When it comes to graphics drivers, it’s NVIDIA that usually takes the crown. AMD’s Radeon graphics drivers have been largely ignored over the past decade but that is gradually changing since the Adrenaline rebranding a couple of years back. Data compiled by ComputerBase shows that the gaming performance of the Radeon RX 6800 XT has increased by as much as 36% over the past two years. The gains are especially prominent in ray-traced titles which makes sense as the RDNA 2 uarch offloads BVH traversal to the shader software.
The biggest gains can be seen in Battlefield 2042 and Deathloop (with RT enabled) wherein the Radeon RX 6800 XT is 24% and 36% faster with the latest Adrenaline driver when compared to older versions (20.11.2/21.9.2). Similarly, Hellblade and Resident Evil Village see double-digit gains of 13% and 12%, respectively. Far Cry 6 is another title that is accelerated by as much as 28% with the newer Adrenaline drivers.
And then there’s Halo Infinite which stuttered like hell at the time of launch with an average of less than 30 FPS. The latest Adrenaline drivers not only fix that but also confer a healthy lead of more than 20% to RX 6800 XT over the RTX 3080.
In non-RT rasterized games, the biggest gains were recorded in Forza Horizon 5 and Assassins’ Creed Valhalla. These titles got a performance uplift of 24% and nearly 30%, respectively.
With AMD set to announce its next Edition of Adrenaline drivers later today, expect some neat additions to the software suits with a special focus on upscaling technologies.