Intro

As a gamer, I want the latest and the greatest components for my PC to outpace the other guy/gal.  For that competitive edge, the latest and the greatest is needed.  The next gen video card comes out, and we all want it, but it’s always best to know what you are getting.  Today I am reviewing the Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 5700 8GB OC with Backplate Video card.

Before we get into the review itself, let’s get into the features and specifications.

Specifications and Features

  • Based off of AMD’s 2nd Gen 7nm RDNA architecture
  • 1540Mhz Base clock
    • Boost Clock of Up to 1750Mhz
    • 1700Mhz Game Clock
    • Robust VRM Cooling
  • 8Gigs of 256Bit GDDR6 RAM
    • 14 Gbps Effective
  • 2,304 Stream processors
  • 7+1+2 Phase Digital Power Design
  • Dual BIOS Support
  • 12 Layer PCB
    • Backplate
    • Dual-X cooling Technology
    • Fuse Protection External Fuse built into the circuit of the external PCI-e connectors
    • Quick Connect Fans
    • Two Ball Bearings 85% longer lifespan than sleeve bearings
    • Improvements to the fan blades for 10% quieter cards
  • 1 x HDMI
    • HDMI @ 4096×2160@60Hz
  • 3 x Display Port 1.4 w/DSC (lossless encoding)
    • Max of 4 concurrent displays
      • DisplayPort 1.4 5120×2880@60Hz
    • Supported Features
      • PCI Express 4.0
      • Streaming up to 8K
      • Asynchronous Compute
      • Radeon Rays Audio and True Audio Next
      • Radeon Image Sharpening
      • Fidelity FX
      • Radeon Freesync 2 HDR
      • Radeon VR Ready Premium
      • Radeon boost
      • Updated TriXX Boost feature to get maximum performance
      • Dual BIOS’
      • Fuse Protection
      • DirectX 12 Optimized
      • HDR Ready
      • Radeon Relive
    • Requires a minimum of 600Watts

Hopefully I didn’t bore you with all those species, but let’s check out an unboxing.

Leaving the best for last, I will start with the other pieces in the box.

First off, we find the Quick Installation Guide.  This might be good for some, but in this review I will show you exactly how to install it.

This document states where the card was made and their representative in Germany.

Surprisingly, nothing else came in the box, but that’s OK, the card is the important part.   Let’s take a close look at this card on the next page.

Continue on toA Close look at the card

Iggy Castillo

Iggy Castillo

Senior Editor an Reviewer at Dragonblogger.com
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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