With Vulkan and also DX12 just around the corner, it seems that AMD has formally discontinued focusing on its low-level API, Mantle. Whilst the red team will never be reducing Mantle support for its GCN graphics cards, it has ceased almost all additional Mantle optimizations for its upcoming GPUs.
This data is produced by Anandtech who believed that AMD has guaranteed its intentions to stop all additional Mantle optimizations for many of its graphics cards.
As Anandtech said:
“AMD has confirmed that while they are not outright dropping Mantle support, they have ceased all further Mantle optimization. Of particular note, the Mantle driver has not been optimized at all for GCN 1.2, which includes not just R9 Fury X, but R9 285, R9 380, and the Carrizo APU as well. Mantle titles will probably still work on these products.”
And to be truthful, it was to be anticipated. Like it or not, this really is what NVIDIA stated a couple of months back, and that is why exactly the green team failed to support this API. Alright alright, NVIDIA may not support this API no matter what.
Nevertheless, it is a little bit discouraging that AMD thought to stop additional Mantle optimizations for its upcoming graphics cards.