[SOLVED] Is the RX 5700 XT worth it?

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I want to buy a new pc, but I can't decide on the GPU, I'm stuck between the RTX 5700 XT and the 2060S

I've read many reviews and advice, but all of them are inconclusive and contradict each other.

The RX 5700 XT is clearly faster, but I've read it has some temperature, noise and driver issues
The RTX 2060S is slower but has some technical advantages over the 5700 XT. Such as RTX and DLS. It runs cooler (and with some brands quieter). And doesn't suffer as much from driver problems.

The two cards are priced about the same, so the price isn't the issue.
Is it worth to get the RX 5700 Xt, and possibly get driver problems but get 10-20 (in some games 30) FPS more
Or should I just get the 2060S which doesn't have major flaws, but is quite a lot slower?

Any advice would be appreciated
Also which brand should I get either one of them?
 
afaik the temperature issue is just a reporting issue. AMD shows you a temperature measured at a point Nvidia doesn't. the 5700XT runs a bit hotter and thus noisier but it's not constantly throttling (given you're not getting a 1 fan model of course)

as for the driver problems, this got to be the worst driver in history, maybe ever. but there's also people without any issues at all. so it's a bit of a coin toss if the card has no issues it's clearly superior to a 2060S (you won't be using raytracing with a 2060S any way) however is you got issues then this can be quite frustrating.
personally I'd only get a 5700XT if I the shop has a simple return policy. otherwise imho it's not worth the hassle.

last but not least it also depends on your screen. for 1080p/60Hz or even /144Hz a 2060S is way more than needed. for 1440p/60Hz a 2060S is more than adequate. for 1440p/144Hz I'd consider the 5700XT
 
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afaik the temperature issue is just a reporting issue. AMD shows you a temperature measured at a point Nvidia doesn't. the 5700XT runs a bit hotter and thus noisier but it's not constantly throttling (given you're not getting a 1 fan model of course)

as for the driver problems, this got to be the worst driver in history, maybe ever. but there's also people without any issues at all. so it's a bit of a coin toss if the card has no issues it's clearly superior to a 2060S (you won't be using raytracing with a 2060S any way) however is you got issues then this can be quite frustrating.
personally I'd only get a 5700XT if I the shop has a simple return policy. otherwise imho it's not worth the hassle.

last but not least it also depends on your screen. for 1080p/60Hz or even /144Hz a 2060S is way more than needed. for 1440p/60Hz a 2060S is more than adequate. for 1440p/144Hz I'd consider the 5700XT
 
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DMAN999

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I was faced with the same Question in October 2019 when I upgraded my Rig.
I personally went with the 2060 Super (MSI Armor OC) because I game at 1080p and
I read so many posts about the issues with the 5700XT and almost none about the 2060 Super.
Those forum posts (here and a few other tech forums I frequent) led me to choose the 2060 Super.
And I can honestly say that I do Not regret my decision at all.
My 2060 Super performs Very well and has been completely trouble free.

And contrary to the post above I have played games with Ray Tracing (Metro Exodus, Control and Shadow of the Tomb Raider) and they all looked great and the 2060 Super performed very well with them at 1080p on Highest/Ultra settings.

Ultimately the decision is yours.
Do you really need those few extra fps from the 5700XT and are the potential problems worth it to get them?
 
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How about the 5700 non-XT? It performs about the same as the 2060S, or a hair faster on average, and would run cooler than the XT version. The 5700 is only about 10W higher in power usage than the 2060Super.

Bonus for lower cost.

But, if you need RTS or DLS, then go with Nvidia.

I'll echo @Isokolon 's question, though - what's your monitor's resolution and refresh rate?
Does it have any of the adaptive sync technologies, and if so, which one (Freesync or GSync)?
 
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How about the 5700 non-XT? It performs about the same as the 2060S, or a hair faster on average, and would run cooler than the XT version. The 5700 is only about 10W higher in power usage than the 2060Super.

Bonus for lower cost.

But, if you need RTS or DLS, then go with Nvidia.

I'll echo @Isokolon 's question, though - what's your monitor's resolution and refresh rate?
Does it have any of the adaptive sync technologies, and if so, which one (Freesync or GSync)?
I'm currently only using 60Hz @ 1080p, but I planned to upgrade it to 144hz @ 1080p
 

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I would suggest holding off until you get a new monitor, then. When you do, get a monitor with FreeSync, as Nvidia's newer cards support it (though still call it GSync in their drivers).

Ideally a monitor from Nvidia's FreeSync compatibility list, but it doesn't necessarily have to be.
 
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I'm currently only using 60Hz @ 1080p, but I planned to upgrade it to 144hz @ 1080p
My rig (3700x/2060 Super) gets anywhere from 100 fps (with RTX on @ Ultra) to 200 fps (with RTX off @ High).
But I have a 1080p / 60 Hz monitor so anything above 60 fps is basically pointless to me.

And just FYI:
Check out this 2600x/5700XT Unige4ne Heaven Benchmark (110.7 fps / 2790 score):
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/unigine-heaven-4-0-benchmark-scores-part-2.222125/post-4270284

vs my 3700x/2060 Super Unigine Heaven Score (121.2 fps / 3052 score):
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/unigine-heaven-4-0-benchmark-scores-part-2.222125/post-4277305

And these 5700XT Final Fantasy XV benchmark:
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/post-your-final-fantasy-xv-benchmark-results.242200/post-4283054

vs mine:
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/post-your-final-fantasy-xv-benchmark-results.242200/post-4167176

And this thread is worth reading before you make your final decision between a 5700XT and a 2060 Super:
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/how-many-of-you-radeon-5700-owners-have-ditched-your-cards-over-the-drivers.263902/
 
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