Introduction

We’ve got one of the thickest, fastest, customized, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU based video card on our test bench today.  We specifically requested this video card because we wanted a video card that could take the Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU to the max in performance while keeping thermals in check.  The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is only held back by its power target, voltage, and clock speed.  The Radeon RX 5700 XT has the potential to be a great gaming GPU at a really competitive price if it were just a bit faster. 

That is where the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra comes in.  It takes the Radeon RX 5700 XT and gives us that faster performance that the Radeon RX 5700 XT really should have had all along.  It finally allows the Radeon RX 5700 XT to stretch its legs by providing an incredibly high factory overclock plus it keeps the thermals in check so it doesn’t melt down your system.

XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra

First, to the pricing.  The reference AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT launched at an MSRP of just $399 in 2019.  The XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra actually does not demand an insanely high price premium right now in 2020.  You can find it on Amazon for $419.99.  That is only $20 over MSRP, yet you are buying so much customization over the reference spec.  At $420 this is a very appealing video card for the price compared to the competition, but we’ll talk about that later. 

Let’s jump right into what this video card is all about.  This follows XFX’s THICC line, and you should take that meaning literally.  This video card is thick, it is thickest Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU based video card we’ve ever encountered.  This is considered a “2.8 slot” card profile.  This thickness is for a reason, it allows a lot of heatsink area for heat dissipation.  This is XFX’s THICC III series, which is their newest series sporting the latest and most robust design with a triple-fan (3 fans) cooling setup.  Then, on top of all that, this one is the “Ultra” version which pushes the clock speeds to new heights we’ve never seen before out-of-the-box at default. 

The specific model we are reviewing is RX-57XT8TDB8.  The whole card name is XFX AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC III Ultra.  Note that XFX does have a non-ultra-version of this video card with reference clock speeds, but everything else is the same.  We have the Ultra version today which is the fastest version XFX sells.  You can also view their entire product line here.

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6 Comments

  1. Really quite impressive RDNA vs the previous GCN Arch. I still give them credit (and dissaproval) for how long they rode GCN but glad to see them coming into their own.

    Good review Brent.

  2. Thanks for all the hard work Brent!

    This is a really awesome looking card and such amazing value for the performance.

  3. Great review Brent! I purchased the Gigabyte 5700 XT OC 8G and it’s a nice card. My only complaint is in regards to the drivers, and World of Warcraft. I have to load the game twice in order to get all the textures rendering sometimes. This problem doesn’t happen all the time, but from time to time I’ll have to exit the game and go back in, so that I can see all the textures. Overall I am thrilled with the card though! I can’t wait to see what AMD does with RDNA2.
  4. @Brent_Justice
    Page 3 edit 3rd to last paragraph – If the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra beats the RTX 2070 we know it will wipe the floor with the —–RTX 2070 SUPER—–.
    Should be 2060

    Great review

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