After the interest aroused by the launch of the Radeon RX 6000, we are all waiting to experience first hand the performance of the new AMD graphics cards, expected to release on the market on November 18, except for the top of the range – Radeon RX 6900 XT – which will arrive on December 8 at a price of $999.
As already discussed in our previous article, the company from Sunnyvale for the moment has not focused on the ray-tracing topic and, even in the recent Radeon RX 6000 benchmarks published on its website, it has not provided particular details regarding performance.
The first indications on the possible performance of the new AMD cards come from a publisher of Uniko’S Hardware who, through his Twitter profile, has unveiled some benchmarks of what seems to show how “smooth” the Radeon RX 6800 is. The tests refer to 3DMark Time Spy (Performance Mode) and Shadow of the Tomb Raider title, tested with ray-tracing enabled at 1440p and 4K resolution.
The tweet clearly refers to a 250/280W card, a feature that confirms the less powerful version of the Radeon RX 6000. The Radeon RX 6800, paired with a Ryzen 5 3500X (4.3 GHz), scored a GPU Score of 16,775 in 3DMark, a remarkable score if we think that a GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edtion stands at around 13,600/13,700 points.
R5 3500x @ 4.3 + RX 6800 SOTTR RT on 4K 46 2K 80 pic.twitter.com/LpSCn6xBGN
— PJ (@PJ_Lab_UH) October 31, 2020
The same configuration scores 80 FPS and 46 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, at 1440p and 2160p (4K) respectively, with Ray Traced Shadows Quality set to High. This result beats in principle that of a GeForce RTX 3070 or GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, provided however that DLSS is not used; In fact, by enabling Deep Learning Super Sampling, NVIDIA cards offer superior performance, especially when it comes to 4K resolution.
It is clear that AMD immediately needs its alternative to NVIDIA’s DLSS, we know it is working on it and even the top management from AMD are keen to reassure users. In fact, in the last few hours, a tweet from Frank Azor, Chief Gaming Architect of AMD, has definitively clarified that more details on ray-tracing – as well as the implementation of a new SuperSampling methodology – will be disclosed by the date of actual availability of the Radeon RX 6800.
Frank we need some questions answered about ray tracing and upsampling the raw power is phenomenal and I’m happy for ur team and as team red pc owner but is there gonna be availability
— Rafscotti (@Rafscotti1) October 29, 2020
Remember that Radeon RX 6800 will officially release on the market on November 18: Radeon RX 6800 XT with a list price of $649, Radeon RX 6800 at $579 (excluding taxes).