AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT review - the soul of Ryzen 3000
By Sigismondo Eisenhower 2019-07-08 1170 0
AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT Technical details
Radeon's new video cards change the game's rules and offer a new architecture, RDNA and a 7nm manufacturing process, just like the third-generation Ryzen processors. Along with stronger specifications and novelties such as GDDR6 memory, AMD's new gaming plate comes with a more generous software package and technologies that improve in-game performance. It's Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS), which delivers the clarity of Radeon Anti-Lag's in-game distorted visual effects that aims to improve performance in eSports titles and support higher resolutions and refresh rates than before, with support even for 4K to 144Hz resolution via DisplayPort 1.4.
Before testing the boards, I knew a little about them, because the point of interest of this release is, of course, the processors. Reading a little bit about them, we found out that they wanted to be two high-end gaming solutions, the Radeon RX Vega series successors, so the family's Radeon RX 5700 is in direct competition with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 but with similar to the Super version of the same NVIDIA card. So we have a NAVI architecture on 7nm, clocked at 1465Mhz with two boost modes, a 1625Mhz game and one Boost up to 1725Mhz. Along with 8GB of GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit bus, the specs sound very well until we arrive at the 185W TDP, where it personally attaches a black dick to this plate.
The same goes for the XT model, which comes with the same amount of memory on the same bus, but with increased frequencies, so the base clock goes from 1605Mhz to 1755Mhz and 1905Mhz respectively. This also feels like consumption, with the Radeon RX 5700XT having a 225W TDP, both of which require two additional power supply, one 6-pin and one 8-pin. But it's a drop from the Vega series and I hope it feels in the temperature department, but that's all we can talk about when we have aftermarket models on the market.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT design
I've come to the side that at least I'm interested in, that's how it looks and how these toys are built. I'll start by saying that I'm a little disappointed with the fact that we still see a turbine cooler, which is a bit too old for the year we're in and from my point of view, ineffective when it comes to cooling the plate. The Radeon RX 5700 looks similar to the ATI Radeon HD 5770 series OEM.
We have an anthracite gray aluminum block with a turbine fan. On the face and the side of the board we find the Radeon logo, red, and back, back ... Hold a second. There is no backplate for this board. Another very bad move. I am aware that a backplate is not necessarily helpful when it comes to the performance of the board, but it is often a design element, but how can you launch a video card that is also wanted in a fairly competitive target in 2019, without putting a bit of a 1mm aluminum backplate? Radeon RX 5700XT is another type of animal and the design is very different.
I do not know yet whether I like the fact that the board is "busy in transport" or if I am pleased with the idea that it brings a VHS tape, but this time we see a weaker construction than the weaker model but at least we have a backplate. It is clear that AMD almost completely ignored the appearance to the detriment of larger specifications, but at the same time shows their lack of experience when it comes to attention to detail.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT performance
If until this point, AMD video cards disappointed me and gave me the impression of seeing Vega 56 and Vega 64 once again, after comparing the two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super cards, I changed looking for good, and a heart-like wait for a custom implementation from manufacturers such as Sapphire, ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte who have done a good job of cooling the TDP plates in the past.
For the three video cards we included in this session, we used a new test platform that includes an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor, 16GB of RAM at 3600Mhz in dual-channel and a 2TB NVMe SSD, all on a board the basic ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi. The settings used were, as usual, Ultra on the three main resolutions (1080p, 1440p and 2160p), this time testing the NVIDIA board with Ray Tracing disabled to correctly match the three boards.
MD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT synthetic tests
AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT results Games
Just as I was saying at the beginning of this review section. The Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT intended to provide a framework for design and consumption withe performance that hais promised.
I knew the RX 5700 was going to be the rival in the market for the RTX 2060, but no one prepared for a substantially cheaper plate that offers similar performance, in some cases even better, and the older sister, the RX 5700XT, is in a position good with results close to RTX 2070, but at almost the same price as the RTX 2060 Super.
As I said in the review of the new generation of Ryzen processors, AMD have overtaken themselves with this release which for me will remain a landmark and have once again managed to offer an impeccable product when it comes to the report quality / price. This is the Radeon RX 5700XT, which is only 50 dollars more expensive than the weaker model, but it delivers significantly more power than it is and is below the RTX 2060 Super as a price, a card it defeats in gaming tests.
The combination of the year in gaming components will be Ryzen 7 3700X and Radeon RX 5700XT. Both products offer stunning performance and a better quality / price ratio than ever. I am very happy to have tested and given my opinion and I'm looking forward to seeing what impact this release will have on the PC component market.
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