Intel Core i9-12900K (opens in new tab)
MSI Pro Z690-A WiFi DDR4 (opens in new tab)
Corsair 2x16GB DDR4-3600 CL16 (opens in new tab)
Crucial P5 Plus 2TB (opens in new tab)
Cooler Master MWE 1250 V2 Gold (opens in new tab)
Cooler Master PL360 Flux (opens in new tab)
Cooler Master HAF500
Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
Our 2022 GPU testbed consists of a Core i9-12900K processor, MSI Pro Z690-A DDR4 WiFi motherboard, and DDR4-3600 memory (with XMP enabled). We're running Windows 11 to ensure we get the most out of Alder Lake, and we're running the latest game patches and drivers for this testing — 22.5.2 in the case of the RX 6400, and we retested the RX 6500 XT as well for good measure.
Our gaming tests consist of a "standard" suite of eight games without ray tracing enabled, and a separate "ray tracing" suite of six games that all use multiple RT effects. We're not expecting much in terms of DXR performance, but we tested at 1080p medium and ultra in our standard suite, and 1080p medium in the DirectX Raytracing (DXR) suite.