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PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil: VR Mark And Unigine Superposition

How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards represented in this article on a Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 7 Pro motherboard powered by an Intel Core i9-9980XE 16-core processor and 32GB of G.SKILL DDR4 RAM clocked at 2,666MHz. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's clock was manually dialed in to ensure optimal memory performance at the processor's maximum supported speed of 2,666MHz (without overclocking), and the solid state drive was then formatted and Windows 10 Professional x64 was installed and fully updated. When the Windows installation was complete, we installed all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

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We should note that the AMD Radeon RX Vega cards were tested in their default "Balanced" power mode throughout. Power Saver (slower) and Turbo (faster) power modes are also available with Vega, which would affect performance, noise output, and peak power consumption. The PowerColor RX 5700 Red Devil features a BIOS switch for higher-performance Overclocking and Silent modes. The card was tested using both BIOS modes -- the (S) in the charts designates Silent mode. The standard entry in the charts used the OC BIOS mode.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i9 Powered
Hardware Used:
Intel Core i9-9980XE
(3 - 4.4GHz, 18-Core)

Gigabyte X299 Gaming Pro 7
(Intel X299 Chipset)

PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil
Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX Vega 64
Radeon VII
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2070 Super
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 Super

32GB G.SKILL DDR4-2666
Samsung SSD 860 Pro
Integrated Audio & Network
Relevant Software: 
Windows 10 Pro x64 (1903)

NVIDIA Drivers: v431.16
AMD Drivers: Crimson v19.7.1

Benchmarks Used:
Unigine Superposition
VRMark
3DMark "Fire Strike"
3DMark "Time Spy"
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
F1 2019
Strange Brigade
Final Fantasy XV
FarCry New Dawn

Unigine Superposition
Pseudo-DirectX / OpenGL Gaming
Superposition is a relatively new benchmark from Unigine, powered by the UNIGINE 2 Engine. It offers an array of benchmark modes, targeting gaming workloads as well as VR, with both DirectX and OpenGL code paths. There is an extreme hardware stability test built-in as well. Unigine Superposition uses the developer’s unique SSRTGI (Screen-Space Ray-Traced Global Illumination) dynamic lighting technology, along with high quality textures and models, to produce some stunning visuals. We ran Superposition in two modes using the DirectX code path – 1080p Extreme and VR Future -- to compare the performance of all of the graphics cards featured here.

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Unigine Superposition

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The PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil showed a marked improvement over the reference Radeon RX 5700 XT here and nearly caught the Radeon VII, though it trailed the RTX 2070 by a couple hundred points. Also note the performance delta separating the Red Devil's OC and Silent modes is quite small -- it basically falls within the margin of error in this test.

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Superposition's VR Future benchmark tells essentially the same story. The PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil just misses the mark set by the Radeon VII and it trailed the RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 Super by a few percentage points.

Futuremark VRMark
Testing Rift And Vive Readiness
Futuremark’s VRMark is designed to test a PC’s readiness for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. The benchmark does not, however, require that one of the headsets is attached to the PC to run and it uses an in-house graphics engine and content to ensure comparable results between different platforms. We ran the "Blue Room" VRMark test at defaults settings here, which is currently the most taxing test offered by the tool.

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UL VRMark

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VR Mark's results line-up well with Superposition's. Once again we see the PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil offering better performance than the reference card, but it can't catch NVIDIA's mainstream GeForce RTX offerings in these VR-related workloads.

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