AMD launches Navi because the $449 Radeon RX 5700 XT

The Radeon RX 5700 XT. It has a humorous dent within the high.

The costs.

Specs on the 5700 XT.


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Specs on the non-XT model.


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AMD additionally has a particular gold “50th-anniversary edition” it’ll promote on AMD.com for $499.


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The XT all pulled aside.


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A shot of the GPU.


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The new RDNA structure guarantees higher efficiency per watt and per clock, and it’ll present up in all method of units.


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If you wish to imagine AMD’s benchmarks, here is a chart exhibiting the RX 5700 XT versus what AMD considers to be its competitors, the RTX 2070.


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The 5700 non-XT towards the RTX 2060. Again, look forward to unbiased benchmarks.


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AMD’s many design wins lately.

AMD took the stage at E3 to announce its “Navi” household of GPUs. The firm’s new graphics playing cards are formally the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700. The 5700 collection is launching July 7, making the GPUs a one-two punch alongside AMD’s Ryzen 3000 collection CPUs.

AMD is not tackling the flagship GPU market with the 5700 collection. Instead, the corporate is aiming for extra mainstream pricing with mainstream efficiency: the 5700XT is $449, whereas the 5700 is $379. AMD is positioning the playing cards towards Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070 ($499) and 2060 ($349), respectively, and claims efficiency wins in every comparability.

The playing cards introduce AMD’s new “RDNA” structure, which AMD says has 1.25x performance-per-clock and 1.5x performance-per-watt over the earlier technology. The chips are constructed on TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing course of, a major shrink from the 12nm course of used on the Radeon RX 590, and on Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080. The Navi die is considerably smaller than the previous-generation Vega design, with a die space of solely 251mm2 in comparison with the 495 mm2 die space for Vega. The smaller die ought to make the Navi considerably cheaper to supply than Vega.

For specs, the top-end Radeon RX 5700 XT has 40 compute items with 2560 stream processors whole. AMD offers three numbers for the clock fee on the XT: a 1605MHz “Base” clock, a 1755MHz “Game” clock, and a 1905MHz “Boost” clock. As standard, the cheaper 5700 disables compute items and lowers the clock fee, so you’ve 36 compute items for 2304 stream processor whole, a base clock of 1465MHz, recreation clock of 1625MHz, and a lift clock of 1725MHz.

If any of those clock charges are too conservative for you, AMD is promising the 5700 XT is “overclocking ready” because of an influence resolution with room to grown. Both of AMD’s reference designs include 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence.

Enlarge / An exploded view of the XT.

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For cooling, AMD’s reference design is a blower-style card with an aluminum shroud and again plate. A vapor chamber attracts warmth into the heatsink, and every thing will get blown out the again of the cardboard. Blower cooling designs have the draw back of manufacturing loads of noise, however AMD is promising a “quiet” card because of an “acoustically tuned” design. If you are sad with the cooler design, partner-produced playing cards with various cooling options needs to be out finally. The playing cards each take a Eight-pin + 6-pin power-supply connection, with AMD offering Board Power figures of 225W for the XT and 180W for the cheaper card.

If you get the entire AMD bundle in July (which means a Ryzen 3000 CPU, an X570 motherboard, and a Radeon 5700 card), you will be all up and working with the brand new PCI Express four.zero bus customary. This sooner interconnect will likely be nice for next-gen SSDs and 200Gbps (!) Ethernet controllers. But for video playing cards, we’ve not seen a compelling use case but. Still, it gives room for upgrades!

All these specs are good to know, however they do not actually inform us something about precise efficiency. As all the time, it is best to attend for unbiased benchmarks, and should you’re out there for a GPU, it is most likely additionally greatest to see if Nvidia does something in response.

And talking of Nvidia’s response, the corporate has been teasing a “Super” GeForce product for a number of weeks now. The rumors level to “Super” playing cards being up-clocked editions of Nvidia’s current playing cards and worth drops for some non-super playing cards, making the corporate extra aggressive with AMD’s freshly introduced lineup. Again although, benchmarks will inform the true story. AMD additionally would not have a solution this technology for the real-time raytracing know-how that Nvidia launched with the RTX 2080 Ti. But given the large hit in efficiency that ray tracing causes for even Nvidia’s quickest playing cards (and the restricted recreation assist for raytracing), it is not an enormous loss for AMD.

Regardless of what occurs between AMD and Nvidia within the PC graphics card wars, AMD GPUs promise to be virtually in all places else sooner or later. At the start of the presentation, AMD talked in regards to the firm’s design wins, declaring that AMD is supplying graphics chips to each the next-gen Xbox and Playstation consoles, Apple’s Mac Pro, and Google’s Stadia game-streaming platform. AMD additionally lately inked an RDNA licensing take care of Samsung, which is able to construct the graphics know-how into its Exynos SoCs for smartphones and tablets.