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Are AMD Navi GPUs Worth It? (Simple Answer!)

by Lisa Hayden
Are AMD Navi GPUs Worth It

In this post, we learn more about the new GPU generation and are AMD Navi GPUs worth it for the price?

Are you thinking of swapping your old GPU for the brand new AMD Navi GPU? Do you even know what type you have and whether this brand-new model will be an improvement over the one you have now?

Let’s Talk GPU First

Let’s Talk GPU First

If you’re reading this, chances are you already have a fairly good idea of exactly what a GPU does. It’s not a replacement for the CPU but rather, a customization of it specifically for gaming purposes. A GPU is targeted towards PC gaming with focus on graphics rendering and making sure your game screen runs as smoothly as possible. On the other hand, your CPU is like a “general practitioner” which handles different types of processes you might need such as word documents, watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web, and so on.

Current Navi GPUs 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the next step is to figure out the brand new GPUs from AMD dubbed as Navi. There are actually three products under the line which are: the RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition or RX 5700 XTAE, the Rx 5700, and the RX 5700 XT. Those are the ones confirmed so far but there’s a chance that more models under the line will be released soon, specifically, a 5900, a 5800, and a 5600.

Similarities of the Three

Similarities of the Three

Now, before we talk about each individual Navi release, it’s important to see what makes them similar with each other. The primary feature duplicated in each one is the Navi 10 Architecture also known as the RDNA. The Navi line is actually the first one to use this kind of architecture. This translates to a performance per watt of around 1.5 times and performance per area of around 2.3 times. What does this mean in terms of gaming? Well, the architecture means there’s a dual compute design that leads to improved efficiency. Think games that are quickly rendered, beautiful graphics, and minimal heating for your PC.

Another similarity is the fact that this is a blower-style card. Simply put, it can take in air from the fan and then expel it to the back portion for efficient cooling.

Now that we’ve done that, it’s time to look into each Navi GPU closer.

  • RX 5700 XTAE

Of the three confirmed Navi releases, this one is set to be the most expensive, which isn’t really surprising since it’s also the most powerful. One look and you can tell it’s a fancy release because of the gold trim shroud and a signature of no less than Doctor Lisa Su. It’s faster than the 5700 XT by around 75MHz and has one input for HDMI. It’s been built with 3 display ports.

  • RX 5700

Of the three, this is the lowest configuration available, hence the cheaper price compared with the rest. It has a lower power than the RX 5700 XT with a boost clock speed of around 1,725MHz. It also comes with a 7nm process, 8 gigabytes worth of GDDR6 VRAM, and 10.3 billion transistors. Note though that this is the standard so everything you can find in the RX 5700 can also be found in the higher Navi models. 

  • RX 5700 XT

Next we have the RX 5700 XT which is a tad slower than the XTAE version. There’s no expensive trimming along the edging here, which accounts for the fact that it’s slightly lower in price. In terms of performance, the 75MHz difference might seem like a small thing, but this will be very impactful come actual gaming time. Base clock is set at 1605 MHz with the boost clock at 300MHz more. Of course, the actual speed of the component during use is somewhere between those two numbers.

How it Holds with Gaming

amd navi gpu How it Holds with Gaming

We can talk numbers and acronyms all we want, but the real important thing is – how does it work when it comes to gaming?

To make that distinction, we have to look at the last AMD release for GPU and other competitions. The closest competitor of the Navi Line is the GeForce RTX 2070. According to AMD, there’s a 25 percent increase in terms of instructions per clock for their Navi line since the RDNA architecture was built into the component. That’s an increase with all other factors staying similar – which translates to same power consumption, settings, and perhaps even heat production. 

Of course, we’ll need to test it out to prove whether predictions are true. If we’re going just by numbers, then there’s no question that AMD’s Navi is going to be the most cost-effective GPU in the market once it launches. Performance-wise however, that still leaves something up for the gaming enthusiasts to talk about. Right now, many reports are still speculations so take some information with a grain of salt.

Your Current GPU

So should you buy the Navi once it hits the shelves? Look, if you currently have an old GPU unit and want to kick things up a notch, then the answer is definitely YES. If you’re using an old one, then a brand new component will improve your gaming experience, no matter what it happens to be. However, if you’re currently holding the GeForce RTX 2070, you might want to wait a bit and see how it fares with actual testing.

Predicted Release Date

amd navi gpu Predicted Release Date

Remember, this brand new GPU isn’t out in the market yet and according to reports, release will be around the 30th of September of this year. Now, if that date sounds familiar – that’s because the PS5 will also be released by that time. Hence, it’s going to be a good end-of-the-year for gamers, both for computers and consoles.

To wrap it up, there’s really no way to tell if the brand new AMD Navi GPU is going to be worth the upgrade, especially if you’re using the brand’s latest graphics processing unit before the Navi introduction. It’s a wait-and-see situation here as hard facts about the component are still touch and go.

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