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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT: Best Graphics Card for 1440p Gaming?

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    The 1440p graphics card market is by far the most competitive segment at the moment with ample options from both NVIDIA and AMD. From team red, you’ve got the Navi based Radeon RX 5700/XT and NVIDIA is offering the RTX 2060 as well as the RTX Supers (2060 & 2070 Super). All are excellent options for 1440p gaming, but which one is the best, both in terms of sheer performance as well as the price per dollar ratio. In this post, we compare the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the GeForce RTX 2070 Super and analyze which one is the better buy.

    GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs Radeon RX 5700 XT: Specs

    SpecsRTX 2070 SuperRX 5700 XT
    Shader Count25602560
    Boost Clock (Max)1770MHz1905MHz
    TMUs184160
    Memory8GB GDDR68GB GDDR6
    Memory Speed14Gbps14Gbps
    Bus Width256-bit256-bit
    Bandwidth448GB/s448GB/s
    TDP215W225W
    PriceRs. 39,999 (Link)Rs. 34,200 (Link)

    Traditionally AMD GPUs have been superior when it comes to hardware but due to poor utilization and driver support haven’t been able to fully leverage it. With AMD’s RDNA architecture, gaming is the main focus (unlike GCN which was more compute-oriented). Although that’s not a bad thing, games mainly benefit from lower latencies, higher IPC and core clocks. This is exactly what the Navi cards offer. As you can see, the specs of the two competitors are almost the same. The only notable difference is with respect to the Texture Mapping Units and the Boost Clock behavior.

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    When it comes to exclusive features, AMD’s Navi cards offer FidelityFX while NVIDIA, of course, has the fancy ray-tracing and DLSS technologies. Although both are largely in the infancy stages, it’d be fair to say that NVIDIA has a bit of an edge here. Let’s move on to sheer raster performance.

    Test Bed:

    • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (read the review here)
    • Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi
    • RAM: 16GB Trident Z Royal @ 3600MHz
    • PSU: Corsair HX1000i
    • HDD: WD Black 4TB
    • All the games were tested at the ultra quality preset at 1440p using the DX12 API. Deux Ex was tested at the high quality preset

    GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs Radeon RX 5700 XT: 1440p Gaming Benchmarks

    On average, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is approximately 10-15% slower than the RTX 2070 Super. However, somehow it does manage to come out on top in certain titles like Metro Exodus and World War Z which favor Radeon hardware. You’re basically paying another 6K or so for an additional ~10% performance. If you aiming for a 1440p or 1080p display, I’d suggest sticking to the 5700 XT. However, for 4K the 2070 S is the better pick. It can be further overclocked to extract some additional performance. The same can’t be done with the reference RX 5700 XT.

    Conclusion

    Well, so which GPU should you go with? The RTX 2070 Super or the RX 5700 XT. The latter offers better performance per dollar, but the reference model runs like a helicopter, loud and hot. At this point, ray-tracing isn’t going to be an issue but that is going to change soon. If it weren’t for the pesky taxes and customs charge, the RX 5700 XT would be a hit in India. Still, it is an excellent option for 1080p 144Hz or 1440p 75Hz gaming. Yes, it runs hot but despite that, it manages to hold its own. At 4K, things get too toasty, however, and the 2070 S becomes a better option.

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    Areej
    I love computer hardware and RPGs, and those two things are what drove me to start TechQuila. Other than that most of my time goes into reading psychology, writing (and reading) dark poetry and playing games. Lead Editor at Techquila and HardwareTimes.com

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