The RX 5700 XT is a great mid-tier GPU that considers both your budget and performance needs. With a performance level similar to Nvidias RTX 3060 GPU, the RX 5700 XT is a great choice for your average gamer.
So considering that this card is a mid-range GPU, how much power is it going to use? What is the TGP? what PSU should I use with it? And how does it compare to similar GPUs?
How Many Watts Does An RX 5700 XT Use?
The RX 5700 XT has a TGP or Total Graphics Power of 225 Watts, which is the typical wattage it produces. When gaming you should also hit around 220 Watts on average. However, when idle the GPU should only produce around 8 Watts of power.
The wattage that this card uses can change depending on how powerful your gaming setup is, as well as the types of games and applications you are using.
Another thing that can change the power consumption of your GPU is the number of monitors you are using in your setup.
With most GPUs, you would expect the idle power consumption to double or be just under double that of when you’re using your computer with a single monitor.
However, with the RX 5700 XT, it has a very drastic increase in idle power consumption. The RX 5700 XT goes from 8 watts with a single monitor to a whopping 36 watts when you add a second monitor.
The reason why? I have no idea, so you can ask AMD about that one because this shouldn’t really be happening.
When looking at the power consumption of a GPU you want to look at the TGP (Total Graphics Power) because this shows the maximum power draw you will usually get when using your GPU for intensive tasks such as gaming.
However, it is not actually the actual maximum of the graphics card. The actual maximum of the RX 5700 XT is recorded at 258 watts.
This will only happen under extreme overclocking and random power spikes.
RX 5700 XT Power Consumption Compared to Other GPUs
The GPUs power consumption is compared using TGP. It is very important to know and compare your graphics cards to other similar models because it will help you get a grasp on the amount of power your system is going to use.
Here is a comparison of a few graphics cards that are around the performance range of the RX 5700 XT
|RTX 3060||170 Watts|
|RX 5700 XT||225 Watts|
|RX 5700||180 Watts|
As you can see from this table, the RX 5700 XT consumes a lot more power than its Nvidia counterpart the RTX 3060. Not only that, but considering the idle wattage it consumes as well, the RX 5700 XT uses an unusual amount of power compared to other GPUs in its performance range.
If you want to compare more graphics cards on their power consumption and TGP I have provided a database where you can look at dozens of different GPUs and their power consumption, that way you don’t have to do the research yourself.
Check out the Database.
I have also provided the average power consumption when gaming, as well as the average power consumption when idle, that way you can get a better understanding.
What Power Supply Do I Need to Use For an RX 5700 XT?
Having a good power supply is essential when building a PC. When purchasing a power supply; the quality of the power supply isn’t the only thing that matters, but also how much wattage it has as well.
If you have a really high-quality power supply, that doesn’t produce enough power for your system, you could run into some problems.
First, either your power supply or another component in your computer could break and become damaged, or you will experience frequent shut-offs, and stuttering when playing games and running tasks.
When looking for a power supply you want to aim for around 20% extra wattage that way you have some wiggling room when your system’s power spikes while you are doing intensive tasks.
If your PC uses an RX 5700 XT with a TGP of 225, you also need to remember the other hardware in your computer.
Your motherboard will consume around 80 Watts of power, the CPU can consume anywhere from 120-200 watts of power, plus any additional hardware you are using in the rig. All these things add up so it’s good to go a little above what you think is required.
Keeping all of these factors in mind AMD recommends that you get a power supply with a minimum recommendation of 600 Watts, but in my opinion, I would purchase a power supply that has 650 Watts.
The reason for this is that you never know when you want to upgrade and if you are planning on overclocking any of your hardware your computer will need the extra wattage to do so.
It would help if you also considered the grade rating of your power supply.
You want to find something that is at least 80 Plus Bronze certified.
You should read: “How Do Power Supply Ratings Work?”
RX 5700 XT FAQ
How Much Power Does The RX 5700 XT Use?
The RX 5700 XT has a TGP of 225 Watts which is the typical wattage it will consume when you are using your computer every hour.
Is The RX 5700 XT Power Efficient?
The RX 5700 XT uses a lot of power for the amount of performance it produces, so even though there are a lot of GPUs that consume a lot more power, they also produce a lot more performance.
When you compare the RX 5700 XT with GPUs on the same performance level you can see that it uses a lot of power, and requires a lot more watts to run.
Can I Run The RX 5700 XT on a Low-Wattage Power Supply?
AMD recommends a minimum of 600 watts to run a computer with this GPU. However, it would be possible to use a 500W PSU with this card.
Please keep in mind that this is not recommended and you will be cutting it close. If your computer exceeds the wattage of the PSU it can result in damage. That’s why I would recommend using a 650-watt PSU.
How Can I Reduce The Power Consumption on The RX 5700 XT?
You can reduce an RX 5700 XTs power consumption by going into your power-saving settings and reducing the graphics in games and applications.