Originally Posted by iRUSH
Ok so Vulkan is clearly amazing for newer AMD hardware.
Can we expect this kind of jump with Nvidia in an upcoming driver?
Be honest please. I and many others would love to see this gap stay but if it's unlikely, I'd like to know.
Science this sucker out for me OCN 😃
I think what's happening is that AMD's OpenGL driver was pretty bad. Using Vulkan, you can now see what AMD's hardware can actually do.
NVIDIA's OpenGL driver is apparently very good. It likely already got pretty close to what's theoretically possible with the hardware. You won't ever see a big improvement from Vulkan on NVIDIA if that's true.
The DirectX 11 vs. 12 situation seems to be somewhat similar, though with AMD's DX11 driver being a lot better than their OpenGL driver, so there's less of an improvement there.
Another hint about all of this can perhaps be seen in the Linux situation where there's an open source effort of some random nerds writing an OpenGL driver. The open source OpenGL driver there can compete pretty well with AMD's official OpenGL driver for things like fps in Valve games, but a similar open source OpenGL driver for NVIDIA produces a lot lower fps compared to NVIDIA's official driver. This could perhaps be proof that NVIDIA's drivers are a lot closer to what the hardware can do when everything's perfect, meaning you can't expect great improvements from Vulkan.