AMD vs. NVIDIA Vulkan Ray-Tracing Performance On Linux With Breaking Limit

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 9 July 2024 at 11:00 AM EDT. Page 3 of 3. 158 Comments.
GPUScore: Breaking Limit benchmark with settings of Resolution: 3840 x 2160, Ray-Tracing: On. RTX 4090 was the fastest.

Running Breaking Limit at 4K saw the GeForce RTX 4090 running at just under a sixty FPS average.

GPUScore: Breaking Limit benchmark with settings of Resolution: 3840 x 2160, Ray-Tracing: On. RTX 4090 was the fastest.
GPUScore: Breaking Limit benchmark with settings of Resolution: 3840 x 2160, Ray-Tracing: On. RTX 4090 was the fastest.

The GeForce RTX 40 series was delivering superior performance-per-Watt too throughout all of this benchmarking when ray-tracing was enabled.

GPUScore: Breaking Limit benchmark with settings of Resolution: 3840 x 2160, Ray-Tracing: Off. RTX 4090 was the fastest.
GPUScore: Breaking Limit benchmark with settings of Resolution: 3840 x 2160, Ray-Tracing: Off. RTX 4090 was the fastest.
GPUScore: Breaking Limit benchmark with settings of Resolution: 3840 x 2160, Ray-Tracing: Off. RTX 4090 was the fastest.

With ray-tracing disabled, Breaking Limit could run well at 4K on the RX 7700 XT and above or the RTX 4070 series and above. Without ray-tracing the performance-per-Watt was more competitive between the AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards.

Mesa's RADV Radeon driver is handling Vulkan ray-tracing much better compared to months ago, but as these results show, NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards with their proprietary Vulkan driver still have the upper-hand to RT performance. Not only were the NVIDIA graphics cards much faster when engaging Vulkan ray-tracing but it was also a trouble-free experience unlike the occasional AMDGPU issues when RT was enabled. Coming up later this week is a fresh look at the RADV vs. AMDVLK driver performance.

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