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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT: Best High-end Graphics Card for 1440p Gaming?

1080p is the most popular resolution among gamers despite 4K gaining a lot of popularity in the last few years. Despite that though, it’s really hard to yield 60 FPS at 4K let alone 120 or 144 FPS that are quite essential for fast-paced shooters and eSports titles. As a result, even people who can afford it instead opt for a 1440p screen that can shell out 100+FPS with ease.

And for good reason: the 1440p graphics card market is by far the most competitive with ample options from both NVIDIA and AMD. From team red, you’ve got the Navi based Radeon RX 5700/XT and NVIDIA is offering the RTX 2060 for gamers on a budget while the RTX Supers (2060 & 2070 Super) are excellent options for people who can afford to splurge. In this post, we compare the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the GeForce RTX 2070 Super and analyze which one is the best GPU for 1440p gaming.

GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs Radeon RX 5700 XT: Specs

AMD hardware has been compared to fine wine more than once. The reason being that generally, the performance of these parts improves with time (as the drivers and software support is worked upon). However, this has cost the company, lowering the profit margins.

SpecsRTX 2070 SuperRX 5700 XT
Shader Count25602560
Boost Clock (Max)1770MHz1905MHz
TMUs184160
Memory8GB GDDR68GB GDDR6
Memory Speed14Gbps14Gbps
Bus Width256-bit256-bit
Bandwidth448GB/s448GB/s
TDP215W225W
PriceRs. 39,999 (Link)Rs. 34,200 (Link)

As a result, AMD GPUs have traditionally had superior hardware but due to poor utilization and driver support haven’t been able to fully leverage it. With AMD’s RDNA based Navi architecture, team red is looking to rectify that. Gaming is the main focus (unlike GCN which was more compute-oriented). This means lower latencies, higher IPC and faster core clocks. This is exactly what the Navi cards offer.

Unlike the older Radeon cards, the specs of the RX 5700 XT (Navi 10) are almost identical to its NVIDIA competitor. The RX Vega 56 had 3,568 cores while its nearest rival, the GTX 1070 had just 1,920 and yet both performed more or less on par with each other.

With RDNA, AMD’s focus is sheer gaming performance with all the efficiency of the 7nm node, breaking the restrictions of the GCN design.

When it comes to exclusive features, AMD’s Navi cards offer FidelityFX while NVIDIA, of course, has the fancy ray-tracing and DLSS technologies. Although both are largely in the infancy stages, it’d be fair to say that NVIDIA has a bit of an edge here. Let’s move on to sheer raster performance.

Test Bed:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi
  • RAM: 16GB Trident Z Royal @ 3600MHz
  • PSU: Corsair HX1000i
  • HDD: WD Black 4TB
  • All the games were tested at the ultra quality preset at 1440p using the DX12 API. Deux Ex was tested at the high quality preset

GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs Radeon RX 5700 XT: 1440p Gaming Benchmarks

In both Deus Ex and Division 2, the NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super is ahead of the RX 5700 XT by a notable margin, but keep in mind that the latter is cheaper by almost 6,000 bucks.

The situation changes slightly in favor of the Radeon RX 5700 XT in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Ashes. Though the 2070 Super is still faster, the deltas are quite small especially inTomb Raider.

Once again, in Wildlands and Metro Exodus the 5700 XT performs admirable trailing the Super by less than a handful of frames. This is pretty impressive. The Navi 10 GPU offers performance almost on par with the 2070 S for 6K less, and although you miss out on ray-tracing, it’s not a deal-breaker.

Conclusion

Well, so which GPU should you go with? The RTX 2070 Super or the RX 5700 XT. The latter offers better performance per dollar, but the reference model runs like a helicopter, loud and hot. At this point, ray-tracing isn’t going to be an issue but that is going to change soon. If it weren’t for the pesky taxes and customs charge, the RX 5700 XT would be a hit in India. Still, it is an excellent option for 1080p 144Hz or 1440p 75Hz gaming. If you are on a budget and can’t quite afford the GeForce card, then the 5700 XT should serve as a solid alternative. Either way, you can’t go wrong here.

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Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it suffered from many internal weaknesses. Left and now working on Hardware Times, a site purely dedicated to. Processor architectures and in-depth benchmarks. That's what we do here at Hardware Times!
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