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 10 and the MERC 310 7900 XT with its overclock came extremely close to catching the 7900 XTX with its 21034 score which was a 3% improvement over the 7900 XT.
Blender is always my favorite compute benchmark because the open-source 3D rendering software is very popular and it isn’t a synthetic benchmark. With the latest version of Blender, they redid the benchmark so we now have a new test that runs three different renderings and gives each a score. I have all three stacked together so we can see the overall performance. None of the 7900s did very well in Blender and even with the overclock the MERC 310 7900 XT was no different. In fact, it scored less than the stock 7900 XT but overall given their performance this isn’t the best use for the 7900 XT.