AMD released the world’s first 7nm consumer graphics card, the Radeon VII back in Feb, however amid shortages, most gamers couldn’t get hold of one at launch. Now, three months after launch, and a flurry of Vulkan titles where AMD cards seemed predominant, we evaluate the performance of the two high-end graphics cards and decide which one’s worth the $700. We’ll stick to only DX12 and Vulkan based games in this test for the sake of relevance:
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider was one of the first titles to support NVIDIA’s RTX technologies, including ray-traced ambient occlusion and DLSS. Despite being an aggressively marketed GeForce title,
The Division 2 (DX12)
To make it fair, we decided to throw in
Rage 2 (Vulkan)
Bethesda’s Rage 2 is the only vendor
World War Z
World War Z was one of the more disruptive Vulkan titles at the time of launch. The older 1st Gen Vega cards were able to beat the $1,200 NVIDIA flagship at a mere fraction of the price, but recent driver updates have significantly improved performance on team green’s side. At 1440p, the AMD Radeon VII is approximately 20% faster than the GeForce RTx 2080 while that delta shrinks to just a few frames at 4K. That’s an impressive comeback from NVIDIA. A while back, the Turing cards were reeling and it almost seemed like the game hated GeForce hardware.
Metro Exodus (DX12)
Metro Exodus is another GeForce title, featuring a slew of RTX tech from ray-traced AO to global illumination and DLSS. NVIDIA’s optimizations go pretty deep here, with the 2080 being more than 20% faster than the Radeon 7 at both 1440p as well as 4K. Keep in mind, this test was conducted using DX12 with all GeForce technologies turned off.
Conclusion: GeForce RTX 2080
So yeah, seems like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 is still a better buy than the Radeon VII. It was either faster than the latter in every game we tested or more or less on par with it, with the exception of World War Z where team green is promising further improvements in performance in the future. In case, you are hoping that the Navi family will save the day, then yeah, that’s not gonna happen. All the Navi GPUs will be notably slower than the Radeon VII and will compete with the GeForce RTX 2060 and 2070 instead. Cheers!
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