While AMD gave us a few hand-picked benchmarks that showed how the Radeon VII performs against the Radeon RX Vega 64 and the GeForce RTX 2080 when it first announced the card earlier this week, benchmark figures for roughly two dozen games were hidden in plain sight.
Benchmarks for many popular games were included in the footnotes section of AMD's press release and are presented in the chart below:
As you can see, the Radeon VII is faster across the board than its predecessor, and by a large margin in most cases. On average, the Radeon VII is putting up scores that are roughly 29 percent faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64. As for the outliers, the difference between the two generations of graphics cards is just 7.46 percent in Hitman 2, but is a whopping 68.35 percent in Fallout 76 (45.5 fps versus 76.6 fps). However, we must take this manufacturer-supplied benchmarks with a grain of salt. We'll wait until the card is sitting on our workbench before we make any final judgements.
While the Radeon VII will be AMD's most potent gaming card when it is released on February 7th at a price of $699, its performance will be comparable to that of a GeForce RTX 2080. The pricier GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will likely outgun it in most situations.
There's also the consideration that gamers will have to take into account about real-time ray tracing support. This hardware-accelerated feature is included on NVIDIA's GeForce RTX hardware, but is missing on the Radeon VII. However, according to AMD CEO Lisa Su, it the company is currently in "deep development" on DirectX Ray Tracing support for future Radeon graphics cards.
With that being said, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang is unimpressed with the performance of the Radeon VII. Speaking with press this week at CES, Huang said, "The performance is lousy and there's nothing new. No ray tracing, no AI. It's 7 nanometers with HBM memory that barely keeps up with a 2080. And if we turn on DLSS we'll crush it. And if we turn on ray tracing we'll crush it."
"It's a weird launch... maybe they thought about it this morning," Huang said jokingly to the crowd.
For her part, Lisa Su was diplomatic in her response, stating, "What I would say is that we're very excited about Radeon VII, and I would probably suggest that he hasn't seen it yet."
The one pressing question on our minds, however, is what did Jensen think of Lisa's leather jacket?