I haven’t got the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, however I used to be nonetheless handled to a jaw-dropping “next-generation gaming” second this week. It simply occurred to happen on the PC I already personal. I’ve just lately been testing the Radeon RX 6800 XT and after days of benchmarking, I stole some downtime and slapped on my Astro headphones, grabbed my Xbox One controller and eventually sunk into some DIRT 5, an Xbox Collection X and PS5 “launch” title that gave the impression to be garnering a number of buzz.
Certain, I’ve watched the canned benchmark about 150 instances by now (ends in the chart under), however my very first hands-on time with the arcade racer was stuffed with, let’s say, the greatest form of PC gaming extra.
This can be a recreation that murdered my GTX 1080 and RX 580. Nevertheless, due to the Radeon RX 6800 XT’s monstrous graphics efficiency (with a “Good Entry Reminiscence” help from the Ryzen 9 5900X), I recklessly cranked up all the standard dials and began my new rally racing profession on Extremely Excessive at 4K decision.
In any case, the within of the Radeon RX 6800 XT box proudly proclaims “Uncompromised 4K Gaming,” so why not? Mixed with my Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ (it’s a 3840×2160 144Hz IPS HDR monitor that has fairly truthfully made me respect PC gaming once more) I hoped — or relatively anticipated — the expertise can be extraordinary.
Whereas my benchmarking spoiled the framerates I may anticipate whereas enjoying, I nonetheless misplaced myself within the vivid splashes of colour, the rain droplets smearing throughout the windshield, wispy smoke and thick mud that seemed like they had been ripped proper from actuality.
However the stunning graphics, excessive decision and nice framerates are solely half of this story.
OK, watch the companion video above. That stunning DIRT 5 you’ll see? I recorded it at 4K, with the best doable 100Mbps bitrate through Radeon Software program utilizing the 6800 XT’s HEVC encoding assist. I did this whereas enjoying the sport at 4K with the aforementioned “uncompromised” extremely high quality settings. I nonetheless managed between 70fps and 89fps.
In actual fact, when operating the sport’s benchmark with and with out recording activated, the distinction was solely ONE body per second, dipping from 81fps to 80fps. A margin of error mainly.
Consoles are cheaper, generally they’re extra user-friendly and so they actually have their place within the gaming ecosystem, however consoles undoubtedly can’t do that.
Neither may final 12 months’s valiant however woefully underpowered RX 5700 XT.
After crunching the numbers, the brand new RX 6800 XT really manages to crank out double the efficiency because the RX 5700 XT. And that’s not an outlier. That’s the norm throughout a bunch of video games examined.
For the total scoop on that, try my overview here.