AMD has clarified that manufacturers will release Radeon RX 5700 video cards with custom coolers in mid-August. Scott Herkelman, chief executive of the Radeon department, also wants to ensure that reviews appear before the sales start in the future.
Herkelman says that in a post on Reddit, in which he discusses AMD’s choice to provide the RX 5700 cards with a blower cooler. He states that Radeon video cards had a bad reputation in the past because the performance figures shown by the manufacturer were not always achieved in practice. According to Herkelman, the blower cooler ensures that the claimed performance is achieved in all circumstances, even in cases with poor airflow.
Many gamers are not happy with the choice of a blower cooler, because it is noisier than an axial fan design. Herkelman says he is aware of this and takes the criticism to heart. He thinks the suggestion to release designs with two or three axial fans at the same time as blower designs is a good idea. The new Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT are currently only available with a blower cooler. Manufacturers only release variants halfway with their own design, Herkelman confirms. Details of seven modified MSI RX 5700 cards appeared on Monday.
Among other things, the review by Tweakers shows that the blower coolers of the RX 5700 and RX 5700XT are noisy as expected. The cooling performance is also not impressive. Users and reviewers have already crafted other coolers on the RX 5700 cards themselves and report that the cards are not only quieter, but also become less hot. For example, Hardware Unboxed installed a cooler from an R9 290 to an RX 5700 and with that, the temperature remained below 67 degrees Celsius. YouTuber Timmy Joe did the same with a cooler of an R9 390 and says that the temperature remained below 65 degrees.
AMD released the RX 5700 and RX 5700XT last Sunday. The embargo for publishing reviews took place simultaneously. In the future, AMD wants reviews to appear earlier online, so that potential buyers can read about them before the cards are in stores. It is common for manufacturers to do this; for example, this is also the case with Nvidia. The reviews of the RTX Super cards appeared on July 3, a week before the release.