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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  • RSAUser - Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - link

    VRAM is not that cheap and adds quite a bit in terms of power cost.
  • Tams80 - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    Eh. I wouldn't call coming very close to the 3080 a problem.

    And comparisons to the 3090 are rather moot, as it's essentially a Titan i.e. not really something any real number of people are going to buy (or even be able to buy at this rate).
  • 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.
  • raywin - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    or could even find to buy
  • Operandi - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    It would be exciting to see them beat Nvidia but thats not really important at all. If they are competitive on the high-end with performance, price, and power thats what counts and this looks pretty good. RTG has had a pretty rough going for the last few generations so hopefully RDNA2 is their Zen1 moment and things just get better from here.
  • JlHADJOE - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    TPU Numbers for the 3080FE at 4k

    Borderlands 3: 70.3 fps
    Gear 5: 84.4 fps
  • Slash3 - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    While it isn't immediately obvious which detail setting is used in the test, keep in mind that TPU does run BL3 in DX11 mode.
  • Showtime - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    Don't you think your expectations were way higher than reasonable? Look at how many gens it took AMD to catch Intel in gaming. AMD is further behind NVIDIA than they were behind Intel. I expected somewhere along the lines of them being competitive with the 3070's going by NVIDIA's $500 price tag. I assumed NVIDIA knew something when they didn't gouge us like they did with the OG RTX. Either way, this looks to be a huge boost for AMD. Oh, and NVIDIA already has faster tech going by all the old articles stating that they weren't bringing out their best since there was no competition/reason for them, but at least AMD has a 4k card finally.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    "Oh, and NVIDIA already has faster tech going by all the old articles stating that they weren't bringing out their best since there was no competition/reason for them"

  • godrilla - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    Show me where one can buy a 3080 though?

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