2 months ago
I'm looking to upgrade from an R9 Fury to something better equipped to handle 4K gaming. I was initially leaning toward a 2080 SUPER (can't talk myself into paying for a 2080 ti, sorry), but now I'm nearly convinced the 5700 XT is the best bang for the buck. If I'm missing something, please chime in.
These 4K benchmarks for RDR2, for example. The 2080 SUPER has about 3 FPS (~8%) lead over the 5700 XT for 36-45% more money. The 2070 SUPER is neck-and-neck for $50 more. And this is compared to one of the most expensive 5700 XT models (Sapphire Nitro+ at $450), which is likely faster than the card used in the benchmark.
I'm looking at the Sapphire Nitro+ based on this PCWorld review and how it's not only a great card, but the Trixx Boost software combined with Radeon Image Sharpening could make it simple to cheat even better 4K performance with minimal loss to visual fidelity. Yes, you can set custom resolutions with other cards and software suites, but this seems to be the most painless and efficient way to accomplish that.
Is ray tracing really enough to justify the cost premium of an Nvidia card? Is there anything else I've missed? I heard driver support for the 5700 was poor out of the gate and I have seen negative feedback about the Sapphire PULSE, specifically, but otherwise not much else.