As of 2020-02-21 you Can now try AMD’s Enterprise driver : https://urbandork.ca/2020/02/24/black-screen-issues-try-radeon-pro-software-for-enterprise-20-q1-1/
With the release of AMD’s Adrenalin 2020 20.1.2 as well as trial and error to resolve the black screen/signal loss issues. I finally got the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC 8G in a place where it made sense to benchmark it.
If you are having issues with black screen/signal loss, check out my initial review of this card, where I go through some steps to resolve the problem.
First up, I ran a few passes of the Unigine Superposition that provided some interesting results. On average the Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC scored 145-ish higher while using the latest driver (20.1.2) than back when I initially tested the card (19.12.3 driver). That brings the score up to a very respectable 5168 using the 1080p extreme settings.
Next up for synthetic benchmarks was Passmark. The Passmark scores were on average about the same as with the previous Driver, not much change there. My sample scored a respectable 15408 in the Passmark 3D graphics test.
3DMark Time Spy & Fire Strike
Rounding out the Synthetic benchmarks is 3DMark Time Spy and 3DMark Fire Strike. The Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC performed very admirably in the Time Spy test scoring 9392. It performed equally as well in Fire Strike, as you can see in the images below. The Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC 8G seems to perform at the higher end of 5700 XT’s.
Note: All tests were performed at 1080p ultra settings with Radeon Chill, Radeon Boost and Radeon Enhanced Sync turned off for stability.
First up for the gaming benchmarks is Borderlands 3, where I ran several passes of the built-in benchmark.
Borderlands 3 runs flawlessly on my setup at ultra settings. My monitor is a 1080p monitor with a refresh rate of 144 fps, and it has AMD Freesync Premium. The game looks and feels buttery smooth with no stuttering or hitching.
Next, I performed some tests on a few of the games I have been playing as of late that should give you some insight on how the Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC 8G will perform while playing your favorite games.
With a 3 run-pass average of 90 fps and a 1% low average of 76 fps, Borderlands 3 is very playable at 1080p ultra settings.
Battlefield 5 saw an average frame rate of 130 fps and a 1% low average of 104 fps across the 3 runs performed during testing. Battlefield 5 is very smooth and very enjoyable at 1080p with a high refresh rate monitor.
Apex Legends was next up, and it saw an average frame rate of 135 fps and a 1% low average of 109 fps across the 3 runs performed during testing. Apex legends were very smooth at ultra settings at 1080p.
OK, so full disclosure, I don’t play Fortnite, but I know it’s popular, and I enjoy the testing process, so I added it to my testing.
Fortnite saw an average of 155 fps during my 3-run pass and a 1% low average of 85 fps, making Fortnite very smooth and playable at 1080p ultra settings.
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider again was very smooth during testing and my playthrough. During the 3-run pass, it saw an average frame rate of 148 fps and a 1% low average of 113 fps.
Temperatures were within acceptable tolerances during game-play and testing. It’s worth noting that I updated the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC’s bios during my initial testing. If that is something you want to look into, Gigabyte has the updated bios on their product page for the card https://www.gigabyte.com/ca/Graphics-Card/GV-R57XTGAMING-OC-8GD/support#support-dl-driver.
This new bios raises the default fan curve a bit higher to help keep the temperatures of the card in check. The trade-off is it also makes the card a bit louder, so keep that in mind. Also, updating the bios is a bit risky, so be sure you know the risks before doing so. If you do download the bios, it comes with a tool to help you install it with just a few clicks.
With the latest bios and the latest driver from AMD, this card performs very well in synthetic benchmarks as well as in gaming scenarios. The cooler Gigabyte used on this card is sufficient enough to keep temperatures in check. I couldn’t find much to complain about this card while going through all my testing. The issues I did face were all due to driver issues that are resolved by turning off some settings in the Radeon software. Again if you are having issues, you can check out my initial review, where I go over some steps to resolve some of the common problems.
Thankfully the settings you would want to use still work without causing black screen/signal loss. Settings such as Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag don’t cause problems, at least in my testing and hopefully for you as well.
This is a great performing card at a competitive price, and now that AMD defaults the drivers to standard again, meaning you won’t automatically be potentially facing black screen/signal loss due to some issue causing settings turned on by default.
I initially said I would not recommend this card to a friend and at the time that was my opinion. Not because the card was bad but AMD’s drivers would not allow for a smooth pain-free upgrade. I think now I would recommend this card to a friend now but with some warnings and disclaimers.
The drivers are still not fixed. Although less frequent, black screen/signal loss is still a constant looming threat. I can’t remember a piece of hardware in my over 20 years of building and repairing PCs that has caused more headache and more frustration than this 5700 XT. I would not wish this nightmare on anyone.