AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted

AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2

AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted

AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2

 

When looking at the release highlights that we were given with AMD's 16.4.2 GPU driver we were somewhat disappointed, as the release notes did not tell us anything that was particularly noteworthy, support for XConnect technology for external GPUs and some new crossfire profiles for recently released games.    

AMD did tell us that there was more to this driver than meets the eye, as this new driver contains DirectX 12 specific optimizations, which should mean that in theory all games using the new API should see increases in performance. 

 

Below are the release highlights for AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2:

 

 - AMD XConnect technology: This driver provides full support for Thunderbolt 3 eGFX enclosures configured with Radeon R9 Fury, Nano or 300 Series GPUs. This driver also provides plug’n’play simplicity, plus an integrated management interface for such devices.

 
- Updated or new AMD Crossfire profiles available for:
- Elite Dangerous
- Need for Speed
 
- Resolved Issues
    • - The Division may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
    • - DOTA 2 toggling between borderless fullscreen and exclusive fullscreen can sometimes cause flickering or corruption when in AMD Crossfire technology mode
    • - Some DirectX 9 applications cannot disable AMD Crossfire technology mode through Radeon Settings.
    • - GPU clocks on some products may remain in high states after recovering from an application crash.
    • - A small subset of AMD Radeon R9 380 users may be experiencing slower than expected fan speeds.
    • - Power efficiency toggle in Radeon Settings is showing up for some unsupported products.
    • - The check for software updates feature in Radeon Settings may not find the latest available update.
    • - Some games may fail to show up in Radeon Settings gaming tab.
    • - The Radeon Settings option may sometimes disappear as a shortcut from the right-click context menu on desktop after a software upgrade.
    • - SteamVR Performance Test may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
    • - Stuttering or corruption observed while playing Fallout 4 on some graphics products in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
    • - Corruption in Hitman when using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
    • - Stuttering or freezing in some loading scenes while playing Hitman using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
    • - Negative scaling seen on Hitman when using AMD Crossfire technology mode.

 

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted

 
DirectX 12 Leadership
 
After looking at the release highlights for their new GPU driver AMD makes a lofty claim, that they have a double digit performance lead in DirectX 12 games, meaning that they have performance leads of 10% or more when comparing similarly priced AMD and Nvidia GPUs.
 
Below you can an AMD slide which shows AMD leading by 16% or more when comparing DirectX 12 games like Quantum break, Hitman 2016, Ashes of the Singularity and Gear of War Ultimate Edition, almost accounting for all major DirectX 12 games on the market, with the exception of Rise of the Tomb Raider.    
 
We will be testing AMD's new 16.4.2 driver with our R9 Fury X and be comparing that to the performance of our GTX 980Ti to see if these claims are true. We will also be comparing the performance of AMD's 16.4.2 driver with older AMD drivers to see exactly what kind of performance gains we can expect in DirectX 12.    

 

AMD's 16.4.2 GPU driver is available to download here

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Most Recent Comments

25-04-2016, 19:27:54

NeverBackDown
Is this the driver that increases DX12 performance? I didn't find that info in the driver release notes?Quote

26-04-2016, 05:40:16

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Is this the driver that increases DX12 performance? I didn't find that info in the driver release notes?
The main thing about this driver is the enhanced CF profiles for the Radeon Pro Duo, but it does offer more than what the release notes say.

AMD were nice enough to give us this driver early saying little more than that it contained new DirectX 12 optimizations, so we spent a lot of time testing it and low and behold we got a performance gain in every DirectX 12 game we tried.

While the performance gains are not massive, around 3-5% in most cases, they are very welcome. We expect that AMD are working on more optimizations for future releases, they want the best DX12 performance for when then next generation of products release.Quote

26-04-2016, 06:56:52

Porxster
That's all nice but what about fixing X-Fire issues the latest titles are plagued with?
DX11 and it's limitations will remain with us for some time...Quote

26-04-2016, 13:01:23

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by WYP View Post
The main thing about this driver is the enhanced CF profiles for the Radeon Pro Duo, but it does offer more than what the release notes say.

AMD were nice enough to give us this driver early saying little more than that it contained new DirectX 12 optimizations, so we spent a lot of time testing it and low and behold we got a performance gain in every DirectX 12 game we tried.

While the performance gains are not massive, around 3-5% in most cases, they are very welcome. We expect that AMD are working on more optimizations for future releases, they want the best DX12 performance for when then next generation of products release.
Ah okay then. Small increases but as they get better with dx12 and games get better at using it, should work out for them in the long runQuote

26-04-2016, 17:42:28

nashathedog
I don't know if I missed the reason written somewhere but why was GOW only tested at 4k?Quote
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