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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  • TheinsanegamerN - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    If I wanted my games to look blurry I'd just play at 720p. No DLSS BS code required!
  • MisterAnon - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    DLSS is a gimmick. It is a marketing name for upscaling, and reduces quality compared to native resolution. It is not a "feature" you just dial up.
  • watzupken - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    Ray tracing is a feature on RDNA2. This is the same RDNA2 that is powering the Xbox and PS which comes with hardware raytracing. In fact with AMD providing hardware for all the new consoles, I suspect ray tracing optimisation may tip towards AMD’s favour. DLSS I feel is not going to make much traction considering it’s been introduced since Turing, but how many games actually supports it? I don’t think it’s easy to implement, which is why game Developers are not in favour of it. Moreover as mentioned, most RTX hardware are still capable of 1080p and 1440p, which most gamers are still using.
  • Gigaplex - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    I'm not convinced that the console hardware is powerful enough for raytracing to be all that popular.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    I love the posts that basically say "I will buy an Nvidia card", but try to phrase it like it's objective. PhysX and HairWorks were the last big draws for these claims.
  • haukionkannel - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    Yep! You definitely want to get amd option in jees and it seems that we now options Also for 4K gaming. And that is the most important thing. Nvidia did not price 3080 for $700 for no reason! They did know what is coming! If you just can get 3080 at $700...
  • lobz - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    Especially if you don't have to buy a new PSU just because you wanna upgrade your graphics card.
  • Spunjji - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    That's the take-home. Based on the rumours I've been hearing this isn't their best card, but honestly I'm not sure whether or not to trust that. If it is the best they can do, it's still pretty impressive - and it pisses all over the naysayers who've been saying that a card with a 256bit bus would struggle to compete with the 3070. Those claims will no doubt be abandoned and replaced with slightly different ones, in the great tradition of fanboy shitposting.
  • Beaver M. - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    I would pay $100 more for an Nvidia card, because it has DLSS and better support in games. Not to mention far superior drivers and features.
    However, if AMD delivers more than this laugh of 8/10 GB VRAM, then I might be very likely to buy their card instead.
  • flyingpants265 - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    VRAM is good, I know nothing about GPU but it seems cheap/easy to add, compared to designing a whole CPU, you just add more RAM chips in parallel for a relatively small cost.

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