AMD’s new tool compares its GPUs to Nvidia, with a catch

AMD has just launched its new GPU Comparison Tool, which aims to be a quick and easy way to determine which graphics card is best for you based on your gaming needs.

The tool gives you insight into the performance of almost all the best GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. However, a closer look at the tool raises questions about how legit it is.

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AMD’s new tool is easy to navigate and free to use, so you can try it out if you want to see the results for yourself. It’s simple: choose the game that interests you from a list of 11 titles, then choose the settings that best suit your ideal gaming scenario. You can choose between one of the three most popular screen resolutions (1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160), as well as the game settings and API used in the test. Then, based on AMD’s internal testing in its own labs, the tool will tell you which GPU is best for that given scenario.

The idea itself is pretty good. Many users don’t want to dig deep into benchmarks and just want to know if a particular graphics card will excel in a particular game (or several). Since the feature is easy to find, it seems like a winner for AMD – except there’s a catch. Or maybe even a couple.

The first catch shouldn’t come as a surprise – the tool seems skewed to favor AMD over Nvidia. It’s not that the benchmark results lie, it’s that the games AMD picked were just the right titles to make its own GPUs look good. Resident Evil Village, Deathloop, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are all AMD-promoted games, and as noted by Tom’s Hardware, Tiny Tina’s Wonderland and Forza Horizon 5 tend to shine when played on an AMD GPU. There are also some other more “neutral” games on the list, such as Valorant and Fortnite.

If we take Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as an example, AMD wins in every single test. Only one setting option is available (ultra-high), but there are three resolutions and AMD wins in all of them. In Tiny Tina’s, AMD only surrenders to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti in the 4K gaming test and triumphs in the other two. There are certainly other cases where Nvidia wins the test, such as in Valorant in 3840 x 2160, but AMD seems to be superior in most benchmarks.

It’s also interesting that AMD didn’t include its low-end GPUs in the tests. The (less-than-great) Radeon RX 6500 XT and the RX 6400 are both missing from the charts, though in some esports comparisons they could very well earn a mention alongside the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050. Instead, AMD moves right past the Radeon RX 6600.

Was this a deliberate omission or just a mistake in a still very new tool? Hard to say. It’s worth noting that the tool itself is still quite limited for what AMD seems to be trying to do. Most games only have one setting option, so realistically you only change the games and the screen resolution. The tool can also add more games to provide a more comprehensive view of the GPU’s performance.

Over time AMD will hopefully update the tool with more benchmarks, as well as more titles and game settings. Right now it’s more of a promotional tool than anything else, but it has so much potential that AMD could exploit if it’s not afraid to make realistic comparisons between its own GPUs and Nvidia’s. For now, make sure to trust independent benchmarks and reviews if you’re looking to buy a new graphics card now that prices are dropping fast.

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