Card Layout and Photos
In my review of the XFX MERC 319 RX 7800 XT Black earlier today I said it's simple black with silver styling was a lot like a tuxedo, it is simple, clean, and never goes out of style. If the MERC design is a tux then the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT is an all-black suit. It has the same styling with its flat-fronted black plastic fan shroud that wraps around on to the top and bottom. But unlike the MERC the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT doesn’t have the same silver accents around the fans or the all-silver backplate. This setup is just as simple but all black. It's also still the same setup that XFX has used for this and last generations cards but I just love that it doesn’t go over the top trying to look ”gamer”. It also doesn’t have any lighting on it and branding is at a minimum.
The QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black isn’t a small card by any means. It is 13.189 inches or 335 mm long which is needed to pack in the triple card design. The top of the cooler sticks up past the top of the PCI bracket by 25mm making it tall but these days this is close to average. The total height of the card is 130 mm. Then for thickness, the card comes in at 52 mm thick or just a hair past a two and a half slot card. With all of that, it is larger than the Sapphire 7700 XT Pulse I just took a look at but mostly on the card length.
The fan design on the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT is the same as we saw on the MERC 319 RX 7800 XT Black. You get a triple fan layout with two 100 mm fans on the ends and one smaller 90 mm fan in the center. Those are the measurements for the fan openings the fans were 96 mm tip-to-tip for the 100 mm and 86 mm tip-to-tip for the 90 mm fan and all three are 15 mm thick. They all have 13 blades and blow down in an axial configuration to blow down into the heatsink below. XFX also has them set to turn off at below 50c to keep the noise down when you aren’t gaming. The fans are black to match the blacked-out card but do have the same silver and black sticker on the center which takes away from the all blacked out look slightly.
Up along the top edge of the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black, the backplate wraps around in one section and has the Radeon logo printed on it in bright white. Then on the other end, the fan shroud wraps around and has the XFX logo. There aren’t any backlit logos or any lighting at all in fact and with everything in white it looks great on the otherwise all-black card. The top also has two sections where the backplate is cut down to the height of the PCB. One is on the far right near the PCI bracket, this is a dual BIOS switch. Our card has just the same profile on both, I’m not sure if XFX is planning on having two different profiles or if they just have it as a safety for someone who wants to overclock. The other recessed area has the two power connections. The QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black has two 8-pin PCIe power plugs, just like the Pulse and both of the 7800 XTs that I have tested as well. This does mean that you don’t have to worry about needing an updated power supply or running ugly adapters. With the power plugs being down lower, the extra height of the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black is just utilizing the height that your power plugs would already be using which is nice for card height in cramped cases.
Working around the top, bottom, and end of the card we can get a better idea of XFX’s cooling configuration. I was surprised at how much of the top edge of the card is covered given that is where most of the air flow will be going. It makes sense down at the end where all of the air will be going out the back but it is a little restrained the rest of the way with the shroud wrapping around a lot. The end of the card is also open with small fins sticking up into it from the fan shroud that looks like a car bumper diffuser. This gives us a peak at the heatpipes, the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black has 5 in total but four of them run down to this end of the card. Then the bottom view does show us that the cooler is designed to wrap around components on the PCB, not just a universal design. The QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black has a copper cold plate that sits on top of the GPU and VRAM, this isn’t a vapor chamber design like on the MERC 319 RX 7800 XT Black but they do get contact on everything and have the heatpipes on top of it to pull the heat out across the card. It isn’t visible here but the VRM also has thermal pads on them with 8 in total on the card. The PWM is fully digital and has 14 phases with DrMos chips, the 14 MOSFETs are all MP87997C and the three PWM are model number MP2856.
For display connections, the Qick319 RX 7700 XT Black has four connections. You get three DisplayPort 2.1 connections which start towards the bottom and then you end with one HDMI up at the top. All four run along the PCB which leaves a lot of room above that. Some of that is filled with some ventilation which has the XFX branding in it and then strips but there is some of the bracket towards the bottom edge that is just blocked off. None of the ventilation matters at all as the cooler design doesn’t push air in this direction at all.
Unlike the MERC 319 RX 7800 XT Black which had that thick die-cast aluminum backplate which had a bright silver finish. XFX went a different direction for the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black. This has a black backplate for starters and this one is sheet metal aluminum not die-cast. It also doesn’t run the full length of the card, it ends at the end of the PCB, and from there on the plastic fan shroud wraps around. That end section does have the blow-through design but the hole is smaller than I saw on the MERC. The rest of the backplate has small angled slots across it for some ventilation. There isn’t any branding on the entire back of the card. But XFX did include the information sticker with the model name and your serial number on it.
I did get a comparison shot between the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black and the Sapphire RX 7700 XT Pulse that I reviewed just before this card. The size difference between the two is easy to see but that extra space helped XFX fit a third fan into the mix as well as the blow-through cooler section at the end. For height though the two cards are similar in height. I also have a picture of the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black next to its big brother the MERC 319 RX 7800 XT Black that also launched today. The QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black is just a hair smaller but you can see the similarities with the same triple fan configuration and the basic flat fan shroud, of course the QICK 319 RX 7700 XT Black doesn’t have any of the silver other than on the fan centers.