AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Struggles with Cyberpunk 2077’s Ray Tracing


AMD’s flagship RDNA 2 graphics card, the Radeon RX 6900 XT, is not powerful enough to deliver a near 60 FPS experience in Cyberpunk 2077 when the new Radeon ray tracing modes are enabled at higher resolutions. This coincides with new tests from PC Gamer showing that the $999 GPUs average 17 and 11 FPS in 4K RT (Medium) and 4K RT (Ultra) respectively. Similarly, the Radeon RX 6900 XT only achieves 34 and 23 frames per second at 1440p RT (medium) and 1440p RT (ultra) respectively.


As you can see in the chart above, you can see a pretty significant drop in performance between the Ultra preset and the Ray Tracing Medium preset in the game. There are no beam reflections in this class, only shadows and medium lighting, but even then it’s hard to find a better RDNA 2 map.

The Ray Tracing Ultra preset introduces ray tracing reflections, perhaps the most well-known ray tracing effects. With this setting, performance decreases significantly, sometimes to less than 10%.

Needless to say, neither gives much hope for smooth images, even at 30 frames per second, in 4K.

The AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT handles Cyberpunk 2077’s new ray tracing options, which are included in the latest CD PROJEKT RED patch, just as well. At 1080p, the Radeon RX 6700 XT averaged 34 and 24 frames per second with the medium and Ultra RT settings, respectively.


It’s a similar story with the Radeon RX 6700 XT. I only used this GPU at 1080p resolution for this review, which is probably a small mercy on my part, as the jump in ray tracing performance already puts this $379 GPU in a pretty precarious position, even at a lower resolution.

Source: Computer player

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frequently asked questions

Will the 6900 XT have ray tracing?

The RX 6900 XT is right on this duo’s heels when it comes to rasterization, meaning it will play the game with almost adequate performance parity without ray tracing, but the red team’s silicon known as Ray Accelerators hasn’t proven to be as comfortable with ray tracing as Nvidia’s RT cores.

Does AMD Radeon support ray tracing?

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is released today (November 18), and you can already get a first look at the graphics card’s ray tracing performance. … And the graphics show how a $649 graphics card can deliver ray-tracing games at 60+ frames per second.

Will the 6800 XT have ray tracing?

The AMD RX 6800 XT is the first ray tracing GPU from the Radeon team to support games with Microsoft DirectX Raytracing (DXR) rendering, albeit slower than Nvidia’s competition.

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