Earlier on we discussed the announcement of this GPU series, Moore Threads, a Chinese company, has released the first graphics card with PCIe 5.0 support. The MTT S80 gaming GPU just came out this week, and early benchmarks show it to be competitive with the GeForce GTX 1060.
Of course, the GPU architecture is still being tweaked for gaming. So, right now, only games that use the DirectX 11 API are compatible with the MTT S80. The MTT S80 GPU has 14.4 TFLOPs, which is theoretically somewhere between a GeForce RTX 3060 and an RTX 3060 Ti. This chip has 4096 cores that run at 1.8 GHz and are based on the company's MUSA (MT Unified System Architecture) architecture. 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-order in China for RMB 2,999, which is about $421. Since it is sold with a motherboard, the price may be higher than what the graphics card costs. Asus TUF Gaming B660M-Plus D4, which costs RMB 1,029. This leaves RMB 1,970 (US$276) for the MTT S80 graphics card.
This is the second GPU in the MTT S-series. The first one, the S60, came out earlier this year and had much lower specs. It could only do 6 TFLOPs, which is less than half of what the newer GPU can do. Tests show that the MTT S80 can deliver over 100 FPS in competitive games set to 1080p with the least amount of graphics: CS:GO (213 FPS), League of Legends (144 FPS), Crossfire (180 FPS), and Diablo 3 (100 SPF). Even in Minecraft, Moore Threads GPU can not even reach 60 FPS.
In some very specific synthetic benchmarks, the MTT S80 GPU does better than an RTX 3060. Compared to the RTX 3060, the GPU is 176% better at pixel filtering and twice as good at the texture test in 3DMark 2006 (DX9). Overall, though, Moore Threads' gaming GPU is a long way behind the RTX 3060. At Unigine Valley, the MTT S80 works as well as a GTX 1060, GTX 970, or Radeon RX 480.
The strangest thing is that the video card uses 114.6 W of power when it is not being used. Tests by Expreview show that this is almost the maximum amount of power that the GTX 1060 can use. When the Chinese GPU does a lot of work, it uses more than 240 W. For example, an RTX 4080 uses less than 15 W in idle mode.