Skip to main content

AMD RDNA 2 refresh may compete with Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti

The first synthetic benchmarks of the upcoming AMD RDNA 2 graphics cards have just leaked, and some of the tests look very promising for AMD.

According to these benchmarks, the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT may be able to compete against the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

Related Videos
Three upcoming AMD Radeon graphics cards.

We’re days away from the rumored launch of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 “RDNA 2” refresh. The lineup includes three graphics cards: The Radeon RX 6950 XT, the RX 6750 XT, and the RX 6650 XT. Although the official, undisputed performance of these graphics cards still remains to be seen, synthetic benchmarks from 3DMark leaked out, giving us a good indication of what to expect from these new AMD products.

The new AMD GPUs have been tested on a platform including the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor as well as DDR4-3600 RAM. The drivers in use were the latest Windows 10 version: 22.10-220411n. The tests include various 3DMark synthetic benchmarks, such as Fire Strike, Time Spy, Port Royal, and 3DMark 11. In some of these benchmarks, the new AMD family of cards truly shines.

All the scores come from Wccftech, and for context, the results have been compared to similar cards from Nvidia, such as the RTX 3090 Ti or the RTX 3070 Ti, as well as more budget models to rival the RX 6650 XT.

In the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark, the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT managed to beat even Nvidia’s best, the RTX 3090 Ti. The AMD card scored 22,209 in Time Spy and 10,743 in Time Spy Extreme. A heavily overclocked RTX 3090 Ti scored 22,408, which is just marginally more than the RX 6950 XT, but without the overclock, AMD actually wins out. It’s also worth noting that the RX 6950 XT had a huge lead over its predecessor, the RX 6900 XT, which scored 18,463 — however, that test was conducted on a different platform, so there could be other factors at play here too.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 refresh benchmarks.

In that same benchmark, the RX 6750 XT proved to be faster than the RTX 3070 Ti, while the budget RX 6650 XT beat Nvidia’s RTX 3060. The scores remain strong in 3DMark Fire Strike for all three cards, with the RX 6950 XT winning by a large margin over the other two.

3DMark Port Royal test is where Nvidia regains its lead due to the advanced ray-tracing cores, and the lead is quite huge here. AMD’s top RX 6950 XT falls slightly below the RTX 3080. Meanwhile, the RX 6750 XT has a comparable speed to the RTX 2080, but it falls far behind the RTX 3060 Ti. The last card in the lineup, the RX 6650 XT, beats the RTX 3050 by a hair in this test.

The confirmed specifications of the GPUs have been leaked yesterday as we’re nearing the launch. If the rumored pricing checks out, this spells great news for AMD as well as for those of us who want to buy one of the best GPUs. The reference model of the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT is supposed to be priced at around $1,100, and if it can truly match the RTX 3090 Ti, it will be a much cheaper alternative — Nvidia’s top-of-the-line GPU has an MSRP of $1,999.

Editors' Recommendations

AMD Radeon RX 7000 series: Everything we know about the RDNA 3 GPU
An AMD RX 6000 graphics card with the Radeon branding.

While many gamers are currently scoring some great discounts on the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, the next generation is already here. The Radeon RX 7000 series arrives with two graphics cards for a start: the RX 7900 XTX and the RX 7900 XT. It is a powerful upgrade that will make it even more competitive against rival Nvidia's GeForce cards.

Here's everything we know about AMD's new flagships, including our own tests that show how they compare to Nvidia's RTX 4080 and RTX 4090.
Release date

Read more
Gigabyte may have accidentally leaked Nvidia’s plans for the RTX 4080 12GB
Gigabyte's RTX 3090 Ti up close.

A new leak shows that Gigabyte is readying some new graphics cards, and both AMD and Nvidia fans have something to look forward to.

It seems that Gigabyte may have inadvertently confirmed previous rumors about Nvidia's plans in regard to the "unlaunched" RTX 4080 12GB.

Read more
AMD rips melting RTX 4090 adapter as Nvidia faces down class-action lawsuit
A hand grabbing MSI's RTX 4090 Suprim X.

AMD took another jab at Nvidia's issues with melting 12-pin connectors following a dig Team Red made during its RX 7900 XTX announcement. It's not uncommon for AMD and Nvidia to spar during new product announcements, but this is happening under different circumstances. Nvidia is facing down a potential class-action lawsuit over the melting power connector.

Sasa Marinkovic, senior director of gaming marketing at AMD, tweeted: "Stay safe this holiday season" with an image of the dual 8-pin connectors on the upcoming RX 7900 XTX GPU. AMD made a similar comment when that GPU was announced on November 3, with AMD's Scott Herkalman saying "there’s no need for a new power adapter" for the card with a figurative smile and wink.

Read more