Performance Charts & Conclusion

The Performance Summary Charts with 46 Games

Below are the summary charts of 46 games and 3 synthetic tests.  The games’ performance are charted to compare the driver progression of the RX 590 from Adrenalin 19.2.2 to 19.10.2, and to today’s 19.12.2 drivers. The highest settings are chosen and the settings are listed on the charts.  The benches are run at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440.  Open each chart in a separate window or tab for best viewing.

Gaming results show average framerates and higher is better. Minimum framerates are next to the averages in italics and in a slightly smaller font.  Games benched with OCAT show average framerates but the minimums are expressed by frametimes in ms where lower numbers are better.

Column one shows the latest Adrenalin 2020 19.12.2 driver performance, column two represents October’s 19.10.2, and column three represents last February’s 19.2.2 drivers.  An “X” means the benchmark was not run.

The Red Devil RX 590 shows very little performance changes with the 2015-2017 and 2018-2019 DX11 games, all mostly within benchmarking margin of error.  We note some regression with two DX12 games from 19.2.2 in February: Civilization VII and Warhammer II that may be explained by major patches and/or expansions.  However, we mostly see very minor improvements or very minor regressions including with DX12 and Vulkan games.

Around last February, we were hit with a Vulkan bug with the RX 590 that crashed Vulkan games to desktop.  It appeared to affect only certain system configurations.  It was acknowledged by the Vulkan developers, and it took months to resolve it so we cannot compare those games.

Let’s head to our conclusion.


We would recommend upgrading to the latest Radeon Software 2020 Adrenalin Edition 19.12.2 from any previous driver set because the new features are welcome and impressive.  Game performance has not regressed over the past 10 months that that we tracked.  In addition, the latest driver stability is very good for our Polaris RX 590, and we also have noted similar stability with our Navi cards.  The new features of the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition annual update are welcome and are well worth exploring, and its advantages greatly outweigh any minor performance disadvantages.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition has become an all-in-one platform for launching games, capturing, streaming, sharing, and fine tuning performance with 20 new or improved features over the 2019 edition.  It’s highly recommended!

This week we will post some new reviews before we return to VR with a performance headroom analysis using the RTX 2080 Ti and the Vive Pro.  In the meantime, feel free to comment on this Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Feature and Performance Analysis in the comments section below.

Happy gaming!