Now some people don’t need a video card for gaming, they need the processing power for rendering or 2D/3D production, or in some cases people who game also do work on the side. So it is also important to check out the compute performance on all of the video cards that come in. That includes doing a few different tests. My first test was a simple GPU Compute benchmark using Passmark’s Performance Test 9 and the XFX RX 6700 XT MERC 319 edged out in front of the MSI 6700 XT Gaming X by 67 points. This put it ahead of the 3060 Ti and the old faithful 1080 Ti and behind the 3070.
In Basemark I test with the DirectX12 setting and again with OpenGL. The XFX RX 6700 XT MERC 319 has the same OpenGL issue that all of the AMD cards have in this test. Here the MSI came out ahead with 12 more points.
Blender is always my favorite compute benchmark because the open-source 3D rendering software is very popular and it isn’t a synthetic benchmark. Here I render two scenes and combine the total time it takes. The XFX RX 6700 XT MERC 319 and the MSI came in at the exact same time here with the two tests taking 168 seconds. This was ahead of the RTX 2080 Ti but 29 seconds behind the RTX 3060 Ti and higher.