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Mar
23
2014

Upcoming NVIDIA driver to give AMD Mantle a run for its money - massive performance boost

Upcoming NVIDIA driver to give AMD Mantle a run for its money

At GDC 2014, NVIDIA has revealed that it's upcoming driver for DirectX 11 is going to give AMD's Mantle a run for its money. NVIDIA has improved the efficiency of many of its graphics cards in DirectX 11 titles and is planning to release a driver that improves performance dramatically.

When compared to games that use Mantle (Star Swarm and Thief), the new NVIDIA drivers give the GeForce GTX 780 Ti a hefty boost over the R9 290X. In Star Swarm, the R9 290X with Mantle beats the GTX 780 Ti. However, with the upcoming driver from NVIDIA, the GTX 780 Ti actually outpaced the R9 290X. Same goes for Thief. With Mantle, the R9 290X gets about 55 fps while the GTX 780 Ti with R334 drivers gets 54 fps. With the new drivers, NVIDIA is showing that the GTX 780 Ti is able to hit 59 fps.

Considering this is all done on the software side, then numbers are pretty significant. Perhaps this is why NVIDIA did not bother to release a similar API like Mantle. In addition to the performance boost with the new driver, NVIDIA has also shown off how performance scaling has evolved from GPUs and CPUs.

What are your thoughts on the new driver update? Do you think Mantle is officially dead once the NVIDIA driver comes out? Let us know in the comments below!

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