Cutting corners: AMD claims that their upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs are on average faster than their Nvidia counterparts, and they’re more than willing to back up that data with their own … raw data. That means AMD can paint RX 6000 GPUs on their best possible light, choose popular games likely to have been optimized at the driver level, and benchmark with stream processors. Ryzen 5000, supposedly powers them up by turning on Smart Access Memory.
In case you’re living under a rock: the Radeon RX 6000 series is AMD’s response to Nvidia’s RTX 3000 graphics processor. Specifically, the RX 6900 XT ($ 999) targets the RTX 3090 ($ 1,500), the RX 6800 XT ($ 650) targets the RTX 3080 ($ 700), and the RX 6800 ($ 580) targets the RTX 3070 ($ 500).
In addition to the benchmarks AMD put in place during the card launch, AMD posted new more detailed benchmarks they ran indoors using the following games: Battlefield V, Borderlands 3, CoD: Modern Warfare , The Division 2, Doom Eternal, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Resident Evil 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Wolfenstein Youngblood. A total of 10 games are running at 1440p and 2160p at the highest quality presets. They include RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 2080 Ti for comparison and all those results are posted on AMD’s website.
We’ll be testing Ryzen 5000 CPUs next week, as well as the new Radeons when they become available in late November and December. Meanwhile, AMD’s test bench uses the unreleased Ryzen 9 5900X and 16GB 3200 MHz memory. The processor’s unique Smart Access Memory feature has been activated, reportedly increasing the overall system performance by sharing resources between the processor and the graphics card.
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|RX 6900 XT||RX 6800 XT||RX 6800||RTX 3090||RTX 3080||RTX 2080 Ti|
For the data itself. These are bold claims from AMD, although again, they’re using a specific test tape that might prioritize their GPUs to be unbalanced but that doesn’t make the test or the results fail. exactly.
At an average speed of 1440p, the RX 6900 XT seems to beat the RTX 3090 by 7%. The RX 6800 XT is 9% faster than the RTX 3080, and the RX 6800 outpaces the RTX 2080 Ti (roughly equivalent to the RTX 3070) by 19%.
In the 4K benchmark, margins are a bit tighter. The RX 6900 XT beats the RTX 3090 3 percent, the RX 6800 XT is only 4 percent faster than the RTX 3080, and the RX 6800 can easily beat the RTX 2080 Ti 15 percent.
There are a few other interesting results that the average doesn’t reveal:
- Although the RX 6900 XT is the average fastest card, it beats the RTX 3090 in just half the games.
- Forza Horizon 4 and Battlefield V endorsed the AMD card more overwhelmingly. In both titles, at 1440p, AMD’s cards came first, second, and third.
- The only time the RTX 3080 can beat the RX 6900 XT was in The Division 2 at 4K.
- The RTX 2080 Ti ranks last in all benchmarks. The performance of this GPU is close to that of the new $ 500 RTX 3070.
While it’s impossible to draw exact conclusions until there are reviews, it seems that choosing the best graphics card will depend on the game you play and whether you put some value on ray tracing. no (AMD hasn’t talked much about ray tracing performance yet), DLSS, or features like Smart Access Memory.
Overall, AMD’s Big Navi GPUs look impressive on paper, and we can only be delighted to let them compete directly with the best of Nvidia once again.