AMD’s GPU temperatures have always skewed a little higher. In the past, there were perpetual jokes about the company’s GPUs being used as room heaters in colder climes and chilly months. Those who’ve bought the company’s newest cards though, are a little concerned over what they deem to be unnecessarily high temperatures. It’s apparently enough of an issue that AMD’s deemed it necessary to write a blog post about the high temperatures seen in the Radeon RX 5700 cards. In the post, they say that the 110 °C users have experienced when gaming is normal, with those high temps “expected and within spec.”
According to AMD, while these temperatures are higher than you’re probably used to seeing, it’s not necessarily because the cards are running hotter than predecessors, but rather that they now have an array of sensors spread across the cards, and the registered temp is likely the very hottest point on the GPU
“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,” AMD says.
According to AMD, using sensors in this way allows drivers to work with more data, allowing the cards to exhibit “much higher performance and clocks out of the box,” at a lower noise level. It’s got more to do with better measurement than it has to do with higher temperatures, and isn’t anything to worry about, AMD affirms.
Last Updated: August 15, 2019