XFX THICC III Ultra Radeon RX 5700 XT Review


XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra Review


Let's start with the aesthetics. We have to. They are just undeniable. So often when we see triple width cooler what you end up with is a card which has been designed to be a dual width one, and then had another stack of heatpipes or fins added to it, giving you a card which doesn't look quite proportioned correctly but rather looks like exactly what it is, a dual slot design on steroids. None of those accusations can be placed at the feet of the XFX THICC III Ultra though. The card is finished in a gorgeous matte black with chrome accents around the edges. The shroud has been split down the middle to help ventilation, but the sides for both the top and bottom have been gently radiused to give a very appealing curve, a distinct difference to the sharp edges we normally see. To help the card look like a contiguous whole rather than disparate parts the inside end has an addition cage which ties the whole thing together. The combination of this and the shiny chrome really looks the business and although XFX have eschewed the common trend for heavy RGB lighting we think that the reflective surfaces will catch your case lighting beautifully and, if anything, make the card even more attractive. It's beautiful.

Looks without performance is nothing though, else Usain Bolt would wear stilettos, but thankfully the THICC III Ultra has performance in abundance. It is hardly sluggish out of the box but the powerful cooler allows you to overclock it hard, and it can keep that overclock under even the most demanding circumstances. In nearly every benchmark we have it topped our graph and the only time the result wasn't in keeping with the others that we saw - Unigine Valley 1440P @ 8xMSAA - it was clear that it was an aberration rather than the norm. If you want a Navi GPU to be the very best that it can be then you need to take a long hard look at the XFX THICC III Ultra. Its performance is nothing short of spectacular.

The million dollar question has to do with noise and temperatures though. This was the area that the XFX THICC II Ultra fell down on, to the chagrin of a lot of people. Thankfully whatever Voodoo the XFX engineers had to do to get the third iteration of their THICC card to meet expectations has been done successfully. Even under the harshest loading we can place upon it this side of Furmark we still didn't manage to get the temperature above 70°C and the hotspot, normally well into triple digits on Navi cards, was barely into the 90s. Of course you can get low temperatures just by running the fans loud and fast, but the THICC III cooler scores points here too, being quiet at all times and, with the zero percent fan when the loading is light, absolutely silent on your desktop or with undemanding titles.

If we had a small critique it has to do with the name. We know we're oldsters and our finger is only slightly on the pulse of what is going on but calling your card the THICC smacks of trend-following. It might be amusing now but in a couple of years it will be the equivalent of calling it the "XFX Doge", or if you're really old the "XFX Has Anyone Really Been Far Even as Decided to Use Even Go Want to do Look More Like?". So best pretend it's just a Rubenesque card and leave the rest with the marketing department.

With blistering performance, tremendous cooling ability and a quiet profile all wrapped up in one of the most attractive cards we can remember for a month of Sundays the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra wins both our OC3D Enthusiast and Aesthetic Awards.

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Most Recent Comments

04-11-2019, 21:13:10

I watched this review and I agree with you Tom, it's great that XFX took it on the chin and then made a better product as now more people will by their product knowing they try and do the right thing.Quote

04-11-2019, 21:24:56

If at first you don't succeed, make another card.

Oh well, at least they've sorted it out.Quote

04-11-2019, 21:45:49

It's about the only triple slot card I'd entertain buying, I love it's aesthetic - kudos to XFX for going back to the drawing board and returning with a great product.Quote

05-11-2019, 09:22:14

Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
I watched this review and I agree with you Tom, it's great that XFX took it on the chin and then made a better product as now more people will by their product knowing they try and do the right thing.

I remember Evga sending free thermal pads to everybody for screwing up with their original 10 series cards a couple years back. To compare these two, Evga used mostly regular post for things that weighed 5 grams, and occupied near zero space in shipment. XFX is shipping an entire cooling assembly that weighs over 500grams, and takes up as much space as a hard cover book.

Evga got worlds of praise, XFX is talked here in quiteness really.

Funny story, a year ago or so Evga tried to charge me - as the unhappy customer - around the globe shipping for a defective product that was under warranty (CLC280 that had the worst cold plate defect that would cause the shape of the plate to push any thermal paste out within days, which also died within a few days of the RMA request very luckily - I didn't send the cooler in as getting a new one from Corsair was about the same cost as the shipping Evga wanted). I share this experience because of how much it was that they charged me as XFX must be going through a lot of shipping costs because of this. Well done XFX.Quote

05-11-2019, 10:17:07

the nicest looking card on the market.

The ONE and ONLY thing I dislike is when looking at it from the front. The chrome plate inbetween each fan looks flimsy and cheap. The rest of it just oozes excellence.Quote

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