AMD has released a new Radeon Adrenalin driver that should deliver performance improvements across three specific esports titles. It concerns PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch and Dota 2, where an 11 percent fps improvement would be possible in PUBG.
According to AMD, the new Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 driver causes the average frame rate in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to increase by 11 percent compared to the previous driver version 17.12.1, according to information sent to AMD in an e-mail. sent email.
This improvement was achieved on a test system with a Radeon RX 580 video card, an Intel i7 7700K CPU and 16GB DDR4 RAM at 3000MHz. At 1080p resolution and graphics settings on ultra, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds would have achieved an average fps of 69.6, up from 62.9 previously.
The percentage improvements are somewhat lower for Dota 2 and Overwatch, which could be partly explained by the improvements achieved when using higher resolutions. Dota 2 would have achieved an average frame rate increase of 6 percent on the same test system at 4k resolution with the settings on ultra. Overwatch showed a 3 percent performance increase at 1440p resolution and ultra settings.
It is no coincidence that the new driver mainly involves improvements in e-sports games. The new driver is the result of the so-called Project ReSX working group within AMD, or Project Radeon eSports Experience. This group says it has worked directly with developers of the games to make the optimizations possible. The new driver would also provide a smoother gaming experience in the three games and enable faster click-to-response times in Overwatch and Dota 2.