Today we are back with a look at not one, but two RX 5700 XT graphics cards. In this review, we are directly comparing the Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC to the Aorus RX 5700 XT. For those that don’t know, Aorus is Gigabyte’s premium sub-brand, and today we see what differences there are between the two cards, and whether or not it is worth paying the extra money for an Aorus model.
The prices of these two graphics cards immediately reflects the different product positioning for each model. The Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC is currently £374.99 while the flagship Aorus RX 5700 XT retails for £409.99. That £35 increase over the Gaming OC is almost a 10% price jump for the Aorus model.
So what do you get for that extra money? Well, we won’t spoil everything for you here, but the Aorus comes with a higher boost clock, larger cooler and dual-BIOS support. Over the next two pages we take a close look at the difference in design between these two models, before extensively testing the two GPUs in over 10 games to see if there’s any meaningful difference in performance.
|RX 5600 XT||RX 5700||RX 5700 XT||RX Vega 56||RX Vega 64|
|Architecture||Navi||Navi||Navi||Vega 10||Vega 10|
|Transistor Count||10.3 billion||10.3 billion||10.3 billion||12.5 billion||12.5 billion|
|Base GPU Clock||n/a||Up to 1465MHz||Up to 1605MHz||1156 MHz||1274 MHz|
|Game GPU Clock||1375MHz||Up to 1625MHz||Up to 1755MHz||n/a||n/a|
|Boost GPU Clock||Up to 1560MHz||Up to 1725MHz||Up to 1905MHz||1471 MHz||1546 MHz|
|Peak Engine Clock||n/a||n/a||n/a||1590 MHz||1630 MHz|
|Peak SP Performance||Up to 7.19 TFLOPS||Up to 7.95 TFLOPS||Up to 9.75 TFLOPS||Up to 10.5 TFLOPS||Up to 12.7 TFLOPS|
|Peak Half Precision Performance||Up to 14.4 TFLOPS||Up to 15.9 TFLOPS||Up to 19.5 TFLOPS||Up to 21.0 TFLOPS||Up to 25.3 TFLOPS|
|Peak Texture Fill-Rate||Up to 224.6 GT/s||Up to 248.4 GT/s||Up to 304.8 GT/s||Up to 330.0 GT/s||Up to 395.8 GT/s|
|Peak Pixel Fill-Rate||Up to 99.8 GP/s||Up to 110.4 GP/s||Up to 121.9 GP/s||Up to 94.0 GP/s||Up to 98.9 GP/s|
|Memory||6GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB HBM||8GB HBM|
|Memory Bandwidth||288 GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||410 GB/s||483.8 GB/s|
Gaming OC (left) compared with Aorus (right
For just a quick recap over the core spec of the RX 5700 XT GPU, this Navi chip is built on TSMC’s 7nm process and has a total of 40 Compute Units (CU). Each CU houses 64 stream processors, giving the GPU a total of 2560. 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory is also supplied, using a 256-bit bus for total memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s.
Reference RX 5700 XT has a rated game clock of 1755MHz, meaning both the Gigabyte and Aorus cards are factory overclocked. The Gaming OC has a 1795MHz game clock, while the Aorus is clocked even higher with a 1905MHz game clock.
Earlier today KitGuru was invited to have a look at AOC’s newest monitors at an event in London. We weren’t expecting, however, to also get a look at the first peripherals from the company, as AOC is now making keyboards, mice and mouse mats.
Diving right into it, you did read that correctly: AOC – the monitor manufacturer – is now making keyboards and mice. We saw two keyboards and two mice from the company at this event, and here’s what we know so far.
Starting with the keyboards, up first we have the GK500. This is set to retail for 69.90 Euros (we’ve not yet heard about UK pricing) and it is a full-size board. Offering a detachable plastic wrist rest alongside RGB illuminated keys, what helps set this board apart from the competition is its use of Outemu switches. Keyboard enthusiasts may have heard of Outemu but many people won’t have – in a nutshell, they offer Cherry MX clones at a lower price, which is likely part of the reason AOC can offer this board for 70 Euros. It also sports an aluminium top plate and will support AOC’s new G-Tools software.
The AGON AGK700 is a definite step up from the GK500. This is a more expensive board, expected to retail at 149.90 Euros, and it offers a few extra features to justify the higher price. These include Cherry MX switches – currently just the Blue variety, but we’re told Red switches are coming soon – as well as dedicated macro buttons down the left-hand side. Additionally, while I’m not sure if the AGK700 is entirely made of metal (that would be very impressive), it definitely has a bit more heft to it than the GK500.
The AGK700 also sports a plush leatherette wrist rest and a fancy red dial at the top of the board. This is designed to be a multi-function dial in that it can control things like system volume or LED brightness. This model also uses a braided black and red cable, with support for G-Tools software as well.
Onto the mice, we will start with the GM500. This is a relatively simple-looking mouse which uses PixArt’s PMW 3325 sensor, so it’s certainly not a high-end model. That, however, is reflected in the price tag as the GM500 is set to cost just 27.90 Euros, so it’s certainly a budget offering. It also features Omron switches, a 1.8m braided cable and a single on-the-fly DPI button. AOC didn’t tell me the exact weight of this mouse, but it is relatively heavy – I’d guess around the 120-130g mark.
Next we come to the AGON AGM700. This is a higher-end mouse than the GM500 but it’s still less than 50 Euros according to AOC. This features the top-end PMW 3389 sensor which is great to see, and it also sports a weight-adjustment system where you can tinker with 5x 5g weights to increase the overall weight depending on your preference. The AGM700 uses Omron switches and has one DPI and one Sniper button. The primary buttons also sport a brushed metal look which certainly adds a unique design aesthetic, while the mouse features on-board memory for up to three profiles.
Rounding everything off is the AMM700 RGB mouse mat. Set to cost 32.90 Euros, this is a relatively simple mouse mat, with a ‘micro textured cloth surface’ and a rubber anti-slip base. Users can tinker with the RGB lighting using the new AOC G-Tools software.
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KitGuru says: It’s not every day a monitor manufacturer starts making peripherals, so we look forward to seeing what AOC can do in this market segment.
Ahead of a busy year for AOC, with numerous new monitors on the way, KitGuru was invited to an event in Central London to check out the latest screens from the manufacturer. We saw a range of new models, but one in particular caught our eye – a 35in monitor boasting a 1440p resolution, 200Hz refresh rate and DisplayHDR 1000 certification.
Starting with that 35 beast of a monitor – dubbed the AG353UCG – this really does tick a lot of boxes if you are an ultrawide monitor gamer. Obviously there is the huge 35in size, but I was impressed with how slim and sleek this screen looks, despite the rather large dimensions – it uses AOC’s ‘frameless’ design, with only one ‘proper’ bezel on the bottom edge.
Using the now familiar 21:9 WQHD resolution – 3440x1440p – the panel also boasts an impressive 200Hz refresh rate, alongside G-Sync anti-tear technology. On top of this, AOC claims the panel has just a ‘2 ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time)’ to significantly reduce any motion blur. On the topic of the panel, it uses VA technology – increasingly common these days – and AOC claims an impressive 100% DCI-P3 gamut coverage. Add in the DisplayHDR 1000 certification for a peak 1000 nit brightness and this is a serious bit of kit.
Additionally, the model I saw also came with an external controller, loosely reminiscent of a basic gamepad. I’m not 100% sure if this is included with the AG353UCG but the idea is, connect this small control pad to the monitor and you have an easy way to navigate through the OSD if you don’t want to fiddle with the integrated joystick.
I was seriously impressed with the overall clarity and ‘contrasty’ look of the screen, and it has some serious specs to back that up. Unfortunately that does mean the AG353UCG doesn’t come cheap, as we are told the MSRP is £2159 with availability expected this month – though this may be affected by the current situation in China.
We also got to look at a pair of new panels – the Q27G2U and the CQ27G2U. These are essentially the same model, only the Q27G2U is a flat screen and the CQ27G2U is curved (hence the ‘C’ at the beginning of the model name.)
Q27G2U (left) and CQ27G2U (right)
To me, these didn’t really present anything new or ground-breaking – however, it seems you get a heck of a lot of screen for the money, as these screens are set to retail for just £279 or £289 depending on whether you opt for the flat or curved option.
For that price, both screens offer a 27in 1440p experience, which is my personal size-to-resolution sweet spot for gaming. On top of that, both panels offer 144Hz refresh rates and VA panels which AOC claim to have significantly improved over previous VA models – these screens offer a rated 90% Adobe RGB/120% sRGB coverage, alongside 3000:1 contrast which is certainly impressive on paper.
Additionally, AOC is also claiming just 1m MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) and the screens also support AMD Freesync – currently they’re not listed on Nvidia’s official ‘G-Sync Compatible’ list, but Nvidia GPU owners should be able to use adaptive sync with this monitor.
We will of course have to validate AOC’s claims and test both models ourselves, but these new 27G2U panels – whether you get the curved one or not – look like great offerings in the sub-£300 market.
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KitGuru says: It was great to check out these new monitors from AOC – stay tuned for future reviews of these models.
Following on from Cooler Master’s MM710, which we first saw at Computex 2019, today we are reviewing the MM711. This is an ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, weighing just 60g, and its main point of difference when compared to the MM710 is the addition of RGB lighting. Also boasting Cooler Master’s ‘ultraweave’ cable and the PMW 3389 sensor, priced at under £60, could this be your next gaming mouse?
We’ve reviewed a number of ultra-lightweight gaming mice over the last few months, including the Glorious Model O- , Endgame Gear XM1 and Sharkoon Light2 200. The Cooler Master MM711 is right up there with the lightest I’ve tested, weighing in at just 60g. This does make it 7g heavier than the MM710, with the extra weight due to the plastic diffusers needed for the RGB lighting.
Additionally, I am reviewing the matte black sample, but there are also glossy black, matte white and glossy white models available. Just how good is this mouse?