Today we compare the GeForce RTX 2060 from Nvidia and the Radeon RX 5600 XT from AMD in over 30 games with two resolutions: 1080p and 1440p. Before we move on to the benchmark phase, however, we want to put things in perspective for the newly introduced mid-range Radeon and the one-year RTX 2060, which have been priced down to $ 300 for some models.
It's been a month since our first 5600 XT test, and it's fair to say that the new Radeon under $ 300 didn't blow us away. To conclude this review, we said: “The Radeon RX 5600 XT is a reputable product that has pushed for lower prices and better performance at $ 300. We recommend it for this alone. The GPU won't blow off your socks, and yet it's cheaper than the Radeon RX 5700 and makes the RTX 2060 Super a really tough buy. Given the competition in this price range, we think AMD did well. "
We also asked if many RTX 2060 models would actually cost $ 300 and what inventory could you expect for so-called KO and FE models at this more aggressive price?
About a month later, where are we now? Well, the RTX 2060 is still a kind of $ 300 GPU, as you can buy the FE model for $ 300 directly from Nvidia and the EVGA KO version is also available for $ 300. 5600 14Tbps XTs are now available for $ 290. This makes the RTX 2060 only 4% more expensive for the FE version or about 10% more expensive when comparing most AIB models. In some regions, 2060 FE / KO models are not available, making the GeForce option a little more expensive.
But the price is only part of the equation, there is obviously the performance aspect that we are going to look at, and then there are drivers. After seeing numerous user reviews of AMD driver issues, we recently got annoyed and the reports kept coming back. Unfortunately, drivers with these navigation GPUs are another factor that must be taken into account.
For today's tests, we use the MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z and the Sapphire Pulse 5600 XT, which are equipped with the latest VBIOS and support memory transfer speeds of 14 Gbit / s. Our GPU test bench is powered by the Core i9-9900K overclocked to 5 GHz with 16 GB DDR4-3400 memory. Instead of covering each of the 32 game benchmarks, as usual, we'll take a closer look at a dozen and then jump into performance charts.
First we have Assassins Creed Odyssey and here the 5600 XT is only slightly ahead of the RTX 2060 in both resolutions tested and offers 5% more performance at 1080p and only one additional frame at 1440p. You can safely call this identical performance.
In Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order we see that the latest drivers between RTX 2060 and 5600 XT are very tight. We see an essentially identical performance again.
The outer worlds almost always prefer Nvidia hardware, and we see that this is the case again. It's worth noting that the 1% low performance is identical across the two resolutions tested, so at least the 5600 XT in this title offers a smooth gaming experience.
Next we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and again we see very narrow numbers at 1080p and 1440p, especially the former is an identical match.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is another title where these two GPUs deliver almost identical performance with no more than 2 fps at both resolutions tested, which is negligible.
The 5600 XT has a bit of control problems when using MSAAx4, which can be magnified if you look at the 1% low power that slows down a bit even at 1080p. If we just look at the average frame rate, the RTX 2060 is up to 7% faster, but if we focus on the 1% low results, the GeForce GPU is up to 14% faster.
AMD often does well during World War II and we can see that the 5600 XT had no problem getting it to the RTX 2060 at 1080p. Here the Radeon GPU was 11% faster. However, the margin fluctuates in favor of Nvidia at 1440p, and now the 5600 XT is 7% slower.
Radeon GPUs have always done well in F1 titles, and the 5600 XT can beat the RTX 2060 here, offering 10% more power at 1080p and 14% more at 1440p, a solid win for the red team.
The RTX 2060 offers stronger performance in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, at least when using the Vulkan API, for which AMD doesn't seem to be optimized yet. The 1% low performance suffers compared to what we see when using DX11. We will stay with Vulkan for the foreseeable future and see how AMD will develop in the coming months.
We expected the RTX 2060 to make up more ground at the 5600 XT in Fortnite, but AMD made sure that its GPUs were well optimized for this hugely popular title. Nvidia GPUs dominated in the early days of Fortnite, but it's good to see that AMD has been working to optimize this title. The end result is identical performance between these GPUs at both resolutions tested.
With the ultra quality settings in Gears 5, the 5600 XT beats the RTX 2060 and offers 18% more frames at 1080p and 15% more at 1440p.
The frame rates in Shadow of the Tomb Raider were very similar and this is another title where the RTX 2060 and 5600 XT deliver virtually identical performance.
Performance is also very similar in Apex Legends: the 5600 XT does a little better at 1080p, while the RTX 2060 does a little better at 1440p, but overall the gaming experience will be similar with both GPUs.
Finally, we have PUBG, a title that has always preferred GeForce GPUs. The RTX 2060 was 9% faster at 1080p and only 6% faster at 1440p.
Breakdown of benefits
Just as we saw when testing the Radeon RX 5600 XT in our first reporting, the GPU seems to be evenly matched with Nvidia's RTX 2060. We started testing only a dozen games, but now we've added a much wider selection of titles to a total of 32 games tested. Let us see how they compare to a variety of recently released and popular titles.
In the end, the 5600 XT wins with a slight difference of 3%. In Borderlands 3, Metro Exodus and DiRT Rally 2, the Radeon won 20% or more. The only games that really boosted the 5600 XT were The Outer Worlds, Vermintide 2, and Strange Brigade.
The already low margin of 3% in favor of AMD at 1080p drops to 1% at 1440p. On average that's the same performance if we can't say that at 1080p. Our launch report of the RX 5600 XT showed something similar. So it seems that we did well with a dozen game examples, which with 32 titles were very representative of what we see here.
What to buy
The bottom line is that the 5600 XT and the RTX 2060 are very evenly matched in terms of performance. As is usually the case when we see this type of result, the best option for you will likely be due to the games you play.
The two GPUs are so evenly matched that we have to take the driver angle into account, especially for a large number of users who have reported crash and black screen problems in the past few months. At least in the short term, this should cause concern and make the recommendation of the 5600 XT more difficult. The RTX 2060 is a proven product at this point, offers a similar level of performance, and generally costs an additional $ 10 to $ 30, which is a tiny price tag for stability.
You don't need to be particularly careful about which RTX 2060 you buy. The cheaper basic models are comparable to the premium versions and this is certainly not the case with the 5600 XT.
We believe the 5600 XT is a decent product and with a little more time to iron out driver problems and shipping cards with the right VBIOS, it will be a serious competitor across the board. But now we have to choose the RTX 2060. We simply believe that the GeForce graphics card option will give you better care.
- GeForce RTX 2060 at Amazon
- GeForce RTX 2060 Super on Amazon
- AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT on Amazon
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 on Amazon
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT on Amazon
- GeForce GTX 1660 Super 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