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AMD's eSports push improves performance in 'PUBG' and 'Dota 2'

AMD's eSports push improves performance in 'PUBG' and 'Dota 2'

AMD has just released a new graphics driver which is notable for, not just the new AAA games supported, but the inclusion of Project ReSX (PDF) code improvements.

AMD's new Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 driver release is available now and promises to deliver the best performance in each of those games (on supported hardware, of course). I know this because this driver warranted an overarching moniker, Project ReSX (for "eSports eXperience").

With 18.3.1, AMD say games like PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds, Overwatch and Dota 2 are more fluid, responsive and faster than ever before. You can find the full release notes and download links here. The results of these efforts include a claimed 11% frame rate jump in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a 6% boost in Dota 2, and a modest 3% increase in Overwatch when compared to the the company's December driver release. It looks like the newest RSCE offers ReSX tweaks for Dota2, and for others it will be "rolling into games in the coming weeks".

Several fixes are included with the updated software, AMD has fixed the crashes in Sea of Thieves, the texture flickering on trees using multi-GPU setups in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and color corruption in World of Tanks.

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AMD does go on to say that overall frames per second are not what Project ReSX is all about, but that AMD is also very much attentive to the 99th percentile frame time.which is that quick moment when your frames fall to zip and screw you out of that headshot when you likely most need it.

Meanwhile Nvidia doesn't sit idly by, of course.

Final Fantasy XV may experience minor stutter during some particle effects. The most interesting improvements listed by AMD are possibly in the "click-to-response" area, where apparently Adrenaline Edition 18.3.1 will bring you up to 4% lower response in Overwatch and up to 8% lower in Dota 2.


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