Now some people don’t need a video card for gaming, they need the processing power for rendering or 2D/3D production, or in some cases people who game also do work on the side. So it is also important to check out the compute performance on all of the video cards that come in. That includes doing a few different tests. My first test was a simple GPU Compute benchmark using Passmark’s Performance Test 9 and the XFX MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black fell right between the 5700 XT and all of the RTX 3060’s.
In Basemark I test with the DirectX12 setting and again with OpenGL. The XFX MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black struggled with OpenGL just like all of the AMD cards have been. But it didn’t do too bad at Direct X 12 where it was in between the reference clocked and overclocked RTX 3060’s.
Blender is always my favorite compute benchmark because the open-source 3D rendering software is very popular and it isn’t a synthetic benchmark. Here I render two scenes and combine the total time it takes. The XFX MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black took 231 seconds to complete the two renders. This was over 10 seconds faster than the Radeon VII and 20 seconds faster than the fastest RTX 3060. The next closest card was the RTX 2070 SUPER.