I’m still benchmarking and playing around with my new GeForce RTX 3080 – sorry folks, however, the review will be here on September 16th and we have that NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition Unboxing Article here.
But the world doesn’t stop, and especially not now that both companies are releasing their next generation graphics cards. We know a lot about the GeForce RTX 3080, and there̵
Moore’s Law is Dead is “confident” that AMD will release a new Navi 21 graphics card with performance within the range of “Spitting distance of the RTX 3080 in terms of grid performance. If AMD doesn’t “beat” the 3080, the RTX 3070 will most certainly be destroyed“.
A few more notes from MLID:
- At least in the immediate vicinity of the RTX 3080 in terms of grid performance. If AMD doesn’t “beat” the 3080, the RTX 3070 will most certainly be destroyed.
- Much more efficient than amps on originally intended watches, although they may put some models a little more in direct competition with the 3080. Even when pushed, I don’t expect these models to be power hogs.
- Potentially smaller than many people seem to expect, at least when compared to amps. The specs I was just made aware of are close to what I mistakenly assumed to be the Navi 22. This is made possible by incredible improvements in storage and bandwidth management through RDNA. It was supposed to come due with less bandwidth than NVIDIA counterparts (for the first time since before GCN).
- Offers ray tracing capabilities that outperform Turing overall but likely outperform amps.
- No confirmation of how AMD will respond to DLSS, but they “take it seriously”. The software stack is just not yet confirmed.
In previous MLID rumors, Big Navi was described as 40-50% faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti – somewhere in the range of the GeForce RTX 3080, but not quite. I also hear the new rumor of “spitting distance” performance (which, by the way, I like to use) of the GeForce RTX 3080.
But already in January 2020 I wrote a story with the heading ‘AMD Big Navi GPU: RTX 2080 Ti Killer, but loses against RTX 3080‘.
With just rasterization, sources told me that Big Navi will come close to RTX 3080 performance – but it will be the price war that will be the big one. We have no idea about the ray tracing performance, I’ve pushed every source I have and the biggest one said, “I haven’t heard from the performance in 3 months, nothing but the leaks.”
Ray tracing performance will be another great feat – maybe AMD will get great ray tracing performance with RDNA 2, but I’m sure NVIDIA will absolutely dominate in those areas (but I’m ready to be surprised again).
- forecast: AMD is very competitively priced and surprises with its high energy efficiency close to the GeForce RTX 3080. NVIDIA is returning the favor with a 20 GB version of the GeForce RTX 3080, which can keep up with the Big Navi card with 16 GB RAM.