The introduction of B-Frames to AMF Release.1.4.24 has brought about a significant improvement in the quality of AMD’s AMF encoder. Although the update was released months ago, Chris Griffith of Code Calamity put it to the test just yesterday.
Griffith claims that he saw huge gains after the update. The AMF encoder was close to Nvidia’s newest NVENC coder, found in its RTX 20 and 30 series GPUs. AMD Radeon GPUs could be a viable option for game streaming with low-bitrate images that look almost as good or better than Nvidia’s.
The 400 series Polaris GPUs are not the only ones that have had significant issues with AMD’s encoders. In some cases, they even went further. Quality and support have been a constant problem and were mostly inferior to Nvidia’s NVENC encoder or Intel’s QuickSync encoder.
The quality problem was made worse by Nvidia’s 6th Generation NVENC encoder. This encoder was introduced to the RTX 20 series and significantly improved GPU encoding. It puts performance on par with suitable x264 encoding.