As part of today’s Zen 3 desktop CPU announcement from AMD, the company also threw in a quick teaser from the GPU side of the company in order to show off the combined power of their CPUs and GPUs. The other half of AMD is preparing for their own announcement in a few weeks, where they’ll be holding a keynote for their forthcoming Radeon RX 6000 video cards.

With the recent launch of NVIDIA’s Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series parts clearly on their minds, AMD briefly teased the performance of a forthcoming high-end RX 6000 video card. The company isn’t disclosing any specification details of the unnamed card – short of course that it’s an RDNA2-based RX 6000 part – but the company did disclose a few choice benchmark numbers from their labs.

Dialing things up to 4K at maximum quality, AMD benchmarked Borderlands 3, Gears of War 5, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019). And while these are unverified results being released for marketing purposes – meaning they should be taken with a grain or two of salt – the implied message from AMD is clear: they’re aiming for NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080 with this part.

Assuming these numbers are accurate, AMD’s Borderlands 3 performance are practically in lockstep with the 3080. However the Gears 5 results are a bit more modest, and 73fps would have AMD trailing by several percent. Finally, Call of Duty does not have a standardized benchmark, so although 88fps at 4K looks impressive, it’s impossible to say how it compares to other hardware.

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that as with all vendor performance teases, we’re likely looking at AMD’s best numbers. And of course, expect to see a lot of ongoing fine tuning from both AMD and NVIDIA over the coming weeks and months as they jostle for position, especially if AMD’s card is consistently this close.

Otherwise, the biggest question that remains for another day is which video card these performance numbers are for. It’s a very safe bet that this is AMD’s flagship GPU (expected to be "Big Navi", Navi 21), however AMD is purposely making it unclear if this is their lead configuration, or their second-tier configuration. Reaching parity with the 3080 would be a big deal on its own; however if it’s AMD’s second tier-card, then that would significantly alter the competitive landscape.

Expect to find out the answers to this and more on October 28th, when AMD hosts their Radeon RX 6000 keynote.

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  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    They shown the 6800XT with 64CUs. They know they are beating the 3080, but they just want Nvidia to panic and do something stupid. They are doing what they did with Radeon 7. I cannot believe some people here really believes they have shown their biggest die in a teaser.
  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    It is called, a buildup... you don't blew it by scrapping your hype train.
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    "They are doing what they did with Radeon 7."

    Releasing a dud? That card wasn't successful.
  • Targon - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    AMD likes to play with the competition. Push them into releasing early(NVIDIA Ampere, and note there are no cards available, cards that crash(black screens), driver problems, you name it). AMD lets just enough information out there to force the competition into showing its hand. We have seen AMD playing with Intel from 2017 through 2020, making Intel talk big, but showing time and time again that Intel doesn't have anything ready to compete with what AMD is doing. AMD set up for NVIDIA to burn its customers by releasing some Super cards well before the one year mark of the original RTX 2060, so those with a 2060 from launch felt burned, and those who bought a 2070 or 2080, yea, Super cards came out for the same price with better performance, just to stay ahead of the Radeon 5700XT.

    Radeon VII wasn't even a specific gaming card. The Radeon Instinct card based on 7nm with 16GB of memory...just slap a new name on it and call it Radeon VII. It was FULLY a Radeon Instinct card with a different name, nothing more. RDNA was really the first card that AMD intentionally planned to release as a consumer gaming card since Vega 56 and Vega 64.
  • Smell This - Monday, October 19, 2020 - link

    "They are doing what they did with Radeon 7."
    Releasing a dud? That card wasn't successful.

    I wish I had one _ could have been a monster for me with AMD Radeon Pro Software and Radeon ProRender. No cash for me |;--(
  • Targon - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    AMD has shown that the management knows how to play games with the competition. Leak numbers that may or may not be correct to push the competition into raising or lowering prices is a part of those games. Show numbers far above or below what they really are, and the competition responds. Show numbers right on target for when your product is a lot better than expected, and the competition will respond, but possibly outmaneuver you to minimize the appeal of the new products.

    I hope you are correct that the numbers provided by AMD are from the 6800XT, but we don't really know right now. No matter what, we can expect more than double the performance of Vega64 or Radeon VII with Big Navi, and that means it will be a solid card.
  • croc - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    THIS is why careful consumers wait for all the facts to be in before committing a large wad of cash on a component. I think that it is sometimes called 'buyer's remorse' when not adhered to.

    Then there is 'buyer's frustration' when their needs can't be met. As in, 'what do ya mean I can't run a GPU and a PC\e x 16 m.2 raid card on an AM4? Or, 'When will the Zen 3 Threadrippers arrive?' Rocket lake probably won't help, either... Looks to sit on a spec that just matches AM4. Barely.
  • DejayC - Sunday, October 11, 2020 - link

    I hope this isn’t Vega 2.0. When Vega 64 came out it matched or even beat the Gtx 1080 in some titles but was instantly sold out because of miners, way louder, and much more power hungry. Now if 6000 series can match 2080 at similar power levels, fan noise and they get supply in check, we might have a solid team Red offering.
  • just4U - Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - link

    Well.. considering just how power hungry the 3080 is it's probably safe to say that it won't be worse in that area.. might be on par power wise though (knowing AMD)

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