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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft. It is the 11th major installment, and 21st overall, in the Assassin’s Creed series and the successor to 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins. Set in the year 431 BC, the plot tells a fictional history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. Players control a male or female mercenary who fights for both sides as they attempt to unite their family.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a new game in our benchmark suite. The Radeon RX 5600 XT with the old BIOS attains an average framerate of 104 FPS at ultra settings. The updated BIOS yields a slightly better result at 104 FPS and the RTX 2060 tops out at 109 FPS.

 

Borderlands 3 is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games. It is the sequel to 2012’s Borderlands 2, and the fourth main entry in the Borderlands series. Borderlands 3 was released on 13 September 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on 30 October 2019 for Apple macOS.

Borderlands 3 is another one of our new titles. The updated BIOS gives the RX 5600 XT a significant jump over the “stock” BIOS. This leads to an increase of 10 frames per second to an average of 71 fps in the game and pushed it just past the RTX 2060 KO’s average frame rate of 63.

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing video game developed by Eidos Montréal and published worldwide by Square Enix in August 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Versions for Linux and macOS systems were released in 2016 and 2017, respectively. It is the fourth game in the Deus Ex series, and a sequel to the 2011 game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The gameplay—combining first-person shooter, stealth and role-playing elements—features exploration and combat in environments connected to the main hub of Prague and quests which grant experience and allow customization of the main character’s abilities with Praxis Kits.

In Deus Ex mankind divided, the RX 5600 XT and RTX 2060 KO are for all intents and purposes, tied. With the “stock” BIOS both cards average 72 FPS. With the new BIOS that jumps up 2 frames per second but still falls within the margin of error for testing purposes.

 

Far Cry New Dawn is a 2019 first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game is a spin-off of the Far Cry series and a narrative sequel to Far Cry 5. As a result, it features many pre-existing gameplay elements from the series, including a large open world, capturing outposts, and AI or co-op companions; but also introduces several elements from RPG gameplay, including an upgradeable home base and increased reliance of crafting from limited supplies.

Farcry New Dawn shows that the RTX 2060 has a slight lead in this AMD optimized title. The RTX 2060 slugs out a 109 average FPS with the RX 5600 XT slightly behind at 103. For me, this is essentially a tie as the difference in frames per second falls within the margin of error.

 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Paris and published by Ubisoft. It was released worldwide on March 7, 2017, as the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise and is the first game in the Ghost Recon series to feature an open world environment. The game moves away from the futuristic setting introduced in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and instead features a setting similar to the original Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon with the game world including a wide variety of environments such as mountains, forests, deserts, and salt flats.

In Ghost Recon Wildlands we don’t see much of a performance improvement when we moved from the BIOS the GPU shipped with to the new BIOS. When comparing the RTX and RX cards, we see the RTX card takes a slight lead at 62 frames per second average and the RX 5600 XT with 59 frames per second average.

 

Hitman 2 is a stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is the seventh major installment in the Hitman video game series and is the sequel to the 2016 game Hitman. The game was released on 13 November 2018 and was met with generally positive reviews, with critics considering it to be an improvement over its predecessor.

Hitman 2 shows the RTX 2060 KO can put some distance between the it and the RX 5600 XT. The RX 5600 XT averages 111 FPS after the BIOS upgrade and the RTX 2060 KO averages 121 matching the RX 5700.

 

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter video game with survival horror and stealth elements. Set in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the former Russian Federation, the player must cope with the new hazards and engage in combat against mutated creatures as well as hostile humans. It is the third installment in the Metro video game series based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels, following the events of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light.

Metro Exodus was tested with the ULTRA preset and Hairworks turned off. RTX/DLSS was not used for the RTX 2060 testing. In Metro Exodus, we essentially have another tie. 1 frame per second separates the RX 5600 XT and the EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO.

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game developed by Eidos Montréal in conjunction with Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. It continues the narrative from the 2013 game Tomb Raider and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The RTX 2060 pulls 10 frames per second lead over the RX 5600 XT in Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 102 FPS vs. 92.

 

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter with a huge emphasis on cooperative gameplay. In the game, the player assumes the role of an adventurer in the 1930s and can team up with three other players to fight against different mythological enemies like mummies, giant scorpions, and minotaurs. The game’s four playable characters, who can be customized, have different weapons and abilities. Players have a large arsenal of weapons at their disposal. Each weapon has several upgrade slots, which can be used to enhance combat efficiency. Players can switch and upgrade their weapons at the workbenches found in a level. They can also activate different traps, such as spinning blades and spikes, to kill enemies.

With Strange Brigade, I tested in both DX 12 and Vulkan APIs. In both tests, the RX 5600 XT wasn’t able to keep pace with the EVGA RTX 2060 KO and the gap widened even further when we switched to the Vulkan API. The RX 5600 XT averaged 119 FPS compared to the 131 FPS of the 2060 KO in DX12 and 123 FPS compared to 146 in the Vulkan API.

 

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first-person shooter developed by MachineGames and Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks as a spin-off of the Wolfenstein series, The player assumes control of either Jessie or Zofia Blazkowicz from a first-person perspective; an optional cooperative multiplayer mode is included. Players can complete the game with another player or with an artificial intelligence substitute. Missions can be completed in a non-linear order, and players can unlock new gear and abilities as they progress in the game.

Wolfenstein Young Blood shows the RX 5600 XT lag behind the EVGA RTX 2060 KO by a good margin and in fact, the RTX 2060 KO matches the RX 5700 however, we’re starting to see a bit of CPU bottleneck here. The RX  5600 XT scores 134 FPS with the new BIOS installed. This is a significant uptick in performance over the stock BIOS at 118 frames per second.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Western-themed action-adventure game. Played from a first or third-person perspective, the game is set in an open-world environment featuring a fictionalized version of the Western, Midwestern and Southern United States in 1899, during the latter half of the Wild West era and the turn of the twentieth century. For most of the game, the player controls outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang, as he completes numerous missions—linear scenarios with set objectives—to progress through the story; from the game’s epilogue, the player controls John Marston. Outside of missions, the player may freely roam its interactive world.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested in both DX12 and Vulkan. Since the frame rates are so close, once again I suspect CPU bottlenecking is happening. With that, in DX 12, the RX 5600 XT and the RTX 2060 essentially tie with 54 and 56 FPS and Vulkan, there is a bit more of a gap at 51 FPS for the RX 5600 and 58 FPS for the 2060 KO.

 

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.

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