Benchmarks were done with the GPU right out of the box with no overclocking performed on the GPU. We wanted to test the out-of-the-box experience with this GPU, using the launch day drivers as well. All games tested were at the highest graphical settings (excluding motion blur), with some games tested both with SAM on and off.
Hitman 2 showed pretty expected results. The consistent 1% Low at all resolutions shows up here again as with previous benchmarks of this game. Looking at a CPU bottleneck, however, at the 1080p and 1440p resolution, and a nice 91 FPS average at 4K.
Frametimes are as follow, 1080p; 7.26ms | 1440p; 7.38ms | 4k; 10.98ms
Next up is Grand Theft Auto V, and this game is always weird to bench at lower resolutions. Although we got really high FPS, the number of stutters I saw at the 1080p resolution was worrying. There are, however, a few known issues with this benchmark, and I didn’t see any issues at 1440p and 4K, the target audience for this GPU.
Frametimes are as follow, 1080p; 6.12ms | 1440p; 8.31ms | 4k; 13.63ms
Horizon Zero Dawn showed more standard results for a benchmark. With higher resolution, the lower your FPS is on both Average and 1% Low. We still see very high numbers at all resolution, especially since this is one of our most demanding games. Due to seeing this game as a pretty standard benchmark, it was also tested with SAM on.
Frametimes are as follow, 1080p; 6.06ms | 1440p; 7.47ms | 4k; 13.41ms
We saw no significant difference in performance gained with SAM turned on, but I've heard that you wouldn’t see results at higher resolutions. Still, at lower resolutions, I assumed maybe Horizon was taxing our RX 6900 even to have SAM active, which is why we tested SAM in Civilization VI, a game that isn’t nearly as taxing on the GPU.
Frametimes are as follow, 1080p; 6.30ms | 1440p; 7.45ms | 4k; 13.31ms
The RX 6900 XT just performed like a monster in this game. Seeing a CPU bottleneck at the 1080p and 1440p and getting great frame rates at both is good, but 108FPS at 4K is excellent. Even an 83.7FPS 1% Low means the RX 6900 XT is a great pair with 4k60FPS gaming. Now with a lower demanding game, let’s see how well SAM has improved this game!
Frametimes are as follow, 1080p; 8.11ms | 1440p; 8.16ms | 4k; 9.22ms
Strange again! Not setting any performance gains here on a less demanding benchmark for the RX 6900 XT. I am unsure why our benchmarks have not shown any performance increases when SAM is on. Our only answer is possible driver issues or the processor being too powerful as it is the Ryzen 5950X.
If you are looking for a GPU that will run games at 4K 60FPS with max settings and not have to worry about dropping frames, I highly recommend giving the Radeon RX 6900 XT a shot. All games performed above 4K 60FPS at max settings and performed at higher frame rates at 1440p. With this likely being the last GPU release of the year, AMD really set up a perfect GPU for higher-end gaming. Especially with stock being low and with demand being high, this GPU is a solid replacement for those trying to secure an Nvidia RTX 3080 or 3090 or an AMD Radeon RX 6800.
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