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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  • Meteor2 - Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - link

    Most people forget the "stress" part when they throw around the term "cognitive dissonance" :-(
  • dguy6789 - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    I'm genuinely surprised Wreckage is still an Nvidia shill after all these years. He has been paid by Nvidia(in water bottles and $5 sweaters) to lie about Nvidia performance on this website since back before the Radeon 4870 was demolishing the GTX 260 for way less money and Nvidia paid to block anti aliasing from working on AMD on Batman Arkham Asylum. Get a job dude.
  • dguy6789 - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Remember back in 2008 when you were saying PhysX was a game changer and in a few years every single game would be using it in every single post you ever made dozens of times per day?
  • Spunjji - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Nvidiot says what?

    Seriously though - I love this "logic". If they don't perform exactly the same as the high-end card then they "have" to price against the one below... because why? The pricing should fall in between. Why would it get "beat" by last-gen cards? Why should we compare DLSS to full-res rendering when they're not comparable? Yeesh.
  • Slash3 - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    If they price it well and the power/thermals are sensible, it could make a very good alternative to the RTX 3070 or 3080, seemingly slotting in close to the latter in certain loads.

    A hypothetical $599 AMD card that's a hair slower than a $699 3080 would be very promising, indeed.
  • Hifihedgehog - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    I mean, from a price perspective, that would be tantalizing, but they again fell short of snatching the performance leadership on the GPU front. Halo positioning would really give them the edge in perceived quality. Even if it is the best price to performance, they still need to outdo NVIDIA.
  • Slash3 - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    I agree that it would put them in a great market and technology position, but I don't think anyone in the tech sector has realistically expected them to pull off an upset at the GPU top tier segment. And playing devil's advocate, I think that's ok.

    While they've been plenty competitive before (R9 290X comes to mind), the prospect of having multiple $1,000-1,500 GPUs targeted at gamers duking it out is honestly all a bit fatiguing.

    I'd be more interested to see how they approach future MCM style GPU designs that may allow them to help leverage some of their Zen expertise.

    Either way, it's still a good time for tech.
  • Hifihedgehog - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    I took a second look at the link where I grabbed my numbers. It appears the 65 fps number I got for the RTX 3080 is wrong. Eurogamer's chart shows 65 at the top but there is an error in the system. The actual mean frame rate it shows is 60.9 fps at the bottom for the RTX 3080. So we are actually looking at RTX 3080 performance.
  • firerod1 - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    I looked up Techspot's numbers and it has the 3080 at 4k for gears 5 at 72 fps, so 1 fps win!
  • Spunjji - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Interesting, if true. Definitely waiting for independent reviews on these.

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