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MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke OC Review

Rating: 7.5.

Last updated on August 28th, 2019 at 03:02 pm

We got our first look at a custom Navi graphics card last week, courtesy of Sapphire’s RX 5700 Pulse, and today we are following that up with a review of MSI’s RX 5700 XT Evoke OC. The first thing you will notice about the card is its eye-catching ‘champagne gold’ shroud, but the Evoke OC also ships factory overclocked with a dual axial fan cooler. Priced at £439.99, is this the Navi card to get?

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We’ve seen some gold-themed graphics cards before – MSI’s own RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z comes to mind – but I have never seen a card that is entirely gold. MSI says the RX 5700 XT Evoke OC is ‘champagne’ coloured, and it’s certainly a unique colour scheme for a graphics card.

The dual fan cooler and four heatpipes should keep the core cool, though, so temperatures and acoustics will hopefully be much improved over the reference card. Clock speeds have also been given a slight boost over reference, with the Evoke’s game clock rated at 1835MHz, 80MHz higher than the reference design.

 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 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB HBM 8GB HBM 16GB HBM2
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

Other than that tweak to clock speed, the core spec of the MSI Evoke OC is unchanged from stock. We have 40 Compute Units (CUs) and 2560 stream processors, while the 8GB GDDR5 VRAM runs at its stock speed of 14Gbps. Despite the increase in core frequency, total board power is still rated at 225W, as per the reference design.

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