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 - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    Oh no! 5%?!? The HORROR.

    Who cares about the 3090? Oh, AMD is 20% slower but the 3090 cost $1500. It isnt a viable option for 99% of people. Just like the titans before it.

    If AMD gets within a few % of a 3080 they have a winner on their hands.
  • Samus - Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - link

    Nvidia is a goliath, I don't expect AMD to ever surpass them at the ultra high end now. Unless Nvidia makes some Intel-esqe mistake :)
  • Unashamed_unoriginal_username_x86 - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    I imagine you're right that they'd leave the halo card quiet until they can have their "one more thing" moment like with the 5950X. I wish there were some convenient Nvidia numbers to compare to those benchmarks though...
  • 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.
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    There is no way in hell that their 2nd tier card performs that close to a 3080.
  • Spunjji - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Why not? The 3080 is Nvidia's second-tier card. I don't think it's terribly likely, but it's not impossible either.

    I'm more interested in numbers at 1440p, because AMD's architecture shouldn't drop off a cliff at lower resolutions the way Ampere does.
  • Gigaplex - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    The 3090 isn't really in the same realm, it's more of a Titan/workstation replacement card. I'd still consider the 3080 as the top tier.
  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    They labeled the thing as a gaming card... productivity drivers are not available for the 3090... it is a gaming card.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    Your own personal definitions don't reflect the reality that they've released a £1500 gaming card and everyone is trying to rationalise it as a "Titan". If it were a Titan, it'd be called a Titan and have the appropriate drivers. It doesn't.
  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Nvidia AMpere is one of the worst uarch they made. It is a datacenter card while RDNA 2.0 is a gaming uarch. It is more than plausible.

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