The ongoing rivalry between the GPU giants is probably the most prominent “service fight” we have seen to date. Both companies try their best to beat the other by releasing new graphics cards, cutting down prices of the old graphics cards and by giving free games with their offerings. While the fight keeps them working at their toes, the consumers get the most benefit out of it. During E3 2019 AMD announced the first batch of Nvai graphics cards based on the new RDNA architecture. In response, Nvidia refreshed their high-end Turing graphics cards and released three new graphics card for the mid-end and higher mid-end spectrum of the market.
All these graphics cards are released directly against each other. Nvidia’s SUPER graphics cards RTX 2080 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, and RTX 2060 SUPER have already been released for the public. These graphics cards offer minor upgrades compared to their non-super versions in case of RTX 2080, and RTX 2070. These graphics cards also saw a price cut of around $100 while RTX 2060 SUPER saw a significant spec boost and got a modest $50 increase in price.
If we compare these graphics cards with the graphics cards that AMD announced during their E3 conference we can clearly see Nvidia is the clear winner considering performance per dollar. On top of the raw performance, Nvidia also offers Ray Tracing and DLSS facilities. These features may not have significant uses currently, but the community is adapting ray tracing reasonably quickly. These graphics cards will definitely be more future proof until AMD comes up with its own take on ray tracing.
Hold on for a moment if you have decided to buy one of Nvidia’s graphics cards because AMD has another trick up its sleeves. According to Videocardz, AMD is planning to offer a price cut before the launch of the graphics cards. The pricing is obviously the reaction of Nvidia’s newly released graphics cards which themselves were the reaction to the freshly announced Navi graphics cards. According to the rumor AMD has planned to announce the new pricing scheme on the 6th of July (a day before the actual launch of graphics cards).
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Now let’s refresh the announced specifications, rumored performance benchmarks, and the new prices and see if they can compete with Nvidia’s new “Super” family of graphics cards.
AMD Radeon RX 5700
AMD RX 5700 is probably the least powerful graphics card compared to all graphics cards in question. It has 36 compute units resulting in 2304 stream processors with a base clock speed of 1465MHz, while the ‘near’ boost clock speed is 1725MHz. With the new architecture, AMD has announced a new metric called Game clock speeds which allows these graphics card to stay persistent at slightly higher clock speeds during gaming sessions. It is 1625MHz for the RX 5700. It has 8GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14Gbps with 256-bit bus size making overall memory bandwidth equal to 448Gb/s.
Originally AMD planned to release the graphics card at a modest price of $379. It was shaping up to be a good deal compared to the RTX 2060. Now Nvidia has released a slightly expensive but a lot better version of the RTX 2060. Though the RTX 2060 SUPER costs more than the RX 5700, it is a better deal. If we consider the refreshed price of the RX 5700 which according to rumors is $349, then both deals are worth consideration. However, realistically speaking the RTX 2060 SUPER is a better deal overall.
Coming to the only metric with which we can compare these two graphics cards. A few days back FFXV benchmarks leaked, the RX 5700 only managed to attain 4971 points, we don’t know what RTX 2060 would have achieved, but a reasonable guess would be around 5000 points.
AMD Radeon RX 5700XT
The better version of the RX 5700 is called RX 5700XT. This graphics card is placed directly against the RTX 2070 graphics card. The specifications include 40 CUs resulting in 2560 stream processors. The base clock speed of the GPU is 1605MHz, while the gaming and boost clock speeds are 1755MHz and 1905MHz, respectively. It uses the same memory as its low specced sibling.
AMD planned to release the graphics card at $449, which is less than the price of its direct rival (RTX 2070). Now Nvidia has RTX 2070 SUPER which is slightly better than the RTX 2070. The new RTX 2070 SUPER is a $100 less than the launch price of its pseudo predecessor. Owing to the release of the graphics card, AMD is planning to release it at a lesser price. It will be available to buy at decent price of $399. It is $100 less than the launch price of RTX 2070 SUPER.
Price is not the only factor that one has on its mind while choosing a graphics card. On paper RTX 2070 SUPER is vastly superior compared to the RX 5700XT. However, the $100 price difference speaks for itself. One can happily sacrifice a few frames for a hundred dollars, which means RX 5700XT is a better deal here.
The RX 5700XT anniversary edition is also getting a price cut of $50 before launch. If you want to buy the cherry picked version of the RX 5700XT, then the best option would be to go for the anniversary edition.