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The Fastest RX 5700 XT Yet


AMD launched its Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 video cards this past summer on July 7th, 2019.  At the top of its lineup is the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with an MSRP of $399.  This price point shocked everyone as we were expecting a more expensive video card before launch.  However, AMD came to its senses and initiated a price drop before the video cards were even launched.  This was a good thing because it made the video cards much more competitive. 

Today we are going to be evaluating an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU based video card, but one that is more on the expensive side.  This one we are reviewing today carries the highest price premium we’ve seen yet on an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT.  Even higher than the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra we reviewed with an MSRP of $449.99.

The video card we will be reviewing today is the ASUS ROG STRIX RX 5700 XT O8G GAMING with an MSRP of $459.99.  Our goal today is to find out if the $60 price premium is worth it because at $399 these video cards are price pretty much in a great spot.  Charging anymore can be an iffy proposition unless it offers competitive performance and punches above its weight class.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

First let’s remind ourselves what the reference specifications are on the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT so that we can compare it with the ASUS ROG STRIX RX 5700 XT O8G GAMING video card.  The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is based on AMD’s new RDNA architecture at 7nm manufacturing process. 

It is priced at an MSRP of $399.  At this pricing it directly competes with the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition also at $399, both are price comparable.  Sitting above this price point is the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition at $499. 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT has a base clock of 1605MHz and a game clock of 1755MHz and a total boost clock of 1905MHz.  It has 8GB of GDDR6 at 14GHz on a 256-bit bus providing 448GB/sec of bandwidth.  The board power is rated at 180W and it supports PCIe 4.0.

Brent Justice
Former managing editor of GPUs at HardOCP for 18 years, Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components since the late 90s, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review, he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented and hardware enthusiast perspective. You can follow him on Twitter - @Brent_Justice You can sub to his YouTube channel - Justice Gaming You can check out his computer builds on KIT - @BrentJustice

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