AMD’s latest 19.7.1 drivers aren’t a good match for the Radeon RX 590. That’s according to PC Gamer, which tested the previous package (19.5.2) against the newest release and found reduced performance in many of today’s most popular games. The degradation is as high as 10 percent or worse.
Some believe AMD is gimping older Radeon cards with newer drivers. The author was a little more positive, suggesting this could mean a 5 to 10 percent improvement for RX 5700 series cards in the next release.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey runs 5 to 15 percent faster, Forza Horizon 4 is 12 to 23 percent faster, Hitman 2 is 8 to 19 percent faster, and Warhammer 2 is up to 12 percent faster. Of the tested games, only Shadow of the Tomb Raider shows incrementally better performance (2 percent faster) with the newer 19.7.1 drivers.