AMD: Professional Drivers have been ‘Rock Solid’ for the past two years

AMD: Professional Drivers have been ‘Rock Solid’ for the past two years

AMD has really come a long way. There was a time when bad drivers
plagued lineups of AMD, but now, for quite a long time, any claim of
green having superior drivers (in terms of bugs and defects) are mostly
founded on superstition. To demonstrate just how far AMD has come with
its drivers (on the professional side) they have released the following
statistic on DPMU numbers.

FirePro drivers are no longer buggy and haven’t been for a long time – AMD

This particular slide was included in the press update deck and
reveals just how far AMD has come in this short while. They were able to
reduce their DPMU (defects per million units) number by an astounding
90% in just 3 years and are now well below the ‘rock solid’ standard of
50 DPMUs. This update was targeted at the professional side only so it
doesn’t include Radeons, which would have made a perfect set coupled
with this. AMD has also gained a market share of approximately 5% from
Nvidia according to Jon Peddie Research. This is following the launch of
their new generation of FirePro GPUs and also the fact that they have
made a name for themselves in efficiency (No1 in Green500).

AMD FirePro W5100 graphics also has a perfect ISV certification
success rate, and by perfect I mean the whole 100%. Finally they mention
the advantages that FirePro counterparts entail, including higher vRam
on average and the use of PCIe 3.0 (as opposed to PCIe 2.0 on some
Quadros). The only difference that now remains between AMD and Nvidia
pro GPUs is the fact that while AMD can only offer OpenCL
implementations, Nvidia offers both CUDA and OpenCL implementations
where the former is a closed but well developed ecosystem.

Ofcourse, consumer drivers are usually a wee bit less polished than
pro drivers. This is not because of lack of efforts but because the
applications on the consumer sector are generally too vast to accurately
cater for. Even then, in my experience AMD has come a long way when it
comes to drivers. Maybe there was a time, when this claim held
weightage, but I don’t think that is true anymore.

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