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— AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 is a mid-range Navi 10 (RDNA) GPU which is built on a 7nm process. The 5700 has 36 compute units (compared to 40 in the 5700 XT) and 8 GB of GDDR6 capable of delivering 448 GB/s of memory bandwidth. At $349 USD, the 5700 is more affordable than the $399 USD 5700 XT which is approximately 10% faster and more power hungry (225W vs 180W). Unlike the benchmark busting reference XT which overheats and chokes on its own default settings, the reference 5700 (non XT), though still noisy, is able to maintain composure and is capable of delivering a very respectable 100+ EFps. This puts it 5% ahead of the RTX 2060 and 8% behind the RTX 2060S in most of today’s popular games. Prices are necessary to confirm which graphics card offers the best bang for buck but it is certain that there is a lot more choice in the upper end of the GPU market.

12 hrs ago.

— The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 is built on 14 nm silicon and contains next-generation compute units (nCUs). Each NCU houses 64 steam processors, of which the Vega 64 has 4096 compared to 3584 in the Vega 56. The architecture also employs 8GB of second generation high-bandwidth memory (HBM2). At launch (two years ago) AMD described this as the most significant leap in their GPU architecture for the last five years. We recently ran the Vega 56 through our EFps lab which showed that in today’s market the Vega series of cards “could” be tempting, at around the $200 mark. (Vega 56 results here)

13 hrs ago.

— The Radeon RX Vega 56 is the weakest member of AMD's Vega GPU family. The Vega architecture is built on 14 nm silicon and contains next-generation compute units (nCUs). Each NCU houses 64 steam processors, of which the Vega 56 has 3584 vs. 4096 in the Vega 64. The new architecture employs 8GB of second generation high-bandwidth memory (HBM2). Although the Vega 56 has 12.5% less processing units, users have found that by flashing an RX 64 Bios into an RX 56 card allows a 10% increase in OC headroom which effectively brings a BIOS flashed RX 56 onto par with a stock RX 64 and just 12.5% slower than a fully overclocked RX 64. All of this OC headroom is great on paper but in the real world the reference Vega 56 is far too noisy. Hair dryer levels of noise at stock clocks are unacceptable for most users. Provided you are partially deaf or happy to use noise canceling headphones the Vega 56 “can” deliver levels of performance that approach an RTX 2060 but prices need to drop below $200 before the Vega 56 becomes competitive.

13 hrs ago.

— The 6GB RTX 2060 is the latest addition to Nvidia’s RTX series of graphics card which are based on their Turing architecture. Turing features AI enhanced graphics and real time ray tracing which is intended to eventually deliver a more realistic gaming experience. The 2060 has 1920 CUDA cores and 336GB/s of GDRR6 memory bandwidth. With a launch price of $350 for the Founders Edition, the 2060 offered the best value for money amongst the RTX range and somewhat redeemed Nvidia from their earlier RTX releases (2070, 2080, 2080 Ti) which were unrealistically priced. The 2060 is capable of delivering 100+ EFps in almost all of today’s popular games at 1080p with maximum details. This should more than satisfy the majority of 1080p gamers including those who play at 144Hz. Rapidly diminishing returns lie beyond the 2060’s price point of $325 and they are not worth it for the majority of gamers that play on or below 1080p. For gamers that play on 1440p the next step up would be to the $400 2060S.

1 day ago.

— The Radeon RX 570 is the second in the line-up of AMD’s 500 series of GPUs targeting the popular mid-range market. The 500 series is based on the second generation Polaris architecture and is a minor upgrade over the 400 series. The RX 570 is around 10% faster than its predecessor, the RX 470. With 2048 cores, it is a cut down version of the RX 580 which is $30 more expensive and around 20% faster. At $130, the RX 570 offers superb value to gamers on a very tight budget. By dropping detail levels slightly below maximum the RX 570 can deliver 60 EFps in most of today’s popular games. If at all possible, we would suggest spending around $50 more for the 30% faster 8GB RX 590 which can comfortably hold 60+ EFps at 1080p with maximum details.

2 days ago.

— AMD’s mid-range RX 590 is the latest refresh of their Polaris-based RX 580, which in turn was a refresh of the RX 480. This iteration yields 10% higher clock speeds compared to the RX 580 which is fuelled by an increased power draw from 185W to 225W. The 590 does not have a 4GB variant which is good for longevity. At launch the 590 was priced at $280, which was 20% more expensive and 7% faster than Nvidia’s then popular 6GB 1060. In today’s market the 590 can be found for little as $170. For more than 90% of gamers (≤1080p, 60Hz Monitors) the RX 590 (at $170) represents the best value for money available. Since the GPU is by far the most important component in a gaming PC, it is usually worth spending more on it. The next step up from a 590 would be to Nvidia’s comparable $230 1660S. The 1660S is a more refined card, less heat results in less fan noise, but both are capable of delivering silky smooth 60+ EFps in almost all of today’s popular games at 1080p with maximum details.

3 days ago.

— The GTX 1660 Super has a launch price of just $230 USD with comparable performance to the $280 USD 1660 Ti. The 1660 Super has 14 Gbps GDDR6 (versus 12Gbps GDDR6 for the 1660 Ti and 8Gbps GDDR5 for the 1660). The 1660 range of cards sit in the sweet spot for many gamers because they offer superb 1080p EFps in popular titles and they are relatively hassle free in terms of noise, compatibility and stability. Shop prices will determine which 1660 series card represents the best value over time but at today's prices the 1660 Super effectively undercuts the 1660 Ti by $50 USD thus challenging the RX 590 in terms of overall value at 1080p. The next step up from the 1660S would be to the $325 RTX 2060.

20 days ago.

— The high performance ray-tracing RTX 2080 Super follows the recent release of the 2060 Super and 2070 Super, from NVIDIA’s latest range of refreshed Turing RTX GPUs. The 2080 Super is a higher binned version of the original RTX 2080 which it replaces at the same price of $700 USD. In terms of specification changes between the two, the 2080 has 2944 CUDA cores, compared to 3072 in the 2080 Super, core and boost clocks have increased from 1515 MHz and 1710 MHz to 1650 MHz and 1815 MHz, respectively, memory bandwidth has increased from 14 Gbps to 15.5 Gbps and the TDP has increased from 215 W to 250 W. This translates to a roughly 10% effective speed advantage over the original 2080. Competition in this price bracket is in the form of the AMD’s Radeon VII, over which, early benchmarks suggest, the 2080 Super commands a 15% effective speed advantage. The RTX 2080 Super however, is not a value champion and those seeking more bang for their buck may do well to consider Nvidia’s own $500 USD RTX 2070 Super (which has 17% lower effective speed).

3 months ago.

— The RTX 2070 Super replaces the RTX 2070 in Nvidia’s line-up of ray-tracing high performance GPUs, yielding around a 10% performance improvement at the same $500 USD price point. The 2070 Super has been upgraded to use the same GPU die as in the RTX 2080, and now has 2560 CUDA cores, up from 2304 in the 2070. It has a base and boost clock speed of 1605 and 1770 MHz respectively and a 215 W power draw compared to the 185 W per the original 2070. The launch of the RTX 2070 Super comes at an exciting time for those in the market for a new graphics card, who can also choose from AMD’s latest first generation RDNA RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT. Some swift maneuvering on price by AMD prior to launch date means that the RX 5700 XT is currently $100 USD cheaper than the 2070 Super. An RTX 2060 Super has also been launched. Also, an RTX 2080 Super is set for launch in the near future which will replace the 2080 offering at the $700 price point.

4 months ago.
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