It seems that someone is certainly testing a variant of Polaris on 3DMark and they aren’t using the proper settings so as to not let the results be published. The result is that we get to see some interesting results that have a higher chance of being legitimate.
Polaris 3DMark scores could mean a winner for AMD
The results are actually quite interesting, considering the general performance bias that 3DMark has towards NVIDIA cards, and point towards a full lineup of GPUs across the full spectrum. The top-end card is presumed to be either an example of Crossfire, or it very well could be the mysterious large die GPU that’s been seen shipped from zauba not too long ago. The middle card is being assumed to be the basic 2560 SP filled Polaris 10 die while the lower card is likely Polaris 11, with 2304 SP’s running under the hood. These results, though not necessarily conclusive, also tell us that the chips frequency is far above the quite low 800MHz it was rumored to be running at.
Just remember that the results you see here aren’t final and could very well not be what we think they are either. But scouring through the 3DMark database does lead to a few interesting results from engineering samples from all manufacturers. And these manufacturers do need to test their cards, so it follows that they would use the tools that we use to confirm performance. The results show that AMD’s new Polaris architecture can scale well with the number of SP’s it has and also that, in an NVIDIA favored benchmark, do quite well. Polaris has a bright future indeed.