AMD Unveils Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT Graphics Cards At E3 2019

Last month at Computex, AMD announced the Radeon RX 5000 series built using the all-new RDNA architecture and 7nm manufacturing process. Today, at E3, they’ve announced the first products in the series along with specifications and pricing and availability.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700

First we have the highest-end model, the Radeon RX 5700 XT. Pricing wise, AMD is targeting the GeForece RTX 2070 at $449.

The company presented a slide showcasing performance up to 22% faster in Battlefield V, 15% faster in Metro Exodus and ~5.8% faster on average in 10 of the latest, most demanding games at 1440p. So, there you have it: ~5% more performance for ~10% fewer dollars.

Next we have the cut-down Radeon RX 5700, which is targeted directly at the GeForce RTX 2060 at $379.

The company showcased the same 10-games, this time comparing the RX 5700 vs the RTX 2060 with the former coming out on top by an average of 9.5%. That’s fairly impressive, but when you consider that the RX 5700 carries with it an MSRP that is also roughly 10% higher, it’s not quite as competitive as we’d hoped to see.

RX 5700 Series Specifications

RX 5700 XTRX 5700
Compute Units4036
Stream Processors25602304
Base Clock (MHz)16051465
Game Clock (MHz)17551625
Boost Clock (MHz)19051725
Peak Compute (TFLOPs)9.757.9
Memory Type14 Gbps GDDR6 14 Gbps GDDR6
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit
Total Board Power225W180W
Manufacturing ProcessTSMC 7nm TSMC 7nm
GPUNavi 10Navi 10
Available07/07/2019 07/07/2019

Closing Thoughts – The New Normal

I have to say, I’m a bit disappointed with the launch of Navi so far. Yes, these cards do compete well in terms of pricing and performance with NVIDIA’s current offerings in these segments, but I can’t help but feel that AMD is simply following NVIDIA’s lead here.

At $379, the RX 5700 is priced exactly where the GTX 1070 originally was when it launched back in May 2016. Now, exactly 3-years later, we have a card that is roughly 23% faster for the same price. That’s an improvement of just 7.6% per year. If you’re a GTX 1070 owner that bought in at or close to launch and are looking for a reasonable upgrade for around the same price you paid, you’re basically out of luck.

Of course, you might point out that the GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition launched at $449, which also just so happens to be where the RX 5700 XT is priced. Well, even there, you’re still getting just 30% more performance in those 3-years, which is definitely better, but not by a whole lot.

To be clear, this isn’t at shot against AMD, specifically. NVIDIA has been just as disappointing with their RTX 2000 series. It’s just that I would have hoped that AMD would be able to bring back some sort of normalcy with this launch and unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Welcome to the new normal.

EDIT: corrected some figures stated in closing thoughts.

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