Today we’re going to compare the Radeon RX 500 video cards. These are the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the more budget option – the Radeon RX 5600 XT.
Last summer, AMD decided to compete with Intel in the top-end video card segment. They released the Radeon RX 5000 series. The new products were equipped with the long-awaited NAVI GPUs, as well as the fresh RDNA architecture.
If you hear about the RDNA for the first time, here’s something about this architecture. The previous GCN architecture’s key feature was the effective load on the GPU, so the complex tasks were done faster. Unfortunately, most of the time the most of the AMD graphics cards were not used much.
With the RDNA, the engineers decided to change the parallel computing scheme. Now the GPU concentrates on solving simple problems and it works much better with medium and low resolutions. As a result, the efficiency of the updated GPUs has almost doubled comparing to the previous architecture.
The video cards that we are comparing today are based on the progressive RDNA architecture. They also have the new Navi 10 graphics chip, which guarantees high performance and excellent image in games.
Let’s get started!
First, let’s go over the external characteristics. Such models as the RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5600 XT are slightly different in size, but they have a similar design that looks pretty modern. The card cover is made of textured plastic with stylish red lines. This makes them unique and distinguishes them from their competitors. Both models have 2 slots. The set of video outputs is usual – there is 1 HDMI and 3 DisplayPort.
In terms of energy consumption, the older model is slightly more demanding – it requires 225 watts versus 150 watts of the RX 5600 XT. Therefore, the RX 5700 XT is powered only by 8 + 6-pin connectors. At the same time the RX 5600 XT has models with both 8-pin and 8 + 6-pin connectors.
In terms of performance, it is logical that the RX 5700 XT looks better than its competitor. At the same time thanks to the Navi 10 graphics chip the RX 5600 XT can not only be placed between top-end and low-end graphics cards, but it also can compete with the flagship capacities.
The Radeon RX 5600 XT was created primarily for their target customers who mainly have monitors with Full HD resolution. Compared to the RX 5700 XT, the other model’s GPU doesn’t have the RAM controllers. Despite this, almost the entire computing potential of the card remained unchanged. The RAM was reduced from 8 to 6 GB. They also used the 192-bit bus was used, due to which the memory bandwidth was reduced.
Both video cards show excellent results both in demanding games and in synthetic tests. As for the price tag of the card to the fps, the victory belongs to the more budget Radeon RX 5600 XT. Let’s just look at their test results with modern games. We will launch projects at maximum settings using the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor in conjunction with the ASUS ROG Strix X399-E Gaming motherboard.
Call of Duty: WWII is a multi-platform first-person shooter published in 2017 by Activision. The RX 5700 XT in Full HD resolution usually gets 97 FPS versus the 93 FPS of its competitor. The difference is only 4%. But in 2K and 4K resolutions, the gap is more noticeable. It is 96 FPS versus 83 FPS, and 63 FPS versus 52 FPS, respectively, which is 13% and 18% more than the RX 5600 XT.
The racing simulator Project Cars 2 from the British studio Slightly Mad Studios was released in 2017. It works well with both cards in Full HD resolution. The RX 5700 XT shows better results in 2K and 4K.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is an Action / RPG game from Ubisoft, which was released in the fall of 2017. The game is quite demanding, so the RX 5700 XT has a noticeable advantage in all resolutions.
Star Wars Battlefront II, a first-person shooter created in the Star Wars universe developed by the Swedish company EA DICE. The fourth game in the series was released in 2017. You can see the tests on the screen. The RX 5700 XT is still ahead of the competition in all resolutions.
Wolfenstein II: The new Colossus is another first-person shooter developed by MachineGames and published in 2017 by Bethesda Softworks. You can play comfortably with any video card. The average FPS does not drop below 84 on the RX 5600 XT, even in 4K. But in general, the RX 5700 XT still wins by slight margin.
Destiny 2 is another shooter with MMORPG elements released in 2017 by the American company Bungie. In comparative tests, the RX 5700 XT scores 174 FPS in Full HD resolution against the 141 FPS of its competitor. The advantage of the new model can also be seen in 2K and 4K resolutions – it is higher by 12%.
Far Cry 5 is an action-adventure, as well as a first-person shooter by Ubisoft, which was released in 2018. The action takes place in Montana, Hope County; the game reveals the confrontation of the Doomsday cult called the “Gate of Eden” and the deputy sheriff. The RX 5700 XT has a slight advantage here, although the RX 5600 XT also produces quite a decent result in Full HD and 2K resolutions.
Final Fantasy XV is a role-playing action movie developed by Square Enix, released in September 2016. The plot tells the story of Noctis, the crown prince of the country Lucis. He, along with his friends, embarks on a dangerous journey to recover the lost magical relic. The best results (about 10%) are shown by the RX 5700 XT.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a single-player role-playing project with a well-developed open world from the Czech studio Warhorse Studios, which was released by Deep Silve. You will need the RX 5700 XT for a comfortable game in 4K. The RX 5600 XT does an excellent job with Full HD and 2K resolutions, the average FPS is 63 and 58, respectively, which is only 5 and 12% less than the RX 5700 XT.
Battlefield V is a multi-platform first-person shooter, the fifteenth of the Battlefield series of games, produced by Electronic Arts. It was released at the end of 2018. The action takes place during the Second World War. In the spring of 2019, a new mode was added to the game – “Fire Storm”, which is made in the “Battle Royale” genre. Both cards deliver decent FPS with an RX 5700 XT advantage of about 15%.
So, the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT is perfect for games in Full HD resolution (with maximum quality settings). At the same time there are games in which this video card will still work quite well even in 2560 × 1440 resolution without a noticeable decrease in image quality. This is a great option for users who do not want to overpay for excess power for their current assembly.
As for the Radeon RX 5700 XT, it is able to provide sufficient performance for modern games in 2560×1440 resolution, which, for example, Vega cards do not always provide. The new graphics chip installed in the Radeon RX 5700 XT will cope with the most demanding and modern games at high and even maximum settings.
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