AMD took the stage at E3 to announce its “Navi” household of GPUs. The corporate’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. As a substitute, 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 in opposition to 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 era. The chips are constructed on TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing course of, a big 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 complete. AMD provides three numbers for the clock fee on the XT: a 1605MHz “Base” clock, a 1755MHz “Recreation” clock, and a 1905MHz “Increase” clock. As traditional, the cheaper 5700 disables compute items and lowers the clock fee, so you’ve gotten 36 compute items for 2304 stream processor complete, a base clock of 1465MHz, sport 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 prepared” due to an influence answer with room to grown. Each of AMD’s reference designs include 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence.

Enlarge / An exploded view of the XT.


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 the whole lot will get blown out the again of the cardboard. Blower cooling designs have the draw back of manufacturing lots of noise, however AMD is promising a “quiet” card due to an “acoustically tuned” design. In case you’re sad with the cooler design, partner-produced playing cards with various cooling options must be out finally. The playing cards each take a Eight-pin + 6-pin power-supply connection, with AMD offering Board Energy figures of 225W for the XT and 180W for the cheaper card.

In case you get the entire AMD bundle in July (that means a Ryzen 3000 CPU, an X570 motherboard, and a Radeon 5700 card), you will be all up and operating with the brand new PCI Categorical bus normal. This quicker interconnect can be nice for next-gen SSDs and 200Gbps (!) Ethernet controllers. However for video playing cards, we’ve not seen a compelling use case but. Nonetheless, it offers 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 impartial benchmarks, and when you’re out there for a GPU, it is most likely additionally finest to see if Nvidia does something in response.

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

No matter what occurs between AMD and Nvidia within the PC graphics card wars, AMD GPUs promise to be nearly all over the place else sooner or later. Initially of the presentation, AMD talked concerning the firm’s design wins, stating that AMD is supplying graphics chips to each the next-gen Xbox and Ps consoles, Apple’s Mac Professional, and Google’s Stadia game-streaming platform. AMD additionally lately inked an RDNA licensing cope with Samsung, which can construct the graphics know-how into its Exynos SoCs for smartphones and tablets.


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