I’ve acquired excellent news and dangerous information about AMD’s new graphics playing cards — the Radeon 5700 and 5700 XT.
When you’re an AMD fan hoping that this would be the second in historical past when the corporate lastly pulls forward of Nvidia with a high-end video card — like it might be doing in opposition to Intel with desktop CPUs — this isn’t that second. Regardless of its new Navi structure, which gives 1.25x the efficiency per clock and 1.5x efficiency per watt, these aren’t at the same time as high-end as AMD’s current (and sophisticated) 13.eight TFLOP Radeon VII GPU. At as much as 9.75 TFLOPs and seven.95 TFLOPs of uncooked computing energy respectively, and with 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence as a substitute of 16GB of HBM2, the 5700-series isn’t a world-beater.
However these two new blower-style graphics playing cards could also be doing one thing extra essential: taking up Nvidia the place it truly counts in bang-for-the-buck GPUs. AMD says they’re designed to destroy the upper-mid-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060. You’ll pay $450 for the Radeon 5700 XT, in comparison with the $500 for Nvidia’s 2070, whereas the Radeon 5700 prices $380 in comparison with the $350 that Nvidia’s 2060 retails for right this moment.
They’re coming July seventh, and we’ll be including extra data to this submit as we’re studying extra right this moment.