Test Configuration & Methodology

Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i9-10900K (HyperThreading/Turbo boost On; All cores overclocked to 5.1GHz/5.0Ghz. Comet Lake DX11 CPU graphics)
  • EVGA Z490 FTW motherboard (Intel Z490 chipset, v1.3 BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1/3.2 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x), supplied by EVGA
  • T-FORCE DARK Z 32GB DDR4 (2x16GB, dual channel at 3600MHz), supplied by Team Group
  • RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition 12GB, stock and overclocked, on loan from NVIDIA
  • RTX 3090 Founders Edition 24GB, stock clocks, on loan from NVIDIA
  • RTX 3080 Founders Edition 10GB, stock clocks, on loan from NVIDIA
  • Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB reference version, stock clocks on loan from AMD
  • Red Devil RX 6900 XT 16GB, at Red Devil clocks, loaned by PowerColor and returned in April.
  • 1TB Team Group MP33 NVMe2 PCIe SSD for C: drive
  • 1.92TB San Disk enterprise class SATA III SSD (storage)
  • 2TB Micron 1100 SATA III  SSD (storage)
  • 1TB Team Group GX2 SATA III SSD (storage)
  • 500GB T-FORCE Vulcan SSD (storage), supplied by Team Group
  • ANTEC HCG1000 Extreme, 1000W gold power supply unit
  • BenQ EW3270U 32″ 4K HDR 60Hz  FreeSync monitor
  • Samsung G7 Odyssey (LC27G75TQSNXZA) 27″ 2560×1440/240Hz/1ms/G-SYNC/HDR600 monitor
  • DEEPCOOL Castle 360EX AIO 360mm liquid CPU cooler
  • Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX mid-tower (plus 1 Noctua 140mm fan) – All benchmarking and overclocking performed with the case closed

Test Configuration – Software

  • GeForce 466.47 for (RTX 3080 Ti Press launch drivers) are used for all GeForce cards.
  • Adrenalin 21.5.2 drivers used for the RX 6800 XT and 21.3.2 used for the RX 6900 XT.
  • High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display, set in the NVIDIA control panel.
  • VSync is off in the control panel and disabled for each game
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games
  • All games have been patched to their latest versions
  • Gaming results show average frame rates in bold including minimum frame rates shown on the chart next to the averages in a smaller italics font where higher is better.  Games benched with OCAT show average framerates but the minimums are expressed by frametimes (99th-percentile) in ms where lower numbers are better.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Pro edition; latest updates 21H1 (Build1 9043.1023). DX11 titles are run under the DX11 render path.  DX12 titles are generally run under DX12, and multiple games use the Vulkan API.
  • Latest DirectX
  • MSI’s Afterburner, 4.6.4 beta to overclock the RTX 3080 Ti

Games

Vulkan

  • DOOM Eternal
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • World War Z
  • Rainbow 6 Siege

DX12

  • Resident Evil VIllage
  • Metro Exodus – Enhanced Edition & regular edition
  • Hitman 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • DiRT 5
  • Godfall
  • Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
  • Assassins Creed Valhala
  • Watch Dogs Legions
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Death Stranding
  • F1 2020
  • Borderlands 3
  • Civilization VI – Gathering Storm Expansion
  • Battlefield V
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

DX11

  • Days Gone
  • Crysis Remastered
  • Destiny 2 Shadowkeep
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms

Synthetic 

  • TimeSpy (DX12)
  • 3DMark FireStrike – Ultra & Extreme
  • Superposition
  • Heaven 4.0 benchmark
  • AIDA64 GPGPU benchmarks
  • Blender 2.92 benchmark
  • Sandra 2020/21 GPGPU Benchmarks
  • SPECworkstation3
  • SPECviewperf 2020
  • Octane benchmark

NVIDIA Control Panel settings

Here are the NVIDIA Control Panel settings. AMD Adrenalin Control Center Settings

All AMD settings are set so that all optimizations are off, Vsync is forced off, Texture filtering is set to High, and Tessellation uses application settings. Navi cards are quite capable of high Tessellation unlike earlier generations of Radeons.

Anisotropic Filtering is disabled by default but we always use 16X for all game benchmarks.

Let’s check out overclocking, temperatures and noise next.

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