Man, AMD is on the roll. It was only a few years ago that the company decided to thwart related ambiguities in areas dominated by Intel and Nvidia. Now in 2020, the company is conducting business in two different markets with its heavyweight competitors. For example: The company today unveiled the Radian RX6000 series, which is really challenging and cost effective to Nvidia’s RTX3000 cards – and will potentially save you some money.
That’s no small feat, given the fact that AMD was behind the previous pay generation and Nvidia’s new cards are the biggest pay generation jumps ever. However, considering the performance metrics of AMD, the RX 6800 ($ 579), 6800 XT (9649), and 6900 XT (9999) RTX 3070 ($ 500), 3080 ($ 700) and 3090 ($ 1,500) Offers real competition. Respectively. The RX 6900 XT in particular looks like a fantastic deal.
AMD offers its new RDNA2 technology that doubles the performance of previous payloads while drawing approximately the same power (and less than the Nvidia equivalent). This is despite the fact that the company is using the same 7-nanometer transistor size as its previous cards.
One source of improvement is something called “infinite cache”, which requires 128MB of irregular workloads to reduce latency in GPU processing. The company has not provided many specifications on how this benefit is achieved, but hey, we’ll take them.
Ray-tracing has been a big part of Nvidia’s graphics for the past few years, so newer cards support DirectX retracing on each computing unit rather than software-based retracing. The cards also support AMD’s FidelityFX, an open source toolkit for developers to easily add high quality lighting effects.
Variable rate shading, for example, allows developers to spend less processing resources on those areas of the image that are not so important, when a cleaner should create a denizer for re-tracing lighting. It also has something called ‘Super Resolution’, which seems to be the company’s analogue for Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling technology for G.
AMD also has a subtle advantage: its technology is used in the PS5 and Xbox series. Which should give the company a leg-up on cross-platform titles.
Here are some slides that AMDA has compared to its cards compared to Nvidia. Its potential AMDA has chosen games where its cards will be more showy, but nonetheless those cards are impressive to go to-to-toe. Here is the RX 6800 against the RTX 2080 TI, which is roughly equivalent to the RTX 3070:
Here’s how the RX6800 XTA compares to the RTX 3080. In this chart, AMD also shows something called ‘smart access access memory’, proprietary technology to allow a computer running the latest Raizen processors to directly access GPUs memory:
And finally, here is the RX 6900 compared to the RTX 3090:
This is the first time in a long time that Red has a flagship graphics card in the team that is completely identical to Nvidia’s – while apparently drawing even less power.
Although the pudding is in pudding, we will learn more after the cards can be benchmarked by independent users and publications. The RX 6800 and 6800 XT will launch on November 18, while the 6900 XT will arrive on December 8.
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October October 29, 2020 – 02:13 UTC Published