Ray Tracing Performance
Next up, we’ll look at the impact of Ray Tracing and DLSS in a few different ways to see if the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X can multitask and possibly run maxed out at 4k. For each game, we are using the game benchmark included with the game and reporting the average frames per second.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 was released in February 2022 on the PC and uses Techland’s C-Engine. The game supports Ray Tracing, DLSS, and FSR2. This game supports Ray Tracing environmental effects including Ray Traced Soft Shadows, Ray Traced Ambient Occlusion, Ray Traced Global Illumination, and Ray Traced Reflections. We utilize the built-in preset option to set “HIGH-QUALITY RAYTRACING” which enables the game’s highest graphics settings plus the environmental effects explained above at the highest values. The game is run in DX12 Ultimate mode with ASYNC Compute turned on. We are using the built-in benchmark.
In Dying Light 2 with Ray Tracing kicked on, the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X pulled off a playable 65 FPS, a 2 FPS boost over the RTX 4090 Founders Edition, and left the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX in the dust. Overclocking the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X boosted performance by 6.1%.
Please keep in mind that recent patches have significantly changed the performance of Dying Light 2, thus, comparability to older datasets is not recommended.
Cyberpunk 2077 was released in December 2020 and uses the REDengine 4. We have the game patched to version 1.52 and perform a long manual run-through driving in the game’s open world. We test using the Graphics Preset option to set graphics settings. We use the Ray Tracing Graphics Preset of either: “Ray Tracing: Low”, “Ray Tracing: Medium” or “Ray Tracing: Ultra” as indicated. This game supports DLSS and FSR.
In Cyberpunk 2077 with Ray Tracing dialed in, we saw the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X deliver 43.6 FPS, which is a mere 0.4 FPS faster than the RTX 4090 Founders Edition, but still more than double the Radeon RX 7900 XTX’s efforts. Overclocking the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X boosted performance by 5.5%, but overall, we’d still recommend leaning on DLSS if you run Ray Tracing in Cyberpunk 2077 at 4k.
Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 was released in October of 2021 and uses the Dunia Engine. We utilize the built-in benchmark for testing. We have the HD Texture pack installed and turned on. We utilize the “Ultra” graphics preset which sets all options to the highest game settings. This game supports Ray Tracing via two DXR settings, one for Reflections and the other for Shadows, we turn on both for testing. This game supports FSR upscaling.
In Far Cry 6 with DXR ranked to yes please, we found the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X delivering 114 FPS, a 1 FPS and 14 FPS improvement over the GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition and Radeon RX 7900 XTX, respectively. Overclocking the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X yielded an additional 1 FPS to total 115 FPS.
Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion was released on the PC in October of 2020 and uses the Disrupt game engine. We utilize the built-in benchmark for testing. We have the HD Texture pack installed and enabled for testing. We use the built-in graphics preset of “Ultra” for testing. We utilize the “Ultra” preset quality option for Ray Tracing. This game supports DLSS upscaling.
In Watch Dogs Legion, the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X tied the RTX 4090 Founders Edition at 64 FPS and they collectively kicked the Radeon 7900 XTX while it was down at 39 FPS. Overclocking the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X yielded an additional 68 FPS.
Metro Exodus Enhanced
Metro Exodus Enhanced is being run with Shading Quality at “Extreme” and Ray Tracing at “Ultra.” This is a demanding game, that heavily focuses on Ray Tracing utilization, including Global Illumination. We are utilizing the built-in benchmark.
Finally, in Metro Exodus Enhanced, the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X closed out the day with 75.9 FPS, a two-frame improvement over the RTX 4090 Founders Edition. Overclocking the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM LIQUID X boosted performance by 8%.