Today we have a massive benchmark of 41 games comparing the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and the Radeon RX 5700 head to head. This big comparison includes new titles like Borderlands 3, Gears 5 and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. All results are brand new and were collected in the last week with the latest display drivers and the latest game versions.
As representatives of AMD, we have the PowerColor Red Devil 5700 and for Nvidia the MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X. The Red Devil is a premium Radeon RX 5700 card that is available for $ 390, but like we did in previous ones Test reports have found it is no faster in performance than base model cards sold at the MSRP. The same is largely true for the Gaming X, which costs $ 430, but other models with the same GPU offer very similar performance.
At prices suggested by AMD and Nvidia, the RX 5700 will cost $ 350 and the RTX 2060 Super $ 400. We'll explain pricing in more detail at the end of the article and also discuss alternative options.
First, let's see how these two GPUs are compared in a variety of games with our Core i9-9900K test bench overclocked to 5 GHz with 16 GB DDR4-3400 memory. All tests took place at 1080p and 1440p. As usual, we'll watch around a dozen games and then jump to the performance charts for all 41 games.
Start the benchmarks, we have Borderlands 3 and here the Radeon RX 5700 offers higher frame rates at both resolutions tested, although the edges are not huge. The 5700 is 6% faster at 1080p and 10% faster at 1440p. On the second thought, the 1440p margin is relatively large, and you'll find that performance increases by 1% by 14%.
The Radeon GPU was also faster when tested with Gears 5 because it has a performance margin of up to 10% at 1080p. The results are more competitive at 1440p, and although we see the same 1% low performance, the 5700 was a whisker faster when comparing the average frame rate.
The 2060 Super gets its first win in Ghost Recon Breakpoint and offers 7% more power at 1080p. That means the margin was neutralized at 1440p and here both GPUs averaged just over 70 fps.
When released, the Radeon RX 5700 was 31% faster than the 2060 Super when tested with Forza Horizon 4. However, a recently released Nvidia driver increased the performance of the Turing-based GPUs by around 20 to 25%, so that the 5700 is only 8%. faster, although both GPUs push over 100 fps at 1080p and 1440p.
Some performance updates have been made in World War II in recent months, but have not changed margins between AMD and Nvidia GPUs. The 5700 is still 11% faster on average at 1080p and still 8% faster at 1440p.
The Battlefield V results are extremely competitive. Here the 5700 was only one frame faster at 1080p and only 5% faster at 1440p, so that overall a very similar gaming experience was achieved with both GPUs.
Nvidia generally has a performance advantage in Apex Legends, and that's exactly what we see when comparing the 5700 and 2060 Super. The GeForce GPU was 9% faster at 1080p and 7% faster at 1440p, no big margins, but still a win for the green team.
We would be quite surprised by these results if we hadn't seen similar margins recently comparing the RTX 2070 Super and 5700 XT. AMD seems to do very well in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and here the 5700 was 16% faster at 1080p and 8% faster at 1440p. Of course, we see frame rates of well over 200 fps. We leave it to you to decide how important these margins are.
F1 2019 delivers very competitive results. The 2060 Super was a few frames faster at 1080p, while we basically see identical performance at 1440p. Both GPUs held well over 60 fps at 1440p.
Another title that shows very competitive results is The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. The 2060 Super was a few frames faster, but again an identical gaming experience.
The 2060 Super pushed ahead in Wolfenstein: Youngblood and delivered 6% more power at 1080p and 9% more power at 1440p. No big difference and both GPUs have pushed over 100 fps at all times, even at 1440p.
Fortnite is a very popular title and you will see super strong frame rates with the 5700 or 2060. The GeForce GPU was 6% faster at 1080p, although 1% low performance was identical, and then at 1440p we see a margin of up to 4% in favor of the green team.
Strange Brigade was a title that AMD dominated, but with a few optimized driver updates, Nvidia was able to take advantage of AMD. In the case of the 2060 Super and 5700, Nvidia is actually way ahead, beating the $ 350 Radeon GPU by 9%.
PUBG fans were always best served by GeForce GPUs, and this is still the case today. The 2060 Super was 17% faster at both resolutions, and you'll find that this title offers extra performance. However, if you play with competitive settings, the frame rates are so high that it doesn't really matter which GPU you use.
The 5700 suffers from a rather weak 1% performance at 1080p when tested with Project Cars 2. Of course, this data is based on an average of three runs, and in this case all three runs reported the same 63 fps. Despite the poor performance of 1%, the average frame rate was comparable to that of the 2060 Super, and we see overall more competitive performance at 1440p.
Lastly, we have World of Tanks and this one goes in favor of Nvidia because the 2060 Super delivers 7% more power at 1080p and 11% more at 1440p. You won't notice the difference at 1080p, but at 1440p you may notice the extra frames with the 2060 Super, and it showed a much better 1% performance at low frames per second.
It's hard to say which GPU had the upper hand in this sample of games. There certainly seemed to be a lot going on and off, but for the most part the margins were small. Nevertheless, we only looked at about a dozen titles. So let's see how the two GPUs can be compared in 41 games with 1080p and 1440p …
With 1080p in 41 games tested as shown above, the GeForce RTX 2060 Super is ~ 3% faster on average. The biggest runaway here was Vermintide 2, where the RTX 2060 Super was 34% faster, but even if we remove this result, the GeForce GPU was still 3% faster on average, and that's the nice thing about testing so many games that outliers have no influence on the overall result.
If you switch to 1440p, as shown in the following graphic, the 2060 Super is on average 4% faster when looking at the entire 41 games. Overall, we expect a margin of less than 5%, which largely means that the performance is close on both GPUs, as we've seen in about a dozen games we've looked at closely.
For the cost per frame analysis we use the MSRP as it is possible to purchase either the RX 5700 or the RTX 2060 Super at these prices. If you do, you'll pay 12% more per frame for the GeForce GPU based on 1080p data, or 11% more based on 1440p data. In this test, we knew that the Radeon was a little cheaper. Based on the performance results, the RTX 2060 Super offers a price premium of just over 10%.
Concluding remarks, overclocking
Overall, the RTX 2060 Super is a mustache faster, but the RX 5700 offers a little more for your money. However, we cannot see that you are wrong with both options as they are evenly matched and perform well for the price.
As a side note, we recently compared an overclocked RX 5700 with a 5700 XT BIOS. We noticed that you expect an average performance increase of 10%. However, this is not a solution for everyone because flashing a graphics card BIOS involves some risk and it is not so easy to just start your preferred tuning utility and increase the clock frequency.
When you're ready to take on the challenge and tech-savvy enough to master it, you can unlock a lot more power with an RX 5700. Note, however, that this also increases power consumption by 25 +%. Card runs hotter and therefore generates more noise, but hey, that's overclocking. In such cases, we also recommend that you buy an RX 5700 with a better bearing cooler.
However, before closing the deal for a Flash RX 5700, you should also note that you can increase the performance of the RTX 2060 Super with a basic core and memory overclocking by around 8% with a utility like MSI AfterBurner.
Which path you should take depends on the pricing in your region and the models available. Assuming the RX 5700 is $ 50 cheaper, we think we would get the RX 5700. However, if you're closer to the price, about a small difference of ~ $ 20, the GeForce RTX 2060 Super is, in our opinion, the better choice. Keep this in mind when looking at AIB models. For example, we'd rather have a base model RTX 2060 Super than a Premium RX 5700.
Apart from price and performance, there are no other factors that affect us in both directions. Nvidia wants to advance support for ray tracing as a selling point for the RTX 2060 Super, but we don't think this is a factor. The 2060, which we believe is unable to use ray tracing in modern titles, and so we hadn't mentioned it until then. Following up on our previous affair, we'll review the ray tracing performance with the Super Series GPUs shortly.
Finally, it's worth noting that there is a non-super-model RTX 2060 that appears to be selling for around $ 350. That's the same price as the RX 5700, but it's ~ 9% slower than the Radeon. So if you don't get it for anything closer to $ 310, it doesn't make sense. There's also the GTX 1660 Ti, an exceptional GPU for $ 280, which means it costs less but offers less power than the RTX 2060 Super and RX 5700 can offer.
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