Lots of the cheaper Chinese flash units are not controlled by the camera's meter and can only be used manually. Early Godox units were like this. Then came the CLS (Creative Lighting System) compatible units that work just like the original speedlights on-camera, but AWL (Advanced Wireless Lighting) performance was nowhere near the Nikon units. These are the TTL family from Godox. The Ving family are fully CLS and AWL compatible, plus the optional radio link. Their current studio strobes use the same radio remote system and TTL metering as the Ving units.
With Godox, we are where we were with Metz Mecablitz potato masher flashes in the film days, where a third-party supplier did the same as the Nikon products with some extra functionality that Nikon didn't have.
The SB-700 and the SB-5000 both work well with CLS on-camera, but you need either an SC-29 cable (both), an SU-800 IR control unit (both) or the WR-R10/WR-A10 pair (SB-5000) to get the flash off-camera.
In the case of the Godox, you can use Nikon's cable or IR solution, but either of the Godox wireless triggers are by far the best solution for off-camera use.
Any of the three units will send out a metering preflash, the camera analyses the returned light level and adjusts the flash output for a metered exposure.
I am usually sceptical of third-party solutions, but the Godox system has proven itself reliable.