In-Game Benchmarks

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 MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black do? Well at 4k, there weren’t any surprises. It was able to handle things enough to make all but two of the tests playable. But 13 out of 14 of those were in the 30-60 FPS range with just one over 60 FPS. 1440p on the other hand the XFX MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black did really well. Everything I threw at it was playable and most were over 60 FPS. Then at 1080p, you see everything over 60 FPS, and just under half of our results were up over 120 FPS. This isn’t bad at all considering that none of the titles tested are less demanding esports titles. These are all a+ titles running at medium and ultra-high detail.

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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. One of the things that stood out to me when sorting through the results was just how many times the XFX MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black came within just a few FPS of being bumped up to the next category in the sorting above. There were multiple that were in the 119/118 range at 1080p and even 1440p. A little more of an overclock and the XFX MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black would have looked even more like a high refresh monster. Beyond that, I was curious if the XFX MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black was outperforming the RTX 3060 in game like it was in a lot of the synthetic benchmarks. The first results from Watch Dogs Legion might look deceiving, but only because they are sorted by 1440p results (1080p sorting can get a little weird on the higher-end cards due to CPU limitations making the graphs a little weird). The RTX 3060 handled 4k better than the 6600 XT but at 1440p on the ultra detail they were equal and at the high detail the 6600 XT was out ahead. Then at 1080p, the 6600 XT was out ahead on both. That carried on through most of the results with the 6600 XT doing a little worse at 4k compared to the RTX 3060 but was out ahead at 1440p and 1080p with a few exceptions.

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