Mithun Chandrasekhar, senior product manager of the AMD Radeon Technologies Group, published an extensive and detailed report on AMD’s official blog about AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 temperatures with reference design.
As expected, this blog post comes because the thermal management of these cards scared many of the first users accustomed to seeing temperatures below 85° C on Nvidia graphics cards, while for the Radeon RX 5700 XT published GPU “Hotspot” aka “junction temperatures was above 100 ° C, regularly reaching 110 ° C, and sometimes even touching 113 ° C with a benchmark as demanding as Furmark.
To calm things down, AMD stated that the Hotspot temperatures of 110 ° C under a ” typical use in games ” are “expected“, due to an extensive network of sensors which “intelligently monitors and adjusts performance in response to the activity of the GPU in real time .”
“Paired with this array of sensors is the ability to identify the ‘hotspot’ across the GPU die. Instead of setting a conservative, ‘worst case’ throttling temperature for the entire die, the Radeon
RX 5700 series GPUs will continue to opportunistically and aggressively ramp clocks until any one of the many available sensors hits the ‘hotspot’ or ‘Junction’ temperature of 110 degrees Celsius.
Operating at up to 110C Junction Temperature during typical gaming usage is expected and within spec. This enables the Radeon
RX 5700 series GPUs to offer much higher performance and clocks out of the box, while maintaining acoustic and reliability targets.”