AMD’s announcement of its AMD Software program Preview Driver for Could 2022 carried with it substantial efficiency claims for video games constructed on the now-superseded DX 11 API. AMD’s claims of a ten% common efficiency enhance throughout a collection of video games deserve testing, particularly contemplating the extra substantial efficiency will increase, which the corporate stated may attain a 28% uplift in Murderer’s Creed Odyssey and a 30% enhance in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. And in keeping with OC3D, who examined the preview driver in a collection of video games, AMD’s claims aren’t solely correct: they’re like voodoo magic for the “wonderful wine” narrative.
OC3D’s outcomes for the RX 6800 they examined with paint a superb image for AMD’s Could preview driver, beginning with some of the optimized-for functions on the market: 3D Mark’s Fireplace Strike benchmark. The enhancements aren’t extraordinary, however benchmarks are examples of GPU-bound workloads which are exhaustively optimized for by producers (since they’re incessantly used as advertising devices when evaluating in opposition to different suppliers). Even nonetheless, AMD’s driver group managed to enhance scores throughout the board, unlocking a pair hundred factors throughout all efficiency modes (Extremely, Excessive, and normal), even when largely by an below 2% enchancment. An additional yr for AMD’s wonderful wine.
The enhancements do attain the black magic class in video games resembling Murderer’s Creed Odyssey. Whereas common body charges see an already substantial 16.7% efficiency enhance in 1080p (from 77.4 fps to 90.4), 1st percentile framerates elevated a staggering 30%, from 57.2 as much as 74.3 frames. The earlier common turned the brand new low – arguably enhancing some of the essential metrics for gaming experiences. 1440p outcomes comply with together with these outcomes, however 4K eases up on the efficiency enchancment. Even so, an 11% efficiency enchancment in 1st percentile frames brings them above the 60 FPS barrier – as soon as once more unlocking a measurable enchancment within the gaming expertise. However there are extra video games with vital efficiency enhancements.
|Title||AMD Efficiency Enchancment Claims||OC3D Testing Outcomes|
|Murderer’s Creed Odyssey||28%||17.8%|
|Far Cry 5||4%||1%|
|God of Conflict||–||2%|
|Whole Conflict: Warhammer III||5%||2%|
Evidently AMD’s efficiency claims have turned out fairly correct, all issues thought of. Whereas the typical efficiency enhance in Murderer’s Creed Odyssey did not attain the claimed 28% efficiency enchancment, the efficiency uplift for 1st percentile frames jumped by the next quantity, arguably offering a extra substantial influence to expertise.
OC3D’s selection of checks – significantly in the case of the 17% efficiency enchancment in Crysis Remastered – evidently AMD-toting players could possibly be in for a couple of extra surprises than AMD let on. The corporate cannot check each DX11 recreation with its new driver launch. However the truth that this recreation, which wasn’t listed as being on the receiving finish of efficiency optimizations, noticed such a considerable enchancment implies that there are probably a couple of diamonds within the tough to be discovered but in players’ catalogs of DX 11 video games.
On the finish of the day, AMD is feeding the “wonderful wine” narrative by unlocking efficiency enhancements which are freed from cost for customers – and for video games that are not the newest and biggest AAA experiences. House owners of AMD-based graphics playing cards can already obtain the AMD Software program Preview Driver Could 2022 at AMD’s web site. It is nonetheless unclear when an official driver launch will comply with, and the Preview nomenclature ought to put customers on discover of potential bugs within the software program suite. Your mileage might range – however with AMD’s newest efficiency driver, the variation tends to be an immensely constructive one.