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ASUS RX 5700 TUF Gaming X3 OC Edition Review

Rating: 6.5.

Since AMD launched its new Navi graphics cards back in July, a lot of focus has been given to the RX 5700 XT, with the baby brother RX 5700 receiving less attention. We are trying to change that today, however, with a look at ASUS' TUF Gaming X3 RX 5700 card. Featuring a smart black shroud, triple-fan cooler and factory overclocked core, is this the card to go for under £400?

As part of the ASUS TUF Gaming series, the company has made a few claims regarding the ‘tuf' nature of this new RX 5700. These include an 144-hour validation program, Auto-Extreme Technology which ‘uses automation to enhance reliability', and even ‘space-grade lubricant‘ for the dual ball bearing fans.

Pricing is also something to be aware of, with this card coming in at £379.99. That's £50 above the reference MSRP for RX 5700, putting close to RX 5700 XT territory.

   RX 5700 RX 5700 XT   RX Vega 56 RX Vega 64   Radeon VII
 Architecture  Navi Navi Vega 10 Vega 10  Vega 20
 Manufacturing Process  7nm 7nm 14nm 14nm  7nm
 Transistor Count 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 12.5 billion 12.5 billion 13.2 billion
Die Size  251mm² 251mm² 486mm² 495mm² 331mm²
Compute Units  36 40 56 64  60
Stream Processors  2304 2560 3584 4096  3840
Base GPU Clock Up to 1465MHz Up to 1605MHz 1156 MHz 1274 MHz 1400 MHz
Game GPU Clock Up to 1625MHz Up to 1755MHz n/a n/a n/a
 Boost GPU Clock Up to 1725MHz Up to 1905MHz 1471 MHz 1546 MHz  1750 MHz
 Peak Engine Clock n/a n/a 1590 MHz  1630 MHz  1800 MHz
 Peak SP Performance Up to 7.95 TFLOPS Up to 9.75 TFLOPS Up to 10.5 TFLOPS Up to 12.7 TFLOPS Up to 14.2 TFLOPS
 Peak Half Precision Performance Up to 15.9 TFLOPS Up to 19.5 TFLOPS Up to 21.0 TFLOPS Up to 25.3 TFLOPS  Up to 28.1 TFLOPS
 Peak Texture Fill-Rate Up to 248.4 GT/s Up to 304.8 GT/s  Up to 330.0 GT/s  Up to 395.8 GT/s  432.24 GT/s
 ROPs 64 64 64 64  64
 Peak Pixel Fill-Rate Up to 110.4 GP/s Up to 121.9 GP/s Up to 94.0 GP/s Up to 98.9 GP/s 115.26 GP/s
 Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 410 GB/s 483.8 GB/s  1 TB/s
Memory Interface  256-bit 256-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit  4096-bit
Board Power  185W 225W 210W 295W  300W

ASUS has also pushed the clock speed of the RX 5700 a little further, with a rated ‘game clock' of 1720MHz, which is 95MHz faster than the reference card. There is the option to download ASUS GPU Tweak II and enable an ‘OC mode', but this only adds an extra 5MHz to the game clock and is an extra step required from the end-user.

Elsewhere, core spec of the RX 5700 means we have 36 Compute Units (CUs), with each CU housing 64 Stream Processors for a total of 2304. There's also 8GB of GDDR6 memory, clocked at 14Gbps, operating across a 256-bit bus, for 448GB/s total memory bandwidth.

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