AMD Ryzen is amazing in many aspects except one: gaming. Intel is beating AMD in this division. So the company promised to prove it is good for gaming with an optimization project and so far, the results are looking good.
AMD collaborated with studio Oxide Games to release a patch for the game Ashes of the Singularity. Based on the company claims and tests of independent third parties, the game improved significantly in terms of frame rate improvement.
Optimizing 'Ashes Of The Singularity'
Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game developed by Oxide Games for PC. It is one of the most resource-demanding games in recent years, especially in terms of graphics. It is a trait that made it popular among gamers.
Given the history of Oxide Games and AMD, the two companies collaborated in creating a patch for Ashes that is optimized for the new AMD Ryzen CPU. The result is the v2.11.x Patch, an update that is now available on Steam. And based on AMD's claims, the recent results were significantly noticeable.
AMD tested the game with the new patch using Ryzen 7 1800X CPU, 16 GB of 2,993 MHz DDR4 memory and an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card. The game ran on Windows 10 at 1080p resolution. The game's framerate jumped from an average of 64 frames per second to 84 fps. This is a performance increase of about 30 percent.
As another test to ensure that the results were based on the CPU's handling of information, AMD also conducted a benchmark test that de-emphasized the GPU. The result showed an improvement of framerate from 34.7 average to 39.6.
To further test its claims, AMD also optimized the AMD Ryzen with the popular DOTA 2. The game was tested by pro team Evil Geniuses and the players found significant performance increase. The AMD Ryzen was able to optimize the frame rate from 79 to 91. This is good news, since a competitive strategy game like DOTA 2 depends on smooth framerate and stable graphics latency.
AGESA And Other Improvements
On non-gaming related news, AMD also made changes to AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture or AGESA. According to AMD, AGESA is responsible for initializing AMD x86-64 processors during boot time. In other words, it serves as "nucleus" for BIOS.
"Motherboard vendors take the baseline capabilities of our AGESA releases and build on that infrastructure to create the files you download and flash," wrote AMD. These motherboards will be in the market as early as April.
According to AMD, the improvements on BIOSes based on this code are:
• Reduced DRAM latency by approximately 6ns (higher performance for latency-sensitive applications).
• Resolved a condition where an unusual FMA3 code sequence could cause a system hang.
• Resolved the "overclock sleep bug" where an incorrect CPU frequency could be reported after resuming from S3 sleep.
• High-Precision Event Timer is no longer needed