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AMD drops the price on the Radeon RX 5700 XT and 5700

By Koh Wanzi - on 6 Jul 2019, 1:20pm

AMD drops the price on the Radeon RX 5700 XT and 5700

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Surprise, surprise. AMD has dropped the price on its Radeon RX 5700 XT and 5700 graphics cards, and they haven't even been released yet. Originally launched at US$449 and US$379 respectively, the Radeon RX 5700 XT will now cost just US$399, while the 5700 will go for US$349

The US$50 drop may not seem that drastic at first glance, but it actually shakes up the competitive landscape quite a bit. Official benchmark numbers are embargoed till tomorrow, so I can't delve into too much detail about what this might mean specifically. However, it's possible to speculate based on AMD's own numbers, which put the Radeon RX 5700 XT slightly ahead of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070. Similarly, the Radeon RX 5700 was pit against the GeForce RTX 2060, where the former was shown to be anywhere from 4 to 21 percent faster, depending on the game. 

This move was clearly made in response to the release of NVIDIA's new Super cards, which added a nice performance bump to the majority of the GeForce RTX line-up. By phasing out the GeForce RTX 2070, NVIDIA has made it such that the Radeon RX 5700 XT would now go up against the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, according to AMD's original plan.

But now that AMD's riposte is to price the Navi cards even lower, it looks like they might actually go up against the US$399 GeForce RTX 2060 Super and US$349 2060 instead, while possibly having a slight performance advantage. Either way, the GPU space just got a lot more competitive, which is good news for consumers all around. 

Meanwhile, AMD is also slashing the price on the US$499 Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition, so its product stack currently looks like this:

  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition (US$449)
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (US$399)
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 (US$349)

It'll become clearer exactly where the cards stand once the review embargo lifts tomorrow, so stay tuned. 

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