AMD Radeon GPUs get a big boost, up to 55%, in OpenGL graphics performance with the soon to be released Windows 11 22H2 driver

After giving a big boost to performance in the DirectX 11 API, it looks like AMD is preparing to deliver a similar boost to OpenGL applications with the upcoming Windows 11 22H2 GPU driver targeting Radeon graphics solutions.

AMD’s Radeon GPUs to get greater graphics performance increase in OpenGL thanks to upcoming Windows 11 22H2 drivers

Last month, AMD released a driver that focused on improving DirectX 11 performance in a number of titles that used the API. AMD reported up to 30% performance gains for Radeon GPUs, and we saw similar results in independent tests. Now the company plans to change gears and focus on the OpenGL side.

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Both DirectX 11 and OpenGL are still very often used in various benchmark applications, and certain older games and users who want the best performance can look for competing graphics cards if AMD can not deliver the same level of graphics performance in its favorite titles. As such, it appears that AMD has prepared its plans to release a new driver in the Windows 11 22H2 build that will significantly boost OpenGL performance.

Guru3D’s forum member, The Creator, was able to receive the update in Windows 11 and was able to confirm that this is actually a new driver from the GPU-z ‘WDDM’ information tab:

  • Direct3D Driver Version – vs (22.5.2)
  • Vulcan Driver Version – 2.0.225 vs 2.0.226 (22.5.2)
  • OpenCL Driver Version – 10.0.3426.0 vs 10.0.3417.0 (22.5.2)
  • OpenGL driver version – 22.05. Beta version

The user also managed to run some performance benchmarks that show a 55% gain in Unigine Valley Benchmark that can now be compared to DirectX 11. In Unigine Superposition, the Radeon GPUs will get a 34% performance increase which is around 20% slower than DirectX 11, but not the huge the 52% difference seen on the previous drivers. In the Unigine Heaven reference, the new drivers deliver opposite results, while the new drivers see a 26% reduction in GPU performance.

AMD Radeon OpenGL GPU Driver Performance in Unigine Valley:

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AMD Radeon OpenGL GPU driver performance in Unigine Heaven:

AMD Radeon OpenGL GPU driver performance in Unigine Superposition:

While the performance boost is there, it looks like we’ll see some regression in a few OpenGL titles with the new Radeon GPU drivers. AMD may still need to optimize drivers for really old benchmark applications and game titles, but this is a good start for AMD to focus on OpenGL optimizations.

News source: Neowin