Adrenalin Software Edition 18.12.1 Driver Performance Analysis featuring the Red Devils RX 590 and the RX Vega 56

As a returning feature for BabelTechReviews, this driver performance analysis will chart the performance of 37 PC games using the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 which was released last week. We will compare these drivers with the 18.8.40 launch drivers for the RX 590 and also with September’s drivers used for the RX Vega 56. For an additional comparison, we are also showing their main rivals, the RTX 2070 FE’s and the EVGA GTX 1060 SC’s performance on the latest GeForce 417.01 drivers.

Future BTR driver performance analysis will track the progress of every major driver release from NVIDIA and from AMD, and they will include every game in our recently updated 37-game benchmark suite including Hitman 2 and Battlefield V.

We will document the performance changes of the current Adrenalin Software 18.12.1 Edition on Windows 10 at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440 resolutions.  Our testing platform is a recent install of Windows 10 64-bit Home Edition, and we are using an i7-8700K which turbos all 6 cores to 4.7 GHz, an EVGA Z370 FTW motherboard, and 16GB of HyperX DDR4 3333MHz. The games tested, settings, and hardware are identical except for the drivers being compared.

Let’s get to the test configuration, to the driver release notes, and then to our results.