Radeon RX 5700 XT Slower than NVIDIA RTX 2070, RX 5700 on Par with RTX 2060 Super

A Polish tech website by the name Benchmark dot com had earlier (accidentally) published the performance numbers for the AMD Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards. The review was swiftly taken down of course, but the folks over at OCUK managed to grab a few screenshots that show how the Radeon RX 5700 and the RX 5700 XT perform when pitted against the NVIDIA RTX 2060 and the RTX 2070 as well as their corresponding SUPER variants.

The three games tested were Far Cry 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, each at QHD and FHD resolutions. A couple of staple synthetics, 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Time Spy were also included.

For the most part, performance seems in line with what was presented by AMD. The only potential caveat seems to be the Wolfenstein II result where the 5700 XT fails to impress as it’s easily beaten by the RTX cards and is even behind the Vega 64. This is unusual as AMD generally does well in Vulkan titles. It should also be noted that AMD themselves did not include the game in their own charts as the company might be fully aware of the poor showing in this particular title. This also implies that AMD’s new RDNA architecture has potentially lost the long-held Vulkan advantage that they had over Nvidia’s previous architectures viz. Maxwell and Pascal.

Power consumption figures are in the ballpark of Nvidia’s SUPER cards and, given the performance we see here, should give little or no reason for criticism. The image below shows full system power draw when paired with a Core i9 9900k.

If these leaked numbers are to be believed, one can easily conclude that AMD has almost caught up to Nvidia, albeit with the help of cutting edge 7nm technology. However, for people who wanted a game-changing product in Navi, similar to that of Ryzen, are sure to be left a bit disappointed.

In my opinion, at their currently announced MSRPs, the Radeon RX 5700 series fails to provide any more value than what the RTX SUPER cards is already providing in the market. However, as per rumors, AMD might cut the prices of the two Navi cards before they launch on 7th July to $349 for the RX 5700 and $399 for the 5700 XT. This puts the latter directly in the same space as the RTX 2060 Super and it most definitely beats it by quite a margin. At this rate, I expect NVIDIA to drop the pricing of the Super cards as well.


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