AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.4.2 - DirectX 12 Performance Boosted
Published: 25th April 2016 | Source: AMD Radeon Technologies Group | Price: |
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.
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.
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.
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.