July 7, 2019 is going to be a key day for AMD, with two launches for the processor market, and finally, for the graphics cards. During its Next Horizon Gaming event, the company presented, apart from the Ryzen 9 3950X processor, its first two graphics of the Navi family, the Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT. Its GPUs, manufactured in 7 nm and following the new RDNA architecture, increase the number of IPCs, improve the performance per clock by 25% and increase the frequencies for a price – apparently – moderate.
The RX 5700 XT faces directly with the RTX 2070 of Nvidia with a price of 449 dollars, whereas the RX 5700 centers in the RTX 2060 by 379 dollars. According to the network slides, the two cards exceed in most cases the green counterparts, although in the case of titles such as Battlefield V or Metro Exodus the functionality of raytracing is left aside, given that the new Navi they are not compatible with the DXR API. Here below you have the specifications of the cards:
With regard to the design of the graphics, we found a ventilation system with a single fan, in line with the old reference Radeon, in addition to a steam chamber. They presented PCB with a power stage of 7 phases and a configuration of 8 + 6 pins for the connection.
Already with all this information on the table (especially concerning prices) we can not avoid questioning the strategy of AMD. Technically, the prices are lower than those recommended for the Nvidia models, but if you look, the RTX 2070, which is already 9 months old, can be found for prices close to 450 dollars, so get a Radeon RX 5700 XT, although it promises to have better performance, it may not be so appetizing given the lack of raytracing. Something similar happens with the binomial RX 570-RTX 2060. Having a few months, prices are starting to adjust for the Nvidia charts, and AMD’s seems to be modest in their performance-price balance.