AMD 7nm Navi is here. Team Red took the wraps off of its new graphics processors overnight, revealing a pair (or three, if you’re feeling generous) of AMD Radeon RX 5700 GPUs designed to compete near Nvidia’s high-end GeForce graphics cards.
The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series comprises the AMD Radeon RX 5700, the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the limited edition Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition. Each of these graphics cards will be launching in July and will the first to utilise AMD’s new RDNA architecture.
AMD Radeon RX 5700
We’ll start at the bottom, with the Radeon RX 5700. Based on the Navi Pro 7nm GPU, the Radeon RX 5700 packs up to 7.95 TFLOPs of compute performance. It features 36 Compute Units housing 2304 Stream Processors, as well as 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs. Base clock speed on the RX 5700 is 1465 MHz, rising up to 1725 MHz with boost clock. In terms of memory, there’s no HBM2 to speak of. We’re looking at 8GB GDDR6 memory. All of this is powered by an 8+6-pin power connector and has a rated TDP of 180W. Overall performance will be about 90% of what the ‘XT’ variant is capable of. One of these will set you back $379.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Next up the ladder is AMD’s new flagship, the AMD Radeon Rx 5700 XT. This full-fat version comes with up to 9.75 TFLOPs of compute performance an is packing the full complement of of 40 CUs, 2560 SPs, 256 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. Clock speeds are a little higher too, sporting a 1605 MHz base clock on the 5700 XT, rising to 1905 MHz maximum with boost clock enabled. Again, we’re looking at 8GB GDDR6 memory, It utilises two 8-pin power connectors and requires total power of 225W. This graphics card will be priced at $449.
AMD Radeon 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition
The Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition is basically a higher binned variant of the 5700 XT. The specs are basically identical other than the clock speeds. This amped up version has a base clock of 1680 MHz and a boost clock of 1930 MHz. It’s 4% faster right out of the box, albeit with an 11% increase in price at $499. Perhaps not the most frugal choice then, although the Radeon 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition does at least come in a fairly natty black and gold shroud that would look at home in one of the houses from Footballers’ Wives.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Specs
|Radeon RX 5700||Radeon RX 5700 XT||Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition|
|GPU Architecture||7nm Navi||7nm Navi||7nm Navi|
|Base Clock||1465 MHz||1605 MHz||1680 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1725 MHz||1755 MHz||1930 MHz|
|Compute Performance||7.95 TFLOPs||9.75 TFLOPs||10.14 TFLOPs|
|VRAM||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6|
|Memory Bandwidth||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s|
|Release Date||July 7th, 2019||July 7th, 2019||July 7th, 2019|
AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics Card Performance
So where do all of these graphics cards sit in terms of performance? Well, the Radeon RX 5700 offers performance neatly between the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070, albeit without any ray-tracing functionality at all. This would make it an ideal 1080p or 1440p video card, particularly for those hoping to game at higher refresh rates. At $379 it’s certainly competitive, but not exactly a groundbreaking offering in terms of price to performance.
Meanwhile, the Radeon RX 5700 XT appears to have the edge of the GeForce RTX 2070. It’s a close-run thing but AMD’s latest toy pips it in the benchmarks provided. Take these results with a smidgen of salt, naturally, as AMD will have handpicked the tests to frame its hardware in the best possible light. At $449, the 5700 XT is cheaper than the $500-600 you can expect to spend on an RTX 2070, so advantage AMD. However, the RTX 2070 does have all those juicy RTX features such as raytracing and DLSS which aren’t possible on the 5700 XT.
The unfortunate news in all of this is the Radeon 5700 series doesn’t offer a particularly large performance advantage over the Vega GPUs they’re phasing out. The top-end Radeon RX 5700 XT is only around 30% faster than a Radeon RX Vega 56 and 14% faster than a Vega 64, for example, so RX Vega 64 owners would probably be best served skipping this generation.
It’s a close call but AMD is at least competitive once again. The Radeon VII will still be AMD’s fastest video card, for now at least, but the greater value propositions can be found with the Radeon 5700 series. Calling it great value is perhaps a bit of a stretch though, with AMD throwing itself into roughly the same pricing bucket as Nvidia for this generation.
Over to you now the, what are your thoughts on AMD's play here? Those bargain bin pricing rumours never came to fruition, but do you think the Radeon 5700 series could still represent value for money?