$400 GPU King: Radeon RX 5700 XT vs. GeForce RTX 2060 Tremendous

We have another big game benchmark for you, this time comparing the GeForce RTX 2060 Super with the Radeon RX 5700 XT. A week ago, we compared the standard RX 5700 (non-XT model) to the RTX 2060 Super, which is a $ 350 Radeon GPU versus a $ 400 GeForce GPU.

Although we made this difference very clear when drawing comparisons and focused on the cost per frame, some of you were really interested in why this comparison was made and thought the 5700 XT was a better match at the same price would have been. Because of me. However, this article shows that it was the cheaper AMD GPU that offered the better value with a narrow lead. After our conclusion, we don't believe that ray tracing support is a strong selling point for the RTX 2060 Super because it just isn't powerful enough to take full advantage of the feature.

To please everyone, here is a comparison of apples to apples of the two top $ 400 GPUs currently on the market. We expect these GPUs to be among the most interesting mainstream graphics cards you can buy this holiday and beyond. If, with sufficient benchmark data, prices fluctuate significantly in the coming months, you always have this guide to choose the right GPU for the games you prefer to play.

There won't be any surprises here, so we'll go through the results quickly before we get to the big breakdown graphs where we can see all 41 games tested.

As representatives of AMD we have the PowerColor Red Devil 5700 XT and for Nvidia the MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X. Our Core i9-9900K GPU test bench was overclocked to 5 GHz as usual and has 16 GB DDR4-3400 memory. All tests took place at 1080p and 1440p.

Benchmarks

We start with Borderlands 3 and since this is a title where the 5700 beats the 2060 Super, it should come as no surprise that the XT is even faster and outperforms the GeForce GPU by 25% at 1440p.

The results from Gears 5 are somewhat interesting. At 1080p, the 5700 XT is 14% faster than the standard 5700, but at 1440p, it was only 9% faster. We suspect that memory bandwidth is the problem with the higher resolution. While the XT was 24% faster than the 2060 Super at 1080p, it was only 15% faster at 1440p, although that's still a decent margin.

The 5700 was on par or slower than the 2060 Super when tested with Ghost Recon Breakpoint, but the XT model has a significant performance advantage: it offers 12% more power at 1080p and a whopping 25% more at 1440p.

Here, when testing with Forza Horizon 4, we see a 12% increase in performance over the standard 5700. That means it was 21% faster than the 2060 Super. We see a similar performance range at 1440p, where the Radeon 5700 XT beat the GeForce by 19%.

The transition to World War II and the fact that the 5700 was already faster was an easy win for the 5700 XT as it beat the RTX 2060 Super at 1080p and 1440p by 26%.

The 5700 XT offers 13% more power at 1080p and 17% more at 1440p. Another easy win for AMD in Battlefield V.

The edges are much narrower in Apex Legends. Only 5 fps are included in both resolutions tested, but the 5700 XT remained at the top.

AMD is dominant in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. So if you're looking for maximum fps, the 5700 XT is the way to go for $ 400 and offers ~ 30% more power at 1440p.

In F1 2019, the 5700 and 2060 Super delivered comparable performance in both resolutions tested. This enabled the XT model to deliver 11% more frames at 1080p and 15% more at 1440p.

In The Witcher 3, the 5700 XT was 9% faster at 1080p and 8% faster at 1440p than the RTX 2060 Super. It also offered significantly stronger 1% lower performance at the higher resolution.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is another example where the RX 5700 was slower than the 2060 Super, but the XT model can correct this and win by 6% at 1080p and 8% at 1440p.

We recently released a comprehensive Fortnite Season 2 benchmark that covers a wide range of GPUs. These are the results for the 5700, 5700 XT and 2060 Super, one of the rare cases where the GeForce GPU matches the 5700 XT.

Strange Brigade was a strange game for AMD. For a long time they dominated this title, now Turing-based GPUs from Nvidia offer more consistent performance. The 2060 Super was slower than the 5700 XT compared to the average frame rate, but had better 1% performance. Overall, the gaming experience was similar with both GPUs.

The 5700 XT clears a lot of ground on the 2060 Super in PlayerUnknown's battlefields and although it is a bit slower at 1080p, the Radeon GPU takes a narrow lead at 1440p.

Even when testing with Project Cars 2, a game that is usually preferred by the green team, the 5700 XT can beat the 2060 Super. This time with a margin of 11% at 1080p and only 6% at 1440p.

Finally, let's take a look at World of Tanks, where the 5700 XT can outperform the 2060 Super, although it's a bit lower at 1440p when you look at the 1% low power.

Complete breakdown of the game

It wasn't close. However, we're excited to see how the 5700 XT and 2060 Super stack up in all 41 games. Keep in mind that in our last comparison, the GeForce was only ~ 4% faster than the standard 5700.

At 1080p, the GeForce RTX 2060 Super was on average ~ 9% slower than the Radeon RX 5700 XT. In addition, the 5700 XT was the more durable player who came up short in only three of the games tested. The 2060 Super won by more than 5% in a single title. In 28 of the 41 games tested, it was more than 5% slower. It was 10% or more slower in 20 games. A convincing victory for the 5700 XT.

The 1440p results show almost the same picture. We would even say that the 5700 XT looks better here, even though the average has dropped by one percent. The 2060 Super was now only 3% faster at best, with insignificant wins in two titles and the same performance in three other titles.

For the rest of the pack, the RTX 2060 Super was 10% or more slower in 17 of the 41 games tested.

Here is a brief overview of the costs per frame. As you can see in terms of value, 5700 and 5700 XT are identical to our 1440p data. In other words, at 1440p, the RTX 2060 Super is 11% more expensive than one of the 5700 series GPUs. At 1080p, the 2060 Super costs 12% more per frame than the 5700 and 10% more than the 5700 XT.

Wrap Up: Buy Radeon for raw performance, buy GeForce for …

If you're looking for maximum value, the Radeon RX 5700 series delivers. As you just saw, the 5700 XT offers at least 10% more money for your money than the RTX 2060 Super. In terms of value, it is an open and closed housing. Get the 5700 XT and enjoy the extra frames, or save a little money, and get the non-XT model that can be optimized for 5700 XT-like performance.

What are some of the reasons why you might choose the RTX 2060 Super instead?

For one thing, the 2060 Super uses less electricity and reduces overall system consumption by at least 10%, but is also 10% slower. This isn't exactly an improvement in efficiency, and you can't expect this difference to show up on your electricity bill. As a rule, however, the aim is to reduce the consumption of the graphics card itself by 25%. This means that most 2060 Super cards run cooler and quieter. Make sure you pick up a model that is immediately well equipped. Both the MSI Gaming X and the PowerColor Red Devil run very quietly.

Another reason why you would buy the 2060 Super would be video encoding, either as a content creator or someone who streams the gameplay and you want your graphics card to do the heavy lifting. The Nvidia encoder is significantly better in terms of quality and much faster at the moment. In applications such as DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere, you can expect a performance increase of 25 to 35% compared to the 5700 XT. While the focus of this feature was on gaming performance, the 5700 series may not be the best choice if your requirements go beyond gaming.

AMD can certainly improve Navi's video encoding performance, but they need to work on it at the driver level, and we're not sure we'll see this jump anytime soon.

Speaking of drivers: this is the third and last reason why you may be better off with the RTX 2060 Super. We have seen numerous reports from suspected 5700 series owners who have complained about driver problems. We have encountered very few of them, and overall it is difficult to say how common these problems are and what is the cause. At least in our own experience, AMD's current driver support does not give us enough reasons to recommend either the 5700 or the 5700 XT.

On the gaming side, the RTX 2060 Super also offers the advantage of ray tracing support, at least on paper. In reality, the list of ray tracing-enabled games is very short, but most importantly, the performance in these games is terrible. According to Nvidia, the best implementation of this technology so far can be seen in "Control" and we would generally agree.

At 1080p, you won't even get an average of 60 fps with a 2060 Super with high-quality ray tracing function. DLSS can help here and the DLSS implementation used in this game looks great. It also doesn't use the tensor cores, which is a bit amusing, but at least it's not a blurry mess, and if DLSS is enabled, you can push over 60 fps at 1080p, so that's something.

If you want to play Control with the more appropriate 1440p resolution for a $ 400 graphics card, you're lucky to see over 50 fps with DLSS enabled. It's still playable, but not exactly the experience we get from buying a semi-premium graphics card. In short, the 2060 Super is a little more than 70% faster when ray tracing is disabled and although the effects look good, in our opinion they are simply not worth such a drop in performance.

Conclusion: If Nvidia had introduced the 2060 Super at the same price of $ 350 as the original RTX 2060, this would be a clear win for the green team, but for pure games you are simply better off with a graphics card from the Radeon 5700 series.

Purchasing links:
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT on Amazon
  • GeForce RTX 2060 Super on Amazon
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 on Amazon
  • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti on Amazon
  • GeForce RTX 2070 Super on Amazon
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti on Amazon
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X at Amazon
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 on Amazon

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