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NVIDIA RTX 2060 vs AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT: Performance Across 10+ Games Tested

The budget graphics card market is remarkably competitive at the moment. You’ve got NVIDIA’s GTX 16 series cards, the RTX 2060 and the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, all fighting it out in the sub-$300 segment. AMD’s latest GPU, the Navi 10 based Radeon RX 5600 XT had a messy launch with performance varying by as much as 10% across different OEMs. It goes head to head against NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 while costing $20-30 less on average. In this post, we test the two GPUs across 11 AAA games and see which one comes out on top.

TestBench

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
  • GPU: Zotac RTX 2060 Gaming|Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT
  • Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi
  • Memory: Trident Z Royal 8GB x 2 @ 3600MHz CL16
  • Power Supply: Corsair HX1000i
  • All the titles except Wildlands were tested at 1080p and 1440p ultra.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060: Specifications

NVIDIA RTX 2060AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
Cores1,9202,304
Boost Clock1,755MHz1,750MHz
Memory6GB GDDR66GB GDDR6
Memory Speed14 Gbps14 Gbps
Bus Width192-bit192-bit
TDP160W160W

On paper, the Radeon RX 5600 XT has a clear advantage in terms of shader count. The memory size, bus, and bandwidth are identical and so is the rated TDP. Although the 5600 XT supports PCIe 4.0, it’s not really an advantage considering most GPUs fail to saturate the PCIe 3.0 bus.

AMD RX 5600 XT vs NVIDIA RTX 2060: 1080p Gaming Benchmarks

At 1080p, the Radeon RX 5600 XT quite easily squishes the GeForce RTX 2060. Other than Assassins’ Creed, the Navi GPU marks a clear victory over the RTX card in all 9 titles. In some games like Ashes and Deus Ex, the deltas are as wide as 10 FPS. Considering that the RTX 2060 costs more than the 5600 XT, that’s quite impressive. Let’s have a look at the frame rate graphs to get an idea of the sustained frame rates. Better frame pacing higher lows usually result in smoother gameplay even if the averages are lower:

In both Metro Exodus and Borderlands 3, the Radeon RX 5600 XT performs more consistently than the RTX 2060. In Borderlands 3, the frame rate drops are especially prominent and occur throughout the duration of the benchmark.

AMD RX 5600 XT vs NVIDIA RTX 2060: 1080p Gaming Benchmarks

Neither cards are capable of smooth sailing at 1440p ultra in newer titles. You’ll have to drop the settings to high or even medium in certain. The deltas have shrunk, but the results are largely the same. The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT reigns supreme. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the RTX 2060 manages to take a slim lead of 2 FPS, but that’s about it.

Borderlands 3 really hates NVIDIA GPUs. The RX 5600 XT is nearly 10 FPS faster than the RTX 2060 in the first half of the benchmark. After that, both cards start stuttering like crazy and the game becomes unplayable at the highest preset.

Conclusion: The Ultimate 1080p Graphics Card!

The conclusion is a no brainer. The Radeon RX 5600 XT wins by a decent margin. On top of that, it’s cheaper too. Before you start, let me continue. EVGA’s RTX 2060 KO Edition is only available in the US and a few select regions. For the vast majority of gamers, the RTX 2060 still costs nearly $350. At present, the Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT is available for $279 on Newegg. Out of all the 5600 XTs, this is the fastest variant, so don’t look any further.

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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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