Best Graphics Cards (GPUs) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Review of the year 2019 & 2020
At the start of CES 2019, AMD is showing the Ryzen Mobile 3000 alias Picasso, with which the manufacturer made it into many notebooks.
On the part of Nvidia, the Geforce RTX Mobile are presented – more precisely the Geforce RTX 2080 (Max-Q), the Geforce RTX 2070 (Max-Q) and the Geforce RTX 2060 (Max-Q).
In addition, Nvidia opens up for Adaptive Sync, because with G-Sync Compatible, Geforce cards now also work with Freesync displays.
Still in January Nvidia releases the Geforce RTX 2060, the cheapest Turing graphics card with RT and Tensor cores to date.
These are intended for hardware accelerated raytracing, which is used for more realistic light and shadow display.
Matching this, there is a recreational project of Quake 2 called Q2VKPT, which calculates the complete global illumination for dynamic and static light sources with pathtracing via volcano interface.
Nvidias Lightspeed Studios have meanwhile taken care of the code, as Quake 2 RTX the shooter is one of the most demanding raytracing games at the moment.
Test Results: Best Graphics Cards (GPUs) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Best GPU for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super
- Excellent gaming performance on par with $700 RTX 2080
- A GeForce RTX 2080-sized cooler
- Trimmed-down TU104 processor translate to higher operating clock rates
- Bigger and more power hungry than RTX 2070
Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Turing goes into the second round. After the launch of the RTX graphics cards last fall, the GTX 1660 series was mainly GPUs for the midrange market.
The new super series puts the focus back on the upper class and includes three RTX models for the time being.
We tested which performance leaps buyers can expect with the RTX 2070 Super.
Not even a year since the launch of the first Turing graphics cards, Nvidia is already pushing the revised GPU models – that’s not typical for the company, which likes to take its time with the launch of new pixel accelerators.
But if you consider that the market launch of Turing was actually supposed to take place earlier and was then postponed to autumn, the time span doesn’t seem so short anymore.
Furthermore it is an open secret that Nvidia would like to beat its competitor AMD with the new navi graphics cards.
That’s why Nvidia has only revised the mid-range upper class, while the flagship RTX 2080 Ti doesn’t get an update.
Because this model is still unrivaled and has no direct opponent from the red camp.
In today’s review, we’ll take a special look at the RTX 2070 Super, which is considered the answer to the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT.
In addition, there is also the RTX 2060 Super, which will compete against the AMD RX 5700, as well as the RTX 2080 Super, which somewhat reduces the performance gap to the RTX 2080 Ti.
The “Super” in the name is shortened in the further course with a simple “S” (RTX 2070S).
Comparison: RTX Super against RTX – Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
An important innovation with the RTX 2070S concerns the chip.
The TU104, which we know originally from the RTX 2080, is installed.
The TU106 used before already worked at its performance limit and had too little clearance for optimizations.
Also apart from that the RTX 2070S works rather like a RTX 2080 than a RTX 2070, if one looks at the technical data sheet more exactly.
The similarities do not stop there however, because also the exterior (i.e.: the cooler) is absolutely identical to the RTX 2080 FE.
Accordingly, the RTX 2070S measures 267 mm in length and requires one 6-pin and one 8-pin connector each for power supply.
That sounds conclusive, nevertheless the TDP is with 215 Watts and thus clearly more than the RTX 2070 (175 Watts).
At the video outputs there is a practical mix of two DisplayPorts, one HDMI, one DVI and one USB-C.
The latter connection is completely missing on AMD’s new navigation models, for example.
In the benchmark comparison the RTX 2070S has to compete against the direct predecessor model, likewise the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 are compared with further Turing offshoots.
Also included is the AMD Radeon VII, which has had a tough time since its launch in spring 2019.
All cards were tested with the latest drivers.
The RTX 2070S cuts a good figure in 3DMark Time Spy:
A performance plus of 17 percent in comparison to the non-S model even puts our test sample ahead of the GTX 1080 Ti, the Geforce top model of the Pascal architecture.
Meanwhile, the Radeon VII has little to say and is even behind the normal RTX 2070 (QHD) or only slightly above it (UHD).
A whole 17 years after the events of Far Cry 5, the newest part plays New Dawn.
In the open world there is not only a lot to discover, but also a lot to calculate – at least for the graphics card.
In this case it becomes (once again) clear what role the video memory of a graphics card plays in the FPS rate.
As a reminder: With the exception of the RTX 2080 Ti (11GB), all Nvidia comparison cards have 8GB RAM, whereas the AMD Radeon VII has 16GB.
Accordingly, the RTX 2070 is ahead of the AMD model in lower resolutions and on RTX 2080 level, but falls far behind in QHD and UHD.
Nevertheless: good refresh rates are available regardless of the resolution, even with UHD it is still enough for almost 60 FPS.
Forza Horizon is one of the most beautiful racing games currently available, but a powerful graphics card is also necessary for this.
In comparison, the RTX 2070S is again slightly below the RTX 2080. The RTX 2070 follows with not too much distance behind.
When taking price into account the 20170 Suber is the Best Graphics Card (GPU) for the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU.
Total War: Three Kingdoms is like its predecessors one thing above all: hardware-hungry.
This is also one of the few games that brings stronger graphics cards to their knees even under FullHD resolution.
Fortunately, this is only the case with UHD on the RTX 2070S, where at least 60 FPS per second can be reached on average.
Compared to The Division, which was released in 2016, the new part of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 has been polished both optically and playfully.
Logically, the demands on the graphics card also increase with that.
In the case of the RTX 2070S, we also get a very good frame rate with 80 FPS under QHD.
It’s still enough for an average of 41 FPS in 4K resolution.
One of the negative aspects of the new Super Series is the noticeably increased power consumption under load.
The RTX 2070S allowed itself a proud 315 and thus almost as much as the RTX 2080, but that was to be expected in advance and a small consolation is at least that the consumption in idle has remained the same.
The temperatures of our test model in the Founders Edition are very good and are only slightly above those of the normal RTX 2070.
The same applies to the volume, which is pleasantly quiet at 39.5 decibels even under load.
It should be interesting to see how much improvement potential the partner companies can find in their custom models.
There certainly isn’t much room for improvement.
Verdict: Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Nvidia has calculated the release date of the new super graphics cards exactly.
Although the performance figures for the AMD Radeon RX 5700 (XT) may only be released in a few days (at the time of this test), it is already foreseeable that Nvidia has managed a clever counter-attack before navigation has even been properly launched.
With a performance increase of about 10 to 20 percent compared to the RTX 2070, the new super model is probably also slightly stronger than the RX 5700 XT.
Which map offers however actually more achievement for the money, cannot be said now yet finally.
What is certain, however, is that the RTX 2070S is a better choice than the AMD Radeon VII and comes surprisingly close to the RTX 2080.
At least the Founders Edition isn’t a bargain at 539 Dollar, even if it offers a pretty good performance for the money, even if it is for the conditions usual with Nvidia.
All in all the 2070 Super is the Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.
2nd Best GPU for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
- OC potential
- Powerful performance
Second Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Today we have in test the AMD RADEON RX 5700 and RX 5700XT, which belongs to the gaming graphics cards of the 5xxx series from AMD and is the link between high-end and middle class.
Navi 10 and Navi 10 XT are used as graphic chips. The matching architecture is called “AMD RDNA 1.0”.
Both Navi Chips are manufactured in the 7nm (TSMC) process.
As memory for both graphics cards a GDDR6-VRAM with a capacity of 8 GB is used.
Packaging, content, data of the Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
The packaging of both cards is very similar in appearance, but the packaging of the RX 5700 XT is of higher quality.
Furthermore, the structure of the RX 5700XT packaging is also different.
This allows part of the packaging to be pulled upwards.
Thus, the graphic card is presented to us in a more visually appealing way.
The packaging of the RX 5700 is kept very simple.
There is only a small guide in the packaging of the graphics cards.
No further scope of delivery is included.
Compared to the Vega10 architecture, the navi architecture has a different manufacturing and fewer transistors.
Navi is manufactured in 7nm and contains 10.3 billion transistors.
Because of the smaller manufacturing and the smaller number of transistors the surface is also smaller than Vega.
There are also less compute units and stream processors than Vega10.
However, the GPU clock increases significantly.
So the boost of the RX 5700 is specified with 1725MHz and the boost of the RX 570XT with 1905MHz.
Besides the boost clock, a base and game clock is also given.
If we take a look at the given Peak SP Performance and Peak Texture Fill Rate, we notice that it is a bit lower than in Vega10.
However, it is not as low as we would think based on the Compute Units and Stream processors.
The Peak Pixel Fill Rate is a bit higher than Vega.
Like Vega10, Navi has 64 Render Output Units and also 8GB graphics card memory which is connected to the GPU with 256-bit.
The graphics card memory is GDDR6 and not HBM.
Thus the costs for the graphics card memory are lower with Navi.
Despite GDDR6 the memory bandwidth is higher than with Vega10.
The board power for the Radeon RX 5700 is 185 watts and for the RX 5700XT 225 watts.
We haven’t yet mentioned the compute units.
These are basically the GPU cores. Here, the RX 5700 can access 36 and the RX 5700XT 40 compute units.
In the die-shot provided by AMD we can see how the GPU is constructed.
We find the whole thing very respectable and exciting.
Details of the Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
As some of you may know, the RX 5700 (XT) comes with a radial fan and thus corresponds to the reference design. AMD has definitely succeeded in the optics.
Black and red go well together as always.
The RX 5700XT has a backplate on the back and this is also connected to the back of the graphics card via thermal pads.
The backplate dissipates part of the waste heat generated by the GPU, the graphics card memory and the power supply to the backplate.
Visually, the RX 5700 and RX 5700XT are very similar.
However, the structure of the cooler of the cards is different and the RX 5700XT has a small dent.
Furthermore, a backplate is only installed on the RX 5700XT.
Unfortunately, the RX 5700XT has to get along without a backplate.
We must not be deceived by the fins on the RX 5700XT, which we can see on the first picture.
Here the air is not sucked in, but serves only an optical purpose.
With the RX 5700 the card is closed on the rear side.
Both graphics cards require a 6 and 8 pin PCI Express power connector.
We see on the side that the RX 5700 and RX 5700XT are two slots wide.
We also discovered a funny detail. On the card there is still a sticker on which ATI is written.
So there is still an internal ATI department, even though ATI was bought by AMD a few years ago.
Both graphics cards offer us four connection possibilities for the monitor(s).
There are three DisplayPort 1.4 ports and one HDMI 2.0 port.
Our small test Parkour is carried out with a test system, in which an ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII Hero and an AMD RYZEN 9 3900X is installed.
Furthermore, 16 gigabytes of RAM from CORSAIR are used.
The processor is cooled by a custom water cooling system with two 360 radiators.
As a comparison, we also conducted the Parkour test on an RTX 2080 from ASUS.
To be fair, we have to mention that it is cooled with water and therefore has a slightly higher and more stable GPU clock than with air cooling.
Overclocking for Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
With OC we achieve a GPU clock of 2150 MHz and a memory clock of 900 MHz in the RX 5700XT.
With the AMD RADEON RX 5700 we can raise the GPU clock to 1925MHz.
The memory clock is a bit more generous than on the RX 5700XT and can be overclocked to 925MHz.
We used the More Power Tool from IGOR’s Lab for both graphics to raise the RX 5700’s power target from 20 to 50 watts.
We haven’t changed the GPU voltage.
With the increase of the GPU voltage there is of course even more OC potential in the NAVI architecture.
However, it also increases power consumption and temperatures of the Second Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.
Furthermore, the life span is also reduced and the risk of a hardware defect is higher.
The RX 5700XT is somewhat weaker in Timespy Extreme than the RTX 2080, but with OC the difference diminishes somewhat.
As expected, the RX 5700 is behind the RX 5700XT. With OC of the RX 5700 the difference decreases and the RX 5700 is almost equal to the RX 5700XT.
Also in Unigine Superposition the RTX 2080 can position itself in front of the RX 5700 XT.
With OC the RX 5700XT can make up over 300 points on the ground. The RX 5700 is 13 percent behind the RX 5700XT and can reduce the difference to 7 percent with OC.
Not only in the synthetic benchmarks the much more expensive RTX 2080 is faster, but also in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
However, the game with all three graphic cards is a real pleasure.
Both RX graphic cards can make up ground with OC.
However, the RX 5700 offers more performance gain by overclocking.
With GPU voltage increase, there would be even more OC potential and thus a higher performance would be possible.
We are surprised by the results in War Thunder.
Here the RX 5700XT is very close to the ASUS DUAL RTX 2080 OC in terms of average FPS making it the 2nd Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.
However, there is a difference of 15 FPS in the min. FPS. The RX 5700 is at the end of the test field and can gain power again with OC.
The power increase due to OC is again higher than with RX 5700XT.
With activated SSAA, which demands significantly more processing power from the GPU, the distance between the AMD graphics cards and the RTX 2080 increases.
Even if the RX 5700XT with OC gains performance again, the RTX 2080 is still 26-30 percent ahead.
The RX 5700 is 13-17 percent behind the RX 5700XT but can gain more power with OC.
In Battlefield 5 both AMD RADEON RX graphics cards surprise us.
This time the tide turns and the RX 5700XT is faster than the RTX 2080 from ASUS.
The RX 5700XT is even 9 FPS ahead at the min. FPS which is 11 percent.
With OC the RX 5700XT can increase the FPS a little more. Even the RX 5700 is very close to the RTX 2080, with OC the min.
FPS is higher, but the AVG FPS is lower for the 2nd Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
In idle, the RX 5700 & RX 5700XT cannot be heard from the system, even if the fan is still turning.
Under load, the volume of the RX 5700 increases to 30 dB(A) and the RX 5700XT to 31 dB(A) and both graphic cards become around 80 °Celsius warm.
The fan’s noise isn’t disturbing though and is similar to the noise of a fan without annoying background noise.
At 100% fan speed the noise increases to 51 and 52 dB(A) respectively and is similar to a turbine.
However, the fan never rotates that high in practice and was only a test from us, which is possible at most.
AMD’s NAVI architecture has also significantly improved the power consumption. It is now equal to that of Nvidia with this good computing power. Again we have to say: Respect AMD! Compared to the performance, the RTX 2080 is still a bit better than the AMD RADEON RX graphics cards in terms of performance per watt.
Verdict: Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
All in all we are very surprised by the RADEON RX 5700 and RX 5700XT and have to say that AMD is back in the race.
Even if AMD cannot play in the high-end sector, they are again in the higher mainstream sector with navigation and can convince especially with the price of the new navigation graphic cards.
Currently the RX 5700 is available for 330€ and the RX 5700XT for 390€ and therefore cheaper than the RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 Super.
As we could see, the RX 5700 XT is sometimes faster than the RTX 2080, which is currently available for 580$.
A small criticism we see in the temperatures and the volume of the RX 5700 XT with reference cooler.
However, there are alternatives in the form of custom graphics cards from various manufacturers that have a better and quieter cooler.
Furthermore, the RX 5700 XT also lacks ray tracing units and accordingly, it won’t shine here.
Finally, we can recommend the AMD RADEON RX 5700 & RX 5700XT.
This is especially true if no ray tracing use is planned and you want to call a price-wise very attractive graphics card your own.
We award the AMD RADEON RX 5700 9.1 of 10 points and the AMD RADEON RX 5700XT 9.7 of 10 points.
Furthermore, both graphics cards receive a price/performance recommendation from us.
All in all the RX 5700 XT is the Second Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.
3rd Best GPU for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
- More, faster memory than before
- Overclocked well
- Better value than other RTX cards
- Ray traced games picking up steam, but still relatively rare
Third Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
The RTX 2060, which was only released at the beginning of 2019, has new blood:
The new Geforce RTX 2060 Super faces our benchmark course in the test and scores the Third Rank among the Best Graphics Cards (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.
The second new release is the RTX 2070 Super, a separate review can be found at the following link.
Both cards should already be available on July 9th. The third super model in the form of the RTX 2080 Super, on the other hand, is still waiting until July 23.
The following comparison between the RTX 2060 Super and the RTX 2060 shows the most important differences.
Among other things, Nvidia dedicated itself to the much discussed memory amount of only 6.0 GBytes in the RTX 2060.
RTX 2060 Super vs. RTX 2060:
- more memory: 8.0 instead of 6.0 GByte GDDR6
- more shader units: 2,176 instead of 1,920
- higher memory bandwidth: 448 instead of 336.1 GB/sec
- more raytracing and tensor cores: 34/272 instead of 30/240
- more texture and screen units: 136/64 instead of 120/48
RTX 2060 Super vs. RTX 2070
Altogether the RTX 2060 super approaches strongly the RTX 2070, which is to be seen also in the table with technical data of the current RTX maps at the end of this section.
Therefore it’s hardly surprising that Nvidia is phasing out the RTX 2070.
So already produced and in trade and in stock models are still sold, but sooner or later the RTX 2060 Super will replace the RTX 2070.
Also the RTX 2080 is in the sales, because it is replaced by the RTX 2070 Super.
In the best case this should mean comparable performance for gamers at a lower price.
The official price of the RTX 2060 Super is 419 Dollar.
Thus it should be to be had somewhat more favorably than the RTX 2070, which is listed starting from approximately 450 Dollar at present.
The RTX 2060 is to be found up-to-date starting from approximately 330 Dollar in price comparisons and remains for the time being the most favorable RTX map of Nvidia.
Game performance of the 3rd Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
The gaming benchmarks show the picture to be expected in view of the technical data:
The RTX 2060 Super can clearly distinguish itself from the RTX 2060 and thus delivers a very similar performance as the RTX 2070.
The typical clock rate under gaming load is almost identical (RTX 2060: 1.850 MHz, RTX 2060 Super: 1.830 MHz).
The higher performance of the 2060 Super results thus from the additional shader, texture and raster units as well as the increased memory bandwidth compared to the RTX 2060.
As we found out in the test of the RTX 2060, its 6 GByte video memory poses no problem, at least in our benchmark course and the resolutions Full HD and WQHD primarily suitable for this GPU.
Nevertheless, the RTX 2060 Super’s 8 GByte VRAM means somewhat more future-proofing.
The Geforce RTX 2060 Super also has more RT and Tensor cores for raytracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) calculations than its predecessor, but does not quite match the number of units of the RTX 2070.
The performance in corresponding games should be slightly higher, but you shouldn’t expect too big differences.
Volume, temperature and power consumption of the 3rd Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Since Nvidia has decided to slightly increase the fan speed of the 2060 Super Founders Edition, the RTX 2060 Super is slightly louder than the RTX 2060.
1,500 instead of 1,200 rpm in idle mode, and about 1,900 instead of 1,700 rpm in games.
The RTX 2060 Super is therefore not disturbingly loud in any scenario.
But if you’re looking for a particularly quiet PC, you’d probably be better off with a custom design of the 2060 Super, which will also be released soon.
In comparison to the RTX 2060, the higher performance of the Super card brings along slightly higher temperatures and also a higher power consumption.
The entire test system achieves a similar consumption value as with an RTX 2070 (297 watts) with 293 watts.
Thus, the energy efficiency remains on the good level, which is usual for the Turing generation.
Verdict: Third Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
As expected, the Geforce RTX 2060 Super turns out to be the new RTX 2070 in the test in terms of performance.
However, it should be somewhat cheaper in the trade – and to get the same performance for less money is welcome from the player’s point of view.
Admittedly, the RTX 2060 Super doesn’t inspire me technically, after all it doesn’t really have anything new to offer in this respect.
Nvidia is nevertheless increasing the pressure on AMD with the new Super models in the run-up to the RX 5700 release.
After all, according to AMD, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is supposed to be about on the same performance level as the RTX 2070 and thus also the RTX 2060 Super for a recommended 499 US dollars according to AMD – and the latter has a recommended price of 399 US dollars (without taxes, 419 Dollar), which is 100 US dollars lower.
In the end, however, the only thing that really matters is in which price regions recommended custom designs of 2060 Super and RX 5700 XT end up.
The questions of energy efficiency and availability also remain exciting, especially in the case of AMD.
Compared to Nvidia, can you make up ground in terms of power consumption with navigation systems?
And what will be the availability of the new Radeon maps? We’ll know more in a few days on 7 July 2020, when AMD’s RX 5700 XT will be released.
All in all the 2060 Super is the Third Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.Best Graphics Card (GPU) for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.