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What is your experince with AMD drivers ?

post #1 of 23
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Hi,

I had enough of nVidia drivers problem and I want to know before buying an AMD card if AMD has stable drivers or also full of bugs ? please also advise when I can find custom cooler AMD rx 480 card from Asus or MSI ? as all I can see now are reference cards and priced higher than MSRP.
post #2 of 23
I've always found AMD drivers to be significantly worse as I think most people do, they generally have good bang for the buck but it come at an expense of just not living up to what they say it should (I've had many different AMD cards and used drivers from them for many years).
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Been using AMD for the past 4 years, and their drivers have been great in terms of performance. The only time performance have been a miss is when they don't have game ready drivers out, but that at most has been a week from release and after that point, performance in game always veen positive. But as always, read the release notes to see if you don't miss anything that may affect your game performance negatively.
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Originally Posted by huzzug View Post

Been using AMD for the past 4 years, and their drivers have been great in terms of performance. The only time performance have been a miss is when they don't have game ready drivers out, but that at most has been a week from release and after that point, performance in game always veen positive. But as always, read the release notes to see if you don't miss anything that may affect your game performance negatively.

I agree. I've used 2 AMD cards since 2012; both ran great together with AMD's drivers. Like huzzug said, the only drawback I see is the relatively longer time for drivers which have game optimizations to be released.
Performance is good, I haven't really experienced a driver crash yet. I haven't tried overclocking my GPU though.
post #5 of 23
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Yes nVidia is faster in releasing new drivers but I dont care , what is important to me is stable drivers
post #6 of 23
back in 2014 a driver update (14.7 RC if I remember correctly) bricked my R9 290, but the card was replaced and ran rock solid for another few weeks that it took me to sell it and move to geforce. Plus it's 2016 now and they still can't give you adaptive (dynamic) v-sync they promised three years ago, which is a make or break feature for using 120Hz blur reduction mode with vsync.
However, if you're set to buy a rx480 then I think you should go for it. Bad luck with the drivers happens on nearly every piece of pc hardware, it's been and it will be that way.
I think the frequency of driver updates from amd has improved as well. A few years ago we used to get like 3 driver updates from amd a year, and none of them were even wqhl
Edited by Klocek001 - 8/20/16 at 1:11am
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back in 2014 a driver update (14.7 RC if I remember correctly) bricked my R9 290, but the card was replaced and ran rock solid for another few weeks that it took me to sell it and move to geforce. Plus it's 2016 now and they still can't give you adaptive (dynamic) v-sync they promised three years ago, which is a make or break feature for using 120Hz blur reduction mode with vsync.
However, if you're set to buy a rx480 then I think you should go for it. Bad luck with the drivers happens on nearly every piece of pc hardware, it's been and it will be that way.
I think the frequency of driver updates from amd has improved as well. A few years ago we used to get like 3 driver updates from amd a year, and none of them were even wqhl

AMD does not provide vsync in games ?
post #8 of 23
It doesn't have adaptive v-sync. To me is just inconcievable how such a basic option can still be missing. It disables v-sync when the framerate drops below e.g. 60 or 120 to prevent massive stutter. You get a little bit of tearing but there is no percievable response change,stutter,lag
Nvidia also features fast sync, which is a technology that provides no screen tearing even with v-sync off
Edited by Klocek001 - 8/20/16 at 1:22am
post #9 of 23
I think adaptive Vsync is a feature that was ported to Catalyst and later Crimson from radeonpro creator. I'll have to check on it but if you require and is unavailable on Crimson, you still can use third party tools to set up (yup inconvenience, but again, you did assemble a system yourself so I guess tinkering is within you).
post #10 of 23
Yup, the Dynamic Async is not available through drivers. You need to either use RadeonPro or you could head over to Guru3D forums and you'd find a guide showing how you can enable it. I'll post a link once I'm a a little better than IE6
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