Nvidia's RTX 3080 and 3090 have just hit the market and don't have a lot of competition for now – but that should change soon as AMD will unveil its next-generation Radeon hardware on October 28th. AMD tested the performance of its new cards during its Zen announcement of 3 processors by showing three benchmark results.
The results showed Borderlands 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Gears 5, all at 4K resolution and the maximum quality preset of each game. The results showed Borderlands 3 at an average of 61 frames per second, Call of Duty at 88 frames per second, and Gears 5 at 73 frames per second.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 vs Nvidia RTX 3080: How is the comparison?
These benchmarks come from AMD and are specified for the "Radeon RX 6000 series". The Radeon RX 6000 series is not a single graphics card, but a series of cards. Of course, AMD wants to paint the series in the best possible light, so these results can be assumed to come from the fastest card in the upcoming lineup, which will likely be labeled the Radeon RX 6900XT.
For comparison, I examined several reviews as well as our tests of the RTX 3080 from Nvidia. These show that the RTX 3080 Founder & # 39; s Edition in Borderlands 3 averages 66 FPS in badass quality. The RTX 3080 FE averages 91 FPS in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in Ultra Quality. After all, the RTX 3080 FE in Gears 5 averages 81 FPS in ultra quality.
In all three cases, the RTX 3080 FE delivers better average performance than AMD.
There's a lot we don't know and many factors can affect performance, including how test benches are configured. Since the benchmarks I examined were based on a variety of test systems, there are some discrepancies in the results.
However, it is reasonable to assume that if AMD believed that the RX 6000 could beat the RTX 3080 FE, it would do so even if it meant using an extremely high quality or unusual test bench. Instead, AMD has shown that it can't quite keep up with Nvidia when it comes to extreme high-end performance.
What does this mean for the performance of the Radeon RX 6000?
This is no surprise. AMD has struggled to beat Nvidia in terms of performance for years. So it would be a shock if AMD suddenly beat Nvidia. This is doubly true for this new generation of cards, as Nvidia's performance improvement (especially at 4K) is greater than what was speculated before its release.
On the other hand, the AMD benchmarks bring good news. They point out that AMD's best RX 6000 card doesn't lag far behind that of Nvidia's Rv 3080. It can be assumed that AMD will price its top-end card below the RTX 3080 and possibly significantly below it. AMD's RX 6900XT could prove to be more of an RTX 3070 competitor.
The test also shows that the RX 6900XT can hit 60 FPS in most games even at 4K and maximum level of detail, which of course is exactly what players who buy the card are hoping for.
A 4K / 60 FPS card at a lower price than the RTX 3080 could be an attractive offer as the RTX 3080 exceeds 4K / 60FPS in many cases. That's great for future proofing, but it does mean you need a display with 4K resolution and a high refresh rate to get the most out of the RTX 3080 today. Such monitors are both rare and expensive right now, especially if you don't plan on connecting your PC to a TV (and most PC players aren't).
We'll know more on October 28th
AMD's Radeon RX 6000 review was just a glimpse of the upcoming card's performance. We don't know much yet, including the price, the method used to support the ray tracing feature, and whether or not AMD will attempt to emulate some of Nvidia's key features like DLSS.
Even so, the RX 6000 series tease was effective in my opinion. While some Team Red fans might be disappointed that AMD is once again lagging behind Nvidia's best, the reported results are good enough to pique player interest. Depending on the price and features, the AMD RX 6900XT still has a chance at Nvidia.
The final details will be announced during a livestream on October 28th.