AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT vs. Nvidia RTX 2070 Super

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The battle for the latest generation of graphics processors splits into two graphics cards: AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT and Nvidian RTX 2070 Super. Both cards offer excellent performance in Full HD and 1440p, and aren’t too expensive (if you can find them in stock). To help you decide between them, we threw both cards into the ring for this RX 5700 XT vs. RTX 2070 Super comparison.

Before you get into it, remember that there is constant lack of video card. The 5700 XT and 2070 Super are both out of stock at all the major dealers, and second-hand market prices are through the roof. We have four options to buy an expensive GPU right now if you don’t want to wait.

Pricing and availability

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The AMD RX 5700 XT was released in July 2019 for $ 399. The slightly slower RX 5700 was launched at the same time for $ 349. Due to the constant lack of graphics processors, both cards are now much more expensive if they can be found in stock. As of May, the cheapest new card we found was $ 1,649. The 5700 XT is a great card, but not at the price. At this point, you better stick to a RX 6700 XT or 6800 XT.

In the second-hand market, 5,700 XT cards are sold for $ 700 and more than $ 1,500. You can find the RX 6700 XT on eBay for about $ 1,000, which is a much better card than the 5700 XT. Neither is worth anywhere near their asking price, so if you can expect prices to normalize, that’s the best option.

The RTX 2070 Super was also released in July 2019 for $ 499. Stocks of the 2070 Super graphics card were already dwindling before the lack of graphics processors, so you won’t find one near the price. The cheapest new card we found was the Zotac Mini card, which cost $ 1,500.

Fortunately, the second-hand market does not exist too bad. We found several cards sold on eBay for about $ 700, although some went over $ 1,000. $ 700, the 2070 Super isn’t a bad deal, at least given the terrible state of the GPU market. However, buying the RTX 3070 is a better idea. They’ll be sold out in seconds, but Nvidia and its board partners are still actively replenishing the cards, so you can find one new if you look around.

Both cards are currently overpriced. Although GPU shortage may it takes a few years to go away, prices should hopefully start falling for the last generation of cards soon.

Presentation

While there are some physical and characteristic differences between the two cards, the most important factor in terms of graphics for most is performance. Before we get to the comparison results, let’s look at the specifications of these cards to see how they are measured.

Radeon RX 5700 XT RTX 2070 Super
Process node 7sqm 12 nm
Shading units 2560 power processors 2560 CUDA cores
Tensor hearts N / A 320
RT cores N / A 40
Basic clock 1 605 MHz 1 605 MHz
Boost clock 1.905 MHz * 1770 MHz
Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory speed 14Gbps 14Gbps
Bandwidth 448 Gt / s 448 Gt / s
TDP 225w 215w
Price

* Note: The “boost clock” of the Radeon RX 5700 XT is its theoretical maximum in stock situations and is likely to be reached in fractions of a second. Its more typical clock frequency is about 1,755 MHz.

Because AMD and Nvidia cards are built differently, not all specifications are directly comparable. Nonetheless, there are some fascinating home returns from these numbers. The clock speed of the 5700 series has increased significantly over older GPU lines such as Vega, which helps AMD card watches almost match the Nvidia graphics cards in stock. AMD has also used GDDR6 rather than the more expensive HBM of recent generations. The memory runs at the same speed and configuration as the Nvidia component, giving both cards the same bandwidth. However, the 5700 XT brings a little extra power.

In the 3DMark Time Spy comparison, the 5700 XT had a strong performance, pulling up RTX 2060 Super. It also almost matched the points of the much more expensive AMD Radeon VII, but was just over 1,000 points below the 2070 Super.

This difference was less obvious in games, and certain titles tend to work better on one card more than another. In Fortnite, The RTX 2070 Super was clearly a more capable card with 10 frames per second and 30 frames per second an advantage over the 5700 XT. The difference was much less obvious at 4K than at 1080p, but the 5700 XT was always lagging behind by a considerable margin.

Battlefield V. was much more favorable to AMD when the 5700 XT and Radeon VII surpassed the 2070 Super, especially at 1440p. Civilization VI and Assassin’s Creed: Odysseyhowever, are where the 5700 XT broke up. There, the 2070 Super dominated AMD. Is the value of these extra frames an extra $ 100-150, you have to make a call. One thing is clear: 2070 Super is a more powerful card in terms of gaming.

Cooling and noise

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In the reference models, the 2070 Super beats the 5700 XT in terms of cooling and noise. AMD’s dated fan-style cooler is not suitable for the 2070 Super’s dual fan configuration. However, there is a little more to the story of third party options.

The 5700 XT has pretty much two fan models, including the Sapphire Pulse and Gigabyte Gaming OC. If you’re willing to buy a little more, there are also plenty of three fan cards, including the XFX Thicc III Ultra and Asus ’ever-popular Strix card.

However, reference design is particularly hot, as are most third-party options. There are plenty of cooling solutions, but with a hotter GPU, it’s hard to avoid noise. Thermal performance varies by model, so we recommend looking for reviews of the model of interest before pulling the trigger.

There is not much to report on the Nvidia side. The 2070 Super works cooler and quieter in reference design, and most third-party cards just keep it going. Nevertheless, there are far fewer third-party options if you are looking for a new card.

Beam tracking and image sharpening

A great feature of RTX generation graphics cards is their support for hardware-accelerated beam tracking. This is possible because the Turing GPU has added RT cores that crush the complex numbers behind real-time light effects. Although AMD has performed beam tracking lately, its RX 5700 XT does not have this feature. The thread strongly monitors the performance of graphics cards massively, even on Nvidia’s own a masterpiece of in-depth learning helping it, and the 5700 XT can’t do it right now (new RX 6000 cards however).

However, what they can do is sharpen the image. Thanks to Radeon Image Sharpening and FidelityFX, the AMD 5700 XT is able to take advantage of the image sharpening algorithm, an intelligent post-processing effect that can eliminate some of the inaccuracy typically associated with heavy-hand anti-aliasing. It also doesn’t have much of an impact on performance.

As mentioned, AMD’s new RX 6000 cards support beam tracking. They, too, should support the DLSS-type feature soon. AMD has been constantly bullying it FidelityFX Super resolution a feature that promises to produce dynamic scaling without affecting performance.

The RTX 2070 is the Super (expensive) card we deserve

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It may be more expensive and a little harder to get your hands on, but the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super is a clear winner for us. We probably should have had this in 2070 when the RTX generation was first launched. The designers simply turned the RTX 2080 off with some cores. However, this card is worth the wait and is better than the 5700 XT.

The Nvidia RTX 2070 card offers performance that competes RTX 2080 – the card has several useful new features such as a cooler and quieter sounding fan. Its frame-per-second configuration speed exceeds the average 5700 XT performance. However, higher quality operations have a higher price.

For users who already be FreeSync screen, you don’t have the budget flexibility to spend that kind of money, and don’t worry about giving back about 10% – 20% of performance quality (before overclocking) and you’ll find a great tool in the 5700 XT.

We also recommend waiting for which new card to be released in the near future. It’s worth it compared to buying an old card. The RTX 3000 and RX 6000 cards are much better than the latest generation offerings, but they are just as hard to find.

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