The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Review, Feat. Sapphire Pulse: Navi For 1080pby Ryan Smith on December 12, 2019 9:00 AM EST
While I’m including compute performance for the sake of completeness here, the compute situation on Navi has not substantially changed since the launch of the Radeon RX 5700 series over 5 months ago. AMD’s Adrenaline 2020 software has improved the state of their OpenCL drivers slightly – there are fewer hard crashes and performance is up in some cases – but their drivers are still dysfunctional and not fit for production use. In particular, Folding@Home and parts of CompuBench are still unable to run (and SETI@Home users will want to stay clear too).
AMD is aware of the issue, unfortunately they don’t have any updates to offer on the situation. I am of the distinct impression that AMD has made OpenCL on Windows a low priority for now, and has opted to focus their software efforts on bringing up additional Navi GPUs, as well as improving Navi gaming performance and continuing to develop their ROCm platform for Linux. So anyone looking to do GPU compute on AMD’s GPUs would best be served by using Vega or Polaris cards if they’re using to Windows, or switching to Linux for these matters.