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Leaked slide shows AMD's RX 6800 XT 1440p ray tracing performance, RTX 3080 looks to be winning this battle

The ray tracing performance on the Navi 21 is not at all bad considering this is AMD's first implementation. (Image Source: AMD)
The ray tracing performance on the Navi 21 is not at all bad considering this is AMD's first implementation. (Image Source: AMD)
Most of the previous rumors regarding the ray tracing performance of the Navi 21 GPUs are now confirmed directly via an official slide leaked ahead of the review NDAs. Yes, the RX 6800 XT appears to be slower than the RTX 3080 in select 1440p titles with DXR effects on Ultra, but it also appears to beat the RTX 2080 Ti. However, the situation should get better once AMD launches its own version of DLSS.
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The NDA lift for the RX 6000 GPU reviews is happening today, yet Videocardz somehow got its hands on the entire launch press deck including all relevant slides a full day in advance. We already knew that AMD optimized the ray tracing performance of the new Navi 21 GPUs for 1440p in particular, and one of the leaked slides clearly shows how the new GPUs deliver more than 60 fps in five select games.

AMD tested the RX 6800 XT reference model on a system powered by the new Ryzen 9 5900X coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and cranked up the DXR settings to the max (Ultra). The lowest framerates were recorded in Metro Exodus and Battlefield V, where the RX 6800 XT managed to muster 67 fps and 70 fps, respectively. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we see 82 fps, and the highest framerates were recorded in Crysis Remastered with 90 fps, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with 95 fps.

Just to put things into perspective, the Nvidia RTX 3080 running Metro Exodus in 1440p at Ultra settings with RT on scores 66 (minimum) / 98 (average) fps, while in Shadow of the Tomb Raider we see 69 / 96 fps. Alternatively, the RTX 2080 Ti scores 45 / 70 fps in Metro Exodus and 48 / 71 fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider (results provided by TechSpot). We assume AMD is showing the average framerates, so the performance seems indeed lower compared to the RTX 3080, but it is on par or even faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, which pretty much confirms the previous rumors.

It will be interesting to see how the AMD GPUs handle the performance hit at 4K. Also worth mentioning is that AMD intends to launch the FidelityFX Super Resolution technology that is similar to Nvidia’s DLSS, so we can expect improved framerates for both 1440p and 4K resolutions some time in 2021.

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AMD RX 6800 XT 1440p ray tracing performance in select games (Image Source: Videocardz)
AMD RX 6800 XT 1440p ray tracing performance in select games (Image Source: Videocardz)
Nvidia RTX 3080 ray tracing performance in Metro Exodus 1440p (Image Source: TechSpot)
Nvidia RTX 3080 ray tracing performance in Metro Exodus 1440p (Image Source: TechSpot)
Nvidia RTX 3080 ray tracing performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1440p (Image Source: TechSpot)
Nvidia RTX 3080 ray tracing performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1440p (Image Source: TechSpot)
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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-11-18 (Update: 2020-11-18)