During yesterday’s game-focused event Next Horizon Gaming, AMD unveiled details and prices for the processors in the Ryzen 3000 series, which also received performance comparisons with similar Intel processors. The graphics cards in the Radeon RX 5700 series were also presented during the evening with associated performance results.
The Radeon RX 5700 series consists of two models. The Radeon RX 5700 is the entry-level model while the Radeon RX 5700 XT is its more capable sibling. In AMD’s official performance figures, the new graphics cards are compared partly with AMD’s graphics cards in the Radeon RX Vega family, and partly Nvidia’s graphics cards in the Geforce RTX 2000 series.
AMD begins by comparing the top card Radeon RX 5700 XT against its predecessor Radeon RX Vega 56. Here, the RX 5700 XT reaches image update over 60 frames per second in the games Monster Hunter World and Dirt Rally 2, something the RX Vega 56 does not achieve. In the games Apex Legends of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, the RX 5700 XT reaches over 90 frames per second, something the RX Vega 56 ends up well below.
When the Radeon RX 5700 XT is compared to the competitor Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 in the resolution 1440p, AMD’s top card generally gets better results. The best results are achieved in Battlefield V and Metro Exudos, where the RX 5700XT gets 22 percent and 15 percent better results than the Geforce RTX 2070, respectively.
The lowest results are achieved in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Cid Meier’s Civilization 6, where Geforce RTX 2070 achieves 3 percent and 1 percent better results, respectively. When it comes to the simpler sibling Radeon RX 5700, AMD compares this instead with Geforce RTX 2060, also here in the resolution 1440p.
Performance results here match well with those for the more advanced models. The Radeon RX 5700 also achieves the best results in Battlefield V and Metro Exodus, where the performance advantage over the Geforce RTX 2060 is 21 percent and 16 percent, respectively. The lowest result is achieved in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where the RX 5700 gets 2 percent better results.
In addition to pure performance figures, AMD also highlights features that developers can take advantage of to achieve better image quality with the Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards. One such feature is Fidelity FX which gives developers the ability to improve the sharpness of graphics with little impact on performance.
The Fidelity FX technology was demonstrated with the upcoming game title Borderlands 3, where the sharpness of the game’s environments is improved with the technology activated. The game’s developer Gearbox Software took the opportunity to announce a collaboration with AMD where the studio’s future game projects will be optimized for AMD’s hardware. The Unity game engine was also demonstrated with support for Fidelity FX.
AMD also demonstrated more technologies to improve image sharpness when using the new graphics cards in the RX 5700 series, where performance losses when using the features are stated to be as low as 0.5 to 1.4 percent.
The new graphics cards have also been equipped with a feature called Radeon Anti-Lag, or RAL. With the function activated, the time from the time the user clicks in the system until the result is displayed on the screen must be reduced. In the seven game titles given as examples, the response time has been reduced from 23 to 35 percent.
Finally, the Raden RX 5700 series’ support for image synchronization with external monitors via AMD Freesync 2 HDR was also presented. As the name suggests, this is AMD’s variant of the VESA Adaptivesync image synchronization technology, with support for HDR color gamut. The HDR support was also demonstrated along with the game Borderlands 3.
The new graphics cards will be able to connect to external monitors and display synchronized images with Display HDR 800 support in resolutions of 3,840 × 2,160 pixels. This and support for 144 Hz image update are supported over a Displayport 1.4 cable.
Radeon RX 5700XT and Radeon RX 5700 will be launched on July 7 with the recommended prices 449 and 379 dollars, respectively, corresponding to 5,300 and 4,500 kroner including VAT.