When purchasing a graphics card, most gamers opt for NVIDIA. This can be attributed to various reasons, but a primary factor is its compatibility with DLSS + Frame Generation, offering a higher number of FPS and better Ray Tracing performance. On the other hand, AMD boasts a lower price advantage, and with its latest driver, even integrated graphics (Radeon 700M) can generate frames using FSR 3 AFMF.
Years ago, choosing between an NVIDIA and AMD graphics card primarily came down to driver quality. NVIDIA GPUs in the past tended to perform relatively better and were more stable. AMD Radeon GPUs of that time had numerous issues, with crashes and errors frequently occurring in certain games. However, it can be said that AMD’s drivers have improved significantly since the arrival of Adrenalin a few years ago. Not only was there a new, modern interface, but graphics performance also improved in most games.
Adrenalin driver 23.40.01.10 makes Radeon 700M GPUs compatible with AMD AFMF, facilitating support for Radeon 700M (RDNA3 APU) equipped with AFMF technology. This development takes advantage of the AMD APU employed in consoles, with some developers optimizing games to perform better on these devices. However, when it comes to adding Ray Tracing, there is no competition—NVIDIA is the Ray Tracing queen, especially with the highest performance from an RTX 4090 combined with DLSS 3.5 + Frame Generation.
Until recently, AMD could not compete with the latter, but it added its frame generation—AMD Fluid Motion Frames (AFMF)—following the FSR 3 launch. Its main advantage is that it does not require NVIDIA’s exclusive Tensor Cores. In fact, it functions on most graphics cards from a few years ago, such as NVIDIA GTX 1000, AMD RX 5000, and the more recent Intel Arc. The ability to utilize this technology without having to use NVIDIA’s RTX 40 series gives AMD the edge.
Additionally, FSR 3 became open source about a month ago, making it customizable by developers. FSR 3 AFMF support is now available for Radeon 700M GPUs found in APUs (such as the 780M) with the latest Adrenalin Edition 23.40.01.10 Preview drivers.
AFMF adds frame generation technology to DirectX® 11 and 12 games on AMD Radeon 700M series, RX 6000, and RX 7000 GPUs. It can introduce additional latency in games and may not provide the optimal experience in competitive titles. Using AFMF in conjunction with AMD Radeon Anti-Lag is recommended to reduce latency. AFMF can be enabled/disabled on-the-fly using the default hotkey Alt-Shift-G.
Currently, AFMF requires games to run in fullscreen mode with VSYNC disabled. The Adrenalin 23.40.01.10 Preview drivers have also resolved several issues, including intermittent driver crashes, stuttering, FPS reporting errors, and artifacts when AFMF is enabled. However, there are still some known issues, such as occasional audio desynchronization with video during recording and intermittent driver crashes during gameplay and video playback with hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling enabled.
Overall, portable consoles with Radeon 700M GPUs and the new Ryzen 8000G now support AFMF, offering more free FPS for gamers to enjoy.