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 PowerColor RX 6600 Fighter did surprisingly well coming out with 7672 points and running just behind the RTX 2070 SUPER and ahead of the Radeon VII.
In Basemark I test with the DirectX12 setting and again with OpenGL. The PowerColor RX 6600 Fighter had the same issues that all of the AMD cards have had with the OpenGL test. As for the DirectX 12 tests it came in a hair below the RTX 2060 FE and out ahead of the RX 5700 by a big margin.
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 PowerColor RX 6600 Fighter took 252 seconds to complete the render of the two scenes. This was a few seconds faster than almost all of the RTX 3060’s that I have tested and was out ahead of all of the RX 5700 XT’s as well.