Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used as we switched over to a new system for this review. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit version 2004 and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done our testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than 16 years ago.
Drivers used for testing:
The Intel Z490 platform that we used to test all of the video cards was running the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Z490 Gaming Motherboard with BIOS 1003 that came out in November 30th, 2020. We went with the Intel Core i9-10900K 10-core, 20-thread processor and left it at stock speeds. The HyperX DDR4 memory kit we used was a 32GB kit (2x16GB) and it is rated at 3600MHz and it was run at XMP settings. The Samsung SSD 970 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair RM1000x power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This platform supports the Re-Size BAR Support option, but we left it at the default setting of disabled.
Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
|The Intel Z490 Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-10900K|
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero
32GB HyperX 3600MHz DDR4
|Solid-State Drive||Samsung SSD 970 EVO 2TB|
|Cooling||Corsair Hydro H115i|
|Power Supply||Corsair RM1000x|
|Case||HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station|
|Operating System||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Monitor||Acer Predator X27 4K HDR|
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Black GPU-Z:
Let’s move on to the benchmark results!