NVIDIA IS DOING ITS BEST to be a thorn in AMD's side, and it looks like Team Green's supposedly upcoming GeForce GTX 1650 will outperform Team Red's Radeon RX 570.
The benchmark leak, flagged by serial leaker APISAK, shows the as-yet-unconfirmed GTX 1650 beating the RX 570 in the Final Fantasy XV performance test.
That means when the GTX 1650 is released on 22 April, according to VideoCardz, AMD's champion budget 1080p-orientated graphic card could be facing off against fresh competition.
Thanks to Nvidia's Turing architecture found in its high-end and highly expensive 20-series graphics cards, albeit without features such as ray-tracing and deep learning supersampling, Team Green now has a selection of budget to mid-range GPUs.
The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, for example, has been kicking out some solid performance at 1080p and 1440p resolutions at a price of around £250; that's just a little more than the Radeon RX 590, which from the benchmarks we've seen gets pipped to the performance post by the GTX 1660 Ti.
AMD has the older RX 580, which offers a nice balance of 1080p performance for wallet-friendly prices. But Nvidia now has the GTX 1660, which seems like a direct competitor to AMD's card, only built on more modern architecture.
As such, it looks like AMD's champion budget card is the RX 570, but now Nvidia looks poised to release its own card that'll butt heads with Team Red's card. And with the performance gains the Turing architecture appears to be offering, Nvidia looks likely to come out on top.
That being said, don't be surprised if AMD aggressively slashes the prices of its Radeon RX series prices to push the bang-for-buck its card could offer in the face of fresh Nvidia competition.
We'd need to see solid benchmarks and other details, but it looks like Nvidia has AMD on the ropes.
AMD is soon set to debut its next-generation Navi GPU architecture, which could see it knock out graphics cards that come loaded with performance and efficiency gains but still maintain AMD's competitive pricing.
One of the more interesting things about Nvidia taking Turing and packaging it into more affordable boards is that it could do the same with laptop-grade GPUs. Currently, access to Turing GPUs in laptops means opting for an eye-watering expensive gaming laptop; even machines with a GeForce RTX 2060 are very expensive.
So laptop takes on the GTX 1660 and GTX 1650 could mean bringing the performance of the Turing architecture to machines like the Dell XPS 15, only without the prohibitively high price tags. For people who like gaming chops to be slotted into their everyday laptops, this could be quite the tantalising prospect.
But we'll have to wait and see what Nvidia does next. µ
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