AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Overclocking

Radeon RX 5700 Default

To start off, we are going to start by overclocking the AMD Radeon RX 5700 reference video card.  As we stated previously, we are using MSI Afterburner for overclocking for various reasons.  It’s less buggy than AMD WattMan, simple to use, and we simply have less trouble with it. It also now allows voltage manipulation on the Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs. 

Default Settings

Before we begin to overclock, we always first test to see what the default clock speed and temperatures are.  We have to know where we are starting from so we know how much we are gaining by overclocking.  On the AMD Radeon RX 5700 we know that the Base Clock is 1465MHz by the spec.  The “Game Clock” is 1625MHz and the “Boost Clock” is 1725MHz.  These are the reference specifications.

In the timeline graph above we are showing you the real-time GPU clock speed while playing a game on the Radeon RX 5700.  From this graph, you can see that the clock frequency hovers mostly between 1655-1685MHz while gaming.  The “Game Clock” is 1625MHz, therefore the Radeon RX 5700 is boosting beyond the game clock while gaming.  This is a positive result and shows that it is not throttling the clock speed.  However, it is not reaching the “Boost Clock” of 1725MHz at all while gaming, this is the peak of what the boost clock is possible of, but it just can’t get there while gaming at default settings.  The average of all this clock frequency while gaming is 1677MHz

Above you will see all the settings at default.  The GPU Temperature (which is die edge temperature) is 78c while gaming.  The Junction Temperature, or hottest spot on the die temperature, is 90c.  The edge temperature is the temperature reporting you are used to seeing.  The Junction Temperature is a new data point that is increasingly becoming the “better way” or “more accurate” way of detecting temperature but get used to hotter temperatures reported than the edge temps.  Also note the default voltage on this GPU is 0.975V.  The default fan speed was 42% on automatic.  System Wattage was 292W.  Ambient temp was 70F. 

Brent Justice
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