Most computing devices become less efficient over time. However, there are times when the opposite is true.
Among fans of AMD graphics cards there is the term FineWine, which describes the phenomenon that such devices, like wine, improve with age. German team 3DCenter He decided to measure the performance gains of the Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards and compared them to the performance changes of the NVIDIA RTX 30xx cards.
Cards created with chips in the Navi 2X (AMD) and Ampere (Nvidia) architecture, both of which are available for sale for 6-7 months, were compared. It turns out that the difference is surprisingly large.
According to measurements made at three resolutions, from Full HD to 4K, after about six months of being on the market, graphics cards on the Radeon RX 6000 have gained an average of up to 10 percent. performance. This is more than three times more than the average increase in capabilities for Nvidia cards in the same category.
The authors of the measurements, trying to find out the reasons for the effect of FineWine, came to the conclusion that it is primarily due to the new drivers and firmware for the cards, which allow better use of the capabilities of the architecture. As other factors, they mentioned better optimization for the games under test, broader use of DirectX 12 libraries, and finally activation of rBAR/SAM memory technology.
Almost all devices are launching today in what will one day be called “advanced beta” and “mature” on the market, with the final software being received in the first months. However, further software development is usually kept to a minimum, because the manufacturer’s engineering team has to deal with the next generation of products.
For graphics cards, subsequent firmware updates often result in minor performance improvements and the addition of new features. Today, it can be said that Radeon RX 6000 buyers received some kind of bonus from AMD in the form of additional performance.