Neat but Unnecessary – Sapphire Releases GPro X070 – A Passively Cooled Radeon RX 5700 XT
16 January 2021
8200 navi Polaris Radeon RX Sapphire WX

Sapphire have released a new addition to their professional-esk GPRO range with the GPRO X070.

The GPro series from Sapphire pretty much offers unique distributions of AMD’s WX range and Embedded graphics solutions. Mainly Sapphire’s GPRO range has stuck closely to AMD’s embedded range of products such as the GPRO E9260 which are graphics solutions targeting specific single-case purposes offering a vast variety and abundance of display outputs all in a convent single-slot design.

However they’ve most recently produced the GPRO 8200 which is essentially a professional Polaris RX 470, not to be confused with the WX 8200 which includes a Vega 10 GPU. However the GPRO X070 comes enclosed in a single slot vapor chamber design targeting commercial sectors with its compute performance.

Finally Sapphire have added a new member to its GPRO family…. albeit nearly two years late, the GPRO X070.

The GPRO X070 offers the same RDNA 1 based Navi 10 GPU found in the Radeon RX 5700 XT, so it contains 40 CU’s equaling 2560 SP’s along with 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit memory interface.

What makes the GPRO X070 special is the cooler, it’s dual slot cooler is entirely fanless making it the first passively cooled RX 5700 XT that I’ve heard of.

However the GPRO X070 is sort of an unorthodox product as Sapphire have marketed it as a compute card for data centers.

SAPPHIRE GPRO X070 GPU Compute

SAPPHIRE GPRO X070 is an enthusiast-class graphics.
By using the industry’s first high-performance 7nm architecture and NAVI graphics processors, the GPRO X070 can massively process many vertices and /or pixels in parallel.
GPRO X070 coupled to 40CUs and 2560 Stream Processors with a 256-bit memory interface to deliver the ultimate compute performance, easier to handle the graphics-intensive workloads, such as 3D rendering, 3D visualization or virtual applications. – Source: Sapphire
Advertised to be used in server bays, it’s quite weird how the GPRO X070 comes with actual display outputs as such equipment doesn’t normally come on proper workstation hardware as it’s unnecessary.

Among that is its dual BIOS feature which in its default state is clocked at AMD’s reference specifications meaning a base frequency of 1605MHz along with Game and Boost clocks at 1755 and 1905MHz respectively. However the secondary BIOS is tailored towards efficiency which lowers the base clock down to 1500MHz and with a maximum boost of 1750MHz.

RDNA 1 itself isn’t particularly an architecture made for compute operations, that’s a job best kept to GCN based products such as the Radeon VII. However VEGA has now formed into what we otherwise know as the CDNA architecture.
The Sapphire X070 isn’t really a compute powerhouse nor is it really a data center product, the fanless design is actually quite nice but considering how RDNA 2 based products have already been released which makes me ask why exactly does this GPU even exist, and why now?
It’s just too little too late I’m afraid.
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