PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Review: Custom Navi Arrives

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PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil: Our Summary And Conclusion

Performance Summary: The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil performed very well throughout our entire battery of tests. Whether using the OC (220W) or Silent (180W) BIOS setting, the card’s performance typically lands somewhere in between the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super, depending on the application. It is faster than the GeForce RTX 2060 Super more often than not, but typically trails the more expensive RTX 2070 Super by a small margin, save for a couple of games (like F1 2019) where the 5700 XT pulls ahead. Versus AMD’s reference Radeon RX 5700 XT, PowerColor’s Red Devil is clearly the higher-performer, but it is also significantly quieter, offers lower temperatures, and it’s more over-clockable too.

The Limited Edition PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil we featured here has an MSRP of $449, which puts it right on-par with AMD’s Anniversary Edition RX 5700 XT and about $50 - $70 cheaper than a typical GeForce RTX 2070 Super. The standard edition PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil, which doesn’t include a mouse pad, arrives at $439. At those prices, PowerColor’s offering commands an approximate 10% - 13% premium over AMD’s reference design, which we think is absolutely worth it. The card is wider to accommodate the massive triple-fan cooler, so you’ll have to sacrifice and additional slot with this card, but the additional investment nets a faster, quieter, cooler, more-overclockable GPU, with customizable RGB lighting and a more aggressive overall aesthetic. To us, it’s very easy to justify the PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil’s price premium – this card is really nice and is an upgrade over AMD's model.
red devil 5700xt angle
If you were waiting to see what AMD’s board partners could do with Navi, we think PowerColor has painted a pretty clear picture. The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil is a bad-ass GPU that that we can wholeheartedly recommend at its price-point. Choosing a Radeon today means writing off DXR and Ray Tracing support for now, but we suspect that is something many of you are willing to do with the current crop of games out there that support the technology. There will be an array of custom Radeon RX 5700 series cards hitting store shelves over the coming days and weeks, but it’s going to be hard to top what PowerColor has done with the Red Devil. This card does a lot of things right.


   

  • Good Performance
  • Excellent Cooler
  • Quieter Than AMD's Design
  • Good Overclocker
  • 2.5 Slots Wide
  • More Power Hungry Than AMD's Design
  • Small Price Premium

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