AMD throws shade at Nvidia RTX 4080 while boasting

AMD's incoming RX 7900 XTX graphics card has been spotted in leaked benchmarks that put the performance of the flagship RDNA 3 in the same ballpark as the RTX 4080, and since Team Red's GPU is a bit cheaper, that it might worry Nvidia.

As spotted by Tom's Hardware (opens in a new tab), Benchleaks, which is a regular source of Twitter benchmark leaks, picked up the Geekbench results for the RX 7900 XTX (add your own spice, as with all leaks).

[GB5 GPU] Unknown GPUCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X (8C 16T)Min/Max/Avg: 5245/5443/5417 MHzCodename: RaphaelCPUID: A60F12 (AMD Genuine)GPU: Radeon RX 7900 XTXAPI: VulkanScore: 179579, +71.5% vs RTX 3070https://t.co/mkOspAbgFC December 5, 2022

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As you can see above, in the Vulkan benchmark for Geekbench 5, the 7900 XTX scored 179. That's only slightly faster than the RTX 579, which, as Tom points out, averaged 4080 across a series of benchmark scores. users discovered by our sister site. .

The other shared result is for the OpenCL test (opens in a new tab), where the 7900 XTX achieves 228, but in this case the RTX 647 beats it somewhat with an average result of 4080.

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Looking at these results, then, the Vulkan score certainly seems to support the claim AMD made in its pre-launch marketing: that the 7900 XTX is equal to the RTX 4080. In fact, it's absolutely neck and neck on this benchmark ( Technically, the flagship RDNA 3 is just under a percentage point faster, but that won't make much of a difference.)

On the other hand, the OpenCL benchmark sees Nvidia's RTX 4080 open up a 15% lead, which is certainly more noticeable. Not that we should get carried away with pre-launch benchmarking, of course, regardless of your inclinations, and speaking of preview, AMD's drivers aren't quite ready yet either. And Geekbench is far from the strongest benchmark player on the gaming front, so we need to take that into account, in addition to everything else.

Still, this is a clear suggestion that the RX 7900 XTX will be able to successfully compete with the RTX 4080 and take on Nvidia's more expensive second-tier Lovelace GPU.

This is where it gets really interesting, diving into another part of rumor town, where we heard reports that Nvidia might drop the price of the RTX 4080 in mid-December, when the 7900 XTX (and 7900 XT) will be on sale. sale. As we discussed recently, this sounds a lot like a counter to AMD's RDNA 3 release, as the 7900 XTX is much cheaper than the RTX 4080 (MSRP is $999 in the US, up from $1,199). ).

Sources of the RTX 4080 price cut rumor claim that Nvidia isn't reacting to AMD, but simply wants to adjust the overall value proposition — that crucial price/performance ratio of the 4080 — to drive lackluster sales, and there's no question. that a truth there. . Of course, the RTX 4080 underperformed greatly in terms of sales compared to the leaked numbers we saw (the RTX 4090 sold far more units), and the 4080 suffered an unpopular reception, to say the least.

So Nvidia needs to act, but the timing of the price drop coinciding almost directly with AMD's launch of its new RDNA 3 GPUs is surely no coincidence. It's not much of a leap to theorize that Nvidia may be taking AMD's next-gen flagship seriously as a full-fledged rival to the RTX 4080 in light of all this.

Either way, we can only hope that a more competitively priced RTX 4080 will battle the 7900 XTX, as that would obviously be good news for avid consumers considering spending around a thousand bucks on a graphics card.

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