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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review : RDNA 2 Rocks!

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review : RDNA 2 Rocks!

Thanks to the new RDNA 2 architecture, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is a killer graphics card, with serious raytracing chops!

Find out why we gave the Radeon RX 6800 XT our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Powered By RDNA 2!

  • DirectX 12 Ultimate – offering support for the next-generation games with DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading.
  • New Ray Accelerator – delivers real-time lighting, shadow and reflection realism through DirectX Raytracing.
  • Variable Rate Sharing (VRS) – dynamically reduces shading rate for better performance at little to no loss in image quality.
  • DirectStorage Support – delivers faster load times and high-quality textures in the future.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Price + Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has a RRP of US$649, and will be available for sale starting 18 November 2020.

Custom boards will be available from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte starting in November 2020.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Specifications

This table summarises how the RX 6800 XT compares against the RX 6900 XT and the RX 6800.

Specifications Radeon RX
6900 XT
Radeon RX
6800 XT
Radeon RX
6800
Transistors 26.8 billion
Fab Process 7 nm
Die Size 519 mm²
Total Graphics Power 300 W 250 W
Compute Units 80 72 60
Ray Accelerators 80 72 60
Stream Processors 5120 4608 3840
Game Clock 2015 MHz 2015 MHz 1815 MHz
Boost Clock 2250 MHz 2250 MHz 2105 MHz
TFLOPS 23.04 20.74 16.17
TMUs 320 288 240
Max. Texture Rate 720 GT/s 648 GT/s 505 GT/s
ROPs 128 96
Max. Pixel Rate 288 GP/s 202 GP/s
Infinity Cache 128 MB
Graphics Memory 16 GB GDDR6 (16 Gbps)
Bus Width 256-bit
Bandwidth 512 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16

 

Unboxing The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT comes in a large and heavy cardboard box. Very heavy duty, with thick foam packaging.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Hands-On Experience!

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT in our hands-on video, and pictures.

Be careful when you handle it, because it is a rather bulky and heavy card.

That’s partly because it comes with a large (and heavy) 2.5-slot cooler with triple axial fans.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is kept cool by a really thick heatsink, covered by a shroud with triple axial fans.

Part of the reason why it’s so heavy – it has a full-length die-cast aluminium backplate at the back.

Here you can see its thick heatsink, and how its cooler is designed to suck in air from the front of the card, and exhaust the hot air from the top and the bottom of the card.

It has four display connectors. From left to right : one USB Type C port, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and one HDMI 2.1 port.

The card uses up to 300 watts of power, and comes with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors.

It should work with two 6-pin power cables though – both 8-pin and 6-pin cables deliver 150 watts.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT supports PCI Express 4.0, which offers double the bandwidth of PCI Express 3.0.

However, that requires you to use a PCI Express 4.0 motherboard, like the recommended AMD X570 motherboards.

But do not fret if you are on the Intel platform. It is backward-compatible with PCI Express 3.0, and will work just fine with PCIe 3.0 motherboards.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance (with and without Smart Access Memory), and compare it to seven other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications:

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Graphics
Memory
Memory
Bandwidth
Radeon RX 6800 XT 580.3 GT/s 257.9 GP/s 16 GB GDDR6 512 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 316.8 GT/s 105.6 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 496 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 XT 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 2070 SUPER 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 224.3 GT/s 102.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage 1TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Graphics Drivers NVIDIA GameReady Driver 457.30
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.45.01.12-11.6 Beta

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : In Action!

Our testbed pairs the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor with the ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII Hero (AMD X570) motherboard, with 32 GB of DDR4 memory.

Take a look at the Radeon RX 6800 XT in action, and listen to how quiet it sounds… even when it revs up during the strenuous part of the test!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Peak Exhaust Temperature

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Rated for 300 watts, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is definitely a hot card, blowing out really hot air like a hairdryer. The good news is – its triple axial fans are quiet even during the most strenuous tests.

But please make sure your case is well-ventilated, as the hot air is expelled from the top and bottom of the card, and will recirculate within the case.

It will get really, REALLY hot inside the chassis if you don’t ventilate well!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Look at that! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 52% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 73% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

In the overall gaming score, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT ends up about 42% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 58% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER. Very impressive!

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT did even better – it was about 56% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 77% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

In the overall score, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 65% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

Port Royal (Ray Tracing)

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 29% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 49% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER in ray tracing!

DirectX Raytracing Test

We ran the standalone DirectX Raytracing test too, and it confirmed that the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 22% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 47% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER in ray tracing!

PCI Express Bandwidth

The AMD cards all support PCI Express 4.0, which gives them an edge over the NVIDIA cards.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Very impressive! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 53% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

When we turned on Smart Access Memory, it was about 58% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 62% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT pulled further ahead – it was about 57% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 64% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

When we turned on Smart Access Memory, it was about 74% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 82% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

2160p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! It was far ahead of the competition at 4K!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 61% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was about 84% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was only 11% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 21% faster than the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 SUPER.

Smart Access Memory did not make much of a difference – it was about 13% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 23% faster than the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

But when we ramped up the resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT showed its real mettle!

With or without Smart Access Memory, it was 52% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER70% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 75% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT further extended its lead at the 4K resolution.

It was now 69% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER92% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 76% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER2X faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 2.1X faster than the RX 5700 XT.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 49% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER68% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 74% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 49% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER75% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 85% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 44% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER71% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 97% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Dirt 5

Dirt 5 is a brand new off-road racing game by Codemasters, released on 6 November 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game appears to be highly-optimised for AMD graphics cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

 

Look at that! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 70% faster than the RX 5700 XT72% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 97% faster than the RX 5700 and RTX 2070 SUPER.

Smart Access Memory gave it a small boost, making it 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT79% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 and RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 64% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER73% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 87% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 80% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER91% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 2X faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was the only card capable of delivering frame rates in excess of 60 fps with maximum image quality.

It was 65% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 88% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 69% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 93% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 44% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 63% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 71% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti and the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 45% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 67% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER72% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 45% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 60% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER68% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 78% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics is a turn-based tactical combat game, released on 28 April 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 10% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER19% faster than the RX 5700, and 26% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER25% faster than the RX 5700, and 33% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 2% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER14% faster than the RX 5700, and 18% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 12% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER25% faster than the RX 5700, and 30% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

That changed at the 4K resolution. Suddenly, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER managed to edge out the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 5% slower than the RTX 2080 SUPER22% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 30% faster than the RX 5700 and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 2% slower than the RTX 2080 SUPER27% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 35% faster than the RX 5700 and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Star Control : Origins

Star Control : Origins is a procedurally-generated action adventure game, released on 20 September 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Great Graphics settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 27% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 38% faster than the RX 5700 XT, 41% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 42% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 30% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 43% faster than the RX 5700 XT, 44% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 48% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 51% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 53% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 55% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an action adventure game released on 14 September 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 22% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 40% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 55% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 67% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 32% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 51% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 67% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 80% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 52% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 69% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 82% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 41% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 60% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 78% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 92% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 40% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 63% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 75% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 96% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 43% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 67% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 79% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Total War Saga : TROY

Total War Saga : TROY is a new turn-based strategy game released on 13 August 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 20% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 26% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 32% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 47% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 39% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 46% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 53% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 71% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 43% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 48% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 58% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 57% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 62% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 74% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 36% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 40% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 53% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 69% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 42% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 46% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 59% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 76% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Our Verdict + Award!

The new RDNA 2 architecture delivered what AMD promised – a serious threat to NVIDIA’s dominance in gaming performance.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is an impressive piece of work, offering seriously good gaming performance, with really competitive ray tracing performance.

Pundits may have been worried about its relatively narrow 256-bit memory bus, but the new Infinity Cache appears to have solved that problem.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say… and our benchmarks have shown that the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is a leap forward in gaming performance!

Here is a quick summary of its gaming performance over the last-generation Radeon RX 5700 XT.

  • Time Spy | Time Spy Extreme : +91%
  • The Division 2 : +82%
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider : +77%
  • Metro Exodus : +75%
  • Dirt 5 : +75%
  • F1 2019 : +61%
  • Total War Saga TROY : +55%
  • World War Z : +53%
  • Star Control Origins : +44%
  • Gears Tactics : +27%

And here is how it compares against NVIDIA’s last-generation GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

  • Dirt 5 : +68%
  • Time Spy | Time Spy Extreme : +55%
  • F1 2019 : +54%
  • The Division 2 : +49%
  • Metro Exodus : +45%
  • World War Z : +36%
  • Star Control Origins : +30%
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider : +29%
  • Total War Saga TROY : +28%
  • Gears Tactics : +12%

As you can see, we are talking about a completely new level of gaming performance. Significant enough that it’s worth upgrading from the last-generation cards, never mind older cards!

But we do have to caution you about one thing – its considerable heat output. With a board power of 300 watts, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT produces A LOT of heat.

Fortunately, the triple axial fans are more than capable of keeping it cool… while remaining very quiet.

However, the heat it produces may interfere with CPU performance, if you are pairing it with powerful but hot 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor.

If you do not ensure that there is adequate ventilation inside the case, the heat build-up could result in thermal throttling of the CPU and/or graphics card.

That issue aside, we would like to applaud AMD for a job well done! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is an awesome graphics card, and it deserves no less than our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Price + Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has a RRP of US$649, and will be available for sale starting 18 November 2020.

Custom boards will be available from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte starting in November 2020.

 

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Dell XPS Desktop (8940) : Premium Desktop PC!

The Dell XPS Desktop (8940) is a premium desktop PC, designed to offer the most powerful performance with massive expandability options.

Here is everything you need to know about the new Dell XPS Desktop PC!

 

Dell XPS Desktop (8940) : Premium Desktop PC!

Designed for maximum performance with massive expandability options, it comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel processor and both AMD and NVIDIA graphics options.

Latest 10th Gen Intel Processors

Dell offers a variety of 10th Gen Intel processors, from the Core i3-10100 all the way to the Core i9-10900K.

AMD + NVIDIA Graphics Options

You can rely on the built-in Intel UHD Graphics processor graphics, or opt for an AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics upgrade.

Killer AX1650i Wi-Fi 6 Connectivity

Built into the Dell XPS Desktop is the Killer AX1650i, which offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, which is nearly 3X faster than the previous generation WiFi-AC connectivity.

Smaller With The Same Expandability

Despite being smaller than the last generation (19L vs 23.7L), the XPS Desktop 8940 offers the same expansion options – four storage drives, three tool-less backplane slots, etc.

 

Dell XPS Desktop (8940) : Specifications

Here are the specifications and configuration options for the Dell XPS Desktop (8940) :

Specifications Dell XPS Desktop (8940)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Options Intel Core i3-10100
Intel Core i5-10400
Intel Core i5-10600K
Intel Core i7-10700
Intel Core i7-10700K
Intel Core i9-10900
Intel Core i9-10900K
Memory Options 8 GB DDR4-2666
16 GB DDR4-2666
32 GB DDR4-2666
64 GB DDR4-2666
128 GB DDR4-2666
Graphics Options Intel UHD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER (4 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER (6 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (6 GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5300 (3 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
Storage Options 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drive
2 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drive
128 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
256 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
512 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
1 TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
2 TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
Optical Drive (Optional) DVD-RW Drive
Blu-ray Drive
Expansion Slots Up to 2 HDDs
Up to 2 SSDs
3 PCIe slots (x1, x4, x16)
Four DIMM slots (up to 128 GB)
Connectivity Options Dell Wireless 1810 (1×1) 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1
Killer AX1650i (2×2) 802.11ax + Bluetooth 5.0
Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Integrated 5.1 Channel Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Card Reader SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Front Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x Headset jack
1 x SD card slot
Rear Ports 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI 1.4 (Intel UHD Graphics)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (Intel UHD Graphics)
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
3 x audio ports (5.1-channel)
Keyboard Dell KB216 Multimedia Keyboard
Mouse Dell MS116 Optical Mouse
PSU Options 360 W PSU
500 W PSU
Dimensions 367 mm high
169 mm wide
308 mm deep
Weight 6.3 kg
Colour Options Mineral White
Night Sky

 

Dell XPS Desktop (8940) : Price + Availability

The Dell XPS Desktop (8940) PC will be available in two colour options – Mineral White or Night Sky.

You can purchase it in the US and Canada effective immediately – 9 July 2020, with a rollout through Europe and Asia in July 2020.

In the US and Canada, it has a starting price of US$649.99 (about £515 / A$934 / S$905 / RM 2,771)

 

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Did AMD Just Spank ASUS For ROG Overheating Fiasco?

It looks like ASUS got spanked by AMD after publishing their gungho article accusing AMD for causing their ROG cards to overheat.

ASUS just amended their article to speak in far more respectful tones, with interesting tidbits on who was really to blame for the whole ROG overheating fiasco…

 

Overheating ASUS ROG RX 5700 Cards : What’s Going On?

The ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 are two of the more premium and expensive RX 5700 series graphics cards in the market, boasting premium alloy chokes, solid polymer capacitors, triple fans with axial fan blades, and a large and heavy heatsink.

They also feature the ASUS MaxContact Technology, which DOUBLES the cooler’s contact surface with the GPU for maximum thermal transfer.

Despite such an impressive list of premium power and cooling capabilities, users noticed that their expensive ASUS ROG RX 5700 cards keep overheating because the screws mounting the cooler were “loose”.

 

ASUS finally admitted the problem but blamed AMD for causing it on Valentine’s Day. Remember when lovers used to give each other flowers and chocolates? LOL!

They even created this infamous pressure vs temperature chart to prove that they were not at fault, and users should blame AMD.

With the exception of ASUS fans, that accusation and chart got roundly derided because :

  • AMD recommendations were for their reference design, not AIB custom designs
  • ASUS cards based on the AMD reference design did not have overheating problems
  • custom designs from other brands did not have overheating problems
  • ASUS TUF Gaming cards had overheating problems of a different nature

Recommended : ASUS TUF RX 5700 Cards Are Also Overheating, Remember?

Courtesy of the awesome Hardware Unboxed guys!

 

Looks Like AMD Spanked ASUS For ROG Overheating Fiasco…

Someone in the know just pointed out to us that ASUS quietly removed the chart and changed their article, which was curiously backdated to 15 February.

It really looked like AMD handed ASUS a nice spanking for their absurd accusations, because look at how meek and subservient their new statement looks like :

Initial batches of ROG Strix RX 5700-series graphics cards were torqued to 30-40 PSI based on AMD’s baseline recommendations.

While those guidelines provided leeway to apply more torque, we took a cautious approach because were [sic] dealing with a new 7nm GPU and didn’t want to risk damage to the die.

After receiving user reports regarding temperature issues, we performed extended R&D testing to find the optimal PSI range for our graphics cards without compromising GPU reliability. 

Compare that with what they posted earlier :

During the design phase, AMD shares documents with our engineers that outline specifications and tolerances to ensure performance and reliability margins are maintained.

Initial batches of ROG Strix 5700-series graphics cards were built following AMD’s guidelines.

After receiving user reports regarding temperature issues, we performed extended R&D testing to find the optimal PSI range for our graphics cards without compromising GPU reliability. 

 

Who Was Really At Fault For Overheating ROG Cards : AMD or ASUS?

Based on the two new sentences and what they left in the new press release, ASUS basically admitted that :

  • the AMD “guidelines” they referred to earlier were BASELINE / MINIMUM recommendations
  • they used the baseline / minimum mounting pressure meant for the reference design, for a custom cooler of their own design, which ironically includes a backplate for higher mounting pressures
  • they were not aware that their ROG Strix cards would overheat under normal gaming conditions, which would be obvious if they performed either pre-production or post-production tests
  • they did not perform proper mounting pressure tests for their ROG Strix cards, until users complained about overheating problems
  • after conducting those tests, they finally discovered that they should have mounted the coolers at 50-60 PSI, instead of 30-40 PSI the cards shipped with.
  • they started mounting those ROG Strix coolers at the higher pressures from January 2020 onwards

That’s what we can tell from their two press releases. We will leave it to you to decide if AMD was at fault, or ASUS.

Recommended : Why ASUS Cannot Blame AMD For Overheating ROG Cards

 

ASUS, Not AMD, Will Repair Your ROG Cards!

It is instructive to note that ASUS, not AMD, will be repairing your ROG cards for FREE!

  1. Check and make sure the ROG Strix card you purchased is one of these models :
ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT series ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 series
90YV0D90-M0NA00 (Universal)
90YV0D90-M0TA00 (Taiwan)
90YV0D90-M0CA00 (China)
90YV0D90-M0IA00 (India)
90YV0D90-MTAA00 (North America)
90YV0D90-M0AA00 (North America)
90YV0D90-M0NB00 (Bulk pack)
90YV0DD0-M0NA00 (Universal)
90YV0DD0-M0TA00 (Taiwan)
90YV0DD0-M0CA00 (China)
90YV0DD0-M0IA00 (India)
90YV0DD0-MTAA00 (North America)
90YV0DD0-M0AA00 (North America)
90YV0DD0-M0NB00 (Bulk pack)
  1. Contact the local ASUS customer support team, and inform them you would like to have your ROG Strix card repaired.
  2. Wait for the replacement screws to arrive – ASUS says the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the supply of these replacement screws.
  3. Once the screws are available, send your ROG Strix card to the local ASUS customer support team, and they will install those screws with higher mounting pressures.

Recommended : ASUS Blames AMD For Overheating ROG RX 5700 Cards!

 

Should We STOP Buying AMD Radeon Cards From ASUS?

No, ASUS cards based on AMD reference designs are perfectly fine. And the current slew of ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 / 5700 XT cards now come with properly tightened coolers.

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT (Reference)

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 (Reference)

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700

But you should definitely NOT buy the TUF models, which lack proper memory cooling. Get the new TUF EVO models instead.

 

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Why ASUS Cannot Blame AMD For Overheating ROG Cards

ASUS blamed AMD for the overheating problems affecting their ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 / 5700 XT cards, and it’s really quite ridiculous.

Find out what’s going on, and why ASUS is WRONG to blame AMD for their overheating ROG cards!

 

Overheating ROG RX 5700 Cards : Why Is ASUS Blaming AMD?

The ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 are two of the more premium and expensive RX 5700 series graphics cards in the market.

Instead of using the reference AMD design, both ASUS ROG cards use premium alloy chokes, solid polymer capacitors, triple fans with axial fan blades, and a large 2.7-slot cooler.

They also feature the ASUS MaxContact Technology, which allows ASUS says will DOUBLE the contact surface with the GPU for maximum thermal transfer.

Despite such an impressive list of premium power and cooling capabilities, users noticed that their expensive ASUS ROG RX 5700 cards keep overheating.

 

ASUS finally admitted on Valentine’s Day 2020, that their cooler (with MaxContact Technology) was not secured tightly enough.

However, ASUS blamed AMD for that mistake, claiming that they recommended a mounting pressure that was much too low.

They actually penned an article, and created this pressure vs temperature chart to prove that they were not at fault, and users should blame AMD.

 

Why ASUS Cannot Blame AMD For Overheating ROG Cards

The more we analysed this issue, the more we realised how absurd ASUS claims were.

Reason #1 : AMD Recommendations Are For Their Reference Design

We do not have access to AMD’s engineering specifications, but logically, their recommended mounting pressure would be for their reference design only.

Both ASUS ROG Strix cards use a custom 2.7-slot cooler design, with triple fans, and the ASUS MaxContact Technology. They even come with a reinforced frame, presumably to support higher mounting pressures.

So it would not be logical for the brilliant engineers at ASUS to simply use whatever mounting pressure AMD recommended for the reference design.

Reason #2 : ASUS Reference Cards Did Not Overheat

ASUS also offers reference design models like many other brands, but that card does NOT have an overheating problem.

So it shows clearly that the recommended mounting pressure worked when applied to the AMD reference design.

Reason #3 : ASUS Only Discovered The Right Pressure After Extended Tests

This is a puzzling statement, because it suggests that they shipped their ROG Strix cards without performing enough tests to determine the optimal mounting pressure for their custom cooler.

One would also expect ASUS to perform stress tests on these premium card designs, to make sure they work properly… before they are qualified for production.

While it is possible for any product to have bugs, overheating due to loose screws seem hard to miss…

Reason #4 : Even ASUS TUF Cards Are Overheating!

We should remember that the TUF Gaming versions of both cards also have overheating issues, albeit for a different reason.

Their impressively large coolers were found to lack proper cooling for the memory chips (XT model), or had no cooling at all (non-XT model).

That led to impressive memory temperatures that were far in excess of their rated specifications, and more than enough to boil water while you game.

Fortunately for AMD, ASUS could not blame them for that terrible design decision. But that exposed the sobering fact that ASUS was not above cutting corners in their cards…

Recommended : ASUS TUF RX 5700 Cards Are Also Overheating, Remember?

Reason #5 : No Other Brands Are Affected

This overheating issue does not seem to be a problem with other brands with custom coolers.

And as far as we can tell, reference designs from ASUS and other brands do not have overheating issues.

So it would be interesting to see ASUS explain why only their ROG Strix RX 5700 and ROG Strix RX 5700 XT cards are overheating…

 

Should We STOP Buying AMD Radeon Cards From ASUS?

No, ASUS cards based on AMD reference designs are perfectly fine. And the current slew of ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 / 5700 XT cards now come with properly tightened coolers.

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT (Reference)

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 (Reference)

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700

But you should definitely not buy the TUF models, which lack proper memory cooling. Get the new TUF EVO models instead.

 

 

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ASUS TUF RX 5700 Cards Are Also Overheating, Remember?

While ASUS is blaming AMD for their overheating ROG Strix cards, we should remember that ASUS TUF Radeon RX 5700 cards are also overheating…

Let’s look at WHY these TUF Gaming cards are overheating, and HOW they reflect the shortcuts that ASUS are apparently taking with their cards

 

ASUS ROG + TUF RX 5700 Cards Are Overheating!

Not only are ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards overheating, their TUF Gaming brethren are also overheating. But they are overheating due to different reasons.

The ASUS ROG Strix cards are overheating because their coolers were not screwed tightly enough, so their GPUs were not being cooled properly.

The ASUS TUF Gaming cards are overheating because their coolers either lacked proper cooling for their GDDR6 memory chips, or did NOT provide any cooling at all.

After months of complaints, ASUS finally admitted what users already knew months ago – that the ROG Strix cooler wasn’t properly mounted.

But instead of just admitting and correcting their mistake, ASUS blamed AMD for recommending reference mounting pressures that were way too low.

You can read about their blame AMD effort in our article, ASUS Blames AMD For Overheating ROG RX 5700 Cards!

The good news, for ROG Strix users, is that ASUS will (FINALLY) be providing replacement screws to fix the problem.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming RX 5700 Cards Are Also Overheating, Remember?

When ASUS refused to send a review sample to awesome guys at Hardware Unboxed, the Internet funded their purchase, and lo behold, they discovered why ASUS was so reticent about sending them a sample!

They discovered that the ASUS TUF Gaming RX 5700 XT card did not have proper cooling for their GDDR6 memory, while the non-XT version had NO COOLING for the memory chips at all!

See that thin piece of metal? That’s what ASUS uses as a heat-spreader for the XT version of their TUF Gaming card. The non-XT version doesn’t even have this!

Even with a heat-spreader, the memory chips on the TUF Gaming Radeon RX 5700 XT were hitting 104°C – far above their maximum operating temperature!

Frankly, we have no idea how these cards actually passed pre-production validation tests. After all, ASUS boasts that they put their TUF Gaming cards through a 144-hour validation program to ensure “rigorous performance and reliability standards“.

Surely, the ASUS engineering team would have noticed during that 144-hour validation program that the memory chips were hot enough to fry eggs?

 

Overheating ASUS TUF Gaming RX 5700 : New Models, But No Fix!

After this issue was exposed, ASUS came up with new TUF EVO versions, with improved memory cooling.

Unfortunately, they are NOT going to offer users of their TUF Gaming versions a fix or replacement.

Perhaps, with sufficient public pressure, ASUS can be convinced to do the right thing, and replace their badly-designed TUF cooler with the improved TUF EVO cooler.

So it is up to us to REMEMBER, and REMIND EVERYONE, that TUF Gaming Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT cards are also overheating, not just their more expensive ROG Strix brethren.

Of course, ASUS cannot blame AMD for overheating memory chips… LOL!

But if their GDDR6 memory supplier needs to take the blame, we hope they will bite the bullet and take the hit, so poor TUF Gaming users do not have to live with memory chips so hot they can boil water…

 

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ASUS Blames AMD For Overheating ROG RX 5700 Cards!

ASUS is blaming AMD for the overheating problems affecting their ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 and ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT cards!

Find out what’s going on, and whether ASUS was right to blame AMD for the overheating ROG graphics cards!

 

Overheating ASUS ROG RX 5700 Cards : What’s Going On?

The ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 are two of the more premium and expensive RX 5700 series graphics cards in the market.

Instead of using the reference AMD design, both ASUS ROG cards use premium alloy chokes, solid polymer capacitors, triple fans with axial fan blades, and a large and heavy heatsink.

They also feature the ASUS MaxContact Technology, which allows for TWICE the contact surface with the GPU for maximum thermal transfer.

Despite such an impressive list of premium power and cooling capabilities, users noticed that their expensive ASUS ROG RX 5700 cards keep overheating.

Some even pointed out that the screws mounting the cooler were “loose”, and that this overheating problem could be resolved by tightening those screws, or adding washers.

Recommended : ASUS TUF RX 5700 Cards Are Also Overheating, Remember?

 

Overheating ASUS ROG RX 5700 Cards : ASUS Blames AMD

ASUS offered BIOS updates to fix the issue, but that failed because the problem wasn’t firmware in nature.

They finally folded on 14 February 2020, admitting that their cooler (with MaxContact Technology) was not secured tightly enough.

However, ASUS blamed AMD for that mistake, claiming that AMD recommended a mounting pressure that was much too low.

They actually penned an article, and created this pressure vs temperature chart to prove that they were not at fault, and users should blame AMD.

We’d like to address user concerns related to the thermal performance and cooler mounting pressure we use on ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700-series graphics cards.

During the design phase, AMD shares documents with our engineers that outline specifications and tolerances to ensure performance and reliability margins are maintained. For the Radeon RX 5700 series of GPUs, AMD recommends the following mounting pressure range for coolers:

Initial batches of ROG Strix 5700-series graphics cards were built following AMD’s guidelines. After receiving user reports regarding temperature issues, we performed extended R&D testing to find the optimal PSI range for our graphics cards without compromising GPU reliability. 

As a result, all ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700-series graphics cards shipped from January 2020 forward feature new screws that increase cooler mounting pressure to 50-60 PSI, resulting in improved heat transfer from the GPU to the heatsink.

Of course, we are committed to supporting our customers. We would like to offer the same benefits of the new mounting screws to users that have already purchased an ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700-series graphics card. If you already have one of these cards and would like it modified to use the new mounting screws, please contact your nearest ASUS service center starting in March of 2020* and we’ll happily perform the upgrade for you.

To determine whether your graphics card is eligible for this free upgrade, please consult the following table of model numbers. For further assistance or information, please contact your local ASUS customer support team.

ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT series ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 series
90YV0D90-M0NA00 (Universal)
90YV0D90-M0TA00 (Taiwan)
90YV0D90-M0CA00 (China)
90YV0D90-M0IA00 (India)
90YV0D90-MTAA00 (North America)
90YV0D90-M0AA00 (North America)
90YV0D90-M0NB00 (Bulk pack)
90YV0DD0-M0NA00 (Universal)
90YV0DD0-M0TA00 (Taiwan)
90YV0DD0-M0CA00 (China)
90YV0DD0-M0IA00 (India)
90YV0DD0-MTAA00 (North America)
90YV0DD0-M0AA00 (North America)
90YV0DD0-M0NB00 (Bulk pack)

We’d like to apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued loyalty and trust in ROG.

 

Overheating ASUS ROG RX 5700 Cards : Was It AMD’s Fault?

Now, we are not in the business of casting aspersions at ASUS’ claims. But let’s consider what they said logically.

AMD Recommended A Mounting Pressure Of 30-40 PSI

We do not have access to AMD’s engineering specifications, but it would be logical that the mounting pressure they recommended in those specifications would be for their reference design.

The ASUS ROG Strix cards use a custom 2.7-slot cooler design, with triple fans, and the ASUS MaxContact Technology. They even come with a reinforced frame, presumably to support higher mounting pressures.

So it would not be logical for the brilliant engineers at ASUS to simply use whatever mounting pressure AMD recommended for the reference design.

Initial ROG Strix Batches Were Built Following AMD Guidelines

ASUS also offers a reference design model like many other brands, but that card which is based on the AMD reference design and guidelines do NOT have an overheating problem.

It would be really odd for ASUS to apply reference design guidelines to the radically-different design used for the ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 and ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT models…

ASUS Performed Extended Testing To Find The Optimal PSI Range After User Complaints

This is a puzzling statement, because it suggests that they shipped their ROG Strix cards without performing enough tests to determine the optimal PSI range for their custom cooler.

One would also expect ASUS to perform stress tests on these premium card designs, to make sure they work properly… before they are qualified for production.

While it is possible for any product to have bugs, overheating due to loose screws seem hard to miss…

New ASUS ROG Strix Cards Shipped With Higher Mounting Pressure Since January 2020

If the ASUS engineering team were already aware that the mounting pressure was much too low by November or December 2019, why did they wait until 14 February 2020 to announce it?

It is unlikely that they were preparing to distribute replacement mounting screws to their customer support teams worldwide, because they announced that those new mounting screws will NOT be available until sometime in March 2020.

But AMD will be glad to know that they are not being blamed for the delay, just COVID-19. LOL!

 

Overheating RX 5700 Cards : Are Other Brands Affected?

This overheating issue does not seem to be a problem with other brands with custom coolers.

And as far as we can tell, reference designs from ASUS and other brands do not have overheating issues.

So it would be interesting to see ASUS explain why only their ROG Strix RX 5700 and ROG Strix RX 5700 XT cards are overheating…

 

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Cheapest Radeon RX 5700 | RX 5700 XT Deals In Malaysia!

Due to overwhelming demand, it can be hard to get good Radeon RX 5700 or Radeon RX 5700 XT deals.

So we went out and found you the cheapest Radeon RX 5700 / RX 5700 XT deals in Malaysia!

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 has 2304 stream processors, with 144 TMUs and 64 ROPs, delivering a peak output of 248 GT/s and 110 GP/s.

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5700 Review : 1440p Gaming FTW!

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT has 2560 stream processors, with 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs, delivering a peak output of 305 GT/s and 122 GP/s.

They both come with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, with a peak bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

 

Cheapest Radeon RX 5700 | RX 5700 XT Deals In Malaysia!

Due to overwhelming demand, it can be really hard to get some Radeon RX 5700 or Radeon RX 5700 XT models, much less great deals. According to AMD, this situation will last until end of August or September 2019.

But we managed to find some pretty good deals! Here are the cheapest Radeon RX 5700 / RX 5700 XT deals in Malaysia, as of 16 August 2019.

Cheapest Radeon RX 5700 Deals In Malaysia!

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 has 2304 stream processors, with 144 TMUs and 64 ROPs, and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 has an official RRP of RM 1659, so anything below that is a good deal.

Models Lazada Shopee
PowerColor RX 5700 RM 1,599 RM 1,699
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 RM 1,599 RM 1,659
MSI Radeon RX 5700 RM 1,620 RM 1,620
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 RM 1,627 RM 1,629
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 RM 1,630 RM 1,699
ASRock Radeon RX 5700 RM 1,659 RM 1,659 | RM 1,659

Lazada appears to have the best RX 5700 deals (ASUS | PowerColor), with all but the ASRock model selling for less than the RRP.

Recommended : The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Malaysia Price List + Analysis!

Cheapest Radeon RX 5700 XT Deals In Malaysia!

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT has 2560 stream processors, with 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs, and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.

It has an official RRP of RM 1859, so grab anything below that!

Models Lazada Shopee
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT RM 1,838 RM 1,829
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT RM 1,850 RM 1,849
PowerColor RX 5700 XT RM 1,859
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 XT RM 1,880 RM 1,938
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT RM 1,928 RM 1,928

When it comes to the Radeon RX 5700 XT, Shopee has the cheapest deal, and is the only source for the PowerColor RX 5700 XT.

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AMD Celebrates Strong Ryzen + Radeon Sales In Malaysia!

Last night, AMD celebrated the strong Ryzen and Radeon sales in Malaysia with a party!

Here is our full coverage of AMD Malaysia’s Ryzen and Radeon Party!

 

The 2019 AMD Ryzen + Radeon Party In Malaysia!

Even though AMD just started selling the 3rd Generation Ryzen processors, and the Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards, they have seen unprecedented demand leading to shortages in Malaysia.

So the AMD Ryzen + Radeon Party was, in part, to assuage the local dealers who have had trouble getting enough Ryzen and Radeon units to sell.

That is a good problem for AMD to have though, which Ryan Sim, AMD ASEAN Sales and Marketing Director, acknowledges.

As AMD Malaysia’s Gene Lim would share in this video, AMD has already beaten Intel in the CPU market in Japan and South Korea.

He earlier shared during the GIGABYTE X570 launch that AMD currently has a 42-43% share in the Malaysian CPU market, and they should capture at least 50% in Q3 2019.

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5700 In-Depth Review!

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 Series Primer

The AMD Ryzen 3000 processor family, also known as the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, is based on the new AMD Zen 2 architecture, and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

The Ryzen 3000 processors boast significantly better single-threaded performance, with an L3 cache that is twice as large as the last-generation 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

They are also PCIe 4.0-ready, offering 24 lanes that can be increased to 40 lanes, when paired with the new AMD X570 motherboard.

But the best part about these 3rd Gen Ryzen processors (for current AMD users) is their backward compatibility. As long as your AM4 motherboard has an updated BIOS, you can just upgrade to a brand-new Ryzen 3000 class processor!

For more details on what’s new in these 3rd generation Ryzen processors, we recommend reading The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive Tech Briefing!

 

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Price In US, UK, Australia + Malaysia

Here is the official price list for the six processor models and their availability :

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : $749 / ~£589 / ~A$1,100 / ~RM3,116 (September 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X : $499 / ~£393 / A$780 / RM2,199 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800X : $399 / ~£314 / A$629 / RM1,799 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X : $329 / ~£259 / A$519 / RM1,399 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X : $249 / ~£196 / A$389 / RM1,069 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 : $199 / ~£157 / A$315 / RM859 (7 July 2019)

3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 Price List + Analysis For Malaysia | Australia | Singapore

Here are the lowest prices we found for the Ryzen 3rd Gen processors online (accurate as of 4 August 2019) :

Lowest 3rd Gen Ryzen Prices In Malaysia

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price In US, UK, Australia, Singapore + Malaysia

Here is the new price list, after the pre-sales price cut :

Radeon RX
5700 XT (50th)
Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
United States $449 $399 $349 More information
Australia NA AUD 629 AUD 549 More information
Singapore NA SGD 635 SGD 535 More information
Malaysia NA RM 1859 RM 1659 More information

And here are some card options from AMD’s AIB partners :

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Options In The United States

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Options In The United Kingdom

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Options In Malaysia

Recommended : Thank NVIDIA For The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut!

 

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The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison! 3.0

Now that both AMD and NVIDIA have already released their RTX SUPER and RX 5700 graphics cards, we thought it would be interesting to compare them!

Let’s compare the performance, value and power efficiency of the NVIDIA RTX Super graphics cards, against the AMD Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards!

Updated @ 2019-07-19
– Added a new Real World Performance section
– Added the real world results of the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER against the Radeon RX 5700

Updated @ 2019-07-06
– Added specifications of the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition
– Updated the Price-Performance Value table and analysis
– Updated the Performance Per Watt table and analysis

Originally posted @ 2019-07-04

 

NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 : Specifications

First, let’s take a look at the key specifications of the NVIDIA Super RTX cards, and the new AMD Radeon RX 5700 cards…

Specifications RTX
2080
SUPER
RX 5700
XT (50th)
RX 5700
XT
RTX
2070
SUPER
RX 5700 RTX
2060
SUPER
Stream
Processors
3072 2560 2560 2560 2304 2176
Base Clock 1650 MHz 1680 MHz 1605 MHz 1605 MHz 1465 MHz 1470 MHz
Boost Clock 1815 MHz 1980 MHz 1905 MHz 1770 MHz 1725 MHz 1650 MHz
TMUs 192 160 160 160 144 136
Min. Texture
Fill Rate
316.8 GT/s 268.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 211.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s
Max. Texture
Fill Rate
348.5 GT/s 316.8 GT/s 304.8 GT/s 283.2 GT/s 248.4 GT/s 224.4 GT/s
ROPs 64 64 64 64 64 64
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
105.6 GP/s 107.5 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 93.8 GP/s 94.1 GP/s
Max. Pixel
Fill Rate
116.2 GP/s 126.7 GP/s 121.9 GP/s 113.3 GP/s 110.4 GP/s 105.6 GP/s
Memory Size 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Bandwidth 496 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
TGP 250 watts 235 watts 225 watts 215 watts 185 watts 175 watts

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT vs. RTX 2070 SUPER

  • They both have the same minimum texture and pixel fill rates.
  • The RX 5700 XT has 7.6% higher peak texture and pixel fill rates.
  • The RX 5700 XT uses 10 watts (4.7%) more power.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

  • The RX 5700 XT has 5.6% higher minimum and 10.7% higher peak texture fill rates.
  • The RX 5700 XT has a 4.5% higher peak pixel fill rate.
  • The RX 5700 XT uses 10 watts (5.7%) more power.

However, these are only paper specifications. NVIDIA also took pains in their RTX SUPER tech briefing to point out (starting at 9:20) that the boost speed of Radeon RX 5700 cards kicks in only occasionally, while GeForce RTX cards will boost whenever thermal limits allow.

Recommended : How Everyone Got The RTX 2070 SUPER TMU Count Wrong!

 

RTX 2060 Super vs RX 5700 : Real World Performance

As our article, The AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Performance Comparison showed…

 

NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 : Price-Performance Value

Raw performance is one thing, but what about price-performance value? Especially after new RX 5700 price cut? Let’s find out…

Value Evaluation Based On Specifications

* We earlier compared the MAXIMUM fill rates, but it would be fairer to compare their MINIMUM fill rates, because that’s the minimum guaranteed performance level.

Specifications RTX
2080
SUPER
RX 5700 XT (50th) RX 5700 XT RTX
2070
SUPER
RX 5700 RTX
2060
SUPER
Launch Price $699 $449 $399 $499 $349 $399
Min. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GT/s 268.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 211.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s
$ Per GT/s $2.206 $1.670 $1.554 $1.943 $1.654 $1.996
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 105.6 GP/s 107.5 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 93.8 GP/s 94.1 GP/s
$ Per GP/s $6.619 $4.177 $3.885 $4.859 $3.721 $4.240
AVERAGE
$ / (GT/s + GP/s)
$4.413 $2.924 $2.720 $3.401 $2.688 $3.118

Based on the earlier price, the AMD Navi cards had a 20.8% better price-performance value than the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards.

With the new Radeon RX 5700 price cut, they now have a 23.8% better price-performance value than the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards. That’s a 14.4% improvement.

Specs-wise, the RX 5700 XT is virtually the same as the RTX 2070 SUPER, but it is now $100 cheaper.

The RX 5700, on the other hand, is about the same as the RTX 2060 SUPER, just $50 cheaper.

RTX 2060 Super vs. RX 5700 Value Comparison

As our article, The AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Performance Comparison showed…

Specifications NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 2060 SUPER
AMD Radeon
RX 5700
Old Price
AMD Radeon
RX 5700
New Price
Launch Price $399 $379 $349
6 Game Average Frame Rate 86.3 fps 86.0 fps 86.0 fps
$ Per fps $4.623 $4.407 $4.058

Even though both cards performed the same, the Radeon RX 5700 (US | UK | MY) offered 12.2% better price-performance value.

The price cut really helped a lot. Without it, the Radeon RX 5700 would have offered only 5% better price-performance value, and that’s nothing compared to the two free games from NVIDIA!

Recommended : Thank NVIDIA For The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut!

 

NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 : Performance Per Watt

Now, let’s compare their power efficiency in performance per watt.

Power Efficiency Based On Specifications

Bear in mind that the AMD Navi GPU is built on the newer 7 nm process technology, while the NVIDIA Turing is using the older 12 nm process technology.

Specifications RTX
2080 SUPER
RX 5700 XT (50th) RX 5700 XT RTX
2070 SUPER
RX 5700 RTX
2060 SUPER
Avg Texture Fill Rate 332.7 GT/s 292.8 GT/s 280.8 GT/s 270.0 GT/s 229.7 GT/s 212.2 GT/s
Avg Pixel Fill Rate 110.9 GP/s 117.1 GP/s 112.3 GP/s 108.0 GP/s 102.1 GP/s 99.9 GP/s
TGP 250 watts 235 watts 225 watts 215 watts 185 watts 175 watts
(Texture + Pixel) / TGP 1.774 1.744 1.747 1.758 1.794 1.783

Despite the AMD Navi’s advantage in fabrication technology, the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 cards had virtually the same power efficiency as the RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2060 SUPER cards.

RTX 2060 Super vs. RX 5700 Power Efficiency Comparison

Since we cannot test their actual power consumption, we will have to rely on their rated TGP (Total Graphics Power) specifications.

Specifications AMD Radeon
RX 5700
NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 2060 SUPER
Total Graphics Power (TGP) 185 watts 175 watts
6 Game Average Frame Rate 86.0 fps 86.3 fps
Watt Per fps 2.15 2.03

Despite the AMD Navi’s advantage in fabrication technology, the RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 5.6% more power efficient than the RX 5700 (US | UK | MY).

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The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Singapore Price List + Analysis!

Right after AMD announced their pre-sale Radeon RX 5700 price cut, they also announced the official Radeon RX 5700 price list for Singapore!

In this article, we will take a look at the official Radeon RX 5700 Singapore price list, and do some quick calculations…

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX
5700 XT
50th Anniversary
Radeon
RX
5700 XT
Radeon
RX
5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 251 mm²
Compute Units 40 40 36
Stream Processors 2560 2560 2304
Base Clock 1680 MHz 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1830 MHz 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1980 MHz 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 10.14 TFLOPS 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Units 160 160 144
Max. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GP/s 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64 64
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 126.7 GP/s 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 225 W 185 W

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Singapore Price List

AMD will only bring in the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 cards for now. No word yet on the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition.

As usual, Malaysians will pay a substantial premium for graphics cards. But this isn’t an AMD issue – it applies to all graphics cards, including the NVIDIA RTX SUPER series.

Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
US Launch Price (w/o tax) $399 $349
US Launch Price In SGD (w/o tax) ~SGD 543 ~SGD 475
Singapore Launch Price (with 7% GST) SGD 635 SGD 535
US vs Singapore Difference +SGD 92 (16.9%) +SGD 60 (12.6%)

Note that the actual sale prices in the US will vary, once sales taxes (between 0% and 12.875%) are factored in.

Also, once you factor in the fact that the Singaporean prices include the 7% GST, they are just 5%-9% more expensive than US prices – SGD 594 for the RX 5700 XT, and SGD 500 for the RX 5700.

In any case, let’s be thankful that AMD decided to cut prices before the Radeon RX 5700 cards went on sale.

By our estimate, these would have been the Malaysia price list without the Radeon RX 5700 price cut :

  • Radeon RX 5700 XT : ~SGD 715 – more expensive by SGD 80
  • Radeon RX 5700 : ~SGD 581 – more expensive by SGD 46

Recommended : Thank NVIDIA For The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut!

 

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AMD Radeon RX 5700 Australia Price + Bundle Confirmed!

Right after AMD announced their pre-sale Radeon RX 5700 price cut, they also announced the official Radeon RX 5700 price list for Australia!

In this article, we will take a look at the official Radeon RX 5700 Australia price list and game bundle, and do some quick calculations…

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX
5700 XT
50th Anniversary
Radeon
RX
5700 XT
Radeon
RX
5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 251 mm²
Compute Units 40 40 40
Stream Processors 2560 2560 2304
Base Clock 1680 MHz 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1830 MHz 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1980 MHz 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 10.14 TFLOPS 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Units 160 160 144
Max. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GP/s 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64 64
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 126.7 GP/s 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 225 W 185 W

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Australia Price List

AMD will only bring in the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 cards for now. No word yet on the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition.

Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
US Launch Price (w/o tax) $399 $349
US Launch Price In AUD (w/o tax) ~AUD 571 ~AUD 500
Australia Launch Price (with 10% GST) AUD 629 AUD 549
US vs Australia Difference +AUD 58 (10.2%) +AUD 49 (9.8%)

Note that the actual sale prices in the US will vary, once sales taxes (between 0% and 12.875%) are factored in.

Also, once factor in the fact that the Australian prices include the 10% GST, they are virtually the same as US prices – AUD 572 for the RX 5700 XT, and AUD 499 for the RX 5700.

In any case, let’s be thankful that AMD decided to cut prices before the Radeon RX 5700 cards went on sale.

By our estimate, these would have been the Australia price list without the Radeon RX 5700 price cut :

  • Radeon RX 5700 XT : ~AUD 704 – more expensive by AUD 75
  • Radeon RX 5700 : ~AUD 596 – more expensive by AUD 47

Recommended : Thank NVIDIA For The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Australia Bundle

Instead of bundling one or two free games like NVIDIA, AMD will be bundling 3 months of Xbox Game Pass with every purchase of a Radeon RX 5700 XT or Radeon RX 5700 graphics card in Australia.

This is a subscription-based service that gives you access to a curated library of over 170 high-quality PC games on Windows 10.

Because Xbox Game Pass is priced at AUD 10.95 per month, this freebie is worth AUD 32.85.

 

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Thank NVIDIA For The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut!

This is what competition is all about! Thanks to the impending release of NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards, AMD has officially announced a substantial price cut to their Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 cards!

Let’s take a look at those price cuts, and find out how it affects their price-performance value compared to the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut

Just a day before their official release, AMD is cutting $50 off both the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition, and the Radeon RX 5700 XT. They are also cutting $30 off the Radeon RX 5700.

Radeon RX
5700 XT
50th Anniversary
Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
Original Launch Price $499 $449 $379
NEW Launch Price $449 $399 $349
Difference -$50 (10%)
-$50 (11%) -$30 (8%)

This substantial price cut will make the Radeon RX 5700 cards more competitive against the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards.

Good move, AMD! And how about a counter, NVIDIA? 😉

We have also prepared a number of local price analyses, before and after the Radeon RX 5700 price cut announcement :

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Value Comparison After Price Cut

So how does the AMD Radeon RX 5700 price cut affect their price-performance value? Let’s find out!

Specifications RTX
2080
SUPER
RX 5700 XT
(50th)
RX 5700 XT RTX
2070
SUPER
RX 5700 RTX
2060
SUPER
Launch Price $699 $449 $399 $499 $349 $399
Min. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GT/s 268.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 211.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s
$ Per GT/s $2.206 $1.670 $1.554 $1.943 $1.654 $1.996
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 105.6 GP/s 107.5 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 93.8 GP/s 94.1 GP/s
$ Per GP/s $6.619 $4.177 $3.885 $4.859 $3.721 $4.240
AVERAGE
$ / (GT/s + GP/s)
$4.413 $2.924 $2.720 $3.401 $2.688 $3.118

Based on the earlier price, the AMD Navi cards had a 20.8% better price-performance value than the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards.

With the new Radeon RX 5700 price cut, they now have a 23.8% better price-performance value than the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards. That’s a 14.4% improvement.

Specs-wise, the RX 5700 XT is virtually the same as the RTX 2070 SUPER, but it is now $100 cheaper.

The RX 5700, on the other hand, is about the same as the RTX 2060 SUPER, just $50 cheaper.

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX
5700 XT
50th Anniversary
Radeon
RX
5700 XT
Radeon
RX
5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 1 mm²
Compute Units 40 40 40
Stream Processors 2560 2560 2304
Base Clock 1680 MHz 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1830 MHz 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1980 MHz 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 10.14 TFLOPS 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Units 160 160 144
Max. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GP/s 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64 64
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 126.7 GP/s 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 225 W 185 W

 

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The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Malaysia Price List + Analysis!

Right after AMD announced their pre-sale Radeon RX 5700 price cut, they also announced the official Radeon RX 5700 price list for Malaysia!

In this article, we will take a look at the official Radeon RX 5700 Malaysia price list, and do some quick calculations…

 

AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX
5700 XT
50th Anniversary
Radeon
RX
5700 XT
Radeon
RX
5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 251 mm²
Compute Units 40 40 36
Stream Processors 2560 2560 2304
Base Clock 1680 MHz 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1830 MHz 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1980 MHz 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 10.14 TFLOPS 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Units 160 160 144
Max. Texture Fill Rate 316.8 GP/s 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64 64
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 126.7 GP/s 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 225 W 185 W

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Malaysia Price List

AMD will only bring in the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 cards for now. No word yet on the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition.

As usual, Malaysians will pay a substantial premium for graphics cards. But this isn’t an AMD issue – it applies to all graphics cards, including the NVIDIA RTX SUPER series.

Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
US Launch Price (w/o tax) $399 $349
US Launch Price In RM (w/o tax) ~RM 1650 ~RM 1443
Malaysia Launch Price (with import tax) RM 1859 RM 1659
US vs MYR Difference +RM 209 (12.7%) +RM 216 (15%)

Note that the actual sale prices in the US will vary, once sales taxes (between 0% and 12.875%) are factored in.

In any case, let’s be thankful that AMD decided to cut prices before the Radeon RX 5700 cards went on sale.

By our estimate, these would have been the Malaysia price list without the Radeon RX 5700 price cut :

  • Radeon RX 5700 XT : ~RM 2,089 – more expensive by RM 230
  • Radeon RX 5700 : ~RM 1,799 – more expensive by RM 140

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The First GIGABYTE RX 5700 XT + RX 5700 Cards Revealed!

Ahead of their official release, GIGABYTE just pulled off the covers on their first Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards!

Here is a quick look at these two new AMD Navi cards, and the other six models that will be coming along shortly…

 

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 XT 8G

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 XT 8G (GV-R57XT-8GD-B) is based on the AMD reference design.

It has 2560 stream processors, with a 1605 MHz base frequency, a 1755 MHz game frequency, and a 1905 MHz boost frequency.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory delivers a maximum memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s, and the total board power is 225 watts.

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 8G

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 XT 8G (GV-R57-8GD-B) is also based on the AMD reference design.

It has 2304 stream processors, with a 1465 MHz base frequency, a 1625 MHz game frequency, and a 1725 MHz boost frequency.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory delivers a maximum memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s, and the total board power is 185 watts.

Recommended : The ASUS + GIGABYTE RX 5700 Graphics Cards Revealed!

 

The Other GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

We earlier shared that GIGABYTE is prepping a total of 8 Radeon RX 5700 models, so these two reference designs are just the first out the door.

In the coming days, they will be introducing the AORUS and GAMING versions of the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700, with these model numbers :

RX 5700 XT RX 5700
AORUS Series
GV-R57XTAORUS-8GD GV-R57AORUS-8GD
Gaming Series
GV-R57XTGAMING OC-8GD GV-R57GAMING OC-8GD
GV-R57XTGAMING-8GD GV-R57GAMING-8GD

Shockingly, GIGABYTE will only release just eight AMD Navi cards. In contrast, they are expected to release a whopping 69 NVIDIA GeForce SUPER RTX cards!

Recommended : How Everyone Got The RTX 2070 SUPER TMU Count Wrong!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX 5700 XT
Radeon
RX 5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 1 mm²
Compute Units 40 40
Stream Processors 2560 2304
Base Clock 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Fill Rate 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64
Pixel Fill Rate 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 185 W

 

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How Everyone Got The RTX 2070 SUPER TMU Count Wrong!

In all the excitement over the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series, everyone posted the wrong TMU count for the RTX 2070 SUPER graphics card.

This gave the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER an unfair performance lead over the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT on paper.

Let’s find out how everyone got the RTX 2070 SUPER’s TMU count so wrong…

 

How Everyone Got The RTX 2070 SUPER TMU Count Wrong!

Even before the RTX SUPER series was launched, many websites got its TMU count wrong.

That was because they based their information on, of all things, the leaked but official RTX 2070 SUPER Reviewer’s Guide.

On Page 9 of the official GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Reviewer’s Guide is this table, comparing the specifications of the RTX 2070 SUPER against the “regular” RTX 2070 and the GeForce GTX 1070.

As you can see, it wrongly lists the RTX 2070 SUPER with 184 Texture Units and a corresponding texel fill rate of 325.7 Gigatexels/sec.

No wonder everyone got their RTX 2070 SUPER TMU specifications wrong.

This is important, because the TMU count of 184 gives the RTX 2070 SUPER a ridiculous and completely unfair performance advantage over the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT on paper.

Gamers who don’t bother to wait for benchmark results will probably just assume the RTX 2070 SUPER is definitely much faster than the RX 5700 XT.

Well, they may end up correct but we wouldn’t know until the RX 5700 XT is released on the 7 July…

Recommended : NVIDIA RTX SUPER Comparison : Performance, Value, Watt

 

The Effect Of The Wrong RTX 2070 SUPER TMU Count

This singular mistake makes a big difference, at least on paper, when potential buyers compare the specifications of the RTX 2070 SUPER against the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT.

Specifications RTX
2070
SUPER
(Wrong)
RX 5700 XT RTX
2070
SUPER
(Correct)
Base Clock 1605 MHz 1605 MHz 1605 MHz
Boost Clock 1770 MHz 1905 MHz 1770 MHz
Stream Processors 2560 2560 2560
TMUs 184 160 160
Min. Texture Fill Rate 295.3 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s
Max. Texture Fill Rate 325.7 GT/s 304.8 GT/s 283.2 GT/s
ROPs 64 64 64
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 102.7 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 102.7 GP/s
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 113.3 GP/s 121.9 GP/s 113.3 GP/s

With the incorrect TMU count of 184, the RTX 2070 SUPER has a 10.6% advantage in texture fill rate over the Radeon RX 5700 XT.

But with the correct TMU count, the Radeon RX 5700 XT ends up with the same minimum texture and pixel fill rates as the RTX 2070 SUPER, with 7.6% higher peak texture and pixel fill rates!

Recommended : The NVIDIA Super RTX vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

Calculating The Correct RTX 2070 SUPER TMU Count

We were suspicious about the 184 TMU count for the RTX 2070 SUPER from the start. Even when everyone else posted that TMU count in their leak coverage, we stuck with 160 TMUs.

Why? Because we knew back then, that the RTX 2070 SUPER would use a TU104 GPU with 2560 CUDA Cores.

A quick refresher course on the TU104 GPU that the RTX 2070 SUPER uses :

  • It has 6 Graphics Processing Clusters (GPC).
  • Each GPC has 4 Texture Processing Clusters (TPC).
  • Each TPC has 2 Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs).
  • Each SM has 64 CUDA Cores, and 4 Texture Units

Working backwards, that means it would have 40 Streaming Multiprocessors and 20 Texture Processing Clusters… and 160 Texture Units.

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Confirming The Correct RTX 2070 SUPER TMU Count

First, we dug deeper into the RTX 2070 SUPER Reviewer’s Guide and found on Page 13…

A separate set of RTX 2070 SUPER specifications, with the CORRECT TMU specifications!

But to be sure, we asked NVIDIA to confirm the specifications, and we received this reply :

The correct numbers are 160 TMUs, which translates to 283.2 Gigatexels per second.

So there you have it, guys… the correct RTX 2070 SUPER TMU count is 160, not 184.

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER : Everything You Need To Know!

 

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The ASUS + GIGABYTE RX 5700 Graphics Cards Revealed!

Komachi just discovered a treasure trove – the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards that ASUS and GIGABYTE will soon announce!

Here is the full list of ASUS and GIGABYTE RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT models that will be coming shortly to a store near you!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX 5700 XT
Radeon
RX 5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 1 mm²
Compute Units 40 40
Stream Processors 2560 2304
Base Clock 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Fill Rate 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64
Pixel Fill Rate 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 185 W

 

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

Here is the first slew of ASUS Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards :

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

RX 5700 XT RX 5700
ROG Strix Series
OG-STRIX-RX5700XT-O8G-GAMING ROG-STRIX-RX5700-O8G-GAMING
ROG-STRIX-RX5700XT-A8G-GAMING ROG-STRIX-RX5700-A8G-GAMING
ROG-STRIX-RX5700XT-8G-GAMING ROG-STRIX-RX5700-8G-GAMING
TUF Gaming 3X Series
TUF3-RX5700XT-A8G-GAMING TUF3-RX5700-O8G-GAMING
TUF3-RX5700XT-8G-GAMING TUF3-RX5700-A8G-GAMING
TUF3-RX5700XT-O8G-GAMING TUF3-RX5700-8G-GAMING
Dual Series
DUAL-RX5700-O8G-EVO
DUAL-RX5700-A8G-EVO
DUAL-RX5700-8G-EVO
Reference Series
RX5700XT-8G RX5700-8G

ASUS should release seven Radeon RX 5700 XT cards, and ten Radeon RX 5700 cards – a total of 17 cards.

A respectable number, but still far fewer than the 33 Super RTX cards they are also going to release!

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

Here is the first slew of GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards :

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

RX 5700 XT RX 5700
AORUS Series
GV-R57XTAORUS-8GD GV-R57AORUS-8GD
Gaming Series
GV-R57XTGAMING OC-8GD GV-R57GAMING OC-8GD
GV-R57XTGAMING-8GD GV-R57GAMING-8GD
Reference Series
GV-R57XT-8GD-B GV-R57-8GD-B

Shockingly, GIGABYTE will only release just eight AMD Navi cards – four Radeon RX 5700 XT cards, and four Radeon RX 5700 cards.

In contrast, they are expected to release a whopping 69 Super RTX cards!

 

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