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NVIDIA should worry: The AMD Radeon VII is faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 according to leaked 3DMark results

Sapphire AMD Radeon VII video card (Source: VideoCardz)
Sapphire AMD Radeon VII video card (Source: VideoCardz)
Although it cannot match the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 in Final Fantasy 15 — a title that features some technologies exclusive to the RTX series — the AMD Radeon VII appears to be a much better choice for 4K gaming, scoring higher than its competitor in the Fire Strike Ultra benchmark. The Radeon VII will hit the market on February 7.

The AMD Radeon VII is on its way and, as usual, the first review samples have already reached the parties usually involved in providing the first independent evaluations. Obviously, the first benchmark results have started to show up as well, and it seems like the Radeon VII will be an excellent alternative to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, especially in 4K scenarios.

Without further ado, these are the Fire Strike 1.1 scores achieved by the AMD Radeon VII:

In the Performance preset, the Graphics Score achieved by the Radeon VII is 27,587, while custom factory-overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 cards can score 26,800. The NVIDIA card gets a beating when using the Ultra preset as well: 6,782 and 6,871 points (Graphics Score with the aforementioned Intel and AMD processors) for the Radeon VII versus 6,430 for the GeForce RTX 2080.

However, all the above does not mean there will be no reason for gamers to buy the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 anymore once the Radeon VII hits the market. In Final Fantasy 15, the Radeon VII is slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and slightly faster than the GeForce RTX 2070 at 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and Standard Quality, but things get even worse for it when using the High Quality preset: AMD's card is slower than the Quadro P500 and faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

Until more benchmarks show up, the upcoming AMD Radeon VII looks like a great GeForce RTX 2080 alternative. Sadly, there will be no custom models at launch next month. However, such designs will show up in May at Computex or later, according to the insiders who talked to VideoCardz about this. Once that happens and the drivers receive more optimizations and tweaks, NVIDIA might have a serious problem — if AMD prices the card right and can keep up with the demand, of course.

AMD Radeon VII Fire Strike 1.1 benchmark results with AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor (Source: 3DMark)
AMD Radeon VII Fire Strike 1.1 benchmark results with AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor (Source: 3DMark)
AMD Radeon VII FF15 HQ benchmark result (Source: VideoCardz)
AMD Radeon VII FF15 HQ benchmark result (Source: VideoCardz)
ASUS Radeon VII video card retail package (Source: VideoCardz)
ASUS Radeon VII video card retail package (Source: VideoCardz)
MSI Radeon VII video card retail package (Source: VideoCardz)
MSI Radeon VII video card retail package (Source: VideoCardz)

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-01-31 (Update: 2019-01-31)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.