Mesa 20.1-dev RADV vs. RADV+ACO vs. AMDVLK vs. AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan Radeon Linux Gaming Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 16 March 2020. Page 5 of 5. 14 Comments

When pushing Thrones of Britannia harder by running at 1440p, ACO was of more help for Mesa's RADV while the AMDVLK driver tended to perform the best by a few frames.

ACO was of minor help to the Mesa 20.1 RADV performance for Total War: Warhammer II but overall the RADV driver was performing in line with the other AMD driver options.

Overall, it's great seeing that with Mesa 20.1-devel Git the RADV performance when enabling ACO is pretty much comparable or faster to AMD's AMDVLK and AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan driver options. While the AMD driver options had a few games with stability issues, overall Mesa 20.1-devel RADV was in a good state as of the Git revision used except for an apparent Vega/GFX9 regression with having a couple of issues there. But overall the open-source AMD Linux Vulkan graphics driver ecosystem is as great as ever. If you enjoy these frequent Linux benchmarks, consider going premium to help us out. Thanks.

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