AMD's New GPU Comparison Tool Pits Radeon Versus GeForce With Surprising Results

AMD Radeon RX 6900 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 on a gray gradient background
AMD has released a new online GPU comparison tool and it less biased than you might think. Yes, that totally sounds like a backhanded compliment, but we don't actually mean it that way. As any fellow geek can attest, we tend to be a jaded bunch when it comes to a manufacturer's own benchmark data and claims. But in an effort for "full transparency," AMD's graphs comparing Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 30 series graphics tilt in both directions, depending on the game.

There are some nuances that we'll discuss, but at a high level overview, the comparison tool presents four pull down menus to help users compare graphics cards from both companies. They include "Game Title," "Screen Resolution," "Setting," and "API," each of which is self-explanatory.

Graph from AMD's GPU comparison tool
When you make your selections, a graph below is updated in real time with AMD's own benchmark figures, and you can toggle between "FPS" and "FPS/$" comparisons.

"All performance numbers have been generated and verified by testing in AMD internal labs," AMD explains.

There are 11 popular games to compare. Several of them are what we would consider to be 'AMD friendly' such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Resident Evil Village, and Forza Horizon 5. So you could argue that there is actually some bias in the game selections, but they don't always favor AMD over NVIDIA in the provided benchmarks.

Graph from AMD's GPU comparison tool
For example, Resident Evil Village graph with benchmarks obtained at 3840x2160, Max settings, and DX12 show show the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti beating the Radeon RX 6900 XT. Likewise, it also shows the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti beating the Radeon RX 6800 XT and the GeForce RTX 3080 edging out the Radeon RX 6800.

There are some oddities, though. In several benchmarks, AMD's data has the GeForce RTX 3090 losing to the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. We didn't observe that in our testing. It's worth noting that in the fine print, AMD says its data "may contain technical inaccuracies, omissions and typographical errors, and AMD is under no obligation to update or otherwise correct the information." That said, the numbers for the most part don't see out of whack to us, but definitely keep that in mind.

As to those nuances, the roundup of cards is not consistent across all the pull-down options. If you drop down to 1920x1080, it's a smaller selection of GPUs in the mid-range and lower end segments. To be fair, gamers considering a Radeon RX 6950 XT-tier GPU probably have higher resolution gameplay in mind, like 4K or 1440p. Still, it'd be nice if AMD fleshed those graphs out.

There's also no evaluation of ray tracing performance, which generally favors NVIDIA's GPUs, or upscaling technologies (DLSS and FSR). That means users are not getting a complete picture of performance or performance per dollar.

That's all to say, this tool is not a substitute for independent reviews with broader analysis. However, AMD deserves kudos for the level of transparency on display here, as it could have aggressively cherry picked the data to only or mostly favor its own GPUs. It didn't go in that direction.