By W1zzard @ TechPowerUp!
ASUS today launched the first fully custom-design Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card, the Republic of Gamers STRIX RX 5700 XT OC. The company leads a string of custom-design Radeon RX 5700 series “Navi” graphics card launches from AMD’s add-in board partners a little over a month after AMD debuted this 7 nm GPU on 7/7 (7th July). The RX 5700 XT and its sibling, the RX 5700, have until today only been available in AMD’s reference-design boards.
The Radeon RX 5700 XT is AMD’s first true performance-segment graphics card in over two years since the RX Vega series. It’s based on the brand new “Navi” architecture that leverages the 7 nm silicon fabrication process and brand new number-crunching machinery AMD calls RDNA compute units. These constitute the biggest update to AMD’s GPU design since the very first Graphics CoreNext (GCN) architecture circa 2013. Together with clock speeds, RDNA is designed to bring about massive IPC improvements over GCN. The silicon also has a number of architectural changes. An interesting series of price adjustments and product launches ensures that even at its starting price of $399, it offers a bit more price-performance than NVIDIA.