Radeon RX 5700 XT pushed past 2.2GHz through soft-modding
Navi has a lot of untapped potential
Published: 17th July 2019 | Source: Tom's Hardware (German) |
AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT has been pushed past 2.2GHz through soft-modding
Tom's Hardware Germany has been hard at work to get the most out of their AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT. The site's overclocking expert, Igor Wallossek, has placed their RX 5700 XT under an early EK water block sample and has bypassed AMD's stock power limits using SoftPowerPlay Tables (SPPTs). The latter change requires edits to the Windows Registry, making it an advanced technique for newcomers to overclocking.
Using his soft modding skills, Igor Wallossek managed to stretch AMD's RX 5700 XT to a +90% power limit, moving AMD's Navi flagship to peak power loads of 320W under high loads while delivering clock speeds that exceed 2.2GHz. This mod delivers a considerable gain in performance, given Navi's reference boost clock of 1905MHz.
When it comes to raw performance, AMD's 2.2GHz Navi RX 5700 XT can start trading blows with an overclocked RTX 2070 Super in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is an incredible result given Navi's pricing. That said, this mod required the use of water cooling components, which is an expensive add-on. Even so, this paints a bright future for Navi once custom models release, as they typically utilise capable aftermarket cooling solutions.
When using power mods, it's unsurprising that the power consumption of AMD's RX 5700XT increases. The extra power draw in converted into higher clock speeds and increased GPU performance, and all things considered, 250W of power isn't that high.
Navi represents a major step forward for Radeon, both in terms of raw performance and in terms of power efficiency. It will be interesting to see how well custom Radeon Navi graphics cards from the likes of MSI, ASUS, Sapphire and Gigabyte perform, as Navi seems to benefit from strong coolers and increased power limits.
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