AMD Radeon Software Crimson - Overview and testing

Performance and Testing

AMD Radeon Software Crimson

Performance Improvements and Testing  

 

Most PC gamers update their GPU drivers for one main reason, to improve our performance in today's games, especially for the latest titles. No big driver release can come without performance benefits, after all If the last driver is stable for you and there is no real performance gain why change it? 

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson   

 

With AMD's Radeon Software Crimson driver, AMD have worked hard to improve the performance of their driver both inside and outside of games, making driver start up up to 10x faster, display initialization up to 3x faster and making the experience with interacting with AMD's new Radeon control center much snappier. 

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson   

 

Inside games AMD has also been working hard to deliver more performance, both while using their Windows drivers and their Linux drivers. 

In Linux AMD see a lot more performance, with AMD showing a minimum of 12% improvement in the games that they have tested with their R9 390X. This is great to see, especially singe Steam Machines are currently coming to the market, hopefully AMD can continue to improve their Linux performance with later driver releases.  

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson   

 

In Windows AMD seem to have focused mostly on improving their performance on the latest titles and on games using the DirectX 12 API, giving them a nice little bump in performance, though we will have to test and see whether AMD's Battlefront Improvements are improvements over their Day One Catalyst 15.11.1 driver. 

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson   

 

Benchmark Testing vs Catalyst 15.10 Beta Driver

In 3DMARK we see a little boost in performance when using AMD's Radeon Software Crimson driver, though it isn't really much to write home about. Any improvement is good to see though, so we can't really complain here. 

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson   

 

Game Testing vs Catalyst 15.10 Beta Driver

All the games here were tested with AMD's Catalyst 15.10 driver with the exception of Star Wars Battlefront, which was tested with AMD's optimized Catalyst 15.11.1 driver. 

In these tests we can see an almost across the board performance improvement at 4K, with the exception of Hitman Absolution. While all these improvements in performance are fairly minor, it is great to see AMD push a little more out of their hardware, especially in new releases like Star Wars: Battlefront. 

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson   

Battlefront performance when compared to Nvidia

Game performance in Star Wars Battlefront has been improved greatly with this new driver, not only improving AMD's average framerate over Nvidia's, but also greatly improving AMD's minimum framerate, which is in many ways much more important.

Now in Star Wars Battlefront AMD is not just winning marginally at 4K, but now has a commanding lead at both 1440p and 4K resolutions. Great Work AMD. 

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson   

New Radeon Software Drivers (Above), Day 1 Catalyst 15.11.1 Driver (Below)

Star Wars: Battlefront - AMD VS Nvidia Performance Review

 

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24-11-2015, 08:16:10

Tripp
looks like they have done a fantastic job, lets hope they can keep it up and turn around the public opinion.Quote

24-11-2015, 08:36:24

MrKambo
So seeing as i have a 295X2 it was only fair i did some initial testing

3DMark Pre-Crimson

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/...psew7yomra.png

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9406494?

3DMark Crimson

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8b0n3gn4.png

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9406650?

Clicking the 3dmark links below each image will show you what specs/clocks im running, if anyone would like me to try some games, ask and if i have them ill try them.Quote

24-11-2015, 08:42:13

JR23
'Radeon Software Crimson'? It's just awkward to say, the lack of grammar and eloquence has immediately cheapened their efforts, as always. Surely anyone in the English speaking world would change that to Radeon Crimson Software before presenting their new idea to anyone remotely resembling management. Will AMD ever manage to finish one thing as well as they started it before they die. It even looks quite good, and tasteful, with some very practical features but.... uhhh AMD, I can't watch.

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24-11-2015, 09:09:44

Killmeplsok
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Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
'Radeon Software Crimson'? It's just awkward to say, the lack of grammar and eloquence has immediately cheapened their efforts, as always. Surely anyone in the English speaking world would change that to Radeon Crimson Software before presenting their new idea to anyone remotely resembling management. Will AMD ever manage to finish one thing as well as they started it before they die. It even looks quite good, and tasteful, with some very practical features but.... uhhh AMD, I can't watch.

JR
To someone never bother to read, of course it sounds awkward or cheap.

Radeon Software is the name of the package and Crimson being the name of the major revision which is getting change as they release more updates and we might see Radeon Software Scarlet Edition or Radeon Software Ruby Edition in the future and that definitely makes more sense than changing the name of the software suite for every release.Quote

24-11-2015, 09:13:32

WYP
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Originally Posted by MrKambo View Post
So seeing as i have a 295X2 it was only fair i did some initial testing

3DMark Pre-Crimson

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/...psew7yomra.png

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9406494?

3DMark Crimson

http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8b0n3gn4.png

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9406650?

Clicking the 3dmark links below each image will show you what specs/clocks im running, if anyone would like me to try some games, ask and if i have them ill try them.
IT's OVER 9000!!!

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