On one side we have ASUS ROG Strix RX 5600 XT and on the other ASUS ROG Strix RTX2060. The AMD card is priced around 360 USD and the NVIDIA card is about 389 USD.
For testing we are running AMD Ryzen 3 3300x on a TUF Gaming B550m Plus motherboard with Wraith Prism RGB cooler and 16 GB Corsair LPX DDR4 RAM clocked at 3000MHz.
We have also done some overclocking for the Ryzen chip, as well as both graphics cards, this way we have more data points to see if there is any significant performance shift.
All the games are tested at 1080p with maximum settings (except for Doom Eternal – here we had to settle for Ultra settings as we are limited by the VRAM).
To start off, let’s have a look at Total War Three Kingdoms – if we look purely at average FPS, we find that NVIDIA card is the better card here and takes top two spots, with AMD card about 10% behind.
When we sort it by 1 percentile, the difference shrinks just to 2.6%.
This is not a fast paced game but certainly a graphically intense one – you should be aiming at around 60 FPS and with both of these cards you can reach it, but only when overclocked – so realistically you may need to tweak the settings a little.
Moving on to Formula 1 – we see a very close battle between both cards. Topping the average FPS is yet again RTX2060 but only by a few frames, in fact the full range from best to worst is a mere 8%.
When it comes to 1 percentile – overclocked RX 5600 XT takes the lead by 7% and the rest of the cards are within a few percent difference.
Next up Shadow of the Tomb Raider – there is a slight lead from the RX 5600 XT and we can see that we are CPU bottlenecked. This is clear as top four results are all running while CPU is overclocked.
When it comes to 1 percentile… Well… results stay the same.
Lastly Doom Eternal, and here we got a about a 5% lead from NVIDIA RTX 2060, with a total 10% spread between the best and worst.
Same goes for the 1 percentiles. Doom is a fast paced game and you want to be playing at 100 FPS or above. Overall the frame rates in this game are perfect for either of these cards. With this performance it is justified to get a 144Hz monitor to enjoy that silky smooth game play.
So what does all of this mean?
Well, for the budget conscious person, the 3300X is an incredible CPU when paired with a mid-tier GPU. You can play even AAA titles on at 1080p highest settings with 60+ frames per second. For titles like Doom Eternal you can go past 140 FPS which is amazing. The question we have here – which GPU should you go with?
In almost all of our tests we found that RTX2060 delivers better average frame rates, but not by a large margin. However when it comes down to 1 percentile – we found that both of these cards trade blows thus it is really hard to flat-out recommend either one of them, as the difference seems to be based on how the games are optimised. The bottom line is – you will be happy with either one of these cards but do watch out for the pricing. As mentioned earlier, this particular version of RX 5600XT is about 29 USD cheaper which is about an 8% difference and right now the price and availability really fluctuates, so if you are upgrading – look out for the best deal and snatch it.
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