Gaming Performance 1440p
Watch Dogs Legions
Watch Dogs Legions came out just October of last year, and with it came some impressive next generation visuals through its heavy use of ray tracing. Atop of that this game includes a high-resolution texture option which we enable in all our testing. With everything at the max this game can really stress current gaming systems. Let’s go ahead and see how the chart looks now that the games been out a little while and seen some updates.
Our graph has changed from the last time, but not in any major way. Our EVGA model comes in with a stock score that’s just under our MSI model with an average of 60 FPS without ray tracing enabled. Once we overclock our EVGA card we see a jump to 62 FPS average, which in turn is 3% faster than our stock MSI card. What this means is all of these RTX 3060 Ti cards and above are providing a great gameplay experience in Watch Dogs Legions when sticking to raster-based graphics.
Continuing on with our traditional game-play testing, we find ourselves loading up Wolfenstein Youngblood without DLSS or Ray Tracing enabled first. This title had one surprise but beyond that, it was pretty much the hierarchy you expect.
Here we see another unsurprising result for the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING. Left to its stock configuration this card manages to surpass its more expensive NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition predecessor, while coming close to its more expensive current generation MSI competition. Our EVGA card at stock manages a 168 FPS average, or about 3% faster when compared to the previous generations result of 163 FPS average. When looking at its current generation counterpart we see a difference of 2% in favor of our MSI model at 172 FPS average. All we need to surpass that result is our custom clock settings in MSI Afterburner, which push us up to 179 FPS average, or 4% faster.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is an action-adventure game ported for release on PC on August 7th, 2020. The game makes use of the DX12 API as its only option. Graphics options in this game are fairly simple, with a total of nine options for the user to adjust. We will be utilizing the game’s built-in benchmark and graphics presets, which range from Favor Performance, Original (PS4 Fidelity), Favor Quality, and Ultimate Quality.
Here we see all of our video cards providing great gameplay experiences in terms of average framerates. At stock all of our Ampere based cards are averaging 90 FPS and above. Our previous generation Turing based card is still putting up great numbers but its behind at 86 FPS average. That works out to a 5% performance increase in favor of our EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING card. The difference between our EVGA and MSI models is much smaller, with a 2% performance delta in favor of the MSI model. Overclocking helps our EVGA card push past the MSI model, albeit just barely at a single digit difference. Something you would be hard pressed to feel in real life game play.
F1-2020 is a Codemasters title and the latest release in the series of racing games. For this game, we stuck to the Italy map for our run-through, using the internal benchmark for our data.
In F1-2020 we see our Ampere cards really start to show how efficient they are compared to previous generations Turing card. At stock our EVGA card manages 128 FPS average which is a mere 2% behind our MSI counterpart but a massive 30% past the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition. All in all nothing changes much from the previous showings, with the overclocked EVGA card climbing past the MSI model by 2%.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game that needs no introduction to our community, being the high-profile title that it is. Launched for PC on December 5th, 2019, this game is known to be demanding for almost any GPU. A mixture of settings was used for this title, with all Ultra options enabled.
Red Dead Redemption manages to keep the all of our cards below 60 FPS average. When comparing our larger MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO to our ITX case friendly EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING model we see a 2% difference in favor of the MSI card. With our Afterburner profile applied we see the EVGA card jump to 60 FPS average, or 3% faster than the MSI card at stock. A healthy showing for our compact video card.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a new addition to this test suite and for good reason. Atop of being one of the biggest game drops as of late, it’s also one graphically intensive title. In Cyberpunk 2077, we are using patch version 1.06 of the game, the Ultra “Quick Preset” without modifications. We are utilizing a custom driving course at night and averaging our results after multiple runs.
In Cyberpunk 2077 we really see a performance gap between generations of video card. We are now 18% faster than our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition, while only behind the MSI card by 4%. A result that we can easily change with an Overclock, which pushes us about 2% ahead of the more expensive model.