AMD Radeon VII vs Nvidia RTX 2080 – Benchmarks & Comparisons

July 31, 2019 posted by

AMD’s new Radeon VII graphics card is finally
here coming in at $699 USD, the same price you get an RTX 2080 from Nvidia, so let’s
compare the two in a number of games at 4K, 1440p and 1080p to see what the differences
in performance are. For testing I’m using the reference Radeon
VII graphics card, third party cards may perform better. For the 2080 I’ve used MSI’s Ventus
as it’s what I happened to have available, and out of the box it does have a higher boost
clock than stock, but is otherwise a fairly midrange 2080. The system that I’m testing with has an
Intel i7-8700K CPU in an MSI Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard running at stock speeds,
along with 16GB of T-Force Night Hawk CL16 memory running at DDR4-3200 in dual channel.
Check the links in the description for details on all of the components as well as for up
to date pricing. This same system was used to test both graphics cards, and I used DDU
to clean the display drivers between testing, so with that in mind let’s get into the
results. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode
with high settings rather than multiplayer as I find it easier to reproduce the test
run and it seems to be less CPU intensive. In this game the Radeon VII appears to be
winning, the average frame rates of both are extremely close together, however the frame
times are coming out ahead at 1440p and 4K resolutions, 14% and 20% better respectively,
as shown by the 1% low results. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
high settings using the built in benchmark, and in this game the 2080 was coming out ahead
in all instances. At 1080p the average frame rate of the 2080 was 36% ahead of the Radeon
VII, however at 4K the difference lowers, with the 2080 now just 3% ahead, and the Radeon
VII is actually 10% ahead in 1% low. Far Cry 5 was tested with the built in benchmark
at high settings, and at all resolutions the 1% low from the 2080 was a fair bit ahead,
however the average frame rates were much closer together, with the Radeon VII actually
slightly ahead at the 4K resolution. At 1080p the 2080 was only 3% ahead for average FPS,
1% at 1440p, and then at 4K the Radeon VII was 1% ahead. CS:GO was tested using the Ulletical benchmark
with all settings set to medium, and this game was consistently performing better with
the Radeon VII in terms of average frame rates, the 2080 was scoring better 1% lows though.
At 1080p the Radeon VII was getting 17% higher average frame rates compared to the 2080,
and a 5% improvement once we step up to 4K. Fortnite was tested using the replay feature
with the same replay file, and at high settings the 2080 was coming out ahead in all tests,
both in regards to average frame rate and 1% low. At 1080p we’re looking at 15% higher
average FPS with the 2080, a 24% improvement at 1440p, and then a 26% improvement at 4K. Overwatch was tested in the practice range
with ultra settings, as this allows me to replicate the test accurately compared to
playing with bots or other players. Again the 2080 was coming out ahead in all tests,
but realistically these frame rates are very high and plenty for this game. At 1080p the
2080 was 8% ahead in terms of average FPS and then 15% ahead at both 1440p and 4K. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built
in benchmark at high settings, and in this game the 1% lows from the Radeon 7 were a
fair bit lower compared to the 2080. The average frame rates were also down with Radeon VII,
though not as much compared to 1% low. At 1080p the 2080 was 13% ahead in average FPS,
12% at 1440p and 18% at 4K. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested using
the built in benchmark with high settings, and the results between the two were much
closer together here, within a frame of each other at 1080p, and then the 2080 was 5% ahead
at 1440p and 3% ahead at 4K. PUBG was tested using the replay feature with
the same replay file, and at high settings I was seeing slightly higher 1% lows from
the Radeon VII at 1080p and 1440p, otherwise the 2080 was coming out ahead. At 1080p the
2080 was getting 8% higher average FPS, a massive 26% higher at 1440p and 27% at 4K. Watch Dogs 2 is a resource intensive game
which I found to play well on both cards even at 4K with very high settings in use, I think
it runs pretty well as long as you’re getting a solid 30 FPS. The 1% lows in this game were
a lot higher with the 2080 though, so much less dips in performance, especially at 4K
where the 1% low from the 2080 is actually ahead of the Radeon VII’s average frame
rate. In terms of overall improvement, over all
10 of the games tested with a 1080p resolution on average the RTX 2080 is performing 9% better
than the Radeon VII, however as we can see it can vary quite wildly depending on the
particular game, and this would probably differ even further with different settings in use. At 1440p on average over the same games the
2080 was now performing 10% better than the Radeon VII, but again the results still vary
quite a bit depending on the specific game being tested. At 4K the 2080 was now 11% ahead of the 2080
in terms of average FPS in the 10 games tested, with the Radeon VII coming out ahead in two
titles. It’s possible that with all settings maxed
out the Radeon VII may have come out ahead more in 4K, or at least closed the gap, as
we might actually start seeing the 8GB of memory in the 2080 becoming more of a limiting
factor, unfortunately I sent the 2080 back a few days before receiving the Radeon VII
card so I wasn’t able to compare that. Because of that extra memory I suspect that
the Radeon VII may be better in other compute tasks that can better utilize it, I’ve only
tested gaming here. As for power differences with the Heaven benchmark
running I found the test system with the Radeon 7 graphics card installed to draw about 10%
more power from the wall. Now for the final difference, the price. I
suggest checking updated prices using the links in the description, as prices will change
over time. As mentioned at the start of the video though, they’re both around $700 USD,
however my specific MSI Ventus 2080 does have an overclock out of the box, so it costs 10%
more for the exact model that I tested with, which sounds reasonable given on average I
was getting about 10% higher average frame rate with it compared to the Radeon VII card. Based on the performance difference there
is of course no reason to upgrade from one to the other, unless perhaps you really need
the extra memory from the Radeon 7. If you’re looking to buy today though which should you
get? Honestly based on these results I’d be leaning towards the 2080, even without
my slightly overclocked out of the box card I’ve only seen small performance differences
with graphics overclocks, I believe in most cases the 2080 would still be in front for
a similar price. I’ve only tested games though, I’m suspecting that the Radeon VII
may be more useful when it comes to compute tasks, especially things that can better utilize
that 16gb of HBM2 memory. Either way I think it’s great to see a graphics card capable
of 4K gaming with good settings from AMD. Let me know which card you’d pick down in
the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe for more comparisons and tech videos like
this one.


98 Replies to “AMD Radeon VII vs Nvidia RTX 2080 – Benchmarks & Comparisons”

  1. morrowind memes says:


  2. Aryan Ramanand says:

    Only 360p video?!?!?!

  3. John Doe says:

    With less performance and features AMD is dead. This is not good for prices…

  4. manan jain says:

    was expecting some more laptop vids. pls make some rtx 2060 laptop vids. thank yoi

  5. NOSfusion says:

    Yours is the first R7 benchmark video I’m watching. Please get your 1080Ti vs R7 up ASAP! Thanks man

  6. Hardware Unboxed says:

    Nice work mate, quality review as always 👍

  7. CRISS CROSS says:

    It failed to tackle RTX 2080 …Consistently AMD GPUs for 10 years they have been hot & loud

  8. Keymaster says:

    This is a good card for people that want to build a Full AMD system, and give them some more time to tweak the drivers then it should be interesting

  9. Sharkie says:

    When people tell me to buy the Radeon VII instead of the RTX 2080 LUL

  10. Red Eyes says:

    Would have been better of they priced this at 599$. But that's just me :p

  11. NavilNDG says:

    Got my new dell G7! Might do a set up tour 🤳

  12. S.V.M - Clash Gaming says:

    Embargo ended

  13. NavilNDG says:

    Quality, clean and straight to the point reviews, just wait till you collaborate with Linus

  14. ΛɑRᴏn Lɑo says:

    OMG AMD is really back!!!

  15. Humidity Brian says:

    Are you going to review the Dell G series laptops soon?

  16. HuntaKiller says:

    Out of all the techreviewers..i saw yours first mate,tq for the great content..a bit disappointed with the powerdraw though,the performance might be good for 4k with drivers later on

  17. lemourios 564 says:

    Shattered dreams….!

  18. EpicMango says:

    Great comparison. Looks like 2080 did better. I think AMD should drop the price because I think most people would buy the 2080 over the VII

  19. Hong Long Vo says:

    So a bit slower, consump a bit more power, have the same price, both are shit at 4k so 16Gb is useless, they should have cut 4Gb to reduce the price by $80 to be more competitive, for gaming no way anyone would choose this over 2080

  20. NoobMaster69 says:

    Clean,straight to the point.That's what the tech videos need today. This is a perfect video!!!

  21. pablo rdz says:

    I like how AMD treats you well and give you new stuff to review faster than other companies

  22. Sam Fisher says:

    All that hype and support from tech guys to AMD to make it rise against Nvidia but they still keep disappointing the consumers in terms of price and performance, the first rule of marketing is a tempting price against the competition and that is missing here.
    The RTX 2060 is the Radeon VII killer (half the price and delivers)

  23. Tech Showdown says:

    Good job dude, very clean video!

  24. Tally Ho Tech says:

    Thank god for your review. I don’t have to watch all the other BS reviews. Wooooo

  25. The Sleep Tapes says:

    Still waiting for that aero 👐🏽

  26. Matt Christie says:

    I like how you highlighted the 1% lows over top of the averages frames. I think it's a somewhat more important measurement, and since your eye is drawn to that measurement first, you get a better overall view of the cards capabilities. Nice touch.
    Excellent review Jarrod. (I did have to watch Steve² first though!)

  27. Lalit Sehgal says:

    Nailed it… thnx for the awesome content

  28. BluMac. says:

    Should I get an 8700k or a 9700k
    I’m getting a 2080 to pair with it too

  29. amorettique says:

    I was a little surprised to hear him worry about not having performed non-gaming compute testing! I didn't realize he reviewed anything not related to gaming

  30. Naveen Nath says:

    Hey Jarod, are other budget laptops like helios 300, dell g3 and acer nitro 5 also getting an upgrade like lenovo legion y540?

  31. German Turkish says:

    this amd card is crap. 16gb for nothing and in future usless because the chip is to slow after 3-4 years. this card is 100% useless. RTX2080 10% faster. RayTracing Cores and DLSS. i mean what can i do with 16gb and pay over 700€ for it ? where r all the amd fanboys now. this card with 8GB GDDR VRAM for 450€ can be very interesting but in the 700€ class very useless card

  32. jmd 23 says:

    Great video

  33. FilmGamer says:

    On other testst its almost equal of course you tested far more Nvidia partnered game so thats why this result is.

  34. Sebastian Aguirre says:

    Great video again! When’s the Aero 15 arriving? 😉

  35. phillip zanders says:

    Egpu test?

  36. Gary Calliham says:

    4:05 you said the 2080 was coming out ahead with pubg with the fps being higher but on the graph it shows the radeon as having a higher fps, Is this a mistake with your graph?

  37. Random Style says:

    Will you review lenovo legion y740 15 inch? Pretty interesting laptop

  38. Infinite says:

    Man I really hope that you grow as much as you deserve. But try not to forget about us when you'll be big 🙂

  39. Tech With Sean says:

    Good vid, would like to see 1080ti in the mix too 👍

  40. Surreal Memes says:

    I wish people would realize Radeon vii isn't Navi and that Navi is supposed to be released later this year.

  41. Artem Nesterov says:

    Wow, you are the first one in my feed who got this brand new Radeon graphics card and have done a great, meaningful comparison. So nice!

  42. amirbahalegharn365 says:

    is it possible like jay in jaystwocent said,could the driver be the issue?

  43. DiA ZhR says:

    Wow, l didn't expect all that difference..Nvidia ♡.

  44. Irfan çelik says:

    I was wondering which program are you using for testing component performance?

  45. OWNorDisown says:

    Nice job Jarrod ! Along with Ray Tracing and the AI I think the 2080 certainly has the edge.

  46. Chrontard says:

    need more and better games like really fortnite pubg overwatch wtf dude.. test witcher 3 gta5 kingdom come wolfenstein 2 and much more

  47. Lucas Steffensen says:

    Sorry for being late but I wanted to safe the best for last😄

    (If I wrote something wrong I beacause I am from Norway)

  48. Michael Z says:

    Hey. Any plans to revire the new metabox laptop?

  49. Alex Sander says:

    sad amd

  50. esperCELL says:

    Buy Radeon VII play CSGO and be proud LOL

  51. iPood says:

    Maybe it's because some games are better optimised on nvidia gpus?

  52. foxpants says:

    great channel great review!

  53. Richard Zhang says:

    Nah AMD we expect quality GPU around $300-$400

  54. Robert Stan says:

    Drivers seem sooo unfinished ATM, hope they improve (they usually do by a lot). But I don't expect that to mean much for day 1 buyers.

  55. Na Qiong Trading LLP Na Qiong Trading LLP says:

    AMD Radeon VII Douche Bag…. again. Why no Crossfire…!!

  56. Jarhoul says:

    I hit the like button, watched the review, was not disappointed. Great well presented review as always.

  57. Ikram Ramli says:

    hopefully it's because it still a pre-release model and unfinished driver. hopefully.. T.T

  58. Jeremar Legaspi says:

    Amd is doing better and better as years pass by, still, they should really drop the price to compete.

  59. Mus Ta says:

    rtx 2080 is better right now but still the radeon vii can get better with updates like we have seen with the rx 570 and 580

  60. Digital Danggit says:

    No frills no BS review. This is why your channel is one of my go to channels when it comes to reviews. Cheers from the Philippines!

  61. KyleTheScientist says:

    Hey can you try undervolting his card? I heard that dropping the voltage by 0.1V can get R7 to consume 50W less, so maybe about 2080 TDP (210W)

    Also maintains higher boost clocks too. Maybe worth a try?

  62. aubrey jackson says:

    if you could benchmark games on the new razer blade 15 rtx 2080 it would be great
    thanks for great videos and i'm sure you will achieve your goals by continuing to make such amazing videos

  63. MinimifettiYT says:

    5:10 at 4k the 2080 was now better than the 2080

  64. mrcload gaming says:


  65. HamsterHearthstone says:

    What does 1% low mean?

  66. Vincent LE THIEC says:

    Hi Jarrod, in a laptop rtx 2070, do we need 32 GB of RAM for playing the last gen. Big games like battlefield or assassin screed and others games like that or 16 GB is enough ? Juste 1 game at the time, no streaming, maybe youtube open in the same time for some music. And maybe photoshop and/or illustrator softwares when no gaming. What do you think please ? Thank you for your help 😍

  67. tree fiddy says:

    I'm sending my Radeon 7 back once it arrives and will order a 2080 instead. Now to be fair to the Radeon 7 the Overwatch 1440p benchmarks are a wash unless you have a monitor capable of those frames. The Rainbow 6 lows for the Radeon 7 on the other hand…

  68. D B says:

    Thank you for your time and effort you put into making this video. Why do you have to use high settings compared to ultra?

  69. Gaming Haven says:

    You should retrst whan amd update the driver s

  70. The True Chunkypeanut says:

    This is my build:
    Do you think that this is a good build for around 1500

  71. Karteek Panda says:

    Thanks to amd it could launch radeon 7 at just 750$ with tax and when compared to rtx 2080 with the tax it becomes 1k $ in India .

  72. Jayxe says:

    What does "1% low" mean?

  73. Darren Evans says:

    Nowhere near as good as 2080 for same price. Great…..

  74. Adan Rodriguez says:

    Like always, this happen allllllwaaaays, AMD is behind, AMD suck, amd still tries and AMD will always be junk. From cpu to gpu.

  75. Steward Appiagyei says:

    Great to know that the 2080 is 11% faster than the 2080 at 4k. Guess I'll get the 2080 over the 2080 then.

  76. 505th says:

    Man, I was rooting so much for Radeon 7, I'm somewhat of an AMD fanboy and I wanted this to be the card that stomped the RTX series. 2080 is still the way to go for enthusiasts.

  77. pokerface pirate says:

    Dude, don't use brighter colors for 1% lows, when making charts, use the darker for 1%lows and more brighter for average fps ! Thankyou

  78. Giovanni P. says:

    It would be nice to see updated testing as new drivers and OC/ undervolting indicates clock speeds up to and over 2100GHz- depending on case efficiency and 'silicon lottery'…

  79. Diamond Gaming says:

    Can you benchmark the Ryzen 7 2700X pairing with the Rtx 2070? If possible.
    I want to see how many frames will this combo give to games like Gta V,Fortnite,Battlefield V,PUBG and many more.

  80. The Overclocker says:

    if u dont need rtx if u go green Id go with a 1080 ti between it and the 2080 .

  81. The Overclocker says:

    No need for a 2080 to really exist cause it just bloated priced for similar 1080 ti performance. You can save more with goin with a 1080 ti where most benchmarks show the 1080 ti leading vs the vega cards. I seen a 25k firestrike for a 1080 ti

  82. Philip Cooper says:

    300W TDP, my whole PC can fit in that, twice.

  83. Luke C Suarez Artistry says:

    I bought a Gtx 1080 ti amp! edition new for 600 dollars like 5 months ago, sad to see how much graphics cards price to performance ratio has changed.

  84. Oso 11 says:

    great video. I root for AMD because they are the under dog but went with the 2080 as it was way better priced in my country, as well as less power consumption and 2 free games.

  85. Zsavage1 says:

    man all this and you still miss important facts,.. did you set all factory settings the same for both cards? I think not.. what about LOD settings for one? Nvidia factory sets them at 0.00 where as AMD sets them at 1.00 what does this mean? the Nvidia GPU is NOT working as hard and thus not as good quality graphics.. and gives the nvidia about a 10% boost in performance .. there is some software.. can't remember the name ATM that will FORCE nvidia to run the same settings… then try testing in REAL WORLD not some generic BS benchmarks…

  86. Ivan Branković says:

    ubisoft games shouldnt be on benchmarks…

  87. Bronan U says:

    Well my choice is clear already its gonna be the radeon 7 for sure. I am pretty sure , the AMD card will do well with the 16 GB memory which does help with other tasks i do as well.
    Because i do much more than just gaming and webbrowsing with my pc.

  88. ShoZk says:

    I feel like this graphics card would be really good for people who plays games, video editing, and graphics design and that's what I basically do in my computer

  89. Felix Ha says:

    I bought a 4k tv and im not sure between these. Want to play in 4k only.the Nvidia is stronger but the tv has freesync. Idk

  90. Bogodo says:

    shame on you amd fanboy 👎

  91. Trip D says:

    AMD: We pride ourselves on Price/Performance value!

    AMD: Welcome Radeon VII!! It's more expensive and not as good as the RTX 2080!!!


  92. Nagito Komaeda says:

    VRAM is more expensive than GPU lol.

  93. Storm be says:


  94. ujjwal negi says:

    Amd radeon 7 8s value for money

  95. G AP says:

    what about uv radeon vii vs 2080? is both improves performance and power consumption?

  96. ASchraub says:

    4k 300 fps on CS GO that is awesome XD

  97. Master Foxy says:

    A good comparioson in my opinion is the xbox and the ps4. the xbox is like AMD, and the ps4 is like nvidia. ps4 came out first, and when xbox came out, ps4 was still more popular. but since xbox improved, it became more popular. And between the graphics for the two consoles, ps4 was beating xbox until the xbox one x. this is nvidia and amd. hopefully amd can create a new chip that is more powerfule than the RTX 2080!

  98. Nick Garcia says:

    Thought the radeon card would be cheaper..

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