AMD Unveils Navi RDNA Architecture: Under The Hood Of Radeon RX 5700

AMD Navi GPU Architecture - Expected Performance And Roadmap

AMD was showcasing live demos of Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT-powered systems at an E3 press event hosted by the company. There were a number of live gaming performance demos, as well as detailed benchmark data shared to help illustrate what we can expect from a performance perspective with these new AMD Navi GPUs. 

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The cards themselves are a clean and understated dual-slot solution, with the both the Radeon RX 5700 XT and standard Radaeon RX 5700 requiring both 6-pin and 8-pin PCI Express power delivery. AMD showcased the Radeon RX 5700 powering Far Cry 5 at 1440p with High image quality settings, versus a GeForce RTX 2060. The Radeon RX 5700 was averaging 86 FPS while the RTX 2060 was pushing around 80.

AMD was also quick to offer additional performance data across a myriad of popular game titles. 

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We'll underscore that these are obviously benchmark results provided by AMD and we have to reserve full analysis and commentary for when we've been able to conduct our own independent testing. Regardless, what AMD is showing here is that Radeon RX 5700 should offer anywhere from a 5 - 20 percent performance advantage over a GeForce RTX 2060 in traditional, fully-rasterized game engines (without ray tracing enabled).

Further, Radeon RX 5700 XT cards should be able to out-perform NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 by as much as 15 to 22 percent in Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus, but the deltas close dramatically in other game titles like The Division 2, Far Cry New Dawn and Shadow of The Tomb Raider. In short, versus a GeForce RTX 2070, a Radeon RX 5700 XT should generally be slightly faster, or occasionally roughly on par.

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Finally, AMD is highlighting Radeon RX 5700 XT performance versus its previous generation Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics offering. Gains seen here average anywhere from 30 - 40 percent in current generation AAA game titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Metro Exodus.

It's interesting that we're not seeing a comparison to Radeon RX Vega 64 here but again we hope to be testing AMD's Navi-based products in the very near future, with cards expected to be available at retail on July 7th. Without question we'll keep you posted as we go hands-on with AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon 5700, so be sure to check back with us in the next few weeks.

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Looking further out, AMD is actively working on RDNA 2 for next-generation GPUs, which will leverage an updated and further refined 7nm+ process, though we likely won't be hearing any more about that until sometime next year.

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