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First Possible Radeon RX 490 Gaming Benchmarks Suggest GTX 1080 Beating Performance
By Jon Sutton on December 4th, 2016 at 04:30pm - original article from game-debate

What could well be the first ever gaming benchmark for the AMD Radeon RX 490 has popped up in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database, suggesting the Radeon RX 490 could be at least on par with a premium GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.

A benchmark result from a user called Ceaj has been performed using an unnamed graphics card, codenamed 687F:C1. It pulls in a total score of 8,400 in Ashes of the Singularity’s DirectX 12 benchmark, making it the 131st highest score of all time. This puts the RX 490 right in the mix with high-end GTX 1080’s. The score has since been deleted, suggesting whoever was responsible for the snafu has whipped it off in the hope nobody noticed.

Ashes of the Singularity RX 490 Benchmar

If the benchmark is real, and this is indeed a Radeon RX 490, then AMD could have quite a beast on its hands. There’s no way to tell whether this is just running at stock clocks either. If it is then we could have a GTX 1080 killer on our hands, at least in terms of performance.

The last big question then is one of price. The GTX 1080 is a little pricey and can usually be had for somewhere in the region of £600 - £700 / $600-700. With similar performance we know AMD is going to have to undercut the GTX 1080 in order to stand a chance, but choose how much is Team Red willing (or able) to chop off the price point. We’ll have to wait and see but with any luck the Radeon RX 490 is going to have some sort of presence at CES 2017 in January.