AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT – Review and BenchmarksJuly 7, 2019
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT – Design and Features
Everything about this GPU is new, from the blower cooler design to the silicon that rests beneath it, so let’s tackle it piece by piece. I also covered most of this from the big reveal at E3, but I’ll do it again for those who weren’t following along. The biggest news with this GPU is that it’s the first consumer GPU built on a 7nm process. There was a 7nm GPU before, the Radeon VII, but with 16GB of HBM memory it was kind of a hybrid gaming/workstation GPU, whereas the new Radeons are pure gaming hardware, with none of that expensive high-bandwidth memory but GDDR6 instead. Nvidia’s GPUs are currently built on a 12nm process, so by going with a smaller node AMD can put more transistors in the same space with better efficiency. Before we get too far along, let’s have a look at the spec sheet:
As you can see, AMD was specifically targeting the formerly $500 Nvidia RTX 2070 with this GPU, but it now has to contend with the RTX 2070 Super. Thankfully, AMD lowered the price of the 5700 XT to just $399 before launch, so it’s got a $100 price tag advantage over Nvidia’s latest GPU.
What’s most striking about the RX 5700 is it uses a die that’s just 251mm-squared, and is going up against the TU104 chip from Nvidia (in the RTX 2070 Super), which is 545mm squared. The TU106 chip used in the RTX 2060 is 445mm squared, so AMD could still theoretically make a much, much larger chip down the road.
The Radeon RX 5700 XT is the “flagship” GPU of this series, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see bigger chips coming out with the RX 5800 and RX 5900 moniker in the future, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one. For now, the RX 5700 XT is a mid-high-end chip designed for 1440p gaming, and at $400 it’s the same price as the recently launched RTX 2060 Super.
Despite its midrange-ish status, and the fact that the actual silicon inside is quite small…