Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

AMD fires back at 'Gargantuan' NVIDIA with Radeon RX 5700 tag cuts

AMD fires back at 'Gargantuan' NVIDIA with Radeon RX 5700 tag cuts

AMD has reduced the prices of its Navi-based Radeon 5700 lineup of GPUs that are scheduled to launch on 7 July. As it happens, our review kit included both CPUs and GPUs. As part of its 50th-anniversary celebrations, AMD had a Radeon 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition that was priced at $500 which has now been reduced to $450.

This basically means that both the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and the AMD Radeon RX 5700 will be now going up against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER.

AMD's RX 5700 graphics cards face stiffer competition than anyone expected after their Computex reveal, with Nvidia's new Super GPUs seeming to swoop in at the last minute to undercut and outperform AMD's first truly new cards since 2017's Vega.

There are a few notable hardware differences between the old and new cards.

"As you have seen, competition is heating up in the GPU market", AMD's email about the price cuts states.

Soon, the cards will enter their testing phase, so we will know more about their updates and how they perform.

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The new Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 are based on the company's new RDNA graphics architecture, codenamed 'Navi', and use a new 7nm manufacturing process to raise performance while running more power efficiently.

But that may no longer be the case, as AMD is striking back at rival Nvidia by announcing pre-launch price drops on its Radeon RX 5700 line. The GPU game clock is dynamic at 1.6 GHz with a peak boost clock to 1.7 GHz.

But with AMD's new pricing strategy, we have to ask the question, did AMD plan this out too?

Both these cards are fitted with GDDR6 memory, that means HBM2 is no longer used opposed to what you have been seeing with Vega 56/64, a clever choice as HBM2 memory is hard to assemble onto the die substrate (lot's of yield issues there) and that makes it very expensive, next to being an expensive memory type to purchase.

Anyway, we have tons to talk about, have a peek at what is reviewed today.

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