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 XFX RX 6700 XT MERC 319 do? Well, it stomped the 1080p tests with every result coming in over 60 FPS and 10 out of the 16 results even being up over 120+ FPS. The 6700 XT is designed for 1440p so it was the 1440p chart I was most interested in and it did well there as well. There was one result down in the 30-59 FPS range but beyond that everything was up over 60 FPS with 8 over 60 and 7 more up over 120+ FPS. At 4k performance fell off with one of the results now in the under 30 FPS range which is unplayable. 7 were playable but not smooth then 8 were solid at 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. In my previous 6700 XT review, I focused on where the 6700 XT landed. Here I wanted to see how the XFX Merc 319 would compare with MSIs Gaming X. At 4k they were basically tied but the XFX did edge out a small boost in performance at 1440p and 1080p with a few exceptions. It is interesting however how clock speeds aren’t the only thing that makes a difference. GPU wattage settings make a difference as well and I do check it later but let's just say the XFX does run with a little higher power target which helps gain an FPS here and there.