AMD Radeon RX 6000 “RDNA 2” GPUs Get Up To 40% Ray Tracing Performance Boost In 3DMark DXR With Latest Drivers


AMD’s recently released Radeon drivers bring a huge improvement to Radeon RX 6000 “RDNA 2” GPUs ray tracing performance within the 3DMark DXR test.

Latest AMD Radeon Driver Delivers Huge Ray Tracing Improvement, RX 6000 “RDNA 2” GPUs Up To 40% Faster in 3DMark DXR Tests

AMD Radeon RX 6000 “RDNA 2” GPU users had to wait more than two months to get access to the latest Radeon driver release but it looks like the red team has introduced some significant graphics performance improvements, especially in ray tracing tests. While AMD did mention game-specific performance increases, there was no mention of any major improvement to ray tracing but 6000 series owners have managed to discover some big gains.

Tested 22.5.1 vs 23.2.1

— Florin Musetoiu (@FlorinMusetoiu) February 16, 2023

Results published by long-time Wccftech reader, Florin Musetoiu over at Twitter, show that his AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT got a boost from 26.20 FPS to 36.20 FPS within the 3DMark DirectX Raytracing feature test. This is a 38.2% improvement over the previous drivers using the same settings & test setup.


Florin also tested the performance within games such as Dying Light 2 where he initially got 59 FPS at 1440p with FSR2 enabled. With the latest drivers, the game saw a boost to 72 FPS using the same settings, PC configuration, and the same location too. This is an improvement of 22% however, this performance jump was already present in the older drivers (22.11.2) which launch in December 22.

This is my FPS with RT ON (reflections and Flashlight off as @CapFrameX suggested in his initial test with the ARC GPU)

59 FPS at 1440p RT ON FSR 2 Balanced on 15 oct 2022

Tested the same location and same settings today with the 23.2.1 driver
72 FPS

22% perf increase?

— Florin Musetoiu (@FlorinMusetoiu) February 16, 2023

If the AMD Radeon RX 6000 “RDNA 2” GPUs indeed get a huge performance uplift in raytracing, then that would be great for consumers but this is just one result so it’s too early to conclude if these performance gains are noticeable across other game titles too. If AMD was aware of this big of a gain in ray tracing performance on older cards, they would definitely have marketed or talked about it in their recent blog.

The Radeon RX 6000 GPUs are available at their lowest prices ever since the red team wants to clear away stock to make way for newer GPUs that are on the horizon.

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