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Sapphire Trims Down Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT Graphics Card for Budget Seekers

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE (Image credit: Sapphire)

Sapphire has released the Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE, a cut-down variant of the brand's Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card to appease buyers with tight budgets.

As spotted by reported by TechPowerUp, the new BE version features a slightly modified shroud compared to the original. The exterior conforms to an all-black theme without the eye-catching red and silver accents. 

However, both graphics cards share identical dimensions. They adhere to a 2.3-slot design and measure 254 x 135 x 46.5mm. The BE version loses the red LED Sapphire logo but retains the all-aluminum backplate.

Judging by the photographs, the Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE has a different heatsink and heatpipe design than the standard version. It would appear that the BE version has one less heat pipe, but we can't say for certain.

The Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE lacks two main features: Quick Connect Fan and Dual BIOS. The first is a proprietary design that secures the cooling fan to the shroud with a single screw, allowing users to quickly remove, clean or replace it. The latter consists of having two different vBIOS performance profiles.

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Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE (Image credit: Sapphire)
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Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE

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Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE (Image credit: Sapphire)

The Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE sports AMD's Navi 10 silicon, meaning you'll receive 2,560 stream processors (SPs) along with 8GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit memory interface. Despite being a budget-oriented version of the original, the Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE enjoys the same clock speeds. The base, game and boost clocks for the graphics card are 1,670 MHz, 1,815 MHz and 1,925 MHz, respectively.

The graphics card's power consumption is rated for 241W, so a 650W power supply is recommended. In terms of external power, the Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT BE feeds itself with one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe power connectors. It can support up to a maximum of four monitors thanks to the three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs and a single HDMI port.

The Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT retails for $399.99 on Amazon. The BE version, on the other hand, is selling for $389.99, so we're looking at a $10 saving.

  • bgunner
    What are the chances of you contacting Sapphire and getting details on the cooler? This is a big deal if they change them as it can have an effect on performance.
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  • dan_L
    A $10 price difference. Seriously, why even bother?
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  • gg83
    Seriously. $10 difference is lame. Hopefully it goes on sale. Could this be a good option for a sff build? It looks a bit shorter to me.
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  • King_V
    I could see myself going for it if the $10 savings meant it was just the same card in every way, except with a plain black shroud. I could even go without the dual vBIOS.

    But if the heatsink/cooler itself is different? I don't know. Also, why bother dropping the Quick Connect fans? Do they really add much more to the price? I actually wonder if it's more economical to use the Quick Connect fans on ALL of their products, rather than having some with them, and some with the traditional fan design.
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  • Co BIY
    King_V said:
    I actually wonder if it's more economical to use the Quick Connect fans on ALL of their products, rather than having some with them, and some with the traditional fan design.

    This looks more like a way to deal with a supply problem in the cooler or fans. If the supplier can't provide as many quick connect compatible fans or custom coolers as you need you have to do something to push out boards.
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