31 Jul AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT And 5700 Consumer GPU Product Reviews Indicate Its Degree Of Competitiveness

AMD Radeon 5700 XT specifications
 PATRICK MOORHEAD

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Last Sunday, AMD officially announced the availability of its AMD Radeon RX 5700 series consumer graphics cards. Along with the new graphics cards, AMD announced its 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors which I wrote about last week here. Like Ryzens, the 5700 Series announcement was a multi-year drip all the way back to 2017 which I covered here. With availability comes product reviews, which, for the consumer gaming desktop market, means everything in terms of reputation.

I tested the AMD Radeon 5700 XT, but I’m an analyst, not a reviewer, so I will focus on the review takeaways and what it means to the market. I encourage you to read the reviews in their entirety.

What AMD announced

AMD announced three 5700 Series graphics cards spanning from 10.14 to 7.95 teraflops, game clocks from 1.8GHz to 1.6GHz, boost clocks from 1.98Ghz to 1.7GHz, 2,560 to 2,304 stream processing units, all with 8GB GDDR6 memory with prices from $349 to $449.

Radeon Series Comparisons
 AMD

Announced at E3 and covered by Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag here, the Radeon 5700 Series features what AMD calls “RDNA” which is an architecture AMD says is “built from the ground up for superior performance, scalability and power efficiency, and designed to power the future of PC, console, mobile, and cloud-based gaming.”  AMD said it was targeting 1440P gaming versus, let’s say 1080P or 4K gaming. While not covered much at all in reviews, AMD also announced three features:

I am hoping this lack of inclusion was a matter of lack of time and not interest as AMD made some big claims around these, particularly Radeon Anti-Lag. Also of note, the new cards do not support ray tracing.

Reviews we looked at

Reviewing products is a tough job, especially when there are three concurrent reviews at the same time. Reviewers were hit with the new AMD Ryzens, new AMD Radeons, and new NVIDIA GeForce SUPERs, so it was tough for reviewers to pull this off. They have my total respect. Only the Radeon 5700 XT and 5700 were available for review.

Here are the reviews we analyzed:

I urge you to read these great reviews in their entirety to get their full picture and support their web sites.

Reviewers did what you would expect comparatively- they lined up AMD Radeon versus NVIDIA GeForce SUPERs. Just to keep it straight in your head on what is at what price point:

$499

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super

$399

  • AMD RX 5700 XT
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super

$349

  • AMD RX 5700
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

So, let’s jump into the reviews.

High-resolution gaming; 4K and 1440P

AMD’s focus for gaming performance is at 1440p resolutions, and from its price points, the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 are providing NVIDIA competition. Since the pre-emptive move by NVIDIA with the Supers, the RX 5700 XT ($399) is price-competing against the RTX 2060 Super ($399) and RTX 2070 (non-Super) while the RX 5700 ($349) competes against the RTX 2060 ($349).

The benchmarks for games are measured in frames per second (fps) and all have been rounded to whole numbers. The following were the bench sets used:

  • AnandTech used an ASRock Z390 Motherboard with a Core i9-9900K and 16GB of DDR4 3600 memory as the testbed for all the GPUs.
  • PC World used a liquid cooled Intel Core i7-8700K in an Asus Maximus X Hero motherboard with 64GB of DDR4-2933 memory as the testbed for all the GPUs.
  • Tom’s Hardware used an Intel Core i7-8086K on a Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming motherboard with 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory.

4K (3840×2160) gaming performance

  • Assassins Creed Odyssey
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– RTX 2070 Super ($499) at 46 fps is first with RTX 2060 Super ($399) next at 41 fps, behind by 5 fps. Radeon 5700XT ($399) at 38 fps is behind both with the RX 5700 ($349) at 36 fps.
  • Battlefield 5
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini- The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest with 66 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 63 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is at 57, barely higher than the RX 5700 ($349) at 56 fps.
  • Destiny 2
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini- The RTX 2070 Super ($499) was the highest at 66 fps with the RTX 2060 Super ($399) being behind that at 56 fps. The RX 5700 XT ($399) is barely behind that at 55 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) below that at 50 fps.
  • Division 2
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– RTX 2070 Super ($499) was the highest at 40 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 35 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) was right behind that at 33 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) was behind that at 31 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos- The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 41 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 35 fps, then the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 33 fps and then RX 5700 ($349) at 31 fps.
  • Far Cry 5 New Dawn
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini- The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 54 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) right behind it at 52 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) and RTX 2060 Super ($399) are the same at 46 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos- The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 57 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) right behind at 54 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) at 49 fps and RTX 2060 Super ($399) closely behind at 48 fps.
  • Final Fantasy XV
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini- The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 45 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) behind at 38 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) performed similarly at 37 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) at 34 fps.
  • Forza Horizon 4
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith- The RX 5700 XT ($399) takes the lead at 60 fps with the RTX 2070 Super ($499) right behind at 58 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is 5 fps behind that at 53 fps, and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) is behind that at 49 fps.
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini– The RX 5700 XT ($399) was the highest by about 12 fps at 83 fps while the RTX 2070 Super ($499) scored the same as the RX 5700 ($349) at 71 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) was behind at 60 fps.
  • F1 2018
    • PC World, Brad Chacos- The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 68 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 60 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) and RTX 2060 Super ($399) were closer at 55fps and 56 fps.
  • F1 2019
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) performs the highest with 60fps. The Radeon RX 5700 XT ($399) is right behind with 55 fps, then the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 50 fps followed by the RX 5700 ($349) at 47 fps.
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
    • PC World, Brad Chacos-The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is barely higher than the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 37 fps and 36 fps. A similar story with the RX 5700 ($349) at 32 fps and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) also at 32 fps.
  • Grand Theft Auto (GTA) V
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– Both NVIDIA cards outperformed the AMD cars with the RTX 2070 Super ($499) at 48 fps and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 43 fps. The RX 5700 XT ($399) is at 41 fps, and the RX 5700 ($349) is at 37 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos-The RX 5700 XT ($399) was slightly higher at 62 fps compared to the RTX 2070 Super FE ($499) at 60 fps. A similar story with the RX 5700 ($349) at 55 fps and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 54 fps.
  • Metro Exodus
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– RTX 2070 Super ($499) and the RX 5700 XT ($399) score the same at 35 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) right behind at 32 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is slightly behind at 30 fps.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 42 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) right behind that at 40 fps, followed by the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 37 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 36 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 44 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 40 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) results are the same at 36 fps.
  • Strange Brigade
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest with 75 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) behind by 5 fps at 70 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) and RTX 2060 Super ($399) performs the same at 64 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 71 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) behind at 67 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is next at 61 fps with the RTX 2060 Super ($399) right behind at 60 fps.
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms-
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 30 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) behind by 4 fps at 26 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) was very close to the RX 5700 XT ($399), rounding up to 26 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is 2 fps behind that at 24 fps.

1440P gaming performance

  • Assassins Creed Odyssey
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– RTX 2070 Super ($499) at 71 fps performs the highest with the RX 5700 XT ($399) being second at 68 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is right behind at 65 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) trailing behind at 56 fps.
  • Battlefield 5
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini-The RTX 2070 Super ($499) and the RX 5700 XT ($399) both performed the same at 115 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is slightly ahead of the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 102 fps and 101 fps.
  • Destiny 2
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 125 fps, 19 fps ahead of the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 106 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is right behind that at 104 fps followed by the RX 5700 ($349) at 93 fps.
  • Division 2
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) was the highest at 72 fps followed by the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 65 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) was a close third at 62 fps, followed by the RX 5700 ($349) at 58 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 79 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 64 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is right behind at 64 fps, and the RX 5700 ($349) is at 60 fps.
  • Far Cry 5 New Dawn
    • PC World, Brad Chacos-The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest again at 92 fps with the gap not changing for the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 89 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is closely behind that at 88 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) at 84 fps.
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 98 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 94 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is slightly ahead of the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 88fps and 86 fps.
  • Final Fantasy XV
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini- The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 82 fps with the RTX 2060 Super ($399) slightly ahead of the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 71 fps and 70 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is slightly lower at 62 fps.
  • Forza Horizon 4
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The 5700 XT ($399) pulls even further ahead at 99 fps with the RTX 2070 Super ($499) at 90 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is in a close third at 88 fps with the RTX 2060 Super ($399) behind at 82 fps.
    • Tom’s Hardware, Chris Angelini– The RX 5700 XT ($399) is the highest at 121 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) 14 fps behind that at 107 fps. The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is behind that at 98 fps and then the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 82 fps.
  • F1 2018
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499 is the highest at 115 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 105 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is slightly ahead at 86 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) at 85 fps.
  • F1 2019
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– RX 5700 XT ($399) performs the highest at 99 fps with the RTX 2070 Super ($499) trailing by 2 fps at 97 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is about 11 fps behind at 88 fps followed by the RTX 2060 Super ($349) at 82 fps.
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 59 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) behind that at 57 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) pulls ahead slightly at 52 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) at 51 fps.
  • GTA V
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 93 fps with the RTX 2060 Super ($399) right behind at 84 fps. Behind that is the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 82 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 72 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos-The RX 5700 XT ($399) is the highest at 99 fps with the RTX 2070 Super ($499) at 98 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) pulled ahead at 94 fps with the RX 5700 at 91 fps.
  • Metro Exodus
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RX 5700 XT ($399) is the highest at 58 fps with the RTX 2070 Super ($499) right behind at 56 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) is behind that at 53 fps and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 50 fps.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is slightly higher than the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 73 fps and 72 fps. The RX 5700 ($349)is higher than the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 66 fps and 63 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) leads at 83 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 77 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is ahead slightly at 70 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) at 69 fps.
  • Strange Brigade
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– the RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 132 fps, pulling away from the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 118 fps. There is a similar story for the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 113 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 101 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($529.99) is the highest at 121 with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 111 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is ahead at 103 fps with the RX 5700 ($349) at 96 fps.
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 58 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 51 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is hanging with the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 51 fps while the RX 5700 ($349) was 5 fps behind at 46 fps.

It is clear from the benchmarks that the RX 5700 XT outperforms the RTX 2060 Super more in 1440p than 4K. Titles where NVIDIA GPUs have dominated its AMD counterpart, the gaps are now closed, and the RDNA architecture GPUs are now considered worthy competitors. Commenting on the results from the Ghost Recon Wildlands benchmarks, Brad Chacos said: “The overhauled RDNA architecture definitely shook something up, leveling the playing field in games that preferred GeForce GPUs in prior generations.” He then said on the GTA V benchmark, “GTA V has performed better on GeForce hardware ever since it launched years and years ago, but now, the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT draw even with Nvidia’s pricier RTX Super options.” Although this is for just one game, the RX 5700 are on average hanging with the Supers at better price points.

1080P gaming performance

While AMD targeted 1440P as its center point, 1080P gaming is a great place for the RX 5700 GPUs to shine. AMD’s intentions for the RX 5700 series isn’t to be the top tier GPUs but to disrupt the $300-$400 GPU price range. From the benchmarks, we should see a similar result that we saw with the high-resolution benchmarks. However, it’s more critical for AMD on these benchmarks to perform better because the target market for 1080P gaming considers price to performance more compared to the high-resolution market.

All the benchmarks are from the same testbench used in the 1440p and 4K benchmarks given above and are measured in frames per second (fps), rounded to whole numbers.

  • Assassins Creed Odyssey
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RX 5700 XT ($399) is the highest at 91 fps with the RTX 2070 Super ($499) behind that at 86 fps followed by the RX 5700 ($349) at 82 fps and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 80 fps.
  • Division 2
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 119 fps followed by the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 103, then the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 97 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 90 fps.
  • Far Cry 5 New Dawn
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) at 105 fps and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 101 fps are the highest followed by the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 98 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 94 fps.
  • Forza Horizon
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RX 5700 XT ($399) is the highest at 119 fps followed by the RX 5700 ($349) at 111 fps. The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is behind that at 108 fps and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 97 fps.
  • F1 2018
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 150 fps followed by the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 139 fps, then the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 129 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 120 fps.
  • F1 2019
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 133 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) behind that at 126 fps, followed by the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 114 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 111 fps.
  • GTA V
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) were the highest at 131 fps and 119 fps. The RX 5700 XT ($399) is behind that at 115 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 103 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is barely ahead of the RX 5700 XT at 106 fps rounded up and 105 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is even with the RX 5700XT ($399) at 105 fps and then the RX 5700 ($349) at 101 fps.
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 74 fps followed by the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 70 fps, then the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 65 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 62 fps.
  • Metro Exodus
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RX 5700 XT ($399) is the highest at 75 fps followed by the RTX 2070 Super ($499) at 72 fps then the RX 5700 ($349) at 68 fps and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 62 fps.
  • Strange Brigade
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 182 fps followed by the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 162 fps. The RTX 2060 Super ($399) is right behind that at 157 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 148 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 164 fps followed by the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 155 fps, then the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 143 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 131 fps.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 108 fps with the RX 5700 XT ($399) closely behind at 106 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) and the RTX 2060 Super ($399) are the same at 93 fps.
    • PC World, Brad Chacos– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 117 fps followed closely by the RX 5700 XT ($399) at 114 fps, then the RTX 2060 Super ($399) at 105 fps and the RX 5700 ($349) at 101 fps.
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
    • AnandTech, Ryan Smith– The RTX 2070 Super ($499) is the highest at 86 fps with RTX 2060 Super ($399) and the RX 5700 XT ($399) both at 76 fps. The RX 5700 ($349) was behind that at 68 fps.

In most of the 1080P benchmarks, the RX 5700 XT closes the gap between the RTX 2070 Super and outperforms the RTX 2060 Super. The RX 5700 does the same by hanging with the RTX 2060 Super in the benchmarks.

Reviewer performance summary

As AMD’s first launch of the DNA architecture, the RX 5700 series has done what it set out to do: disrupt the mid-range discrete consumer GPU market and even hold its ground against NVIDIA’s reply with the new Super GPUs. The 1.25x higher boost clock, new 7nm architecture, and support for GDDR6 are all contributors to the high performance, with room for improvement.

Anandtech’s Ryan Smith sums up non-RT performance by saying, “the Radeon RX 5700 XT holds an 11% performance advantage over its nearest competition, NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 2060 Super. Similarly, the RX 5700 (vanilla) takes a 12% advantage over the RTX 2060 (vanilla).” It goes on to show that the 5700 XT loses to the RTX 2070 Super on raw scores by 5% buy wins in price/performance by 19%.

PC World’s Brad Chacos sums up non-RT performance by saying, “The Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT are excellent, delivering noticeably better performance than the GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super they’re price-matched with. The Radeon RX 5700 XT even manages to trade blows with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super in some games despite costing $100 less.”

Tom’s Hardware’s Chris Angelini sums up non-RT performance by saying, “Across our benchmark suite, Radeon RX 5700 XT averages 9.9%-higher frame rates than the GeForce RTX 2060 Super. Radeon RX 5700 averages 11%-higher frame rates than the GeForce RTX 2060. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super does serve up average frame rates 6.9% higher than Radeon RX 5700 XT, but it costs an extra 25%.”

AMD Radeon “Navi” architecture features PATRICK MOORHEAD

RDNA is an incredibly important architecture for AMD, and it sets the stage for a lot of things to come. At the same time, however, it’s also the first part in a longer-term plan for AMD, with AMD continuing to further iterate on their design over the coming years. For competition’s sake, I hope so, as NVIDIA had a very good showing on an older architecture versus AMD’s new Navi and using one node behind Radeon’s at 12nm versus 7nm.

So what?

It has been a while since AMD brought some serious competition to the $399 and $349 midrange price points. It took a new architecture (Navi) and new process node (7nm), to get there, but it did it.

On today’s games, without ray tracing, reviews show the Radeon 5700 XT ($399) outperforms the RTX 2060 Super ($399) and the Radeon 5700 ($349) outperforms the RTX 2060 by around 10%. The Radeon 5700 XT ($399) even holds its own on many titles versus the RTX 2070 Super ($499), and actually wins when factoring in price/performance. With ray tracing on, it would be no contest; NVIDIA wins hands-down. You’d have to consider the lower frame rates that come with the great RT effects.

Gamers looking for even higher performance cards than these midrange ones really only have one choice, and that’s NVIDIA, with its RTX 2080 FE and RTX 2080 TI FE. Given the high performance of the 5700XT, I don’t see a good reason for buyers to get the Radeon VII. While I didn’t expect Navi to eclipse the 2080 Super ($699) and 2080 TI ($1,199), it still amazes me that these GeForces still do so well given they are on a 12nm process on an older architecture. I am a bit surprised AMD didn’t improve performance per watt out of 7nm and Navi. I can only imagine how well NVIDIA will do when it gets to 7-8nm.

The other thing to consider in the value equation is brand and experience. NVIDIA with its higher-priced and performance card success has established itself as a very powerful brand. Brand has a value in the purchase equation but since I haven’t done the primary research, I won’t venture to say how much it would be worth. Tools can be a factor, too. If you’re a streamer, like my son, who has used ShadowPlay for years, it’s a challenge to switch to another tool like AMD ReLive. Net-net, NVIDIA’s value equation and for some gamers, says it can negate a performance deficit on today’s game performance with ray tracing support, experience, and brand. Ray tracing will be a factor in the consideration set, too. Ray tracing is the future- NVIDIA has it now, AMD will have it later, but not on these cards.

With its last-minute price cut, AMD did a good job with its new mid-range cards and we now have a two-horse, mid-range race. It will need to flawlessly execute to keep the channel full and double-down on marketing programs for any of this to matter.

Note: Moor Insights & Strategy intern Jacob Freyman contributed to this article.

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