I don’t have the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, but I was still treated to a jaw-dropping “next-generation gaming” moment this week. It just happened to occur on the PC I already own. I’ve recently 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 finally sunk into some DIRT 5, an Xbox Series X and PS5 “launch” title that seemed to be garnering lots of buzz.
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Sure, I’ve watched the canned benchmark about 150 times by now (results in the chart below), but my first actual hands-on time with the arcade racer was full of, shall we say, the best kind of PC gaming excess.
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This is a game that murdered my GTX 1080 and RX 580. However, thanks to the Radeon RX 6800 XT’s monstrous graphics performance (with a “Smart Access Memory” assist from the Ryzen 9 5900X), I recklessly cranked up all the quality dials and started my new rally racing career on Ultra High at 4K resolution.
After all, the inside of the Radeon RX 6800 XT box proudly proclaims “Uncompromised 4K Gaming,” so why not? Combined with my Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ (it’s a 3840×2160 144Hz IPS HDR monitor that has quite honestly made me appreciate PC gaming again) I hoped — or rather expected — the experience would be extraordinary.
While my benchmarking spoiled the framerates I could expect while playing, I still lost myself in the bright splashes of color, the rain droplets smearing across the windshield, wispy smoke and thick mud that looked like they were ripped right from reality.
But the beautiful graphics, high resolution and great framerates are only half of this story.
OK, watch the companion video above. That beautiful DIRT 5 footage you’ll see? I recorded it at 4K, with the highest possible 100Mbps bitrate via Radeon Software using the 6800 XT’s HEVC encoding support. I did this while playing the game at 4K with the aforementioned “uncompromised” ultra quality settings. I still managed between 70fps and 89fps.
In fact, when running the game’s benchmark with and without recording activated, the difference was only ONE frame per second, dipping from 81fps to 80fps. A margin of error basically.MORE FROM FORBESAMD Radeon RX 6800 Series Review: A Ridiculously Compelling UpgradeBy Jason Evangelho
Consoles are cheaper, sometimes they’re more user-friendly and they certainly have their place in the gaming ecosystem, but consoles definitely can’t do this.
Neither could last year’s valiant but woefully underpowered RX 5700 XT.
After crunching the numbers, the new RX 6800 XT actually manages to crank out double the performance as the RX 5700 XT. And that’s not an outlier. That’s the norm across a bunch of games tested.
For the full scoop on that, check out my review here.