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AMD Radeon RX 5700 review

Since Computex 2019 and AMD’s Next Gaming Horizon event at E3, people are hoping that AMD will finally bring a competition to the GPU market. This is not going to be a full Radeon RX 5700 review, but hopefully we’ll be able to show the whole idea on where AMD is at with these new product.

Radeon Navi

I’m not going to go into all the the technical details, but the Radeon RX 5700 is powered by a new architecture design called RDNA (Radeon DNA). Compared to the older GCN architecture, we expect better performance and efficiency with AMD’s advanced 7nm process technology.

With these improvements, AMD will introduce a new set of capabilities and optimization. Navi can drive high resolution displays 8k 60hz or even 4k 240hz.

It also has a better H.264 encoder that will allow users to stream using the AMD HVEC more efficiently.

AMD is also introducing new features that will make it stand out from the consumer market.

New Radeon Features

Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) is a new feature that increases clarity of in-game images. Games use anti-aliasing such as TAA or FXAA to smoothsout jagged objects and edges, but this causes performance penalties and blurring of in-game images.

RIS tackles this problem by restoring clarity using Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening algorithm (CAS). It doesn’t require developers to have per-game integration and will work across games based on DirectX 9, 12, and Vulkan APIs.

Another feature is the Radeon Anti-Lag which optimizes GPU instructions with the assistance of the CPU to help decrease input-to-display response times.

For now, we don’t have the time or resources to test out these new features but we do hope to come back with a follow up with our own results.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the product itself.

Radeon RX 5700

We have in our hands the reference model of the Radeon RX 5700. It has a boost clock of 1725mhz and a base clock of 1465mhz. Other specs include 8GB of GDDR6, PCIe 4.0 support, and a rated 180w board power consumption.

What’s in the box?

The packaging for the reference model of the Radeon RX 5700 is very simple. It comes with few pieces of paperwork and a respectably thick packaging foam where the graphics card snugly fit.

Product photos

Having a first look at the card, you’ll see that it has a full grey metal shroud but skips a back plate. I’m a fan of these reference designs but the blower-type cooler tends to get really hot.

We are using a RV02 case in an air conditioned room (ambient temperature measures at 23°C). During the gaming tests, the GPU temperature hovered around 80-86°C. Do also take note that the fan is loud under load.

For outputs, the RX 5700 has three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0 port. The card also needs an 8+6pin PCIe power connector to meet it’s power requirements.

Test System

CPU – Ryzen 7 2700x (stock clocks, core boost enabled, cooled by NH-D15)

Memory – 2x8GB G.Skill Sniper X 3400MHz DDR4 memory

Motherboard –Aorus X370 Gaming K7

Graphics Cards:

Radeon Navi RX 5700 Reference
Asus ROG Strix Gaming 2060 6GB
MSI RTX 2070 8GB Gaming Z
Palit Super Jetstream 2080 8GB
Nvidia RTX 2080 8GB Founders Edition
Gigabyte Gaming OC RTX 2080ti 11GB

Radeon RX 5700 review

Relative Gaming performance

We did our tests in 4K resolution to allow the GPU’s to scale up in graphic applications and remove CPU limitations.

This may not be a realistic workload but it should give us an idea where to position the RX 5700 against other competing graphics cards.

With the results from the 3DMark synthetic benchmarks – it is safe to assume that the Radeon RX 5700 performs somewhat in between the raw performance of the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070.

3DMark Fire strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy Extreme

Gaming on the other hand had a mixed bag of results.

Ashes of the Singularity showed that the RX 5700 performance was way ahead given that it has an 8GB vram buffer, giving it an advantage in much higher resolutions.

Ashes of the Singularity, 4k, Standard

Strange Brigade is a game that scales very well with AMD GPUs and here the RX 5700 surpasses the RTX 2070 by 5% .

Given that this benchmark was done in 4K, Ultra settings shows that playing Strange Brigade in 4K with the right settings is playable while maintaining 60 frames per second.

Strange Brigade, 4k, Ultra

The next two games, Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Rainbow Six: Siege are game titles that run well on NVIDIA graphics cards.

As a result, we see the RX 5700 sitting in between the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 in 4K, Ultra settings.

Ghost Recon Wildlands, 4k, Ultra
Rainbow Six: Siege, 4k, Ultra

Final Thoughts

We had three days lead time to do the testing with the RX 5700 to provide the big picture on where does t he RX 5700 place itself among the stack.

Initial results show that the Radeon RX 5700 performs between the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070.

The GPU drivers provided to the press also didn’t allow for overclocking. Although we believe that the Radeon RX 5700 will squeeze out more performance with better cooling and tweaking.

AMD’s last minute price cut in the RX 5700 SKUs before launch day shook the market by providing more competitive options for consumers.

The Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700XT will have the local SRP of PHP20,873 and PHP24,461 therefore making these SKUs a competitively positioned GPU option that thrives through price and performance.

We will try to do a follow up on performance with more game titles and the new Radeon features in a future article.

In conclusion, we can say that AMD is in a positive position with their competitive pricing and performance ratio. This is a win for consumers and retailers alike.

Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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