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The New Crimson AMD Driver Tested on R7 370 4G

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The new proprietary AMD GPU Driver named Crimson just shipped and I decided to take it for a spin in a set of benchmarks. So, let's see if we see any improvement in the performance of these drivers.

Edit: The Nvidia card used for comparisons is a GTX 760.

Let's start out with the Unigine set.

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Neither Unigine Heaven or Unigine Valley saw real performance improvements. Whatever slight improvements there might have appeared to be are within the margin of error.

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Once again, no real improvement. The DiRT benchmark should also be taken with a grain of salt as the runs slightly differ visually from one another.

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No improvement for Half-Life 2: Lost Coast either.

I also ran a Company of Heroes 2 test and quite surprisingly the game ran on maxed out graphics, though the framerate of 8.06 probably isn't really a reason for cheering. On minimum my whole system crashed, like it used to back when I last tried to run COH2. So, AMD folks, if you want to play COH2 you will probably have the best chance of the game working when all the dials are turned as high as possible. Or you could try the open source drivers which render the game at 20 FPS but with rendering errors.

So all in all, it seems that Crimson is more bark than bite. Granted, I didn't test any of the games mentioned on the leaked slides, so it's possible that those games in particular got optimization profiles which wouldn't affect performance elsewhere. The actual worth of such profiles in the long run is at least in my opinion questionable.

However, there is at least something positive in all of this: Crimson works on Ubuntu 15.10. The most recent version of Ubuntu has lacked working proprietary AMD drivers ever since the release and Crimson seems to have support for it, even though the supported distributions list doesn't mention it. Whether it will keep running is another question but so far things are looking good. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Segata Sanshiro 24 Nov, 2015
QuoteSo all in all, it seems that Crimson is more bark than bite.

Seems like more of a whimper. I wonder when they'll get their act together.
DamonLinuxPL 24 Nov, 2015
Buuu AMD drop support for my HD5850 :/ Now I need change my GPU to NVIDIA. Anyone can suggest good and chep gpu? Maybe gtx 660 or 750?

BTW. look like Radeon Crimson not is not a good driver is still at the same performance level as latest catalyst 15.9 :/
Or maybe they improve it in dota2 like I see on amd slide...
ricki42 24 Nov, 2015
Which nvidia card are you comparing to?
Samsai 24 Nov, 2015
Quoting: ricki42Which nvidia card are you comparing to?
Ah, forgot to mention it because I've already done this a couple of times. That would be a GTX 760.
adolson 24 Nov, 2015
Holy f-- are you for real? THIS is the extent of the vast improvements that were leaked early? This is a joke. AMD, seriously, what the hell? I want to give you money, but... THIS!
Liam Dawe 24 Nov, 2015
So, as I feared in my article on the leak, it's game-specific optimizations they did for ONLY the previous games mentioned.
Xpander 24 Nov, 2015
this is that 12%? :D its not even that much for this card at least.. maybe on higher ends it is.

ohh well... and no xorg 1.18 support either i think?
Fenix2412 24 Nov, 2015
Quoting: DamonLinuxPLBuuu AMD drop support for my HD5850 :/ Now I need change my GPU to NVIDIA. Anyone can suggest good and chep gpu? Maybe gtx 660 or 750?

BTW. look like Radeon Crimson not is not a good driver is still at the same performance level as latest catalyst 15.9 :/
Or maybe they improve it in dota2 like I see on amd slide...

You should check GTX 950 price. It should be ~180 euros (~730 PLN) depending on the version.
nitroflow 24 Nov, 2015
Quoting: DamonLinuxPLBuuu AMD drop support for my HD5850 :/ Now I need change my GPU to NVIDIA. Anyone can suggest good and chep gpu? Maybe gtx 660 or 750?

BTW. look like Radeon Crimson not is not a good driver is still at the same performance level as latest catalyst 15.9 :/
Or maybe they improve it in dota2 like I see on amd slide...

Go for the GTX 960 4GB.
ziabice 24 Nov, 2015
You forgot to mention that they fixed glxgears stuttering!
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