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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  • Qasar - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    as AT have already said, seems the delay, is due to the fires that are on going in california.
  • funkforce - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    I really don't think we will see a review @nadim.kahwaji @Qasar

    You see, it was "hopefully" gonna be ready in time for the release of 3090 a week later. But the 3090 release was 2 weeks ago.

    We who have been reading the site since it was founded and have good memories have unfortunately seen this same thing come to pass many a times with GPU reviews especially.

    This site is the best, has the best writers and a pretty civilized atmosphere in the comment sections. Unfortunately, when they miss a "deadline" the pressure is off and it's more common that the review never materializes at all.

    This would be fine, if they wouldnt keep promising "it's coming", and then never deliver, stringing readers along. When Anand worked here, I don't think a review was ever late. Now there's is always an excuse and then that excuse is milked to the max and then it just runs out into the sand.

    It's really sad cause the last year or so I don't think any big deadlines was missed and things were looking up. I still believe and hope though, checking the site everyday. Maybe one day... :)
  • flyingpants265 - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    As far as I can remember, smartphone reviews were late, but GPU reviews weren't, really.

    This site has tanked over time, in more ways than one. The current owners/editors know it, it's not really their fault if they don't have the proper talent/skill to be number one anymore.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    "it's not really their fault if they don't have the proper talent/skill to be number one anymore"

    If you believe that, why are you even here? Talent isn't the same as resources, but whatever, you go ahead and grind that axe.
  • Qasar - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    funkforce the fires in california are STILL burning, still getting the smoke creep in where i live from time to time. if you call mandatory evac orders an excuse, then i dont know what to say, i thnk ryan smith lives in california, and he reviews the gpu's on here. google california wild fires and you will see.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    "When Anand worked here, I don't think a review was ever late."

    Long-term reader here to confirm that people have been whining about late reviews for as long as Anandtech has existed. They still exist even in the era of breathless pre-release YouTube promo videos because nobody else goes into the same depth.
  • Icehawk - Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - link

    Anand cashed out and that was really the end of the site as we knew it, still decent but it’s lost a lot over the years. Was sad when HardOCP closed, same deal - main person got scooped up by the “real” industry and left all us poorer.
  • Lord of the Bored - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    In before nVidia announces a 3080 Super!
  • Beaver M. - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Doubt that, because the design is at its limits already. Even the 3090 can only get ~10% more on average.
  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    We all know that 20GB variants are coming around december. It is the worst kept secret.

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