I’ve got good news and bad news about AMD’s new graphics cards — the Radeon 5700 and 5700 XT.

The Red Tea Detox

If you’re an AMD fan hoping that this will be the moment in history when the company finally pulls ahead of Nvidia with a high-end video card — like it may be doing against Intel with desktop CPUs — this isn’t that moment. Despite its new Navi architecture, which offers 1.25x the performance per clock and 1.5x performance per watt, these aren’t even as high-end as AMD’s existing (and complicated) 13.8 TFLOP Radeon VII GPU. At up to 9.75 TFLOPs and 7.95 TFLOPs of raw computing power respectively, and with 8GB of GDDR6 memory instead of 16GB of HBM2, the 5700-series isn’t a world-beater.

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But these two new blower-style graphics cards may be doing something more important: taking on Nvidia where it actually counts in bang-for-the-buck GPUs. AMD says they’re designed to destroy the upper-mid-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060. You’ll pay $450 for the Radeon 5700 XT, compared to the $500 for Nvidia’s 2070, while the Radeon 5700 costs $380 compared to the $350 that Nvidia’s 2060 retails for today.

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They’re coming July 7th, and we’ll be adding more info to this post as we’re learning more today.

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