by Rob Williams on July 8, 2019 in Graphics & Displays
Mid-range gamers who are overdue for an upgrade might want to pay attention to the latest options to just hit the market. Following NVIDIA’s launch of GeForce SUPER last week, AMD is now taking the veil off of its Navi-codenamed GPUs, based on the brand-new RNDA architecture. With three resolutions on tap, let’s explore the performance of the $349 RX 5700 and $399 RX 5700 XT.
A fun aspect of UL benchmarks is that you never quite know what to expect with scaling, and it often disagrees with the scaling we see in our regular testing. But, it’s still a good overall gauge of what’s possible, which in this case is apparently an RX 5700 XT that’s as fast as the RTX 2070 SUPER in the 1080p Fire Strike test, and not far behind at 4K.
Ever since Pascal, NVIDIA has had dominating performance in the DirectX 12 Time Spy test, and that reality continues here. Perhaps the most interesting result here is with the bottom-ranking RX 590, falling considerably behind the next step up in this chart.
As with the DX12 Time Spy test, NVIDIA has some major strengths in VRMark’s tests, spread across both DX11 and 12. In the Cyan room, the RX 5700 XT beats out its direct RTX 2060 SUPER competition, while the roles reverse in the Blue room test, to a more considerable degree for NVIDIA.
The Blue room test represents future VR workloads, and based on the framerates delivered, it seems safe to say you’ll probably want GPUs higher-end than these here so that you can hope to hit 90Hz per eye guaranteed. But, it is important to note that this test represents truly strenuous workloads, and isn’t representative of typical gaming VR expectations.
Unigine helps wrap up our look at performance with similar scaling as seen in the 3DMark tests. The RX 5700 XT sits behind its 2070 SUPER competition, but it sure does come close to parity in the 4K “optimized” profile test. The RX 5700 and RTX 2060 non-SUPER go back and forth with these tests.