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 - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    i bet that will make all those that have already bought these cards happy.......................
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    That happens every generation.
  • Qasar - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    but so soon between releases ? doubtful, there is usualy a good 6 months in between, not 2 :-)
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 12, 2020 - link

    They're already deep into rationalising a deeply ill-advised early purchase, nothing's gonna change on that front. Never has, never will.
  • Beaver M. - Sunday, October 11, 2020 - link

    Eh... You do know the difference between VRAM size and GPU/VRAM performance, do you?
  • GruntboyX - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Well hopefully it’s good enough to cool demand enough to allow nvidia to catch up supply and reduce the scalping
  • Botched1 - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Seems like it is kind of a moot point... Since I can't actually BUY a 3080 or 3090, it really doesn't matter how fast it is now does it?

    If I can actually BUY an RX 6000 when released, I guess that's what I'm going to get. Slower or not.
  • quadibloc - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    "Aiming for 3080" with a question mark? Surely if AMD doesn't manage, on October 28th, to announce GPUs which at least approach performance parity to the 3080 and even the 3090, they would be in trouble? Of course, if they stick to the lower end of the market, but offer superior value there, they can certainly stay in business.
  • Smell This - Monday, October 19, 2020 - link

    Raising that bar, Bubba?

    AMD will be fine as long as they price it right and run some enterprise software on it
  • shabby - Friday, October 9, 2020 - link

    Watch Nvidia ramp up production of their cards otherwise amd will gobble up their lost sales.

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