On my laptop with a Radeon 8950M I'm getting extremely long times when Mantle is enabled. It can take 2 or more minutes to get to the splash screen, then another 2-4 minutes to load the first area of the game. When DirectX 11 is enabled instead of Mantle, load times drop to 20 seconds. (I'm using a Crucial MX100 SSD.) Multiple people on the EA/Bioware forums have reported this problem. So my questions are:
1) Does this affect other Mantle games? (I'm looking at you, Battlefield 4.)
2) Is there any way to improve the load times, even if I can't get those low DX11 speeds?
Mantle gives me a very nice 15% boost in FPS, so I'd really like to keep it, but these load times are driving me bonkers.
The problem has persisted over many different driver versions, so I don't think loading new drivers is going to help.