Rise of the Tomb Raider PC performance retested with new AMD drivers

Conclusion

Rise of the Tomb Raider AMD Driver Retest

Conclusion

As I said at the very beginning GPU drivers are very important, with the newest driver iterations from AMD and Nvidia not just fixing bugs and issues, but providing us with some great boosts to in the performance of modern games.

Rise of the Tomb Raider performed very well on both AMD and Nvidia at launch, but with this new driver AMD has gained an edge in the performance battle, with the Fury X winning in 4K performance against the GTX 980Ti and the R9 380 beating the GTX 960 in 1080p performance.    

At 1440p things get a little bit more complex, with the GTX 980Ti and the R9 Fury X performing almost identically, to a point where I would say that if I tested both systems blind I would not be able to tell the difference between the two GPUs.

Both HBAO+ and PureHair performance has been improved by this driver, now making the performance impact of these effects almost identical on both GPU platforms, truly leveling the playing field between AMD and Nvidia. 

Hopefully AMD can continue to deliver Game specific drivers and start to get closer the games launch in the future, as I would really like to see new drivers ready from both sides before the launch of big games in the future.  

 

You can join the discussion on Rise of the Tomb Raider's Performance with AMD's new 16.1.1 Hotfix Driver on the OC3D Forums.

 

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02-02-2016, 12:57:33

AlienALX
Thanks for the timely review

Just a note. I had a crash earlier and after that the game was black screening, then crashing. The only workaround that got it going again was to disable Crossfire, play past that point and then enable it again.

It seems there is still work to do, either with the driver or the game itself.Quote

02-02-2016, 13:13:23

Damien c
Seems like a small improvement but decent.

Now I just need nVidia to sort out there performance, but I also need to sort out my performance on the game as of today after, a reinstall of windows my frame rates have dropped to 15fps for the first minute of playing, then jumps to 30fps after that.

Downloading Unigine Valley at the moment to look at what that looks like, otherwise I have some stuff to work out tomorrow when I wake up.Quote

02-02-2016, 13:32:45

AlienALX
I'm getting FPS jumps too. Especially when the advice meter appears at the top of the screen. It seems to crawl when that's there, then goes back to normal once it's gone.

Still, at least my GPUs are scaling enough to make the game playable at 4k with max settings. I'd been waiting a very long time for this, so I'm very happy I can play it now.

I've reported my issues (and the FO4 one) directly to AMD so I'm now waiting on them. I guess it's kind of good news that they have a profile for Fallout 4, because it must mean the game engine will work with it and they could have that fixed before long.

And that would be nice, given that as soon as they launch the X2 it's going to live or die by support and performance in the latest games.Quote

02-02-2016, 13:35:22

Damien c
My frame rate was rock stable at between 30fps to 60fps maxed out at 4K, yesterday but today after a fresh install of windows due to some issues I was having, with other software and audio stuff, the performance is a mess.

Got a video converting at the moment that has about 10 minutes left then gonna run Unigine Valley, if that shows issues then I will leave it till tomorrow and just watch some films tonight.Quote

02-02-2016, 13:45:15

JLR
Nice review . Good to see AMD can still put up a good fight.Quote
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