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User Info: runrom

runrom
4 weeks ago#1
Today, independent software quality assurance experts QA Consultants release a new report determining AMD has the most stable driver in the graphics industry. AMD systems passed 401 out of 432 tests while Nvidia systems passed 356—equivalent to a pass rate of 93 percent for AMD versus 82 percent for Nvidia.

QA Consultants tested six of AMD’s most popular graphics cards at the high, medium and budget price points, from both the Gaming and Workstation lineups against competing Nvidia GPUs. These include the Radeon RX Vega 64, RX 580 and RX 560 for gaming, and the Radeon Pro WX 9100, WX 7100 and WX 3100 for workstations, using drivers Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.5.1 and Radeon Pro Software Enterprise 18.Q2, respectively

The testing was extensive – QA consultants conducted a four-hour CRASH test on each GPU consecutively, six times a day for twelve days. Completing each test was considered a pass, and the overall stability score was determined from the total number of passes divided by the total number of attempts.

Driver crashes are more than just an inconvenience, they can incur real costs like lost productivity and time. These results reflect AMD’s continued focus on driver stability along with the most requested features and top performance to ensure the best overall Radeon Software experience.


http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/third-party-audit-reveals-amd-drivers-are-the-most-stable-gamers.html
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User Info: nominturddaddy

nominturddaddy
4 weeks ago#2
My NVIDIA has never crashed for me.
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su27Chaos
4 weeks ago#3
nominturddaddy posted...
My NVIDIA has never crashed for me.


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User Info: MarceloSampaio

MarceloSampaio
4 weeks ago#4
Not surprising to me, ATI/AMD has always been more stable.
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User Info: Damaged7

Damaged7
4 weeks ago#5
I never had problems with my AMD cards or drivers. Decided to go with Nvidia for my last GPU and right out of the box I had to fight with drivers just to get the performance my card should be at. NCP is also pretty trash and caused complications. Should have stuck with AMD.
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User Info: CursedPanther

CursedPanther
4 weeks ago#6
Makes me wonder if those 432 tests are merely baseline conditions for particular scenarios rather than real world operations.

There are literally tens of thousands of games and CG production products available on the market. As long as the majority suffer from less than the 18% statistical fault rate(related to driver issues exclusively by the way), they will still go for the one that bring better overall performance output and that isn't the red team.

Having that said, it's an observable trend the green team driver quality has been gradually going down in the last few years. Probably trying too hard to keep their own 'tech' stuff proprietary, tuning the driver specifically for each new product but inevitably breaking old ones. PhysX is the perfect example.

User Info: wizardmon

wizardmon
4 weeks ago#7
AMD drivers have been pretty good for a while now. The more Nvidia delves into this GeForce experience crap the worse it has become.
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arleas
4 weeks ago#8
wizardmon posted...
The more Nvidia delves into this GeForce experience crap the worse it has become.

I always turn it off... I don't care about any of the features and so for me it's totally optional. I know they were trying to make it into a required thing for a while though.

As for stability on Nvidia drivers. I don't always rush to update drivers unless I need to, so I imagine if I was on the "bleeding edge" with newest drivers and newest games I'd have to worry a bit more. For me personally the only thing that I have to be concerned with is how it runs VR games. Once in a while I'll have a small problem with the drivers blanking the screen out on VR games but that's usually fixed with a reboot and not a constant problem.
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User Info: Pokenub

Pokenub
4 weeks ago#9
After the issues I've had with Neir Automata, I'm thinking of changing to AMD for my next card, however I have no real plans to move onto a 4k display, so thankfully I don't have to go top of the line this time.
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wantfastcars
4 weeks ago#10
Pokenub posted...
After the issues I've had with Neir Automata, I'm thinking of changing to AMD for my next card, however I have no real plans to move onto a 4k display, so thankfully I don't have to go top of the line this time.

The NieR Automata PC port was just a dice roll away from being a s***show no matter the card brand. I had an RX 480 at the time and it crashed left, right, and center, often bad enough to lock up my entire PC.

NieR wasn't a problem with Nvidia or AMD, it was a problem with whoever ported it having no time and even less budget to do it right.
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