AMD’s long-awaited Navi graphics playing cards are lastly right here, combining the agency’s new RDNA structure with the superior 7nm course of that spawned the Radeon 7. The resultant $349 Radeon 5700 and $399 Radeon 5700 XT are able to superior frame-rates than final 12 months’s RTX rivals at the same worth level, whereas additionally consuming much less energy and producing much less warmth than their Vega predecessors.
It seems like an open purpose for Team Red, however Nvidia put two new gamers into the sport: the RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super. These playing cards are dearer than their Radeon counterparts – due to a worth drop from AMD two days earlier than launch – however Nvidia’s new playing cards are highly effective performers in their very own proper. So, which mid-range card gives one of the best worth for cash? That’s what this assessment intends to reply, as we check out how the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT measure up in opposition to each Nvidia’s authentic RTX 2060/2070 duo and the agency’s last-minute Super substitutes.
Considered exterior the scope of Nvidia’s new releases, the Radeon 5700 playing cards are spectacular. The 7nm course of and RDNA structure implies that AMD’s new GPUs produce significantly extra graphical horsepower than the 14nm Vega 64 – 1.25x the efficiency per clock, in accordance with AMD, regardless of possessing fewer compute models and fewer reminiscence bandwidth – so gen-on-gen teraflop comparisons imply nothing right here, besides to stress what a powerful job AMD’s engineers have carried out.
The new Navi playing cards look spectacular too, with a aluminium alloy shroud, a single cooling fan in a ‘blower’ configuration and a seven-phase VRM for overclocking. In phrases of energy connectors, each playing cards require one eight-pin and one six-pin enter. I/O is sort of normal, with three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and one HDMI 2.0 port; you do not get the DVI-D enter of the RTX 2060 Super or the USB-C VirtualLink port discovered on each RTX Super playing cards.
|GPU cores||Boost Clock||TFLOPs||Memory||Mem Bandwidth||TDP|
|Vega 56||4096||1474MHz||10.6||8GB HBM2||410GB/s||210W|
|Vega 64||4096||1546MHz||12.7||8GB HBM2||484GB/s||295W|
|RX 5700||2304||1725MHz||7.5||8GB GDDR6||448GB/s||185W|
|RX 5700 XT||2560||1905MHz||9.0||8GB GDDR6||448GB/s||225W|
|Radeon 7||3840||1800MHz||14.2||16GB HBM2||1024GB/s||295W|
It’s additionally price contemplating the brand new options AMD is introducing with the RX 5700 sequence. There’s no hardware-accelerated ray tracing, the hallmark of Nvidia’s RTX sequence, however AMD is introducing a extra broadly relevant different to a different RTX function: DLSS upscaling. Rather than add help for this AI-powered upscaling on a per-game foundation, which is Nvidia’s method, AMD as a substitute depends on a extra broadly relevant sharpening impact referred to as Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS). The thought is that you could run video games beneath the native decision of your monitor to extend frame-rates, then activate this sharpening function to get a cleaner upscaled picture. RIS is contrast-sensitive, which AMD claims will assist it keep away from the halo artifacts that crop up in additional naive sharpening strategies. You can even use RIS at your monitor’s native decision to counteract the softening impact of anti-aliasing strategies like TAA.
While RIS works on a a lot wider swathe of video games than DLSS, there are some limitations: DX9, DX12 and Vulkan video games will all work, however DX10 and DX11 video games is not going to; HDR can be off the desk. The method additionally offers extra fine-grained management than DLSS, as you may select to run at any rendering decision to commerce off between efficiency positive aspects and picture constancy.
AMD can be courting the esports market with the inclusion of Radeon Anti-Lag, which goals to minimise the delay between when an enter is made (eg firing a gun, calculated by the CPU) and the results of that enter exhibiting on display (calculated by the GPU) in GPU-limited conditions. This is achieved by stalling the CPU on the subsequent body calculation, guaranteeing the newest body being rendered by the GPU additionally accommodates the newest inputs that the CPU has calculated. In a best-case state of affairs, you save a body of latency, equal to 16ms at 60Hz or 4ms at 240Hz. The Anti-Lag function works in DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 video games, which incorporates most esports titles the place the function could be most helpful.
The Radeon 5700 sequence playing cards additionally help new hardware requirements, becoming a member of the RTX sequence in supporting DisplayPort 1.4 with Display Stream Compression. This gives a substitute for chroma subsampling for 8K HDR 60Hz or 4K HDR 144Hz shows. AMD’s new releases are additionally the primary PCIe 4.0 graphics playing cards available on the market. Graphics playing cards aren’t constrained by last-generation PCIe 3.0 within the overwhelming majority of workloads, however some content material creation duties and artificial benchmarks might profit from having twice as a lot bandwidth accessible over the PCIe.
One of probably the most notable variations between Nvidia and AMD’s wares this time round is worth. AMD has chosen to be extra aggressive right here, asserting worth cuts earlier than the playing cards went on sale to ship extra competitors in opposition to Nvidia’s Super launch. The new costs are $349 for the RX 5700 and the $399 for the RX 5700 XT, a discount of $30 and $50 from the initially introduced costs, respectively. Here’s how every firm’s high-end lineup seems now:
|AMD Radeon||Nvidia GeForce||Suggested Pricing|
|Radeon RX 5700||RTX 2060 FE||$349|
|Radeon RX 5700 XT||RTX 2060 Super||$399|
|RTX 2070 FE (discontinued)|
RTX 2070 Super
|Radeon 7||RTX 2080 FE|
RTX 2080 Super (July 23rd)
|RTX 2080 Ti FE||$1199|
To additional sweeten the pot, AMD can be providing three months of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass for PC service, which incorporates entry to over 100 latest video games. While earlier AMD bundles have included two or three free video games, yours for perpetuity, some might choose the possibility to play a a lot bigger vary of video games for 3 months as a substitute.
Now that we have lined the specs and options, let’s transfer onto the true meat and potatoes: in-game efficiency. We’ll evaluate the Radeon 5700 sequence in opposition to Nvidia’s authentic RTX 2060 and RTX 2070, the brand new RTX Super playing cards and a variety of predecessors from each Team Red and Team Green. Let’s get began.
AMD Radeon 5700/ Radeon RX 5700 XT Analysis