AMD is insistent in introducing all of its new products at this date and with July 7th (7/7) upon us, the embargo has been lifted and its time to share to the world what AMD’s new technology can do. Today is very special as not is AMD making available their new Ryzen CPUs, they are also launching new motherboards and what we’ll be looking at today, graphics cards.
The Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards is a major leap forward for the company as it is heavily touted to compete with NVIDIA’s mainstream offering but this time come in at a more efficient power envelope than before. Fabbed in 7nm and features AMD’s brand new RDNA architecture as well some driver-level features, AMD is positioning this card in the mainstream, filling in the confusing price point that sees the NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti, NVIDIA RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 compete with their older part options, the GTX 1080 Ti and also the Radeon Vega cards.
AMD is focusing on performance foremost and does not introduce any new features and foregoes attempts at real-raytracing whatsoever. Even at its best, NVIDIA has not had any game changing title to champion as its RTX flagbearer and development has just recently picked up. With the larger portion of the market after more FPS above all, it is a smart move from AMD to focus on what’s needed rather than what’s nice. With that said, the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 target both the RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 at their respective price point. AMD, made an announcement earlier that the previously announced prices of the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 of $450 and $380, respectively, are now at a lower $400 and $350. This is AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s release of the RTX Super lineup replacing the RTX 2070 with a more-CUDA core endowed RTX 2070 Super sharing the same TU104 die as the RTX 2080 versus the older RTX 2070 on a TU106 silicon. The RTX 2060 will now live on side-by-side with an RTX 2060 Super that features more CUDA cores and a larger 8GB VRAM on a wider memory bus.
These changes has made the NVIDIA RTX line-up a bit more competitive but from a price-point perspective, AMD has the advantage coming in. Still, what matters is performance and that’s we’re about to look at today. Featuring our new batch of gameplay test suite, we put the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 to the test in some of the most popular games today.
In this review, we’ll focus on the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT. The current flagship of the AMD GPU fleet and competes directly with an NVIDIA RTX 2070. Please see our review of the Radeon RX 5700 here.