Discrete GPU Gaming Tests

1080p Max with RTX 2080 Ti

The last generation flagship GPU might be considered a bit overkill for 1080p gaming, however when we start cranking up settings, we end up crossing the realm from high refresh rate gaming down to regular gaming, and the CPU can end up being the bottleneck here. It provides an interesting set of results.

A full list of results at various resolutions and settings can be found in our Benchmark Database.

(a-4) Chernobylite - 1080p Max - Average FPS

Generation on generation, we're getting a small bump in Chernobylite.

(b-7) Civilization VI - 1080p Max - Average FPS(b-8) Civilization VI - 1080p Max - 95th Percentile

One of the critical elements here is that Civilization 6 likes the Zen 3 cores, but only when there's enough L3 cache to go around.

(c-7) Deus Ex MD - 1080p Max - Average FPS(c-8) Deus Ex MD - 1080p Max - 95th Percentile

Deus Ex gets a sizeable uplift with the new APUs over the previous generation.

(d-4) Final Fantasy 14 - 1080p Max - Average FPS

144 Hz on Final Fantasy 14, these chips are ready.

(h-7) F1 2019 - 1080p Ultra - Average FPS(h-8) F1 2019 - 1080p Ultra - 95th Percentile

F1 2019 is a game that enjoys the Zen 3 change as well.

(i-7) Far Cry 5 - 1080p Ultra - Average FPS(i-8) Far Cry 5 - 1080p Ultra - 95th Percentile

(l-7) Red Dead 2 - 1080p Max - Average FPS(l-8) Red Dead 2 - 1080p Max - 95th Percentile

CPU Tests: Synthetic and SPEC Discrete GPU Gaming Tests: 4K with RTX 2080 Ti


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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - link

    "What makes these ones different this time around is that Intel is cutting the Ryzen 3 from retail,"

    AND here, not Intel.
  • dwillmore - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - link

    And they use Zen3 *processors*, not graphics. Reply
  • Rudde - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - link

    “As it stands, these two new processors at retail fill out Intel’s retail offerings, at least down to $259.”
    Again, it is AMD's retail offerings.
  • at_clucks - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - link

    Intel features prominently at the forefront of Ian's conscious mind. :) Reply
  • abufrejoval - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - link

    I thought that was pretty funny, but after so many years of reviewing CPUs perhaps it does become a bit tiresome.

    This chips would have made a huge wave two years ago and still received raving reviews a year ago.

    Today it's still excellent, but no longer that exciting.

    Good value, through.
  • nandnandnand - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - link

    Vega is showing its age. We all know the next big APU is Rembrandt with RDNA 2 graphics. After that, maybe Strix Point (rumored big/little). Reply
  • vlad42 - Thursday, August 5, 2021 - link

    Rembrandt will most likely use RDNA1 as AMD just recently submitted drivers to the Linux kernel for a new RDNA1 based APU. It is unlikely they are planning to release another APU given we have not heard any rumors to that effect. Though I would love to be wrong! Reply
  • nandnandnand - Thursday, August 5, 2021 - link

    No, it will use RDNA 2, just like Van Gogh (Steam Deck). That RDNA 1 APU is probably some embedded part. Reply
  • vlad42 - Thursday, August 5, 2021 - link

    I have seen no indication of such a part from the roadmaps AMD has presented in the shareholder meetings. Every official roadmap has shown Van Gogh, Rembrandt and if I remember correctly, some other iteration of Renoir/Lucienne. Given that every previous embedded chip has just been a variation of the laptop/desktop SKUs, it is highly unlikely they would hide the existence of a new dedicated embedded chip from investors (they can get sued over that!).

    I guess it could be a semicustom part where the customer wants open source Linux drivers?

    Remember how all the late stage rumors claimed Renoir and then Cezanne would use RDNA1, while the early rumors for both claimed Vega? New rumors that pop up in the months leading up to a new chip launch claiming radical technology changes from previous rumors, such as a change in GPU architecture, are normally wrong/bogus.

    It seems more realistic to temper expectations and assume Rembrandt will use RDNA1 given the driver submission, fact that all early rumors suggested so, and that it is the only other APU we know of that is releasing in the near future.
  • vlad42 - Thursday, August 5, 2021 - link

    Just saw your post down below. I must have missed that Yellow Carp was for an APU as well. For some reason, I thought it was for the entry level discrete market.

    Maybe I missed that there is a new embedded market chip (it's not like they get much news coverage) or it is a semicustom part like I suggested above. It seems too early for Yellow Carp to be for the Zen4 based APUs unless they are coming sooner than we think or AMD is starting to upstream driver work earlier.

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