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 9 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 48 times and that makes for a huge mess of results when you put them all together. To help with that I like to start with these overall playability graphs that take all of the results and give an easier to read 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 RX 6700 XT Gaming X do? At 1080p it did well with all of the tests coming in over 60 FPS and 10 out of the 16 were at or above 120 FPS as well. At 1440p which is where AMD has this card positioned it did extremely well. There was one result up under 60 FPS. Then 8 were over 60 FPS and 6 more were even over 120 FPS. The 6700 XT did better than I expected at 4k as well given that it isn’t designed for it. One result was unplayable at under 30 FPS and 7 were in that 30-60 FPS range which is playable but I would want to tweak things. Then the other half were all over 60 FPS.
Of course, I have all of the actual in game results as well for anyone who wants to sort through the wall of graphs below. With these, I wanted to see if our earlier results in the synthetic tests which had the RX 6700 XT Gaming X sitting between the 2080 Ti and 3080 for DX11 games, and if it was still right with the 3060 Ti in DX12 games. The first game Watch Dogs Legion has the RX 6700 XT Gaming X sitting between the 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070 at 4k and 1440p but it was a touch faster at 1080p (or more than a touch with high detail). In borderlands, the 3060 Ti was faster and the RX 6700 XT Gaming X was sitting with the RTX 2080 SUPER. The same thing happened in Metro. There were also multiple games where the RX 6700 XT Gaming X outperformed the RTX 3060 Ti to compete with the 3070 like in World War Z, Far Cry, Dawn of War 3, and Shadow of a Tomb raider to a less extent. Then in Total War Three Kingdoms, the RX 6700 XT Gaming X struggled a little and was down with the 2070 SUPER. Overall though the 6700 XT performed well. AMD has it positioned above the 3060 Ti and below the 3070 and for the most part, it performed there or higher in some situations.