AMD’s new GPU comparison tool makes no firm promises about performance
AMD has launched its own online GPU comparison tool. It’s a web page with drop-down menus and a dynamic graph, which is advertised as a tool to “enable consumers to choose the best GPU for their individual needs.” It includes nearly all of the latest Red Team and Green Team graphics cards, as well as 11 popular PC games, the three most popular screen resolutions, and a handful of graphics quality and API toggles. There is also some arcane legalese to read.
The best part about this tool is the huge selection of AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs, as well as all of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards. However, we note after pushing the menus and options, that AMD has decided to avoid any performance comparison charts with its Radeon RX 6500 XT or RX 6400 – even in eSports style titles at 1080p. Whether AMD intends to add them remains to be seen. The featured Nvidia GPUs run the full RTX 30-series lineup from the RTX 3090 Ti on top of the RTX 3050.
When it comes to these graphics card and gaming comparisons, the tool is a bit selective; if you go for 1080p gaming in any of the titles you’ll see low end GPUs compared, if you’re looking at 1440p or 4K gaming performance you’ll probably only see mid to high card graphics of range.
AMD’s game selection is definitely raising eyebrows. With 11 titles in the tool at the time of writing, it looks like a fair number of them are very well optimized for Radeon performance. From the start; Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Death Loop and Resident Evil Village are promoted by AMD, while Tiny Tina’s Wonderland and Fotza Horizon 5 are known to perform better on the platform. This raises issues of fairness. Some of the picks are a bit old and less popular, but some actually show GeForce cards rising to the top.
Another strong feeling we’re getting from AMD’s new GPU comparison tool is that it’s a work in progress. It’s not just the case that there aren’t many games here, and weak RDNA2’s are missing, most of the time there’s not more than one setting to choose from in the quality menu or the PLC menu.
There is notable legalese in a small font below the tool, stating that it is “for informational purposes only” and that “it may contain technical inaccuracies, omissions, and typographical errors, and AMD has no obligation to update or correct this information. So take it for what it’s worth.
Will Nvidia and Intel feel compelled to manufacture rival tools? That remains to be seen. However, we’re still proud of what many PC techs believe to be the definitive GPU comparison chart – our frequently updated 2022 GPU Benchmark and Hierarchy: Graphics Cards Ranked. As well as being jam-packed with our own independent data, there’s a summary table where you can quickly see where your card, or predicted card, sits in the performance stakes. Plus, we have plenty of detailed, multi-page GPU reviews, and independent reviews are always the best bet.