Chinese Moore Threads MTT S80 GPU can run Crysis

Published: Feb 4th 2023, 11:47 GMT   Comments

MTT S80 runs Crysis

Tech enthusiast Löschzwerg is currently one of the few people outside China to be using MTT S80 GPU.

Last year Moore Threads announced its MTT S80 graphics card, also known as the first ‘gaming’ desktop card to support PCIe Gen5. Upon release, the card had been distributed among Chinese tech outlets who later published very similar looking reviews in November. Unfortunately, those reviews lacked details.

MTT S80 is not a high-end GPU, nor it is expected to beat the latest GeForce, Radeon or Intel series. On the other hand, this is the first time Chinese GPU can actually offer playable experience across many games, so definitely worth checking out.

The S80 features 4096 cores based on MUSA architecture. This card is equipped with 16GB of GDDR6 memory and features PCIe Gen5 interface. Conformity with this standard is not even available with RTX 40/RX 7000 cards, but as shown, this doesn’t mean magically higher performance.

Officially, the card supports DirectX9 and DirectX11 APIs, but the software is still under development and as demonstrated by Löschzwerg, the architecture does not even support a very basic GPU technology such as tessellation. It appears to work with games that support DirectX11 API with Feature Level 11_1.

Moore Threads MTT S80,Source: Expreview

According to 3DMark benchmarks shared by the user, the card is much slower than Intel Arc A770 (which is technically also a new architecture and features 16GB of VRAM). Intel comes undefeated from this battle, the S80 appears to be 35 to 64% slower than A770. What is worth keeping in mind is that 3DMark03 and 06 are now ancient benchmarks with hardly any significance in modern gaming. However, this is as far as S80 support goes for 3DMark software.

MTT S80 3DMark performance, Source: 3DCenter

More importantly, for those wondering if the card can actually run Crysis, the answer is yes. It only works in D3D9 mode, though:

The MTT team is working on supporting more games and more advanced technologies, but the process is slow. Even with the latest 200.2 graphics driver and nearly 3 months since release, S80 still has problems with the idle power consumption. It was measured to be around 110W by Chinese reviewers, and Löschzwerg confirms that this problem is still present.

Source: @Loeschzwerg_3DC via 3DCenter, HardwareLuxx

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