Just when we thought Nvidia was able to maintain its dominance with the new GeForce RTX Super series, AMD played a proven card and lowered prices to regain the advantage. Nvidia had planned to launch AMD as much damage as possible and prevent cheap comparisons with its own offerings. For a few days, the upcoming Radeons were labeled "dead in the water" in online forums and discussions. We may never find out whether AMD had been planning this surprise all the time or whether AMD was relocating its products on the eve of their launch, but this must be one of the best examples we've seen of how competition competed to buyers benefits.
Regardless of which company looks better than the other, AMD only competes with the middle class of Nvidia. Price at Rs. 30,990 and Rs. The Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT are positioned at 26,990 (excluding taxes) against the GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce RTX 2060 Super. That still leaves huge market volumes exclusively to the green team, but has AMD at least managed to find a small niche for itself with this clever pricing step? Let's find out.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 RDNA architecture
The RDNA architecture (Radeon DNA), which was previously codenamed "Navi" and forms the basis for the new Radeon RX 5700 GPUs, has been in the works for years. It replaces the GCN (Graphics Core Next) designs that AMD has been working on for several generations. Interestingly, this is the same backbone that will also be used in the future for AMD's semi-custom GPU designs for next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as for Google Stadia and possibly Samsung smartphones.
Fans had hoped that AMD could create a complete reinvention on the GPU side, as was the case with the Zen CPU architecture, and the company claims that RDNA was developed from scratch. This is a huge improvement after the small GCN updates we've seen year after year since 2011. AMD specifies 1.25 times the power per watch and 1.5 times the power per watt. Of course, AMD also uses the 7 nm manufacturing process, which can reduce power consumption and allow more transistors to do more work in a small space.
According to AMD, the design of its GPU computing units is completely new and much more efficient. The execution pipeline itself is more powerful and flexible. There is also a new cache hierarchy that makes it easier for data and instructions to get where they are needed.
In addition to AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors, AMD has also introduced PCIe 4.0 support for the Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs. This standard doubles the theoretical bandwidth of each PCIe lane for a total of 16 gigatransfers per second per lane. This isn't immediately relevant to gamers, but according to AMD, you can already see the benefits in bandwidth-intensive tasks like playing 8K 60fps video.
An important thing that is missing is any form of ray tracing acceleration. Nvidia overshadows this feature with its GeForce RTX series, and the list of current and upcoming games that support ray tracing continues to grow. It may be a niche and is not critical to game mechanics, but it will be important over the next few years.
Instead, AMD introduced Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS). This is an algorithmic filter to adjust the image quality based on contrast adaptive sharpening. Game developers must do everything to support this. You activate RIS in the control panel of the Radeon Settings driver and it works at the graphics API level. By analyzing frames to determine where object edges are located, RIS should be able to improve object surfaces without color gradients looking wrong or disturbing smooth anti-aliasing lines.
This works in conjunction with GPU scaling, AMD's system-wide resolution setting. Just as Nvidia's DLSS can compensate for a drop in performance by reducing the resolution that a game actually runs at and then scaling it up, AMD says you can get better picture quality on low-end PCs by using a low resolution and then Activate RIS.
Architecture, specifications and functions of AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 RDNA
Both the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the Radeon RX5700 are essentially the same chip, although the cheaper version has disabled some sections and runs a little slower. The Radeon RX 5700 XT has 2,560 execution units, which AMD calls "stream processors" and is arranged in 40 compute unit clusters, while the Radeon RX 5700 has 36 such active clusters and 2,304 stream processors.
The basic speeds for the two GPUs are 1605 MHz and 1465 MHz and the boost clocks 1905 MHz and 1725 MHz. AMD is causing some confusion in this situation with a new rating called the "music box". These speeds – 1755 MHz and 1625 MHz for the two GPUs – are targets that every GPU should achieve under constant load, e.g. B. when playing a game. This means that these GPUs cannot reach their boost speed for a long time, but only for bursts.
Both GPUs have 8 GB of GDDR6 memory with 14 Gbit / s on a 256-bit bus for a memory bandwidth of up to 448 GBit / s. The TDPs for the two products (total power of the board, not just the GPUs) are 225 W and 185 W, which is impressive.
AMD has also announced the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary edition identical to the Radeon RX 5700 XT except for higher base, game and boost speeds and a slightly higher TDP. Like the other 50 from AMDth Anniversary products, it has golden accents, but also offers higher performance. This overclocked variant has not yet been introduced in India and will probably not be around in the future as AMD sells it exclusively through its own website.
All graphics cards of the Radeon RX 5700 series on the market currently use the AMD reference cooler in the fan style. Devices from Sapphire, Asus, MSI and Gigabyte are available in India, but they are all identical except for the outer packaging. Cards with custom coolers and possibly factory overclocking will be available in the coming weeks and months.
We check reference devices that have been sent to us directly by AMD. The Radeon RX 5700 XT features an attractive dark gray case with a unique asymmetrical indentation on the top and stripes that warp around the case. The Radeon logos on the front and top glow red, and there's a red racing-streak accent that's just for display. There is also a thick back plate and the back is open for ventilation.
The Radeon RX 5700, on the other hand, is more reserved with a simple gray metal housing and non-illuminated Radeon logos. This card has no back plate at all. The only hint of flair is the shiny, beveled perimeter of the blower hole. Despite its positioning, we actually prefer the understated appearance of the bottom end product.
Both cards require an 8-pin and a 6-pin PCIe power connector. Both also offer three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs and one HDMI 2.0 output. AMD has not announced support for the VirtualLink standard, which uses a USB Type-C port for single-cable connections for transferring data, images, and power to VR headsets.
On the software side, the latest AMD GPUs work with the Adrenalin 2019 drivers and the Radeon Settings utility. Both support ReLive for game recording and streaming, Radeon Chill for energy efficiency prioritization, the AMD Link app for remote streaming and configuration, and WattMan for overclocking and fan control. Radon Anti-Lag is new in this edition, which is said to improve responsiveness by ensuring that CPU and GPU work together effectively instead of waiting for each other.
AMD has recently offered some compelling, high-quality game bundles, but unfortunately the offering introduced with the Radeon RX 5700 GPUs is not applicable in India. Instead of offering certain games worth several thousand rupees as in the past, the company negotiated a three-month Xbox Game Pass subscription. This would have meant full access to several top games, including the upcoming Gears 5. AMD has not clarified why this offer is not available to Indian buyers and has not provided a replacement, which is a shame.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 performance
We test both new GPUs with our standard test bench, which consists of an AMD Ryzen 2 2700X CPU, a Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 wifi motherboard, 2 x 8 GB G.Skill F4-3400C16D-16GSXW DDR4-RAM and 1 TB Samsung 860 Evo SSD exists. a Corsair RM650 power supply and an Asus PB287Q 4K monitor. Unfortunately, we haven't had a chance to test these new GPUs with the Ryzen 9 3900X or Ryzen 7 3700X to see if PCIe 4.0 makes a noticeable difference, but the majority of users won't use this platform today anyway.
We used the publicly available Radeon 19.7.1 driver and Windows 10 (1903) with the latest updates and patches. We will compare the performance of these two new GPUs with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and the brand new GeForce RTX 2060 Super and we have some performance figures from the older Radeon RX Vega 64 for comparison. None of the AMD GPUs ran 3DMark ray tracing tests, so these numbers are not included in the table below.
|AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT||AMD Radeon RX 5700||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition||Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 OC 6GB||AMD Radeon RX Vega 64|
|3DMark Port Royal||N / A||N / A||4,998||3,904||N / A|
|3DMark Time Spy||8.696||7794||8771||7.953||6575|
|3DMark Time Spy Extreme||3,862||3,521||4.044||3,616||N / A|
|3DMark Fire Strike||20.756||19.041||18.682||16578||15.689|
|3DMark Fire Strike Extreme||11.447||10.221||10049||9005||9.531|
|3DMark Fire Strike Ultra||6051||5,355||5.285||4,552||5,310|
|Unigine Valley (1920 x 1080, Ultra, 8 x AA)||107,2fps||99.9fps||95.5fps||92.3fps||74.1fps|
As we can see, AMD actually steals the lead in many test conditions. Some of our benchmarks and games show that the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the Radeon RX 5700 are slightly ahead of the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and GeForce RTX 2060 respectively.
When benchmarking these GPUs with Far Cry 5 using the Ultra preset with 8xAA at 4K, 1440p and 1080p resolutions, we found that the Radeon RTX 5700 XT was slightly ahead of the GeForce RTX 2060 Super, while the Radeon RTX 5700 Almost exactly on par with it and comfortably ahead of the GeForce RTX 2060. At these three resolutions we achieved 50 fps, 84 fps and 88 fps with the Radeon RTX 5700 XT as well as 45 fps, 81 fps and 86 fps with less expensive siblings.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided also gave AMD the advantage. At the same three resolutions, when using the Ultra preset with activated TAA, we achieved 35.8, 66.9 and 74.8 fps with the Radeon RX 5700 XT, respectively, while the Radeon RX 5700 32.5, 61.6 fps and an abnormal score of 82.3 fps each. When we tested the GeForce RTX Super, Nvidia rated 28.9 fps, 52.9 fps and 74.6 fps.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider showed that the Radeon RX 5700 is practically connected to the GeForce RTX 2060 Super. With the highest quality setting with TAA activated, we achieved 36, 70 and 104 frames per second with the cheaper AMD GPU, while the premium model delivers 39, 76 and 115 frames per second at 4K, 1440 and 1080 pixels per second. Unfortunately, there is no way to test the game with raytracing enabled when using an AMD Radeon GPU.
Finally, Metro: Last Light Redux ran admirably on both GPUs that we are testing today. The default setting "Very high" with activated 4xAF and deactivated SSAA was used. We achieved 53.04, 110 and 140.96 frames per second with the Radeon RX 5700 XT, while the Radeon RX 5700 delivers 47.81, 99.31 and 147.22 frames per second at 4K, 1440 and 1080 pixels per second.
In addition to the benchmarks, we ran some games to check actual performance. Battlefield V is an interesting game to compare AMD against Nvidia because it has to run on the new Radeons without raytracing effects. We saw frame rates on average between 120-130 fps at 1920 x 1080 and 95-105 fps at 2560 x 1440 with the Radeon RX 5700 XT. With the cheaper Radeon RX 5700, these ranges were very similar at 115-125 fps and 85-95 fps, respectively, and the game was no less entertaining.
As far as Radeon sharpening is concerned, both Battlefield V and Shadow of the Tomb Raider showed only slight differences with or without activation. We also didn't notice any performance degradation when we used the Radeon Settings performance overlay. Your mileage depends on your goal resolution. However, we think it's still a good thing considering that there is no loss in performance. If more stressful games come onto the market in the next few years, this can lead to a small boost if necessary.
Fan-style coolers are never ideal in terms of noise, but AMD has done a reasonably good job with the thermal and acoustic design of the coolers on both GPUs. We heard a slight growl when each of these graphics cards was completely stressed out in our tests, but they were otherwise quiet.
If AMD hadn't adjusted its prices to Nvidia, the new Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 would simply not have been competitive. Even if it looks like they are not clear winners, they are very good alternatives to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce RTX 2060 Super. AMD and Nvidia are at least balanced in this price segment – and that's one of the best things we've been able to say about AMD's graphics performance for a long time – but if Nvidia doesn't need 7nm to be in its current position it only gets stronger when it makes the leap.
When you consider the noise and power consumption, AMD's PCIe 4.0 advantage, Nvidia's future-proof ray tracing support, and even the game bundles that both companies currently offer, many people will choose the green team. Of course, your decision can also be based on the type of your monitor – Nvidia's G-Sync standard has now been expanded to support some AMD FreeSync monitors, but the two ecosystems are still largely exclusive.
If you choose the Radeon RX 5700 XT or Radeon RX 5700, you won't be disappointed with its performance. There's no big gap between the two, so your choice between them depends on whether you want to save a little or spoil yourself a bit. We encourage buyers to see how prices and performance of custom graphics cards from Asus, Sapphire, MSI, Gigabyte and other manufacturers increase. We hope these two GPUs will be the first of many more competitive AMD products at a variety of prices, as Nvidia doesn't sit still and Intel is just about to join the party.
Prices (official reference MRPs):
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT: Rs. 30,990 + taxes
AMD Radeon RX 5700: Rs. 26,990 + taxes
- Very good performance at 1080p and 1440p
- Useful software functions
- Future-proof PCIe 4.0 support
- Fan-style coolers can be audible under stress
- No ray tracing support
Reviews (of 5)
- Performance: 4
- Value for money: 4
- Total: 4