Ask someone that why should I go with the AMD Graphics Card and he will definitely suggest you one point from his portfolio that, most of the upcoming games will support the AMD new API called Mantle. AMD API has already made many fans with its superior frames in graphically demanding games like Battlefield 4. Just imagine your Graphics card which is about $150 (R9 270), running Battlefield 4 at 60FPS / 1080p. We have also seen the use of Mantle in many other games like Civilization: Beyond Earth, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Sniper Elite 3: Africa, or Thief. Those game proof the superiority of the Mantle over DirectX API. The Mantle is also coming to the most anticipated game Dragon Age: Inquisition and I hope everyone is curious about the performance level.
Dragon Age Inquisition: Mantle VS DirectX
For the tests following configurations have been used:
- Processor: Intel Core i7 4790K
- Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon R290 OC
- RAM: 2 x 8 GB of 1866 MHz
- Catalyst Drivers: 14.11.1 beta
I must admit that it looks really promising. The Mantle API is leading with about 5-32 FPS, depend on game settings.