Horizon Zero Dawn using Sapphire Radeon 5700 XT Pulse 8GB

The launch of the first custom Navi graphics card came out back in August 2020 in the form of Sapphire’s RX 5700 Pulse. Today, we have it on our table just before the release of the latest Radeon 6000 series. Priced at ₱ 20,000, is this card worth considering?

   RX 5700 RX 5700 XT   RX Vega 56 RX Vega 64   Radeon VII
 Architecture  Navi Navi Vega 10 Vega 10  Vega 20
 Manufacturing Process  7nm 7nm 14nm 14nm  7nm
 Transistor Count 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 12.5 billion 12.5 billion 13.2 billion
Die Size  251mm² 251mm² 486mm² 495mm² 331mm²
Compute Units  36 40 56 64  60
Stream Processors  2304 2560 3584 4096  3840
Base GPU Clock Up to 1465MHz Up to 1605MHz 1156 MHz 1274 MHz 1400 MHz
Game GPU Clock Up to 1625MHz Up to 1755MHz n/a n/a n/a
 Boost GPU Clock Up to 1725MHz Up to 1905MHz 1471 MHz 1546 MHz  1750 MHz
 Peak Engine Clock n/a n/a 1590 MHz  1630 MHz  1800 MHz
 Peak SP Performance Up to 7.95 TFLOPS Up to 9.75 TFLOPS Up to 10.5 TFLOPS Up to 12.7 TFLOPS Up to 14.2 TFLOPS
 Peak Half Precision Performance Up to 15.9 TFLOPS Up to 19.5 TFLOPS Up to 21.0 TFLOPS Up to 25.3 TFLOPS  Up to 28.1 TFLOPS
 Peak Texture Fill-Rate Up to 248.4 GT/s Up to 304.8 GT/s  Up to 330.0 GT/s  Up to 395.8 GT/s  432.24 GT/s
 ROPs 64 64 64 64  64
 Peak Pixel Fill-Rate Up to 110.4 GP/s Up to 121.9 GP/s Up to 94.0 GP/s Up to 98.9 GP/s 115.26 GP/s
 Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 410 GB/s 483.8 GB/s  1 TB/s
Memory Interface  256-bit 256-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit  4096-bit
Board Power  185W 225W 210W 295W  300W

Taking a glance at the card itself, we see the Pulse branding all over it and looks similar to the 5600 XT version with a few variations. It has a minimalistic gamer approach without all the RGB. The dual fans form part of the ‘Dual-X’ cooler, and measures 95mm across on each. RMAs made significantly easy by Sapphire with the Quick Connect support which means that each fan can be individually removed by just taking out one screw.


On the front, there is an LED-lit Sapphire logo on the video card. Just above that is a tiny dual-BIOS Switch. By default, the cards are on Performance BIOS and may be switched to a Silent BIOS depending on preference.


Horizon Zero Dawn PC graphics settings

Getting the best settings in Horizon Zero Dawn will depend on your graphics card. Anyone with a GTX 1060 or RX 580 would be able to run this game at 1920×1080 resolution. 

Performance Test

Horizon Zero Dawn which is optimized for AMD Radeon cards, the Sapphire RX 5700 XT Pulse 8GB shows a 12% rise of FPS versus ASUS’ RTX 2070 Mini OC Edition on the average FPS while on the minimum FPS, it was a close match.


Can I play this at 1920×1080 using the Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT?

Definitely. You will have no issues playing the game on Ultimate Quality. You will average 98fps giving you more than you need to play the game smoothly.

Can I play this at 2560×1440?

Playing the game on Ultimate quality will give you a little lower average on FPS, playing around 70-80fps which is still good enough but would be best played at Favour Quality for smoother gameplay.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The price for a Sapphire RX 5700 XT Pulse is P21,950 at PCHub. E-Sports Gaming Authority and would recommend the card to be on the list of those that want to have a great experience at 1080p gaming. Sapphire could improve a bit more on the design of the graphics card but if the basis is not at all the aesthetics, then Sapphire RX 5700 XT Pulse might be the right card for you.