Today we're going to take a look at how the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the GeForce RTX 2070 Super measure up against a massive 37-game benchmark. This is not the first time that we have a look at these two graphics cards. So you've already learned a lot about it and even know what to expect. First, it should be made clear that the RTX 2070 Super is a more expensive product, has a MSRP of $ 500, while the 5700 XT costs $ 400, which makes it 20% cheaper.
Nvidia has a $ 400 option in the RTX 2060 Super that could have been added to the mix, but we wanted to make this an easier comparison. When it was time to choose one, we asked readers what they wanted to see and almost 80% of the votes were in favor of the 2070 super comparison. We won't ignore the price difference and you shouldn't if you did we work through the results.
For the graphics cards used, which represent the red team, we have the Powercolor RX 5700 XT Red Devil for $ 440 and for the green team the MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio for exactly $ 100 for $ 540. The benchmark was compiled with the GeForce Game Ready driver 436.02 and the Radeon Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.8.1 for the AMD GPUs.
The standard GPU test bench was set up and includes a Core i9-9900K with 5 GHz and 16 GB DDR4-3400 memory, all of which are installed in the Corsair Crystal 570X. The tests took place with a resolution of 1440p and 4K. We'll take a closer look at about a dozen results and then jump to our 37 game plans.
Let's start with Forza Horizon 4, because about a week ago the 5700 XT even matched the RTX 2080 Ti in this title. However, the latest GeForce driver update led to massive performance gains for Forza and Apex Legends. In this example we see a gigantic performance increase of 30%.
GeForce GPUs had been doing well in Forza Horizon before, but by comparison it was a title that preferred Radeon GPUs. With this improvement we can now see how the RTX 2070 Super clears the 5700XT at 1440p and offers a nice gain of 7% at 4K. This result is a game changer for Nvidia, no pun intended, but it will really help the 2070 Super pull ahead of the 5700 XT.
Nvidia also made some small profits in World War II. The performance at 1440p is pretty high, but we can see that the 5700 XT is experiencing 1% low problems at 4K. This is a shame as it averaged 97 fps, which is a very solid result.
The 5700 XT remains in front in our Battlefield V benchmark, the low performance of 1% is also questionable here, especially with 4K. When you consider that AMD charges $ 100 less, the results don't look bad now, do they?
The other game in which Nvidia has made a good step forward is Apex Legends. Here the 2070 Super is now 10% faster with 1440p. Not enough to justify the price difference, but at least it's much faster in this title now.
Counter-Strike: GO … apparently 300 fps on average is a good number for this game, so you can do this at 1440p with both graphics cards with maximum visual quality settings, which is not necessarily the case with competitive games 1,000 fps or whatever your CPU can handle.
The frame rates in F1 2019 are competitive. Basically, identical performance is sought for both GPUs. The 5700 XT was a whisker faster at 4K, but overall you can see a very similar gaming experience.
Another popular old cracker is The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Granted, it's a quality game that is still very challenging. The RTX 2070 Super delivered an average of 11% more frames at 1440p, although we see an identical 1% low performance.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood plays best on the 2070 Super, although we still see over 120 fps at 1440p with maximum quality settings on the 5700 XT. How much this additional 10% performance is important is up to you.
Crazy Fortnite gamers will want to use a GeForce GPU. The RT 2070 Super was on average 17% faster at 1440p, which is almost enough to justify the price increase of 25%. A strong performance for Nvidia. However, if you use lower settings when talking about GPUs worth over $ 400, it probably doesn't matter.
Nvidia has slightly improved performance in Strange Brigade and now the 2070 Super is a good deal faster than the 5700 XT. It offers 12% more power at 1440p and a 23% stronger 1% low result.
On PlayerUnknown's battlefields, the GeForce works 10% faster at 1440p and 9% faster at 4K. With "competitive" esport settings, both maintain well over 100 fps at all times.
Project Cars 2 typically preferred GeForce GPUs a lot, but still the 2070 Super at 1440p is only 10% faster, which isn't a significant margin given the price difference. It was also 6% faster compared to 1% low data and we see that the performance is pretty close even at 4K.
Finally, we have World of Tanks, where the 2070 Super was 14% faster on average at 1440p, with both GPUs averaging over 130 fps.
The full breakdown of the game
As expected, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super is the more powerful GPU, although it was only ~ 10% faster in the smaller set of games we just tested. Given that it costs 25% more, this isn't the best option to justify the extra investment.
Before we run a cost analysis, let's look at how they were spread across all 37 games tested. Before we look at the full results, let's take a look at our first day results (early July) for a quick refresher. There's no Apex Legends test here, but we did test Forza Horizon 4, which was a big win for AMD.
Based on this 2% margin at launch, we now find that the 5700 XT at 1440p is 37% slower with 37 games. Not exactly an earth-shattering change, but still a change. While the 5700 XT is about $ 100 (20% cheaper) than the 2070 Super, it was never 20% slower at 1440p.
It was 19% slower in Warhammer Vermintide 2, 16% in War Thunder, and 15% in Fortnite. With all of the 37 games tested, it was only 6% slower overall, which makes the 5700 XT a really good price.
The margin increases at 4K, here the 5700 XT was 9% slower on average and up to 24% slower in War Thunder and 22% slower in Metro Exodus. For those playing at 4K, we might see a reason to buy the RTX 2070 Super, but in terms of value, the 5700 XT is still technically better.
Here you can see the cost per frame. The 5700 XT (PowerColor Red Devil) costs $ 4 per frame at 1440p, or 14% less than the MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio.
For those who play at 4K, the RTX 2070 Super is a little better since the 5700 XT was only 9% cheaper per frame here. This is a reasonable discount, so you need to weigh what is more important to you, performance or value.
If you have to spend $ 400 on a graphics card, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the best option. Based on this data, we estimate that it is about 10% faster than the RTX 2060 Super, which improves it by 10% in terms of cost per frame. If you weigh your purchase decisions more against the value, the 5700 XT is also a better buy than the RTX 2070 Super, as we have just seen that it is about 14% cheaper per frame.
However, this depends on the games you play, as GeForce gets cheap results in games like Vermintide 2, War Thunder, and Fortnite, where you only get the next level performance for the extra money you pay.
Overall, the 5700 XT at 1440p is very punchy and we think it's fair to say that the 5700 XT eliminates the RTX 2060 Super and does almost the same thing as the 2070 Super, but the fact that the 2070 Super was significantly faster a dozen of the games tested mean it's a worthwhile option for those looking for extra performance. If you only play titles like Battlefield V, CS: GO, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Far Cry New Dawn, For Honor, Just Cause 4, World War II, DiRT Rally 2, F1 2019, Warframe and about half a dozen other titles that we play tested, then the 2070 Super makes a lot less sense.
We explained this in our last update to The Best Graphics Cards. For the best high-end 1440p GPU, we use the Radeon 5700 XT as the best option in the $ 400 to $ 600 range. Unless you spend a lot more – there's a short window for buying the RTX 2080 for $ 660, which is a better deal than buying the super version – there are no other options.