Radeon RX 5700 Series: Our Summary And Conclusion
Performance Summary: The new Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs do not supplant the Radeon VII as AMD’s flagship GPU for gamers, but they are attractive options at their respective price points nonetheless. The Radeon RX 5700 XT’s performance typically lands somewhere in between the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super, depending on the workload. It is faster than the GeForce RTX 2060 Super more often than not, but the opposite is true versus the higher-end RTX 2070 Super.
This has been an interesting week in the GPU space, to say the least. NVIDIA’s pre-emptive strike with its “Super” GPUs shook up the landscape quite a bit. No doubt due to the impending pressure from AMD, NVIDIA changed the price/performance proposition of the GeForce RTX line-up with Super, so much so that AMD officially slashed Radeon RX 5700 series prices yesterday. Though the Radeon RX 5700, 5700 XT, and 5700 XT Anniversary Edition were announced at $379, $449, and $499, respectively, back at E3, AMD’s updated pricing takes things down to $349, $399, and $449. We should also mention that select AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards, including the Radeon RX 5700 series, will come with 3 months of free PC Games from Microsoft Xbox Game Pass, to further sweeten the pot.
With their updated pricing, the Radeon RX 5700 is positioned directly against the GeForce RTX 2060 and the Radeon RX 5700 XT against the GeForce RTX 2060 Super. Strictly focusing on performance, those match-ups look good for AMD. With the majority of today’s games, the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT look strong against the RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super. NVIDIA’s cards, however, offer the added benefit of hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and they are more power efficient. At this point in time, many of you may not view ray tracing as a must-have, but that could change in a year’s time, and most folks aren’t upgrading GPUs in this price range annually. On the flip side, support for PCI Express 4.0 is a nice bullet point for AMD, but it really won’t mean much in the graphics space for the foreseeable future, save for some content-creation corner cases where the added bandwidth may help.
In the end though, AMD has introduced some attractive, next-generation GPUs that fill in the gap between the previous-gen Vega 56/65 and Radeon VII quite nicely, while also competing well with NVIDIA’s similarly-priced counterparts in the meatiest part of the enthusiast GPU market. With all of the buzz surrounding the Ryzen 3000 series – which is freakin’ awesome BTW – the prospect of an all-AMD-powered gaming PC system is looking better than it has for over a decade.