In October 2020, Zhang Jianzhong, the former global vice-president of Nvidia China, launched the technology company Moore Threads Technology Co. Ltd. The tech company specializes in making graphics processing units (GPU), and they claim to be the first Chinese company to introduce GPUs domestically.
Previously, we know the US has banned Nvidia’s fastest GPU, RTX 4090, in China. The ban was to comply with the US export ban policy. The US is concerned that China buys off powerful chips from Nvidia despite imposing restrictions. However, Nvidia still has RTX 4080 listed on their website in China. This ban certainly allowed Moore Threads to take some steps to elevate their game in the GPU market.
Moore Threads MTT S80 GPU
The MTT S80 uses Chunxaio architecture, which has 4096 MUSA cores. The GPU clock speed is 1.8 GHz, and the peak performance reaches 14.2 TFLOPs. MTT S80 has 16GB of GDDR6 and 14 Gpbs of memory bandwidth. PC Watch verified all these specifications as they got their hands on the MTT S80.
PC Watch conducted several benchmarks with the MTT S80 and found several flaws. They concluded that the card has issues with the drivers and fails to be reliable regarding heavy gaming.
The MTT S80 fails to compete with the 2016 GPU like the GTX 1050 Ti. GTX 1050 Ti has 4GB of GDDR5 memory and provides 2.1 TFLOPS. Yet, MTT S80 falls behind in many DX11 games like Valheim, Rainbow Six Siege, Final Fantasy XIV, etc. (via Tom’s Hardware)
If we dive in more, according to PC Watch, the GTX 1050 Ti consumed only around 60W, whereas the MTT S80 consumed almost triple the amount of 142W. It is quite sad that despite decent specs, the GPU still faces significant power consumption issues.
Overall, it is evident that the MTT S80 needs several improvements to even compete with a 2016 GPU.
New MTT S80 Driver Update
Moore Threads is slowly taking steps to improve its GPUs, MTT S70 and MTT S80. They implemented the newest “240.50” drivers, which are compatible with OpenGL 3.3 API on Windows 10. Even though the API is 13 years old and the current version is 4.6, it is still a huge improvement for MTT S80 GPUs.
The driver update has been running slow as Moore Threads has been facing a difficult time due to the US sanctions on the GPUs. Many layoffs have taken place in the Chinese GPU market. Yet, Moore Threads can roll out one driver update per month.
Moore Threads is still growing and needs to climb multiple stairs of success before reaching the same pace as AMD and Intel. However, improving their performance little by little can still make a huge difference.
Performance Boost in Games
Previously, when PC Watch did the benchmarking, it was proven that MTT S80 needed to catch up in various DX11 games. It could not compete with 2010s GPU in many games.
Introducing the new drivers update elevated the performance of the MTT S70 and S80. The latest update can enhance the gaming performance of a few AAA title games.
The 240.50 driver version boosted the PUBG framerate by 80%. Moreover, Valorant and GTAV also experienced a 60% framerate increase in the newer version. Performance boost in Valorant and PUBG is a massive win as many Chinese players prefer these first-person shooter games. Far Cry: New Dawn also experienced a 30% frame rate increase while playing.
Apart from these games, Moore Threads also optimized and enhanced the performance of 18 other games. Some games from that list are Party Animals, Genshin Impact, and Assetto Corsa.
They also fixed several bug problems with the new driver update. Initially, players would experience crashing while running Counter-Strike Online. However, this bug problem was resolved. Players also faced game crashing in Alien vs. Predator, which was fixed.
Moore Threads still has a long way to go with their improvement. Yet, it is important to praise their performance improvement despite having difficult times due to US sanctions on the GPUs. It is doubtful that they will directly compete with Nvidia, AMD, and Intel shortly. However, for the time being, as the first domestic Chinese GPU, Moore Threads has the potential and a lot of room for improvement.