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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  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    They can't the yields are horrible.
  • shabby - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Oh? How bad are they? Any links to the info?
  • Dizoja86 - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    I can guarantee they don't have any links to reliable info on bad yields. The issue isn't with yields. It's that Nvidia didn't start production until mid/late August, and AIB's were flailing to pump cards out in a matter of weeks.
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    It's not just the AIBs struggling to pump cards out. The FE is supply constrained too.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    Nobody but Nvidia has reliable info on their yields, but we can draw inferences.

    What we have to go on is:
    Customers can't get hold of the cards.
    There's no competition for wafers on Samsung 8nm, so they're not capacity constrained.
    Nvidia are saying "yields are great".
    Nvidia are also saying "supply will be constrained through early 2021".

    They couldn't know that last part unless they can predict either supply or demand precisely, and if it's demand they're predicting precisely, then why didn't they make more of these cards before launch? So: either they're incompetent and underestimated demand on a card they chose to market as "up to 2x faster (creative fiction)" and "the biggest generational leap ever (lie)", they're deliberately constraining supply to drive prices up so AIBs / resellers can cash in, or yields are bad and they're lying about it.

    Given that they've lied every other time they'd have terrible yields, I'd happily bet that's at least a contributing factor.
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    Horrible enough that they can't produce enough to match demand.
  • mrvco - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    If they can get close to 3080 performance and undercut the 3080 on price and availability, that's going to be a huge win for AMD. That being said, I'm not interested in anything over $500, so my interest is in what replaces the 5700XT at the $400'ish price point.
  • wordlv - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Reading these comments are fun indeed. People really believe that after all the hype that AMD showed there best "Big Navi" as an afterthought at CPU press conference?
  • eva02langley - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Delusional fanboys from taking for Nvidia and Intel do...
  • Tomatotech - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    This comment section reads like the same 3 comments repeated over and over endlessly.

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