Tested independently by QA Consultants
AMD has sent out press notes bragging about how its graphics drivers are the most stable in the industry. The test was commisioned by AMD and done by QA Consultants, and took a total of six AMD and six Nvidia most popular consumer and professional graphics cards and ran it under some rigorous testing.
While QA Consultants only ran multiple instances of CRASH, a four-hour automated program in Microsoft’s Hardware Lab Kit (“HLK”), which uses various DirectX 9, 10 and 11 functions with resolution, color, screen orientations, color overlays, sleeping and waking up, and similar tests, the results are still in favor of AMD, showing that AMD-based systems managed to pass 401 out of 432 tests, while Nvidia passed 356. This puts AMD ahead with a 93 percent pass rate, compared to 82 percent on Nvidia-based systems.
In case you are wondering, QA Consultants used AMD Radeon RX Vega 64, RX 580 8 GB, Radeon RX 560, Radeon Pro WX 9100, WX 7100, and the Radeon Pro WX 3100, while Nvidia systems were based on Geforce GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 1050 2GB, Quadro P5000, Quadro P4000 and the Quadro P600.
To be fair, most of the application crashes, hangs or blue screens of death were noticed on professional graphics cards, so average consumers will not see any of those errors. The Geforce GTX 1060 had most of the problems and this is not the first time Nvidia has trouble with this GPU.
You can check out more details over in the full report from QA Consultants or check out AMD’s blog post.
These results are not a big surprise as AMD has managed to completely change the state of its drivers and with the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition series, it brought even more stability and quite a few new features that really made the difference. Nvidia has been struggling with driver updates lately and there were a couple of big problems with some of the earlier releases.
Hopefully, AMD will keep up the good work and we certainly hope that Nvidia will get on top of earlier problems.