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

Rise of the Tomb Raider AMD Driver Retest

Rise of the Tomb Raider AMD Driver Retest

Rise of the Tomb Raider AMD Driver Retest


Drivers are a very important aspect when it comes to GPUs, more so than pretty much any other component in your systems. Every game is different and they react to different GPUs in different ways, requiring the driver teams at both AMD and Nvidia to work very hard in order to make sure that every game performs a well as possible on their own hardware.  

Game specific driver releases have became common, especially for AAA games, so when a driver like this releases performance increases are expected and practically makes any GPU performance data that was made before the release useless.

Today we will be retesting Rose of the Tomb Raider using AMD's new 16.1.1 Hotfix driver for Rise of the Tomb Raider, a driver that brings both crossfire profiles and game specific optimizations to Rise of the Tomb Raider. Let's see how well it performs. 




For this game we will be using the newest drivers that were available when the game released, which is Nvidia's Game Ready Geforce 361.75 WQHL driver and AMD's 16.1.1 Hotfix driver for Rise of the Tomb Raider, both of which became available to the public in the last week. 


Test Setup  

We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using the current flagship GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. Both GPUs will be the reference design and will be ran at stock settings. 


AMD R9 Fury X & Nvidia GTX 980Ti
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero
G.Skill Ripjaws 4x4GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 

       Rise of the Tomb Raider - AMD VS Nvidia Performance Review  Rise of the Tomb Raider - AMD VS Nvidia Performance Review

Nvidia GTX 980Ti (Left), AMD R9 Fury X (Right)


To represent AMD and Nvidia's Mid range GPU offerings we have decided to use the AMD R9 380 and the Nvidia GTX 960. Both of these GPUs will be the ASUS Strix models

Both of these GPUs offer very similar performance in most scenarios and come in at very similar pricepoints, so it will be very interesting to see which GPU will come out on top. 


          Metal Gear Solid 5 Performance Review with ASUS  Metal Gear Solid 5 Performance Review with ASUS

Nvidia GTX 960(Left), AMD R9 380(Right)



Please go to the next page for performance data. 


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Most Recent Comments

02-02-2016, 12:57:33

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

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

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

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