200% Gains? MESA “RADV” Vulkan Drivers Take AMD Radeon GPUs to New Height!

by Shumail Ali
MESA “RADV” Vulkan Drivers

AMD’s latest Radeon GPUs have seen significant ray tracing performance gains thanks to the Mesa RADV Vulkan driver. The driver, which is designed for AMD graphics cards, has undergone significant improvements resulting in enhanced ray-tracing capabilities for the company’s latest GPUs.

According to data shared by the Mesa community on Phoronix, ray tracing performance improvements of up to 200% have been witnessed in AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XT. Additionally, significant ray tracing performance gains of up to 15% were observed in multiple titles including Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT “RDNA 2” GPU Before/After Gaming Performance:

58 FPS 67 FPS (+%15.51) Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
36 FPS 55 FPS (+%52.77) Ghostwire: Tokyo
21 FPS 35 FPS (+%66.66) Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
38 FPS 42 FPS (+%10.52) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
15 FPS 23 FPS (+%53.33) Bright Memory Infinite Ray Tracing Benchmark
8 FPS 14 FPS (+%75.00) Sackboy: A Big Adventure

In a comparison between the Radeon RX 7900 XT’s ray tracing performance on the latest driver and NVIDIA’s Geforce RTX 3080, the former was found to be approximately 5-10% faster in some titles, according to the Mesa community’s benchmarks. While NVIDIA’s RTX cards still maintain a lead in terms of raw computational performance, AMD’s outperforming ray tracing capabilities could help level the playing field in certain titles that are heavily reliant on ray tracing.

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT “RDNA 3” GPU Before/After Gaming Performance:

PROGRAM SCENE D4499C4C D4499C4C + !26105 (MERGED)
Ghostwire: Tokyo Fresh Game 5 FPS 12 FPS (+140%)
The Witcher 3 Outside Novigrad 27 FPS 37 FPS (+37%)
Control; High RT Executive Sector 56 FPS 56 FPS (flat)
Control; Ultra RT Mod Executive Sector 34 FPS 32 FPS (flat)
Chorus Outside Near Enclave 40 FPS 96 FPS (+140%)
Chorus Enclave Hangar 9 FPS 27 FPS (+200%)

All things considered, it looks like Mesa’s RADV Vulkan driver is shaping up to be a viable alternative to AMD’s own proprietary driver for Radeon GPUs.

Source: Phoronix

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