AMD says its GPUs beat Nvidia in performance per dollar • The Register


As a slowdown in PC sales drives graphics card prices down, AMD hopes to win over the market’s remaining buyers with a bold new claim that its latest Radeon cards offer better performance for the dollar than the newer GeForce cards. from Nvidia.

In a image tweeted monday by AMD’s top gaming official, the chip designer says its Radeon RX 6000 line of cards offer better performance per dollar than competing cards from Nvidia, with all but two of the ten cards listed offering percentage advantages two digits. AMD also claims to provide better performance for each card’s power requirement in all but two cards.

There are some important caveats to the claims. For one thing, AMD based its performance-per-dollar claim on two variables: average frames per second (FPS) across nine games across multiple resolutions, and the lowest prices listed on for AMD Radeon cards and Nvidia GeForce cards from May 10.

This means that mileage may vary depending on the game, the desired resolution of the game, and the cost of graphics cards at any given time. Performance per dollar can be a useful way to measure things, especially for people on a budget, it’s just that variables can be moving targets, especially as AMD and Nvidia do continuous optimizations with softwares.

We want AMD to share the footnote referenced in the image that details how the comparisons were made so anyone can properly review the claims. The register only learned that AMD used nine games to determine average FPS after asking a company spokesperson.

AMD’s argument

With that out of the way, here are the takeaways from AMD’s claims.

The chip designer claims its flagship Radeon RX 6950 XT, with a retail price of $1,100, an average FPS of 105 and 335 watts, offers 80% better performance per dollar and 22% better performance per watt than Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090, which had a retail price of $1,700. price, an average FPS of 91 and 350 watts. It’s important to note that AMD doesn’t have a comparable option for Nvidia’s flagship GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

Further down the list, AMD says Radeon’s performance-per-dollar advantage over Nvidia’s competing GeForce cards ranged from 6% to 89%. Only two cards had advantages in single-digit percentages while the others were in double-digit percentages.

When it comes to performance per watt of cards below the Radeon RX 6950 XT, AMD says seven of the nine cards had advantages in the double-digit percentages. The other two, the Radeon 6750 XT and the Radeon 6500 XT, had no performance-per-watt advantages.

When asked for comment, an Nvidia spokesperson sent The register a link to a tuesday post from hardware test equipment Igor’s Lab, which used measuring instruments to find that the power consumption of three Radeon 6000 XT cards is significantly higher than the software indicates.

Frank Azor, the AMD gaming chief who tweeted Radeon’s claims, cast the chip designer’s alleged superiority over Nvidia as a reflection of growing competition in the GPU market, which Nvidia has dominated for years, in computers. desktops and other segments, such as servers.

The market will become even more competitive later this year when Intel succeeds in making its Arc GPUs widely available. The x86 giant admitted last week that it was experiencing delays in rolling out its first gaming GPUs due to COVID-19 lockdowns and “software readiness” issues, promising wider availability in the second half. ®

Boot Note

AMD says the nine games used to determine the average FPS of each graphics card were: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, F1 2021, Forza Horizon 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Far Cry 6, Shadow of the Tomb Raider , and Watch Dogs Legion.


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