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Whilst the world might very slowly be returning to some semblence of normality, the effect that the Covid-19 situation has had on all manner of world trade will be felt for a while yet. No matter what you’re interested in you’ll be aware that most places are sold out of most things and the expected time of arrival is often measured in months rather than days. The PS5 is one of the biggest selling things in console history and we can’t think of a single minute one has been in stock on a major website. It’s an issue.,Probably the biggest shortfall for our sphere of interest is the graphics card market. Whether you want to blame it on Covid, or ships getting stuck across the Suez Canal, or people trying to mine enough currency to offset the electricity costs, it doesn’t really matter. The problem is unquestionably one of supply being totally out-stripped by demand.,What these delays do mean though is that you have plenty of time to peruse the market and save up for a card that might be better than the one you were originally planning to get. The Radeon RX 6000 series of RDNA 2 cards are a match for their Nvidia counterparts in the same way that their Ryzen CPUs matched, and then outperformed, their Intel rivals. One of the most famous companies for AMD Radeon cards is undoubtedly PowerColor. They’ve been banging out high performance models for longer than we’ve been reviewing things in these hallowed halls.,The latest addition to their range continues their underworld theme naming convention by being called the Hellhound. Even more impressively the model we have in for review is their all white model, cheekily named Spectral White. With a triple fan design, 8+1 Dr MOS power, and the backing of one of the biggest names in Radeon card history, the PowerColor RX 6700 XT Hellhound promises to tick many desirability boxes. Let’s find out if it does.,

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Up Close,

Many manufacturers have a logo that defines that particular product, and often they are more complicated than is necessary. The Hellhound branding is certainly impactful and perfect for stickers or a T-Shirt. Hey PowerColor…

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The Hellhound card itself is here in Spectral White format, with two large fans surrounding a smaller central one. There is no denying that it’s very white. We’re particularly keen on the simplicity of the fan shroud. No needless vents, slashes or creases. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course, but we like it very much.,
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The backplate continues this “simple but effective” design philosophy with an acre of white and that bold Hellhound logo. It’s nice to see that the concept of a vent in the back to assist with airflow to the top half of your case has continued on this design too. It’s more helpful than the cynical of you might believe when it comes to keeping your CPU temperatures a little lower than they might be with a regular “system partition” style card.,
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As a beefy RX 6700 XT the Hellhound has two 8pin PCIe power inputs. You can also get a good look at the size of the heatsinks keeping everything cool.,
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It’s touches like this that always score points with us. Rather than just sticking a white cooler on an otherwise plain PCB, PowerColor have gone the extra mile and given us a white PCB too. Sure in the great scheme of things it makes no difference, but it’s a sign of attention to detail.,
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If you’re one of those people who prefer your system to be dark and brooding then you’ll be pleased to note the switch that lets you turn off the lighting in one go. Just be careful not to catch it when installing the card and RMA it needlessly.,
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A closer look at the carefully designed heatsink and attractive white PCB on teh Hellhound. Not a cat hair of room left unused.,
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,Lastly around the business end we have one HDMI 2.1 – 8K60 bandwidth fact fans – and three DisplayPort 1.4s for your multi-display loveliness.,
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Test Setup

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,It looks the absolute business with the right fans and lighting.,

Clock Speeds
,Whilst the Hellhound might not come out of the blocks with a beefy factory overclock, the days when that mattered are long behind us. With a good cooler and smooth power delivery the automatic overclocking built into all the drivers will give you all the extra speed you desire. As there is only 100 MHz between the fastest average and the slowest, the various 6700XTs we’ve tested should be closely matched

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,Borderlands 3,

Borderlands 3 saw Gearbox Software return to developing their most famous IP following the somewhat dubious reception The Pre Sequel received. Borderlands has plenty of settings to tweak and, despite looking superficially similar to Borderlands 2, it’s significantly more demanding upon your hardware. At higher resolutions only the most performance rich need apply. Naturally we run with everything at the maximum possible settings

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,Remedy Entertainment’s Control is one of those games that demonstrates everything available to you in modern engines and with modern hardware. Not only does it have destructible environments but it supports all the hardware tricks, including Ray Tracing and DLSS on hardware with either or both of those features. We’re testing in every possible combination to demonstrate how each can impact your frames per second. The graph is all resolutions in ‘plain’ mode, sorted by 1080P.,unnamed file 2676  unnamed file 2658,

Crysis Remastered,

Crysis used to be the definition of a system’s performance potential, being one of the first game engines that used all the tricks available to it to push image quality to ever higher places. Of course that was long in the past so Crytek have remastered it to the point that even Pixar would probably struggle to turn everything on to maximum. Is that a case of a stern test or poor optimisation? That’s a debate for another day.,unnamed file 2678  unnamed file 2658,

Dirt 5,

The latest version of Codemasters – or is it EA – long running Rally game has plenty of visual splendour. Sure it’s never going to be mistaken for Richard Burns Rally or any of the genuine sims out there, but if you want to get muddy and know your “medium left over crest don’t cut”s from your “5 right tightens” then it’s a good place to start.,unnamed file 2680  unnamed file 2658,

F1 2020,

Despite being launched at a time when there wasn’t any motorsport – or any sport – in the world, F1 2020 is everything it could realistically be. No, the track list doesn’t match the real 2020 F1 season, but the cars are close to their real-life counterparts and the graphics engine brings all the glorious imagery we’ve come to expect from Codemasters F1 titles. We’re running with it all to the stops, because of course we are. This is one title that loves the eff out of the AMD cards

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Gears 5,

A game where we always mentally add “of War” to the title, the most recent addition to the Gears franchise saw The Coalition stick rigidly to the formula that has made this title a success on the Xbox. It’s more of a ‘best of’ than a new title, but still brings all the graphical glory to your screen as befits a game aimed at the console market. With everything turned up to ten the graphics can bring even beefy systems to their knees.,unnamed file 2684  unnamed file 2658,

Horizon Zero Dawn,

Alongside God of War, Horizon is one of the best titles from this generation of games. A massive open world and story rich game with none of the ‘collect 500 tiny things’ that plagues many open world titles, the breath-taking vistas and gorgeous animation of Aloy’s adventures should be experienced by all gamers. The PC release required some fine tuning to be all it could be, but graphically it’s still jaw-dropping and with everything up to the hilt as we have here, few games look better.,unnamed file 2686  unnamed file 2658,

Metro Exodus,

Along with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Control, Metro Exodus is one of a triumvirate of games in our test suite that takes full advantage of all your graphical hardware can offer. Being a part of this months Humble Choice most of you probably own this, and if not then it’s never been more affordable

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Microsoft Flight Simulator,

A title that doesn’t just require you to have some beefy hardware to maximise the visuals, but also a fairly empty hard drive to squeeze on one of the largest install sizes on the market, the newest instalment in the famous Flight Simulator series is gorgeous. Without any combat you’ve plenty of time with which to appreciate the satellite based ground imagery as well as the hand-crafted airports. With all the detail settings maximised it’s a stern test of your system

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Monster Hunter World

,Capcom’s Monster Hunter World might be, compared to other titles in our test suite, getting a little long in the tooth but it’s still a gorgeous title with beautiful scenery punctuated by boss fights that wouldn’t look out of place in a From Software title. The introduction of the Iceborne expansion pack boosted the graphics a little further, and as always we’re running everything as high as we can push

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Resident Evil 3

,Another Capcom title, the newest instalment of the remade Resident Evil franchise continues to up the ante in graphical glory. As someone old enough to have played the originals, seeing Jill Valentine in all her high definition glory never stops being impressive, and whilst the gameplay doesn’t quite shine as brightly as the two games that bracket this in the Res line-up, it’s still fun to turn everything up to max and murder some zombies.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

,Lara has been a firm fixture in our benchmark suite for as long as we can remember. Shadow might have had a mixed response as it took Miss Croft out of both her and the players comfort zones – particularly if the player hadn’t tried Rise of the Tomb Raider, but there is no denying the graphical splendour available from the Foundation engine.,unnamed file 2696  unnamed file 2658,

The Witcher 3,

The original Witcher flew under the radar a little bit in the mainstream, whilst winning an army of fans amongst the RPG hardcore. The Witcher 2 brought everything to it’s knees and was the Crysis of it’s time. The Witcher 3, rightfully, is legendary amongst gamers as the perfect blend of open-world, choices matter, graphically gorgeous role playing. Comfortably one of the best games ever.,unnamed file 2698  unnamed file 2658,

Total Warhammer 2,

Creative Assembly rewrote the book for strategy games with their Total War series, and with Total Warhammer they brought fantasy into that sphere. Total Warhammer 2 took all that was great about the first entry and filled it so full of content that you can play the Mortal Empires campaign for literal years if you wish. The CPU does as much work as the GPU here, thanks to hundreds of units and vast draw distances.

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Total War Saga: Troy

,A game everyone probably owns thanks to the free 24 hours on the Epic Store, Troy might not have the breadth of some of the more fully-fledged entries in the long Total War series, but it’s still a good way of showing off the well-rounded nature of your system. You need every component to be finely tuned to really pump those frames out.,unnamed file 2702  unnamed file 2658,

3DMARK: Time Spy

,If you’ve been using 3D Mark since the days when it was largely full of dragons and Matrix-esque FPS games, you’ll appreciate Time Spy taking you on a trip down memory lane whilst also showing the future too. It’s always a  lovely thing to watch which, as people who’ve seen the Fire Strike benchmark a thousand times or more, is a feature we appreciate.,unnamed file 2704  unnamed file 2658,

Temperatures and Power Draw,

Modern graphics cards no longer rely upon the user to overclock them, as the drivers now make the most of any spare power or thermal headroom available to boost the clocks to give the smoothest performance. Thus the temperature graph is a little less important than it used to be unless the manufacturer has created a godly cooler, whilst Power Draw is fun on your energy bill, but most of us just care about performance rather than a handful of Watts here and there.,In the case of the Hellhound, PowerColor have created a Godly cooler. People who like some manual overclocking fun and games take careful note

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The Radeon RX 6700 XT is the perfect foil for the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, being almost identical in performance and price. For those of you who have been desiring an all AMD system, or perhaps just have a preference for the products that come out of the Sunnyvale design studio, it is a fantastic weapon to have in your arsenal.,Naturally at this price point it’s all about being able to play absolutely anything, at maximum detail settings, at 1080P, and this is a task that the PowerColor Hellhound manages easily. Heck it has enough under the hood to be able to run at 1440P in nearly everything too. We are firm believers that the 60 FPS boundary is the line in the sand below which gaming isn’t remotely as fun or skill based as it should be, and we always consider that the water mark. Otherwise the Hellhound would be a 4K card. It’s not quite at that level, but then if you’re buying a card in this price group you really shouldn’t be expecting 4K performance with all the bells and whistles turned on.,The PowerColor RX 6700 XT Hellhound is available in two colours, either the black card that fits in with the majority of your builds, or this special edition Spectral White model for those of you, like the boss, who prefer your systems to be tax deductable as white goods. PowerColor deserve special praise here. Not only is the Hellhound logo one that we’d be happy to have on some branded merch, but they have gone all in on the white aesthetic. So often we see white products that are half efforts with a black PCB and chrome IO section. The Hellhound not only has a white connection plate but even a white PCB. No it won’t make a performance difference and you can’t really see it, but it speaks to the care and attention to detail that PowerColor have put into the card. When the fine details are correct you can be fairly sure the big ones are too.,Undoubtedly the big details are spectacular on the Hellhound. It might bring up visions of brimstone and eternal hellfire, but it’s extremely cool even under harsh loading. The fans don’t spin up below 60°C and we struggled to get the card hotter than that. Okay our GPU test rig has good airflow, but still, that’s massively impressive. This had the additional boon that those of you who want to manually overclock your card can be safe knowing there is tons of thermal headroom available. With the 8+2 phase DrMOS power there is also plenty of stability to push yet more volts through it, or if you’re happy to let the card overclock itself you’re guaranteed of a very long lifespan. As anyone on a budget knows, lifespan is almost just as important as performance. We can’t all spend £1000 a year on graphics. As you saw in our clock speed graph the lack of a factory overclock isn’t even an issue as the Hellhound isn’t much behind the XFX Merc 319.,With fantastic looks (especially in this Spectral White colourway), low power draw, extremely cool temperatures and great performance at the main resolutions the PowerColor RX 6700 XT Hellhound Spectral White is a brilliant card and worthy of your attention.,The Hellhound has an MSRP of $449, although current market forces might vary that wildly at retailers.

作者 frank