What does AMD's Radeon RX 5700 series Base, Boost and Gaming clocks mean?
What is AMD's 'Game clock'
Published: 15th June 2019 | Source: AMD |
What does AMD's Navi Radeon RX 5700 series Base, Boost and Gaming clocks mean?
AMD's base clock is what could be considered as their minimum GPU clock speeds, what each graphics card will aim for when under extreme "power virus" loads such as FurMark. Navi's clock speeds shouldn't ever get lower than this under load, assuming that your PC is well enough ventilated to prevent thermal buildup and throttling.
Navi's Boost clock is what the Radeon RX 5700 series targets opportunistically. In ideal scenarios, the Radeon RX 5700 will target this clock speed, but it won't be achievable under many workloads. With base and boost, Radeon has provided gamers with what could also be described as maximum and minimum clock speeds, which begs the question; what about an average?
This is where AMD's new "Gaming" clock speeds come into play. AMD has tested 25 games, which are a mix of unknown AAA and esports titles, and has used their performance data to calculate a clock speed which acts as a ballpark figure for what gamers should expect across most gaming titles. AMD has been a little conservative with their Gaming clock to ensure that most games will sit between their Gaming clock and boost clock speeds.
|RX 5700 XT 50th Edition||RX 5700XT||RX 5700|
|Process Tech and Architecture||7nm Navi||7nm Navi||7nm Navi|
|Max FP32 Compute||10.14 TFLOPS||9.75 TFLOPS||7.95 TFLOPS|
|Memory||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6|
So that's the basics of AMD's new clock speed naming scheme for their upcoming Navi series of graphics cards. The base clock acts as an effective minimum clock speed for extreme (power virus) loading conditions while the boost acts as a maximum. Gamers can expect the vast majority of titles run somewhere between Navi's gaming and boost clocks, assuming their system is adequately cooled and powered.
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