While it is nice to be able to compare from card to card in the Synthetic benchmark, testing how the R7 370 Strix will perform in game is where it is at. I mean nearly everyone picks up a dedicated GPU to improve their in game performance, not to see who’s card is faster. To make all of our benchmarks a little easier I broke things down into a few categories. I split the FPS results up into below 30 FPS, Above 30 FPS, and Above 60 FPS. That way I can find out if something will play perfectly on the 370 Strix (above 60), not be perfect but still play (above 30), or not be playable at all (under 30). In addition to bringing things down that way I also break it up into 1080p and 1440p. So how did the R7 370 Strix perform? Well at 1080p one game came in over 60 FPS, five over 30 FPS, and two weren’t playable. A lot of the above 30 games were close to 60 FPS but all in all for most games to get the best performance you might have to turn the settings down from the highest possible settings like I test on. That said most were still very playable, even at those settings, just not perfect. With the resolution turned up the R7 370 Strix surprised me by actually having playable results in four games but the other 5 weren’t playable. This isn’t a big surprise given this is a budget video card that is only designed to run at 1080p or lower.
I was a little surprised that in most of the tests the higher clock speed of the Strix didn’t seem to translate to better performance in game. I have seen this happen in the past when things were getting turned down because of higher thermals, we will have to see how the results look in the cooling tests later.