Test Setup

Please read our testing methodologies and benchmarks and review format for an explanation on our procedures.

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Game Setup

In all games we run in either DX12 or Vulkan API if possible.  In Red Dead Redemption 2, Metro Exodus, Gears 5 and The Division 2 we use the built-in benchmark runs.  In Call of Duty Modern Warfare, we perform a manual run-through at the beginning of the campaign run.  In Need for Speed Heat we perform a manual run-through in the open world of the game driving through the city and up into the mountains. 

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  1. Nice review. The card tested as I expected it. The additional VRAM isn’t really needed as the card just can’t crunch the #’s quickly enough to do 1440p (where the 8Gb would come in handy).
  2. Just curious… would testing it on a system with PCIE 4.0 make a discernible difference in performance? Sapphire lists it as a PICE 4.0 supporting card.
  3. Just curious… would testing it on a system with PCIE 4.0 make a discernible difference in performance? Sapphire lists it as a PICE 4.0 supporting card.

    Unlikely, unless you were constrained purely by VRAM and it was having to cache out of local VRAM often, which doesn’t seem to be the case in our testing.

    However, we will re-run benchmarks and test directly PCIe 3.0 versus 4.0 in the future. We have many good articles planned, and that is one of them.

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