Radeon RX 6900 XT Review: AMD's Most Powerful Gaming GPU Ever

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT: DirectX And Vulkan Game Benchmarks

Crytek’s Neon Noir demo was created with an advanced version of CRYENGINE’s Total Illumination technology, which is used in Crysis Remastered to enhance the game’s visuals. Neon Noir was developed on a customized version of CRYENGINE 5.5., and is both API and hardware agnostic. It enables ray tracing to run on virtually any modern GPU, however, future integration of the technology will be optimized for the latest GPUs and APIs like Vulkan and DX12...

Crytek Neon Noir
API Agnostic Ray Tracing Test
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Crytek Neon Noir

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The Radeon RX 6900 XT performed well relative to its Big Navi-based peers with Crytek's proprietary ray tracing workloads here, but couldn't hang with the high-end Ampere-based GeForces. The GeForce RTX 3090 outruns the Radeon RX 6900 XT by over 37%, and the RTX 3080 finishes over 1,000 points ahead.

Metro Exodus
With And Without RTX / DLSS
Metro Exodus is based on author Dmitry Glukhovsky's series of Metro novels that started with Metro 2033 back in 2005. The first installment in the series was Metro 2033, which was then followed by Metro Last Light (and later, Last Light Redux). Like other games in the series, Metro Exodus follows a post-apocalyptic story line that takes place in the former Russian Federation. The game features advanced graphics and visuals and also supports NVIDIA’s RTX and DLSS technologies.

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Metro Exodus

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Radeon RX 6900 XT @4K Ultra Details

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Using the Ultra quality preset in Metro Exodus, the Radeon RX 6900 XT outpaces every other card we tested -- at both resolutions -- except for the GeForce RTX 3090.

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Radeon RX 6900 XT @4K w/ Ray Tracing Details

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When using the RTX preset (which enables DXR ray tracing effects) in this game, the Radeon RX 6900 XT drops down a few rungs and ends up trailing the top-end GeForces by wide margins. 

Red Dead Redemption 2
DirectX Gaming Blockbuster
Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third entry in the Red Dead series. The game’s storyline is set in 1899 and follows outlaw Arthur Morgan of the Van der Linde gang in a fictional wild-west type setting. The game features rich, detailed graphics, which can be taxing on high-performance GPUs, when cranked up to maximum image quality.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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Enabling SAM in Red Dead Redemption 2 not only gave the Radeon RX 6900 XT a boost in average framerate, but also significantly improved its minimum framerate. Overall though, we saw more of the same in this game. The Radeon RX 6900 XT is blazing fast, but it can't quite catch the GeForce RTX 3090.

Gears Tactics
DirectX Tactical Shooter
Gears Tactics is a turn-based tactical game spun-off of the popular Gears of War franchise. Technically, Gears Tactics is a prequel to the first game, but it was just recently released. Like Gears 5, Gears Tactics features a wide array of graphics options that can be tweaked and tuned to optimize performance on a given system.

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Gears Tactics

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Radeon RX 6900 XT Gears Tactics @ 4K Details

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AMD's Smart Access Memory doesn't provide much benefit in this particular game. Regardless, even with a slight performance boost, the Radeon RX 6900 XT isn't able to catch the high-end GeForce RTX 30-series cards here, at either resolution. 

Far Cry New Dawn
The Dunia Engine Lives On

Next up, we’ve got some benchmark scores from Far Cry New Dawn, the latest installment in the storied franchise. Like its predecessors, Far Cry New Dawn is a fast-action shooter set in an open world environment with lush visuals and high graphics fidelity. The game takes place in a fictional county in Montana, where a cult has taken over control of the area. We tested all of the graphics cards here at multiple resolutions using Ultra Quality settings to see how they handled this recently-released AAA title.

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FarCry New Dawn

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Radeon RX 6900 XT FarCry New Dawn @ 4K Details

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FarCry New Dawn was mostly CPU limited at 1440p, so there's not much to separate the high-end cards at that resolutions and we saw some wonky trends. With the resolution cranked up to 4K, however, the Radeon RX 6900 XT scores a first place finish, outpacing every other card we tested.

F1 2020
DirectX 12 Gaming Performance
F1 2020 is Codemaster’s latest Formula One racing simulation, and like previous version of the game, it sports impressive visuals. This latest addition to the franchise supports DirectX11 or DirectX 12, and it incorporated support for a number of AMD's FidelityFX technologies -- though we didn't enable any of them to keep the playing field level. We tested the game with its Ultra High graphics preset with TAA enabled at a couple of resolutions to see what the graphics cards could do.

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The pecking order in F1 2020 looks just like FarCry New Dawn at 1440P, with the Radeon RX 6900 XT finishing on top. With the resolution increased to 4K, however, the GeForce RTX 3090 comes roaring back to finish in the lead -- by a measly 1 FPS.

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