New AMD Driver Boosts Performance In PUBG, Fortnite, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance

AMD put out a new version of its Radeon Adrenalin software suite, and with this 18.2.2 update comes a driver that boosts performance in a few popular PC games. Two of the top battle royale games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, are getting some extra frames per second on AMD cards. In addition, the newly released Kingdom Come: Deliverance gets proper support and improved framerates.

The benchmarks were performed by AMD internally and the results come out of a system consisting of an Intel Core i7-7700K CPU clocked at 4.2GHz and 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM on the Windows 10 64-bit operating system. Tests were done with the RX 580 at 1080p and RX Vega 56 at 1440p, and comparisons were made between previous driver versions and the latest version 18.2.2. The following is a breakdown of the benchmark results.


Fortnite is getting a slight boost for AMD users; the new driver shows up to 3% faster performance on the RX Vega 56 video card compared to driver version 17.12.1 at 2560x1440p (1440p) and Epic graphics settings (jumping from an average of 63 FPS to 65 FPS). With the RX 580 at 1920×1080 (1080p) and Epic graphics settings, results show up to 6% faster performance using the new driver, going from a 72 FPS average to 76 FPS.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

When looking at PUBG, the RX Vega 56 showed up to 5% faster performance using the 18.2.2 driver compared to version 17.12.1 at 2560x1440p (1440p) and High settings; the improvement was from 76 FPS to 80 FPS. In testing the RX 580 at 1920×1080 (1080p) and High settings, AMD indicates that you can see up to 7% faster performance with the new driver; results showed the average framerate go from 81 FPS to 87 FPS.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

The RX Vega 56 will get up to 3% faster performance using the new 18.2.2 driver at 2560x1440p (1440p) with Ultra High settings; the average framerate went from 46.1 FPS to 47.4 FPS. When it comes to the RX 580, the new driver shows up to 4% faster performance with 1080p and Ultra High settings, by jumping from an average of 53.5 FPS to 55.9 FPS.

We’ve been covering PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite extensively here on GameSpot, so do yourself a favor and check our camparison between the two battle royale games. We also had a quick conversation about Fortnite’s exploding popularity that you can watch. Kingdom Come: Deliverance just released and had a huge day-one patch and we break it down for you. For more on how AMD’s graphics cards perform, check out our RX Vega 56 review or our RX 580 review.

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