This Tool Makes the AMD Radeon RX 5700 Perform on Par with the RX 5700 XT

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Here’s some great news for Navi owners: the Radeon RX 5700 (non XT) is low-key the new Vega 56. And we don’t just mean that it offers decent bang-for-buck. If you recall, when the Vega 56 launched, it was more or less competitive with the GeForce GTX 1070, but a far cry from both the Vega 64 and the GTX 1080. However, power users quickly found out that this had more to do with AMD limiting the card’s power draw and clocks. An overclocked Radeon Vega 56 demolished the GTX 1070 and even gave the GTX 1080 a run for its money. This, and the subsequent fall of Vega prices after the crypto-bust, led to the card becoming something of a cult classic (if you can even describe a graphics card as such).

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The Navi based Radeon RX 5700 looks set to continue this trend. At launch, I gave this card a pass. It just seemed superfluous. What’s the point of stock performance that’s only slightly better than an RTX 2060, without ray-tracing? And, more importantly, when you could get the RX 5700 XT for $50 more. (Granted, some Indian outlets have been grossly inflating the value of the 5700 XT).

But apparently, the performance deficit wasn’t on account of cutbacks to the card itself. They were due to artificial power and thermal limits AMD introduced to allow for some semblance of segmentation. The community-built MorePowerTool allows you to bypass AMD’s power limits and set clocks speeds and power much higher. With the tweaked settings, the vanilla 5700 actually outperforms its elder sibling, the RX 5700 XT. And, keeping in mind the limited returns that overclocking yields the 5700 XT, this puts the 5700 in exactly the same position the Vega 56 was in.

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