XFX RX 7700 XT Qick 319 Review
Whether this is the card for you is very complicated. For the moment then, let’s focus upon the XFX RX 7700 XT Qick 319 in a vacuum.
Certainly as a sub Â£500 card it ticks an awful lot of boxes. Designed squarely for 1080 and 1440 gamers, it is capable of pushing well past the 60 FPS mark in all of our titles, and quite often far beyond that number too. Where we think it really shines is in the same place that other AMD Radeon cards do, and is the same benefit DLSS provides to the more affordable Nvidia cards, namely FidelityFX Super Resolution, or FSR to its friends. Just go back and have a look at the effect it has in a title such as Call of Duty, where framerate can be the difference between victory and ignominious defeat, and you’ll see that AMD have really nailed the latest iteration of their FSR technology. The RX 7700 XT might have a little less hardware than the RX 7800 XT, but it still has plenty to do all the things this card is targeted towards.
The XFX accoutrements are also worthy of their place too. The cooler on the Qick 319 – yes we’ve typed Quick about a thousand times – is very similar to their Merc cooler, with three fans, a carefully designed heatsink and plenty of thermal pads to keep everything nice and cool under even the harshest of loadings. Whilst the Qick 319 might not have all the flashy RGB lighting of other models, there is a lot to be said for its simple all-black looks, particularly if you want an understated system. Lastly the 14 phase, 70A power design guarantees that there is a lot of headroom beyond mere thermals for those of you who want to try and push the boat out and get that already high clock speed even more towards the stratosphere.
Where it gets complicated is purely in the nature of the AMD pricing for this particular pair of releases. The RX 7700 XT is only slightly cut down from the RX 7800 XT, and thus the price gap between the two cards is a mere Â£50. By adding the XFX extras you push the price up, and now you’ve got this all-singing and dancing card for Â£460, with the basest, vanilla RX 7800 XT card just twenty quid more. Only you can decide if you’re willing to put up with a card that’s significantly hotter, a little more demanding on your electricity meter, and better in raw frames per second, or if you prefer to have a card that’s a tiny bit cheaper, a bit slower, but much easier to live with. We think the performance of the RX 7700 XT is already plenty good enough that another 20 frames on top of a 100FPS frame rate isn’t quite a deal maker in favour of the 7800 XT. Most of us run frame limited anyway for noise and power reasons. But, again, this is purely a decision you have to make dependant upon your own requirements.
The XFX RX 7700 XT Qick 319 might be slightly more expensive than the base MSRP options, but it’s bringing a lot of sizzle to the show, with fantastic build quality, power design and low temperatures wrapped around a very capable card. It’s certainly the best a RX 7700 XT could be, and that is enough to win it our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.