Mesa's RADV Radeon Vulkan Driver Continues Outperforming AMDVLK For RDNA2 Linux Gaming

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 28 June 2022. Page 2 of 6. 13 Comments

First up was GravityMark as a demanding Vulkan benchmark from Tellusim. GravityMark does support Vulkan ray-tracing but with that still maturing for RADV and no AMDVLK support, just the conventional Vulkan render path was tested. For the most part the RADV vs. AMDVLK performance was quite comparable between the two drivers with a slight advantage to RADV at the lower resolutions.

The DiRT Rally 2.0 racing game running on Linux by way of Steam Play with DXVK was seeing better performance on RADV than AMDVLK, even when using the older Mesa 22.0.1 release shipped by Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

The F1 2021 racing game under Steam Play was seeing nice performance uplift when moving from Mesa 22.0 to 22.2-dev from the Oibaf PPA. AMDVLK tests were unsuccessful here with AMDVLK running at frame-rates in the single digits as a seemingly new regression there.


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