Third-Party Utility Promises Major Radeon Performance Boost

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Modern graphics processors have so many features and capabilities that even hardcore gamers and tweakers sometimes have difficulties finding the proper settings to achieve desirable performance. That's where one enthusiast claims that his professionally tuned performance profiles come in.

Yuri Bubliy claims that his upcoming Radeon Monster Profile (RMP), a third-party utility he is creating, will boost the performance of AMD's RDNA2 GPUs through voltage/frequency curve modifications. The creator even says the app can boost a Radeon RX 6800 XT up to the level of Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 Ti — but in one specific synthetic benchmark that doesn't tell us a lot about the broader picture. 

AMD's Adrenaline software for Radeon graphics processors already offers plenty of performance features, which even overvolt the GPU for overclocking. Furthermore, AMD's pack of FidelityFX features like FSR 2.0 also boost the performance of Radeon graphics cards. Yet the Radeon Monster Profile developed by Yuri Bubliy claims to deliver even more tweaked performance.

Based on the tests done by the developer, the profile purportedly increased the Radeon RX 6800 XT's performance in 3DMark: Time Spy tests by 13% over stock, bringing it up the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti level. It's an excellent way to improve one of the best graphics cards, if it works as claimed. 

Bubliy claims that the Radeon Monster Profile combines unique settings and a new volt-frequency curve for Radeon RX 6000-series graphics chips.

"Particular attention was paid to the memory subsystem, the operating voltage was reduced by 6%, which ultimately reduced the heat of GDDR6 modules," Bubliy said. "The main mechanism for increasing performance is to increase the requested core frequency relative to the operating voltage."

According to the developer, the result is that RMP increases GPU frequency by 300 MHz without affecting factory settings for thermal throttling and fans. Of course, a 300 MHz overclocking requires a decent cooling system, so while the maker does not urge the owner to buy an aftermarket cooler for AMD's reference graphics boards, he stresses that non-reference boards should be good with the profile.

"The profiles are universal and adaptive," Bubliy said. "The RMP does not increase the operating voltage or change the current limit."

Naturally, we would all like to boost the performance of our gear through simple software utilities, but you should keep your expectations in check, particularly when claims are made based on a single benchmark. Seeing is believing, especially when it comes to big claims like these. The utility is due later this fall, and we'll give it a spin to see how it fares. 

Anton Shilov
Contributing Writer

Anton Shilov is a contributing writer at Tom’s Hardware. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • kiniku
    What a clickbait, deceptive, title. Why do you have to be dishonest?
  • thisisaname
    kiniku said:
    What a clickbait, deceptive, title. Why do you have to be dishonest?
    Farming them clicks. 😱
  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    These are the kind of articles which get reputable tech sites turned into unreputable ones.
  • Blacksad999
    So, this is yet another program by the person who only gained any notoriety by hacking and stealing from The Stilt. This probably also requires low level kernel access, just like his other tweaks/programs do. Sounds like a dubious at best proposition.
  • ezst036
    A true test of the veracity of this would be to see if it gets made available for Linux.

    In particular, if the whole thing gets put out as open source software. It would be very difficult to challenge at that point.