The new AMD graphics cards – Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT – whose release was just announced of recent have their advantages as well as their downsides.
For those fans of AMD graphics cards out there who were hoping that this would be the time when AMD will be able to beat Nvidia by producing a top notch video card in the same way that AMD floored Intel’s processing CPUs, it most certainly is not. In spite of the fact that the graphics cards have a new Navi build that these graphics cards have which provide 1.25x the operation per time and 1.5x function per watt, they are in no way a match for the AMD 13.8 TFLOP Radeon VII GPU which is already in existence. Both of these graphic cards (Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT) have about 9.75 TFLOPs and 7.95 TFLOPs of computing power respectively, and they have 8GB of GDDR6 memory rather than 16GB of HBM2, frankly speaking, the 5700 series of AMD graphics cards are not high-end.
Having stated all that, the two graphics cards attacked Nvidia in areas where people who play games with their PCs are more interested. According to AMD, both GPUs are designed to beat the top middle-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060. The Radeon 5700 XT costs $450 which is a lot cheaper when compared to Nvidia’s RTX 2070 which costs $500. On the other hand, the Radeon RX 5700 is sold at $350 which is a more expensive in comparison to the Nvidia RTX 2060.
These two GPUs can boost your game significantly or they could just provide a little bit of support, this is entirely dependent on the type of game you want to play. But if we are to compare both, the RX 5700 is a step closer to Nvidia’s GPUs than the 5700 XT. AMD cards tend to be loud, however, the company remedied this issue in the 5700 series, reducing the volume to 43dB. In terms of display, users get a DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b which can support at most 4K at 240Hz, 4K with HDR at 120Hz, or 8K with HDR at 60Hz.
AMD says that 5700 XT and RX 5700 are not the only ones in the series, there are certain features that were added like Radeon Image Sharpening. This works with most games and provides a display that’s close to a 4K resolution. AMD is working with developers to put it directly into games and this is because the implementation on AMD cards don’t work with DirectX 11 titles, just DX9, 10, 12 and Vulkan on Windows 10 for the time being. These GPUs will be released on the 7th of July.