I was surprised to find there isn’t a Radeon VII owners thread here on the Level 1 Techs forum, so I felt duty bound to create one. This is an awesome GPU particularly for content creators like myself. It had plenty of quirks earlier this year at launch (drivers and mounting issues with the stock air cooler), but I think that’s all sorted out now.
I was concerned about the cooler mount issues highlighted by Gamers Nexus, but I decided to tough it out. I ordered one of the last new Asrock Radeon VII’s from newegg last week, and I was happy to see it works great right out of the box.
Forums and reviews gave me the impression these cards are always thermal throttling because the stock voltage and frequency are set too high… My first impressions with this card are totally different.
Before installing the graphics card I hand tightened the four heatsink mounting screws on the back… then I set a manual fan curve for 100% on load… and magically my radeon vii is staying reasonably cool at stock speeds. In a Time Spy benchmark my Junction Temp didn’t go over 86C.
Anyway, I expect used Radeon VII’s to be a hot item with content creators, and the undervolting/overlocking options are endless, so I’ll share my tips and tricks here as I come across them.
Lastly, my first Time Spy Score is attached.