRO+ RX 5700 XT 8G. Many of you have seen this card before in our RTX 30 series reviews, disrupting what appears to be an all-out NVIDIA performance proving that this card still has what it takes to take on the latest and great. I really don’t partake in the “Fine Wine” legend that has perpetuated for AMD cards as its more a assumption that show possible incompetence for AMD’s driver development team than anything else and that is very unfair to them. Let’s take a closer look at how a custom-cooled RX 5700 XT really performs versus the new hotness.
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- 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6
- Core Clock 1770 MHz
- Boost Clock 2010 MHz
- 2 x HDMI 2 x DisplayPort 1.4
- 2560 Stream Processors
- PCI Express 4.0 x16
This review will focus primarily on comparative performance but please refer to the conclusion for a more detailed breakdown. For those of you that I share my region with which is the Philippines, I’ll be sharing some pricing breakdown for a more definitive reference for your buying needs.
|Sapphire Nitro+ 5700 XT||RTX 2080 Ti FE||RTX 3080 FE||RTX 3070 FE|
|Stream Processors/ CUDA Cores||2560||4352||8704||5888|
|Boost frequency||2010 Mhz||1635Mhz||1710 MHz||1725 MHz|
|Memory||8GB GDDR6||11GB GDDR6||10GB GDDR6X||8GB GDDR6|
Sapphire’s Nitro cards feature the Nitro cooler which is the company’s high-end enthusiast custom card line which can be compared to their older Toxic line in terms of tiering. The card uses a fresh redesign of the older Nitro cards, this time around sporting a black and silver theme with a muscular cooler that I’m excited to see how it tames the Navi chip inside.
The card features RGB lighting on the backplate area and on the side but the fans themselves are not RGB illuminated. Its a nice approach and keeps the card subtle yet still somewhere customizable. It does make vertically mounting the card a rather dull display as the fans don’t have light or anything.