In-Game Benchmarks

Now we finally get into the in game performance that is the main reason people pick up a new video card. To test things out I ran through our recently updated benchmark suite that tests 10 games at three different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4k). I also slipped in a few variations on the same games for comparisons like DX11 to DX12, OpenGL to Vulkan, and a couple of games are just tested at their highest setting and lower but still high detail options to show the performance difference when things are turned down slightly. In total, each video card is tested 41 times and that makes for a huge mess of graphs when you put them all together. To help with that I like to start off with these overall playability graphs that take all of the results and give an easier to read the result. I have one for each of the three resolutions and each is broken up into four FPS ranges. Under 30 FPS is considered unplayable, over 30 is playable but not ideal, over 60 is the sweet spot, and then over 120 FPS is for high refresh rate monitors.

So how did the Strix RX 570 perform overall? Well at 1080p, the resolution is it designed for it did very well. 8 games at their highest settings were above 60 FPS with two of those being up past 120 FPS. Even the worst performing games were still in the 30 to 59 FPS range where you can play but it’s not smooth or you can drop the settings slightly and get up in the higher numbers. At 1440p almost all of the games were in the 30-59 FPS range with just two above 60 and 1 below 30. That actually isn’t too bad as well, it wouldn’t be my first choice at that resolution but as you can see it is playable. Then with things up to 4k 8 games were unplayable and 6 were in that playable but not great 30-59 FPS range.

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For any of the people crazy enough to sort through the rest fo the results, like myself, I do have those below as well. The Wildlands results were interesting as going from Ultra to High settings was enough to go from 30 FPS to 65 FPS at 1080p, a great example of how dropping down just slightly on the settings can make a big difference. Deus Ex was similar but was just short of 60 on the lower setting. As always the DOOM Vulkan performance was crazy, like on any AMD card. At 1080p the FPS went from 80, a good number all the way up to 125 FPS! The difference between DX11 and DX12 wasn’t much in Hitman and as usual, the Ashes of the Singularity results were all low and all very close together.

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