AMD Next Horizon Gaming E3 2019 Re-Cap and Analysis

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AMD Radeon RX 5700

The next video card announcement was of the AMD Radeon RX 5700, the cut-down version of the XT.  This one has 36 Compute Units, up to 7.95 TFLOPs of performance, 8GB of GDDR6 a Base Clock of 1465MHz and a Game Clock of 1625MHz and a Boost Clock of 1725MHz.  It has the same RDNA architecture, 7nm, PCIe 4.0 support.  Pricing will be set at MSRP $379.

At this price the pricing is undercutting the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 video card.  It is $20 cheaper by MSRP.  It however is not anywhere near the pricing of AMD Radeon RX 590 which is MSRP $279, this is in a different class than the RX 590 GPU.  This sounds like a Radeon RX Vega 56 replacement card. 

Comparing to RTX 2060

AMD is comparing the AMD Radeon RX 5700 to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060.  The GeForce RTX 2060 has an MSRP of $349.  This does mean the AMD Radeon RX 5700 is more expensive (by $30) based on MSRP.  One advantage AMD is pointing out is that the AMD Radeon RX 5700 has 8GB of VRAM while the RTX 2060 has 6GB.  We don’t know the TDP and memory bandwidth of the Radeon RX 5700 yet, so we cannot make those comparisons.

AMD showed a performance comparison in Apex Legends at 1440p Max Settings throwing thermite grenades, which eats up performance.  The AMD Radeon RX 5700 was 22% faster in this game in this scenario compared to GeForce RTX 2060.  Another performance slide sowed performance all over the place here, depending on the game.  There were a few large results, but also just some minor performance differences as well.  It was positive across the board in performance over RTX 2060, but in some cases minor.     

New Feature Sets

Next, AMD went into some new feature sets supported with the new video cards.  There is a new Radeon media engine that allows for 4K encode and encode and FreeSync HDR support.  There is also a new display engine that supports DisplayPort 1.4 and display stream compression and other connectivity features.

AMD FidelityFX

AMD FidelityFX is an open source image quality toolkit for developers that helps add post-process effects to games.  This is a way to provide sharpness improvements in-game with no performance hit.  This can make blurry areas sharper and more detailed, or take decals and graphics on textures and bring them out more to be noticed, but with less blurriness and no aliasing.      

AMD Radeon Image Sharpening

One of those FidelityFX post-processing effects that can be added to games is image sharpening this will be available as part of the Radeon Adrenalin Software driver set.  This can be applied on games that don’t have FidelityFX built-in.  There is virtually no performance hit.     

Radeon Anti-Lag

Radeon Anti-Lag reduces the input lag between the GPU and the monitor for fast-twitch gaming.  It can reduce the frames or lag between the motion to photon latency.    

Brent Justice
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