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AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT/RX 5700: A Step In The Right Direction (Page 1)

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT/RX 5700: A Step In The Right Direction

AMD corrects the wrongs of Vega with Navi now on 7nm, but is it enough to fight GeForce RTX 20 SUPER cards?

By Anthony Garreffa from Jul 7, 2019 @ 8:30 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction & Pricing

I wanted to have weeks to write this review but after 18-hour days for the past couple of weeks to endure all of the industry events like Computex 2019 and AMD's own Next Horizon Gaming event in LA, I'm pooped. I had to move both my house and my office in between these trips and now, with NVIDIA launching its new SUPER cards in the middle of it, and AMD seeding out its next-gen 7nm products in Zen 2 and Navi. It has been a rough month.

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So without sugar coating it, let's dive right into it -- we have AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards here to review today with the two cards including the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700.

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AMD compares the Radeon RX 5700 XT against its older Radeon RX Vega 56 in its own charts, teasing some huge 30% average increases in performance at max/ultra settings in a bunch of games at 1440p.

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Even when compared against the GeForce RTX 2070 (non SUPER) the new RX 5700 XT supposedly delivers near identical performance at 1440p, but I've got my own charts you can check out over the course of the review, don't worry.

New Pricing

AMD says it dropped the prices because it "embraces competition, which drives innovation to the benefit of gamers. In that spirit, we are updating the pricing of our Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards, launching July 7". The new prices on the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series are as follows:

  • 50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT -- $449 USD SEP
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card -- $399 USD SEP
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 graphics card -- $349 USD SEP

AMD continues: "We know that gamers will be thrilled once they have the opportunity to experience the amazing performance, stunning visual fidelity and highly responsive gameplay these new graphics cards provide. Making history on 7/7 as the first company to launch gaming CPUs and GPUs together - the first in 7nm and PCIe 4.0 - is all about pushing the ultimate gaming experience forward for as many gamers as possible".

Price Drop 48 Hours Before Launch

This is one thing that I did not like from AMD -- their strategy for marketing the price of Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700. AMD debuted the cards at the Next Horizon Gaming event during E3 2019 a few weeks ago and even then, I said to not just myself and other tech press friends and AMD staffers that it was too expensive and that I expected $399 for the 5700 XT and even that was expensive.

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That was in a world with no SUPER cards unveiled and just the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 on either side of Navi, but then the $449 price came out and I said it was too much. AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 XT was not good enough for $449, and even $399 is expensive - especially compared to the competitive threads/price performance between Ryzen CPUs and Intel's range of CPUs. It seems AMD can't be cut throat competitive with pricing on Navi.

Secondly, it pisses me off that AMD did it this way. Now ex-TweakTown and ex-AMD staffer Jason Evangelho tweeted that it:

  1. Throws off competition
  2. Pleases consumers who now think they're getting something great for less than expected
  3. Generates additional headlines

I don't agree with Jason's stance on throwing off the competition, NVIDIA had the game won without the need of SUPER or even a price drop. Yes, AMD is definitely pleasing consumers with "OMG here's a surprise price drop" but it is no surprise. I think the Radeon RX 5700 XT was always meant to be $399 but they jacked the price up amongst the Zen 2 / Navi hype leading up into, during, and after E3 2019/Next Horizon Gaming and got away with it.

$449 wasn't too bad for a brand new Navi-based card with GDDR6 and finally some good performance, you can kinda swallow the price because it's finally something new from Radeon. But, it was too expensive and now 48 hours before the launch, AMD has changed their tune and "slashed" the pricing before launch. Jebaited, I guess?

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