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AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition (RSCE) 16.4.2 Overview

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: May 1, 2016 5:50 pm

Continued DX12 Dominance


AMD has had an early lead over NVIDIA in DirectX 12, with the new RSCE 16.4.2 drivers continuing that lead. The new drivers are faster than the previous drivers, with some nice increases.





AMD benchmarked the Radeon R9 Fury X against the GTX 980 Ti, where it's up to 16% faster in Quantum Break. Hitman has up to 24% more performance, while Gears of War is up to 16% faster under the new Catalyst 16.4.2 drivers. Even Gears of War gets a decent (up to) 16% performance jump.


AMD also compared the Radeon R9 390 versus the GTX 970, with the R9 390 beating out the GTX 970 by a decent margin, with up to 49% more performance in Hitman.



Final Thoughts


Wrapping up on our quick article on the new RSCE 16.4.2 drivers, AMD has hit another leg in its strive to compete on a new level against NVIDIA. We have an average of 20% more performance under DX12, which is great, as most consumers would have to buy another physical component for their system to reach another 20% performance. AMD is giving this performance away for free with the RSCE 16.4.2 drivers.


If AMD can continue this going into the future, NVIDIA might experience some issues keeping up - not that NVIDIA isn't capable of that, but they're used to an AMD that isn't this efficient with driver releases.


It all changed when AMD split its GPU division off into Radeon Technologies Group, and that momentum hasn't stopped. The RSCE 16.4.2 drivers are a testament to that, so let's hope AMD keeps it up and pressures NVIDIA in the race to DX12 dominance.

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