The Division 2

The Division 2

In The Division 2 almost every video card was playable at the highest settings at 1080p.  The SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB OC was not, however, the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X and XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT were both playable at the highest settings.

The MSI GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X is 15% faster than the SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB OC.  Overclocking the video card improves performance by 7%.  The XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT is 31% faster than the default cards performance, which is pretty big, and 22% than the overclocked MSI GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X.  That’s a big advantage in performance. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

We also included Shadow of the Tomb Raider in this review.  This game is graphically intense and has a unique setting called SMAA 4X.  It’s a shader-based AA method, but it often performs better on NVIDIA GPUs than AMD.  Therefore we wanted to try it out, and see if anything changes from the previous pattern in all the previous games.

In this game, we have the highest in-game turned on, and SMAA 4X enabled.  Well look at that, the landscape does change.  The XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro is still faster than the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X, but not by a lot.  However, when we overclock the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X its performance now edges out over the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro. 

This did not happen in any other game, only this one, and only with SMAA 4X enabled.  Using SMAA 2TX this doesn’t happen, so it is that setting specifically that just performs better with NVIDIA GPUs versus AMD.  It does go a long way to show how different settings can perform better or worse depending on the GPU.

At these settings only the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X and XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro are playable.  The SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB OC doesn’t have the muscle to be playable at the highest game settings at 1080p.

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  1. Oh I can’t wait for the next batch of cards.. These cards are nice, but I know there’s more power out there at a better price-point.
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