PUBG performance blooms in Radeon 18.2.2 drivers

If cryptocurrency mining is the biggest force driving graphics card demand right now, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds just might be right behind. The game is certainly has the largest player base on Steam at the moment. AMD already has a considerable following among miners, and its latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 driver update could curry some favor with the PUBG community. The company claims a 5% uptick in 2560×1440 PUBG performance on its Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card and a larger 7% speed bump on the older Radeon RX 580 card compared to the previous driver version.

The driver team didn't spend all of its time on PUBG, though. The notes also claim a 3-4% performance increase in Kingdom Come: Deliverance and a boost of 3-6% in PUBG-competitor Fortnite. The increases all depend on the card in question, and the larger gains are apparent on Radeon RX 580 boards. All performance data was gathered on a test system with an Intel Core "i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz)" and 16 GB of DDR4. We think the actual CPU used in the tests was a mainstream desktop Core i7-7700K, but Intel also offers the Core i7-7740X on its X299 high-end desktop platform.

Curiously, the release notes contain no information about bug fixes. The document does spell out some lingering issues, including flickering during video playback on some systems with FreeSync monitors, crashing in Radeon Overlay in some titles, FreeSync-related stuttering on multi-monitor systems, and flickering in Radeon Overlay in conjunction with Enhanced Sync. The only game-specific bug listed is missing water textures in World of Final Fantasy.

Well-equipped crypto miners will likely lament the lingering trouble with system hangs on machines with 12 or more graphics cards in compute mode. The few casual miners that also use CrossFire while gaming still have to jump through a couple of hoops to switch their cards between compute and gaming modes.

Cautious gerbils will want to scan the rest of the release notes, while braver rodents will just go looking for the download links on that same page. As ever, AMD's drivers are available for those running 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 10. Windows 8 die-hards and Mac owners using Boot Camp aren't invited to the party.

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    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Aw WOW! 7%!!! That’s a whole……4fps?

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Maybe it’s my old time experience talking, but every time I hear “PUBG” I think of some type of middleware framework and not a twitchy game.

      • drfish
      • 2 years ago

      Every time I hear PUBG I’m reminded that I want to make a spoof game called PUGB where you play as a Pug fighting other dogs in a… Oh, wait…

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        If I was British I’d think of PUBG as where you go after you’ve been kicked out of Pubs A – F for starting fights.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      Not to be confused with PUGD, which is what happens when no one in your guild is available…

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 2 years ago

        LFG… that knows what we’re doing here, can work together and doesn’t rage quit.

    • Meadows
    • 2 years ago

    Please refrain from the word “Bloom” in gaming graphics news posts, as the term still gives me nightmares from 15 years ago.

      • flip-mode
      • 2 years ago

      Am I the only one that thinks of Far Cry?

        • anotherengineer
        • 2 years ago

        CS:S de_nuke was bad with bloom when it was first intro’d. I disabled it on that game altogether.

    • kuraegomon
    • 2 years ago

    And now I patiently await the TR readership response to:
    [quote<][i<]Well-equipped crypto miners will likely lament the lingering trouble with system hangs on machines with 12 or more graphics cards in compute mode[/i<][/quote<] I expect something along the lines of: [b<][i<]CRY ME A RIVER 8!7c#3$$!!![/i<][/b<]

      • shank15217
      • 2 years ago

      Seriously.. that’s why I keep only 11 GPUs in my miners.

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