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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  • Thernn - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    The 65 fps was a mistake that has since been retracted. Its 61 FPS in BL3 for the RTX 3080 on Badass.
  • Gigaplex - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Well, being close this generation is a vast improvement of not having anything close in the previous generation.
  • GruntboyX - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    If the 6000 series is competitive to within a few percent of the 3080 then that is a win in my book. Especially if it’s cheaper to compensate for the few frames losses. The next question is power consumption.

    If nothing else it’s an option because it will be in stock.
  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    They are at a striking distance from each others...
  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    And we are talking about a 6800XT, not the 6900XT.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    There's no solid evidence for that either way, yet.
  • Qasar - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    but is is unlikely amd would show off the 6900xt in a teaser though, what would be left to show on oct 28 ?
  • quadibloc - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    I don't know. If they come close, but they're half the price, their product should sell well. And, for competitive gamers, what matters is performance with useless stuff like ray tracing turned off anyways. Given the huge leap in performance that the 3080 represented, I'll be pleased if AMD manages to come close; not even coming close is when I'd start worrying.
  • teamet - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    Efficiency, and therefore heat and noise, will be interesting to see though.

    RX 6000 on TSMC 7 nm and RTX 3000 on Samsung 8 nm.. Do we know if any of them are made using EUV lasers?
  • Alexvrb - Sunday, October 11, 2020 - link

    Ian quoted Anand in the Zen 3 article but I think it bears repeating here. "There are no bad products, only bad prices."

    Performance numbers by themselves don't paint the whole picture. If they are 95% of a 3080 at 85% the cost, that's a good value. Personally I never spend more than ~$300 on a GPU anyway, so the cards with the best bang for the buck in THAT price range are what interests me.

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