RX 5700

Best answer: The RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT are set to be available on July 7, 2019. The current high-end GPU and the first 7nm, the Radeon VII, will remain on sale and has more overall performance than the RX 5700 series.

First 7nm GPU: XFX AMD Radeon VII ($680 at Amazon)

Radeon and Ryzen on sale July 7

AMD is having a big day on July 7, 2019. Its first 7nm processors, the Ryzen 3000 series, will be going on sale that day and will be joined by the Radeon RX 5700 GPUs. July 7 is 7nm day for the red team!

There are two variants of the new Navi architecture-based GPUs: the RX 5700 and the RX 5700 XT. Of those, the RX 5700 is the lower priced option at $379, while the slightly more powerful RX 5700 XT will come in at a still reasonable $449.

Radeon RX 5700 pricing

Here's a quick break down of some key specs of each.

Category RX 5700 RX 5700 XT
Architecture Navi Navi
Compute units 36 40
Base clock Up to 1,465 MHz Up to 1,605 MHz
Game clock Up to 1,625 MHz Up to 1,755 MHz
Boost clock Up to 1,725 MHz Up to 1,905 MHz
Texture units 144 160
Stream processors 2,304 2,560
VRAM 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
TDP 180W 225W

There's not a huge amount between them, and both should be capable of decent frame rates and 1440p gaming. AMD is putting the RX 5700 in a similar category to NVIDIA's RTX 2060, and the RX 5700 XT against the RTX 2070. In both cases, AMD claims to outperform the NVIDIA cards, but we'll have to wait for real-world testing to confirm.

Radeon XT Anniversary Edition has a little extra juice

Also available is an anniversary edition of the RX 5700 XT. Like the recent anniversary edition of the Radeon VII, it gets a special paint job, this time with a black and gold combination. Unlike the Radeon VII anniversary edition, this one has a higher price than the regular model and a little more performance.

The game and boost clocks are all given a higher frequency, with the side effect of a slight increase in TDP, but also in performance. Not a huge amount, but nevertheless, you get more than just a fancy paint job for the $499 asking price.

Slots in beneath the Radeon VII

Despite the introduction of the Navi architecture, the Vega-based Radeon VII is sticking around for now as the range-topper, with the RX 5700 GPUs slotting in beneath it in AMD's lineup. It's still a 7nm GPU like the newer Navi-based members of the family, and overall still boasts more power.

It's also more expensive and has a fairly significant additional power draw over even the most thirsty of the RX 5700 GPUs. But it's available right now and until AMD releases a new high-end Navi card, it'll stay the big dog in the yard.

First 7nm GPU

XFX AMD Radeon VII

Still at the top of AMD's lineup

The Radeon VII was AMD's first 7nm GPU and remains its best overall performer, albeit at a price and power consumption premium. It's also available right now if you really can't wait.

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