China has been working for years to stand out in the high-end computing sector. We are talking about processors and graphics cards that can compete with western equipment. With its latest release it can be confirmed that it is still light years away.
As you well know, NVIDIA and AMD are prohibited from sending the latest generation processors and graphics cards to China, due to bans and economic blockades. The two giants have been in this fight for decades where nobody wins. Even so, the US is in a privileged position.
For this reason, in China they have been working for a few years to catch up with their American counterparts. At least from a computer point of view. The goal is to compete with AMD and NVIDIA. Their latest graphics card shows that they are still far behind.
The new GPU from Moore Threads, a Chinese computer company, is the first graphics card with PCIe 5.0 support and expectations were high. The GPU, called MTT S80, is focused on gaming and has just hit the market this same week.
And the first comparative analyzes show that it is competitive with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and consumes 100 W at idle. Bad for the consumption and very bad for the poor performance of the GPU.
A graphics card that is five years late
Of course, the GPU architecture is still being fine-tuned for gaming. So for now, only games that use the DirectX 11 API are compatible with the MTT S80. The MTT S80 GPU has 14.4 TFLOPs, which should put it between an NVIDIA RTX 3060 and an RTX 3060 Ti.
This chip has 4096 cores running at 1.8 GHz and are based on architecture MUSA (MT Unified System Architecture) of the company. The card has 448 GB/s of bandwidth and 16 GB of GDDR6 with a 256-bit interface. The MTT S80 is already available for pre-purchase in China for around 350 euros.
As it is sold with a dedicated motherboard, the price may be higher than the cost of the graphics card itself. The motherboard is the Asus TUF Gaming B660M-Plus D4, which if we subtract its price in China we would have the GPU is worth 230 euros.
This is the second GPU in the MTT S series. The first, the S60, came out earlier this year and had much lower specs. It was only getting 6 TFLOPs, which is less than half of the new GPU.
Tests show that the MTT S80 can deliver 100+ FPS in competitive games set to 1080px with graphics set to Low:
CS:GO: 213 FPS League of Legends: 144 FPS Crossfire: 180 FPS Diablo 3: 100 FPS Minecraft: 56 FPS
In all synthetic benchmarks, the MTT S80 GPU does much worse than the RTX 3060. Compared to the RTX 3060, the GPU is 176% better in pixel filtering and twice as good in the texture test in 3DMark 2006 (DX9).
Overall, the Moore Threads GPU lags far behind the RTX 3060. At Unigine Valley, the MTT S80 performs as well as a GTX 1060, GTX 970, or Radeon RX 480. All of them from 2015 and 2016.
The strangest thing is that graphics card consumes 114.6 W of power when not in use. And in full work it reaches 240 W. All this makes it clear to us that in China they have to continue working if they want to offer a GPU that can compete with Western solutions.