AMD Radeon Crimson 16.1 drivers come with a ton ‘o fixes

AMD has released version 16.1 of its Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers, and it's easy to see that its software engineers have been on a bug-hunting spree. The new release has fixes for a number of game titles and FreeSync-related problems.

The new drivers fix a number of stutter and crash-related bugs in Fallout 4, Just Cause 3, Dirt Rally, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. The Frame Rate Target Control feature now works a little more consistently, and FreeSync flickering with some displays has been fixed, too. Last but not least, AMD sorted out a few problems with the drivers' installation process.

The newest Radeon Crimson drivers can be downloaded here.

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    • TopHatKiller
    • 4 years ago

    just did that … at one stage i was told that 104% of the installer had downloaded. uhm. is this the sort of mathematics AMD uses to pretend it isn’t totally bankrupt? – when we know, obviously – according to all the rumour, it totally is and has been for the last five years?

    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 4 years ago

    Is it just me but does the video demo switch itself on at random times? That’s the red bar dividing videos showing you unchanged and whatever style you picked before.

    7950 GPU

    • maxxcool
    • 4 years ago

    . delete

    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    Are Firepro drivers on a lag, or is the update just not up for automatic distribution yet? Or both? I forced a manual driver check and it says it’s up to date on 15.30, have a Firepro M5100.

      • UnfriendlyFire
      • 4 years ago

      Crashes caused by new driver releases:

      Consumers and gamers: “This sucks”

      Mission critical, movie editing and other enterprise uses: “**** this vendor!”

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        Just put my workstation class GPU on a pre-alpha driver damn it! 😛

          • UnfriendlyFire
          • 4 years ago

          “We just compiled it 30 minutes ago!”

            • tipoo
            • 4 years ago

            “Then what were you doing for 29 minutes, Jenkins? You’re fired!”

            • UnfriendlyFire
            • 4 years ago

            Uploading it through slow internet connection because we couldn’t afford Comcast’s rates?

        • anotherengineer
        • 4 years ago

        Had a lot of grief from nvidia notebook solutions with Autocad also. Then again maybe it was Autocad lol

      • TruthSerum
      • 4 years ago

      LTS = Firepro. You don’t need whizbang profiles for crossfire in new games.

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        I just got the 16.1 upgrade notification 😛

        More for fixes than whizbang profiles.

    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    Based Wasson has been at it for days and already there are 55* Crimson fixes!

    (*eyeballed because ain’t nobody got time fo dat)

      • lycium
      • 4 years ago

      His surname isn’t “Watson”.

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        I blame autocorrect *shifty eyes*

          • TruthSerum
          • 4 years ago

          There’s no autocorrect for sh!tty eyes.. *ducks*

    • orik
    • 4 years ago

    can we get some inside the second tests of Crimson drivers vs Geforce drivers in cpu limited situations? would love to see how much lower the driver overhead is now.

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      And of the shader caching vs Nvidias for game load times over repeat tests.

        • orik
        • 4 years ago

        now that’s an idea!

        lease me the hardware and i’d be happy to do the testing 🙂

    • odizzido
    • 4 years ago

    Some good stuff going on with AMD recently. Hopefully that says something about their 14nm GPUs and zen.

    • brucethemoose
    • 4 years ago

    Despite 3 attempted clean installs (1 straight upgrade, 1 cleaning with the official AMD utility, 1 cleaning with DDU), my 7950’s memory won’t downclock at idle with these drivers.

    I’ve seen other Tahiti users report the same thing. Not sure about other GPUs.

    Not a big deal really… I’m sticking with these drivers for now. But if you’re running with a high VRAM overvolt, it’s something to keep in mind.

      • biffzinker
      • 4 years ago

      Just checked in GPU-Z the memory clock is idling at 150 MHz with the 16.1 drivers for me (R9 280.)

        • brucethemoose
        • 4 years ago

        Is your memory overclocked?

        Mine’s at 1500Mhz, and annoyingly I can’t reset it without fiddling with the registry because the Radeon Settings UI is bugged :/

          • biffzinker
          • 4 years ago

          Running the GDDR5 (Hynix brand) on mine at 1725 MHz using Sapphire Trixx, and appear to be no issues with Radeon Settings UI for me. Here’s the card if your curious [url=http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/b2845/sapphire-dual-x-r9-280-oc-with-boost.html<]Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 OC with Boost[/url<]

            • brucethemoose
            • 4 years ago

            This one’s mine:

            [url<]http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-731.shtml[/url<] Meh, it might not be related to the new drivers then.

          • Pitabred
          • 4 years ago

          Same here. I had to do a complete uninstall of Crimson and reinstall to take the memory overclock off my Crossfire 280X’s. It eats a ton of power if it’s running at full clocks all the time, and any overclock seems to completely disable the downclocking during normal desktop use. At least core overclocking doesn’t seem to have the same issue.

      • kuttan
      • 4 years ago

      I had 7950 Vapor-X no issues with the driver.

      • TwistedKestrel
      • 4 years ago

      I did a regular in-place driver upgrade and it worked without issue for me. Using a 7950 with memory overclocked to 1465 (cooling’s not so hot on my XFX :P), confirmed that memory downclocks to 150 @ idle

    • xeridea
    • 4 years ago

    I can confirm a fix with the installation process. I was having issues initially installing, and then updating before. The installer would stop responding partway through. Just updated, it worked just fine.

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    Since most recent JC3 patch mine won’t start. gets to the loading screen post login and then just crashes to desktop. no idea why, but it’s annoying the crap out of me.

      • brucethemoose
      • 4 years ago

      That happened before I even upgraded. Never could figure out why, I just backed up my save, deleted it and re-downloaded it.

      JC3 is a finicky game. I blame Denuvo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • Sargent Duck
    • 4 years ago

    I think Scott arrived at AMD with a whip and just started cracking down.

      • morphine
      • 4 years ago

      From what we gather, the individual lashes are being delivered at an exact pace of one every 16.7 seconds.

        • Forge
        • 4 years ago

        Flog time linearity is very important to the user experience.

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 4 years ago

    These fixes are arriving pretty rapidly. Despite the initial bugs, something different and good is going on at AMD for them to release new drivers so quickly (thank you, Scott!).

      • DancinJack
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, this one is labeled as a hotfix so we shouldn’t be terribly surprised it was so quickly released after the last one. Come on WHQL!!!

        • UnfriendlyFire
        • 4 years ago

        I’ve had WHQL certified drivers troll me before. For example, Intel’s latest GPU drivers (starting from October or November of 2015) are incompatible with AMD’s latest GPU drivers.

        When I install the Intel and then the AMD driver, BOTH drivers disappear from Windows and the OS no longer recognizes either Intel or AMD GPUs, forcing it to use the default Windows GPU driver.

        So I’m stuck on an old Intel GPU driver for now.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 4 years ago

          With current WHQL drivers, my Geforce 9600 GT randomly crashes and causes bluescreens in Windows 10.

          Yes, I know it’s ancient, but Nvidia claims it’s still supported.

            • Concupiscence
            • 4 years ago

            That’s not normal… Have you tried rolling them back to a previous version? The 9600GT’s old enough that it may be succumbing to the same leadless solder plague affecting so many Tesla-age GPUs.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 4 years ago

            It was working fine with 8.1, troubles with Win10.

            I lived with it for a few weeks and then ended up upgrading the GPU in my main machine and moved my 7850 into that machine (it needed the upgrade anyways).

            • Klimax
            • 4 years ago

            Doesn’t sound right. I don’t recall any such with my test PC (Core 2 and W7 and W10)

            • Concupiscence
            • 4 years ago

            Gah, sad to hear about that problem. It probably sounds unseemly and cynical, but there’s a reason I usually wait at least a full year for the wrinkles to get ironed out of a new version of Windows. That said, the 7850 should stomp the 9600GT flat, so good on you.

            Incidentally, if you want to sell the 9600GT, I may be interested.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 4 years ago

            I like to live on the bleeding edge. The new stuff is worth a few blue screens here and there 🙂

            I was planning on holding onto the 9600GT as an emergency backup in case something fails, looking at prices on Ebay, I don’t think it’s really worth $25 to me to get rid of it.

            • Concupiscence
            • 4 years ago

            Fair enough! Good luck with all of it!

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