Now we finally get into the in game performance and that is the main reason people pick up a new video card. To test things out I ran through our new benchmark suite that tests 8 games at three different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4k). Most of the games tested have been run at the highest detail setting and a mid-range detail setting to get a look at how turning things up hurts performance and to give an idea of if turning detail down from max will be beneficial for frame rates. In total, each video card is tested 42 times and that makes for a huge mess of results 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 MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X perform? Well, 1080p wasn’t an issue or a concern at all. The 2060 Super Gaming X tore through those tests with 5 in the 120+ FPS range and 9 between 60 and 119 FPS. 1440p was solid as well with 11 coming in that 60-119 range and just three lower than 60 FPS. Then it hit the wall at 4k where only one game average over 60 FPS, 12 were playable but not smooth in that 30-59 FPS range, and one game was unplayable under 30 FPS. Basically, 1080p if you want to play at high refresh rates and 1440p for normal refresh rates and avoid 4k if possible.
I also have all of the detailed graphs as well. With these, I want to take a look out for any anomalies and I want to look at how the RTX 2060 Super Gaming X compares with the Founders Edition 2060 Super as well as the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 that AMD just introduced. The extra core clock speed that the Gaming X has was enough to stay consistently ahead of the Founders Edition with around 2 FPS most of the time. Far Cry 5 at normal settings and 1080p did, however, see a big jump from 116 to 129. The Far Cry 5 and Wildlands results showed the Gaming X bumping up enough to jump back over the RX 5700 which helps even things out a little where the RX 5700 was across the board faster than the 2060 Super when comparing the FE to AMD's reference models.