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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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Hello everyone.

This is my first post in (any) AMD related Forums (ever).  ^^

 

Is it currently safe to buy the Radeon RX 5700 XT? Are the driver issues fixed?

- I want to continue gaming @1080p/60FPS/Ultra (for the next ~3 years)

- games: GTA V, Sea of Thieves, No Mans Sky

- plan is to combine it with Ryzen 7 3800XT

 

Is there anything to keep in mind in regards to the driver issues?

 

Thank you.

-RPX100

 

p.s.: yes, I know Ryzen 5000 and Radeon 6000 series are out.

But it is impossible to get them at the MSRP here in Germany.

(out of stock all the time or at least 100 EUR more)

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CPU: (trying to buy) | GPU: (trying to buy) | MB: B550 | RAM: 3600-CL16
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Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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Hi,

This thread has summary of pretty much every RX5700XT available:

https://community.amd.com/t5/general-discussions/amd-fires-back-at-super-nvidia-with-radeon-rx-5700-...

Sapphire, PowerColor and Gigabyte RX5700XT reviews, teardowns, PCB analysis  from Gamers Nexus were all positve.

From memory:

The rest had various problems. Some serious build /heatsink/thermal pad/Cooler design  issues on Asus and MSI and XFX models.

XFX fixed issues in later "THICC" models.

ASUS sent out replacement screws for the GPU heatsink which was falling off for the GPU owner to fit themselves...

They did not do a product recall.
They then replaced the early models with new ones but the old ones are still available in retail chain.
MSI had tiny thermal pads on some models. They should have done a product recall but I have no evidence they did.

Apart from that, many users reported problems with blackscreening and instability on this forum on all of the RX5700XT versions including Sapphire and PowerColor and Gigabyte. Some returned their GPUs.
I found that the GPUs had higher than specification game and boost clocks set versus manufacturer specification for the cards depending on driver versions.

I think the RX5700XT was run right on the edge of stability to get as much performance out of them as possible.

That is as much information I have.

Hopefully AIB manufacturers learned from RX5700XT experience and will do a better job this time around.

Good luck.

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Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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You might want to wait to see if existing RX5700XT will get refreshed or replaced by newer model.

I have run & tested  RX5700XT GPU for PC builds and they have been mostly stable w/o bluescreening / blackscreen on drivers since ~ Adrenalin 20.8.2.  
 
But. I did get a blackscreen freeze on Fortnite after upgrading to Adrenalin 20.11.2 drver from  20.9.2 today. 
PC not overclocked at all. Running at stock. 
Not sure what the cause was. 

Not been able to repeat yet. 

If you are going to purchase an RX5700XT then PowerColor or Sapphire seem to be the best bet. 



 

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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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Thank you for your feedback.

 

I got tired of waiting for cards (and CPUs) to be in stock, here in Germany.

I prefer to end the wait and just get older hardware now, that can do the job just fine. (1080p)

 

I have not read much about the exact cause of the crashes... but I have seen people talk

about the issue on several different cards, including Sapphire and Powercolor.

So I am quite unsure if I should buy this card at all. ^^

It would be a good fit for my needs, if it does it job without crashing.

Not planning on any overclocking. Just "out of the box" casual gaming.

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CPU: (trying to buy) | GPU: (trying to buy) | MB: B550 | RAM: 3600-CL16
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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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issues that you can expect with 5700xt are:

 

- like me, relive refuses to record anything. (asrock challenger)
- my causin got blue screens and system reboots (red devil) bough a new one (gigabyte) and works like a charm (rma fixed the red devil, so it's not a driver issue)

- loud, do not buy asrock challenger! it's loud as f.... fan mounts are not designed for the card so you need to tyrip between the fans to stop the shroud from rattling harder then you can imagine, if that does not botter you then the challeger is a perfect buy price/performance. (fans are loud tho so if you got your pc next to you then skip it)

So far red devil and gigabyte works fine as well and are not as loud as the challenger, those two are perfectly fine if your pc is standing next to you.

 

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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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Thank you for the insights.

Noise is indeed quite important for me to consider.

I have owned loud cards in the past and don't want that again. ^^

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CPU: (trying to buy) | GPU: (trying to buy) | MB: B550 | RAM: 3600-CL16
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Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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Do you use headphones when you play a game? then the noise is ok-ish, but if you like me use a surround set then the fans are defently loud. Not in all game tho, like ark, satisfactory, battlefield, poe, fans go loud, but like oni, rl the fans wont even spin up.

but be safe, and just skip the asrock, at the time i bought it it was 100 bucks cheaper in a sale so i bought it, well i know why it was on sale haha, but if you can live with it, it's a great card, had not a single issue since i bought it like 5/6 months ago.

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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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I do use headphones, while gaming. I prefer to watch movies (on netflix, etc) via surround.

 

Are you talking about the 2-fan-design AsRock card?

There is a new triple fan design (launched 2020) "AsRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Challenger Pro 8G OC"

Does this have the same noise issues when the fans are spinning?

 

Thank you.

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CPU: (trying to buy) | GPU: (trying to buy) | MB: B550 | RAM: 3600-CL16
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Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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i checked my invoice, apearently i got an 'd 8gb oc' as well with 2 fans.

1 more fan and another shroud attachment to the board in the back and all problems would be gone.

So i personally think that the 3 fan is just their response to the bad shroud(rattling and only 2 screws to keep it attached to the board, that's why i used a tyrip between the fans to stop the rattling without messing with the warranty) and noise from the 2 fan setup. and that those issues would be gone.

1 more fan would defently reduce the noise by 50% that makes it even with other cards.

For movies or series Smiley Tongue you will not hear the card and fans won't spin up, so it's noise free

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Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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Hi,

This thread has summary of pretty much every RX5700XT available:

https://community.amd.com/t5/general-discussions/amd-fires-back-at-super-nvidia-with-radeon-rx-5700-...

Sapphire, PowerColor and Gigabyte RX5700XT reviews, teardowns, PCB analysis  from Gamers Nexus were all positve.

From memory:

The rest had various problems. Some serious build /heatsink/thermal pad/Cooler design  issues on Asus and MSI and XFX models.

XFX fixed issues in later "THICC" models.

ASUS sent out replacement screws for the GPU heatsink which was falling off for the GPU owner to fit themselves...

They did not do a product recall.
They then replaced the early models with new ones but the old ones are still available in retail chain.
MSI had tiny thermal pads on some models. They should have done a product recall but I have no evidence they did.

Apart from that, many users reported problems with blackscreening and instability on this forum on all of the RX5700XT versions including Sapphire and PowerColor and Gigabyte. Some returned their GPUs.
I found that the GPUs had higher than specification game and boost clocks set versus manufacturer specification for the cards depending on driver versions.

I think the RX5700XT was run right on the edge of stability to get as much performance out of them as possible.

That is as much information I have.

Hopefully AIB manufacturers learned from RX5700XT experience and will do a better job this time around.

Good luck.

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Journeyman III
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Re: Is the 5700XT stable now? (Nov 2020)

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Drivers are stable, but I'd hold out on your card rn, it's just buyers remorse for not getting a better card for the money