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. In this case, I had the chance to check out other RX 6700XT’s at the launch. So we have the Sapphire Nitro+ 6700XT with its 2622 MHz boost clock. The XFX MERC319 that I tested also had the same boost clock. Then the MSI Gaming X had a slightly higher clock speed of 2629 MHz.
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. The Nitro+ 6700XT fell right in the middle of all three of the 6700XT’s tested in the performance setting and at the top on the other details but overall all three were all together.
The next two were both based on the Time Spy benchmark. One is the standard test and then there is the extreme detail level. The 6700XT’s all did well here, these are tests that in the past Nvidia’s latest cards have done a little better but the Nitro+ 6700XT is right with the other 6700XT’s as well as the 3060Ti for the normal time spy test and with the higher detail on the time spy extreme test the 3060 ti had a little bit more of an edge.
Support for ray tracing on AMD cards is up and running and that means I was able to test in Port Royal a ray tracing focused test in the 3DMark test suite. There is a whole block of cards that come in basically all together. That includes the RTX 2070 SUPERs, the RTX 2080, and the RX 6700 XT’s including the Nitro+ 6700XT. The Nitro+ 6700XT has a small lead over the XFX card here even with the same clock speed, but the margin is just 6 points but that is enough for the 2070 SUPER to slip in between them.
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 Nitro+ 6700XT is the fastest of the three 6700XT’s here, at least on the extreme detail setting putting it right behind the RTX 2080 SUPER and with a big margin over the RTX 2070 SUPER.