AMD's DirectX 11 Boosting Driver Tested - Great news for classic PC games on Radeon

Conclusion - Is this driver a big deal for AMD?

AMD's DirectX 11 Boosting Driver Tested - Great news for classic PC games on Radeon

Conclusion - Did AMD's Preview Driver work its magic? 

To say the least, AMD's new May Preview Driver was unexpected. A seemingly magic driver that gives AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series performance gains in all DirectX 11 games. It almost sounds too good to be true. Thankfully, it is true.

In games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Crysis Remastered, AMD's May Preview drivers work wonders. On our test system, the average framerates of these games claimed significantly, and their 1st percentile framerates rose by around 30%. Those are huge performance gains, though it is worth remembering that not all games saw such amazing results.

DirectX 11 is a broadly used API, and to test this new driver we benchmarked eight games and 3DMARK Fire Strike. With the exception of Far Cry 5 (which is hugely CPU/cache/memory limited), all of the games that we tested saw performance gains with AMD's May Preview driver. That said, some games recieved performance gains that were so minor that they aren't hugely significant. Even so, all gains are good gains.

AMD's driver team should be very proud of their work here, as DirectX 11 is such a widely used API that this new preview driver could deliver performance gains for Radeon products across thousands of PC games. This is a big deal for Radeon owners, though the preview status of this driver signals that AMD may have some wrinkles to iron out before adding their DirectX 11 improvements to their public AMD Software releases.

With features like Radeon Super Resolution (review here) and this new DirectX 11 boosting preview driver, AMD has confirmed that they are committed to supporting classic PC games with their latest hardware/software innovations. These new DirectX 11 optimisations/reworks can deliver performance gains for both old and new PC games, and RSR can easily upscale classic titles that lack support for in-game upscaling. More and more PC games are moving to DirectX 12/DirectX 12 Ultimate, and AMD could have decided to minimise its focus on DirectX 11 to push more resources elsewhere. It is hard not to be positive about AMD's driver fine-tuning, especially if you enjoy playing older games.   

With AMD's May Preview driver, some games see massive performance gains while others see a modest boost. Either way, this driver update rocks. We hope to see its DirectX 11 boosts on AMD's official drivers soon, and to see these optimisation reach users that own older Radeon GPUs. It would be a shame to see only the RX 6000 series enjoying these boosts. 

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Most Recent Comments

12-05-2022, 19:53:01

Well I didn't install this i'll wait for it next month no doubt, but i did install the latest driver and tested out death loop with fsr2 it plays fine idk if better or not thou tbh as it was some time since i played it so looks wise not sure but seemed less grainy than i remembered it.

fps wise it's higher thou and the only odd thing is when you load into game the fps is low then rockets afterwards so it's doing something different.Quote

13-05-2022, 09:36:47

Regarding Far Cry 5 you said

That said, it makes us wonder if performance would chance with a processor like AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D or Intel's latest 12th generation CPU models. Would we see performance gains with AMD's new driver if we were less CPU limited?
The AMD blog post about the performance update says that Far Cry 5 has a 4% improvement, and the driver release notes say that at least the gains mentioned in the release notes are with the 5800X3D, so I'd say that yes, you should expect a small improvement with the 5800X3D.Quote

14-05-2022, 18:18:37

I'm curious, With Crysis Remastered, What were the graphical settings as it's not mentioned ?Quote

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