As always I like to start my testing with a few synthetic benchmarks. 3DMark especially is one of my favorites because it is very optimized in both Nvidia and AMD drivers. It's nice to not have to worry about it being favored too much either way and the repeatability of the results makes it a nice chance to compare from card to card, especially when comparing with the same GPU. Testing the MSI RX 6700 XT Gaming X however I don’t have any other matching GPU cards to compare with (yet) but we can finally see where AMD's new GPU stands compared to the competition. I should point out that this specific card is an overclocked card with a boost clock of 2629 MHz where the “stock” boost clock from AMD is 2581 MHz so there will be slower and faster cards.
The first round of tests were done in the older Fire Strike benchmark which is a DX11 test. There are three detail levels, performance, extreme, and ultra. AMD's cards have been doing better in Fire Strike or more specifically Nvidia seems to favor the newer DX12 tests more. In Fire Strike the 6700 XT Gaming X was right up near the top of our charts behind the stock RTX 3080 Founders Edition and above the RTX 2080 Ti FE in all three of the Fire Strike tests. In the extreme and ultra tests, the RTX 3070 and the 6700 XT were right together as well.
The next two were both based on the Time Spy benchmark. One is the standard test and then there is the extreme detail level. In Time Spy you can see the performance jump for the Nvidia cards here with the 6700 XT Gaming X dropping down a little. Here it was ahead of the RTX 2080 SUPER FE in both tests and just a hair below the 3060 Ti in the base Time Spy and a little bigger gap in the Time Spy Extreme test.
While in 3DMark I did also run Port Royal which takes a look at ray tracing performance. In my Nvidia coverage, I spend more time comparing RTX-specific performance but this is the only one of our ray tracing tests right now that supports AMD as well. The 6700 XT did well here coming in basically on par with the 2080 FE and 2070 SUPER.
The last test was using the Unigine based Superposition benchmark and I tested at 1080p with medium detail and again at 1080p with the extreme detail setting. In the extreme detail setting the 6700 XT Gaming X came in below the stock RTX 2080 and above the overclocked RTX 2070 SUPERs and the RTX 2080. The medium detail result on the other hand was out ahead of the RTX 2080 SUPER and the 3060 Ti.