AMD is set to release its next generation of GPUs at the end of October, but we may already have the first glimpse of how the RDNA 2 graphics cards will perform.
Noted leaker rogame and a hardware tipster known as APISAK both posted results from the Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation benchmark. These results showcase various flavors of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but tucked away in the list is an unnamed AMD Radeon GPU that trades blows with the stock RTX 2080 Ti.
The AMD Radeon GPU scored 63.9 FPS in the game’s benchmark at 4K with Crazy (highest) settings. This puts it about 35% ahead of a stock Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and roughly on par with a stock Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Overclocked 2080 Ti cards still have a sizeable lead (~15-20%) over the AMD GPU. It is unknown whether or not the AMD card was overclocked in this benchmark.
The unnamed GPU scored about 20-25% higher than AMD’s current flagship GPU, the Radeon RX 5700 XT.
If this is indeed Big Navi, this performance is a double-edged sword for AMD. On one hand, AMD’s Radeon cards are typically priced lower than Nvidia’s; the Radeon RX 5700 XT was priced at US$400 at launch. A GPU with the performance of an RTX 2080 Ti (which started at $1000 upon release) but the price of a Radeon RX 5700 XT would likely sell well, especially with the upper mid-range crowd and value hunters.
On the other hand, a recent leak showed the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 hitting 98 FPS in the same benchmark (Ashes of the Singularity, 4K, Crazy), which would put it about 55% ahead of the alleged AMD Radeon 6000 GPU. If this is indeed AMD’s top-of-the-line GPU, the gap between the two rivals’ flagship cards will be wider. AMD will need to focus on price-to-performance to win any part of the market. That seems to AMD’s forte.
Of course, take these numbers with a quarry’s worth of salt. These are leaks, and they are unverified. At this time, we don’t even know where this alleged Radeon GPU sits in AMD’s stack. It’s equally likely for this GPU to be either AMD’s top-tier card or bottom-of-the-barrel entry-level GPU. The point is that we don’t know yet. Judgement should be reserved until October 28, when AMD officially releases its RDNA 2 GPUs.