Enthusiasts and tech publications are calling NVIDIA and AMD out for publishing weird benchmarks that seem either unnecessary or, worse, make their newer products seem underwhelming compared to their predecessors.
NVIDIA, for one, decided to update its landing page for the GeForce RTX 3050 with benchmarks that pit the new budget option against the GeForce GTX 1650 and GeForce GTX 1050, two older graphics cards that were initially released in April 2019 and October 2016, respectively. Naturally, the benchmarks confirm that the new GeForce RTX 3050 blows away its older siblings, particularly when ray tracing is thrown into the mix.
AMD’s marketing department also did something odd with one of its most recently announced graphics solutions. As spotted by Hardwareluxx editor Andreas Schilling, red team has published first-party benchmarks comparing its new Radeon Pro W6400, a desktop graphics card designed for mainstream workstation usage, with a Radeon Pro WX 3200.
The benchmarks that red team shared suggest that the new Radeon Pro W6400 may be underwhelming for users who were expecting a substantial leap in performance; it is merely “comparable” in some respects, according to the company’s own verbiage. AMD launched the Radeon Pro WX 3200 in July 2019.
This is how the comparison of a new graphics card looks in 2022. AMD compares here against a Radeon Pro WX 3200 from July 2019! Comparable?!?!? WTF? pic.twitter.com/NXNRMSh6La— Andreas Schilling (@aschilling) January 19, 2022