AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted

Game Testing - Hitman 2016

AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted

Game Testing - Hitman 2016

Hitman 2016 is an AMD Gaming Evolved title, so it is expected that the game would run best on AMD hardware, especially when the game is said to have one of the best implementation of Asynchronous shaders in gaming to date, which is a DirectX 12 feature that only AMD supports right now.  

We tested the game on AMD's launch day 16.3 driver, which was specifically optimised for Hitman.  

 

Nvidia Issues with DirectX 12

When running Hitman with DirectX 12 on Nvidia's GTX 980Ti I found that the game would crash only a few minutes into gameplay, which mean that we were unable to get any usable benchmark data for the game when using the new API.   

 

1080p Performance

With AMD's new 16.4.2 driver AMD's R9 Fury X gains 3% more performance when looking at the games average framerate, with 4% gains on the minimum framerate.     

When comparing the performance of AMD's R9 Fury X to Nvidia's GTX 980Ti we can see that the R9 Fury X offers  better performance in DirectX 11, with further performance boosts when using the DirectX 12 API.     

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted  

 

1440p Performance

Moving to 1440p we see that AMD's new drivers give AMD's R9 Fury X almost 3% more performance, which while small is very significant considering that we have seen similar gains in both Gears of War and Ashes of the Singularity with just a single driver change. 

We see as we move to higher resolutions that the performance gap between AMD's R9 Fury X and Nvidia's GTX 980Ti becomes wider, with AMD's R9 Fury having an average framerate that is 10FPS higher than Nvidia's GTX 980Ti when using their new 16.4.2 driver and DirectX 12. 

 

AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted 

4K Performance

At 4K the performance gains are a little lower than what we have seen at 1440p and 1080p when playing Hitman, with our R9 Fury X gaining only 2.5% more performance from AMD's new 16.4.2 driver.  

One thing to also note is that the game has a consistently higher minimum framerate, which while only 1-2FPS higher is still a significant improvement when considering that only driver software has changed here. 

 

 AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted  

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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
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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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