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.

Comments Locked


View All Comments

  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    They have shown you what they wanted to show you... and they did to spoil Nvidia party, simple as that. This is called MARKETING...
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    "is going to spill the beans on their biggest hyped announcement for PC gamer in the last 5 years"

    Zen 3 is more significant to PC gamers than the 6800XT at this point.
  • liquid_c - Friday, October 23, 2020 - link

    There was nothing secret about either of those products.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    "Yes. Marketing always oversells the product."
    Didn't happen with RDNA, or with Ryzen 1000, 2000, or 3000. But sure, "always".
  • a300thanhlong - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    If performance is good then the scalpers will scalp AMD, we then have a chance to buy the RTX 3080
  • raywin - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    nah, the scalper benches are deep
  • watzupken - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    I feel the performance looks decent, but with only 3 games being shown here, it’s still too early to conclude on performance. I don’t think it will beat the RTX 3080 for sure, but if it’s just slightly slower with a better price tag and power consumption, I feel it will still do well. The 16GB VRAM will be sufficient for a longer time than 10GB. Sure Nvidia may release a 20GB version, but at a higher cost is what I feel. So if AMD can undercut them in terms of cost, they may have a winner(if they don’t botch up driver).
  • Pneumothorax - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    Considering that the current AVAILABLE price of the 3080 is really $1500 from scalpers, AMD should price the RX6000 at $700 as they will sell out at that price for months. 3080 won’t be available readily until spring 2021. I’d prefer AMD and the AIBs to make some money for once from their GPUs instead of the scalpers.
  • zodiacfml - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    As I expected, pretty much 90% of the 3080. Pricing is where Nvidia and AMD will fight it over though, where Nvidia has to delay the 3070 to get their competitive pricing right
  • nadim.kahwaji - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Guys really it so strange that till now we have no RTX review???

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now