Radeon Software 16.4.2 makes XConnect fully functional

AMD has released version 16.4.2 of its Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers. This hotfix release includes "full support" for AMD’s XConnect. XConnect is a feature that allows hot-plugging of Radeon graphics cards in external graphics enclosures using Thunderbolt 3 ports.  AMD announced XConnect back in March along with preliminary driver support. Razer was among the first to include support for external graphics enclosures with its Core dock and Blade notebook, and Intel's Skull Canyon NUC is also poised to support external graphics when it begins shipping in May.

XConnect has a laundry list of requirements aside from this latest driver release. Thunderbolt firmware v.16 or later, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and an active Thunderbolt 3 cable are all required to make XConnect work. PC manufacturers need to include BIOS extensions for Thunderbolt external graphics, too, and the device must be running Windows 10 build 10586 or later. 

Radeon Software version 16.4.2 also includes a number of bug fixes for Crossfire configurations, notably in The Division and the SteamVR performance test. It also adds application-specific Crossfire profiles for Elite Dangerous and Need for Speed, along with the usual laundry list of bug fixes. Radeon owners can download the appropriate version of the new software from AMD's driver page now.

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    • BaronMatrix
    • 4 years ago

    So I would say we can expect the FX AM4 mobos to have Thunderbolt3… Based on this NUC news the deal they were making was that Intel would get XConnect and AMD would get TB3…

    • kuttan
    • 4 years ago

    Rumor Rumor:

    “AMD Polaris 10 GPU Reportedly Offers Near 980 Ti Performance For 300 USD”

    [url<]http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=20006&graphics=Radeon%20R9%20490X%208GB&title=AMD%20Polaris%2010%20GPU%20Reportedly%20Offers%20Near%20980%20Ti%20Performance%20For%20300%20USD[/url<]

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      I’m going to take that with a huge handful of salt.

      Everything I’ve heard says that the largest Polaris GPU we can expect in 2016 will be a 2560-shader part, so it ought to perform at R9 290/390 levels plus whatever the architectural improvements to GCN1.2 can bring.

      The biggest architectural upgrade we’ve seen in the last three years was probably Kepler to Maxwell, and that effectively discarded all the non-gaming compute logic from an SMX in order to cram 60% more of these weaker CUDA cores into an SMM. The resultant product was a [i<]gaming[/i<] performance increase of at 35%. If Polaris is an architectural change that significant, then yes - [url=https://techreport.com/r.x/radeon-r9-fury/value-99th-nopcars.gif<]35% faster than a 290/390[/url<] gives you something that sits squarely between the 980 and 980Ti. All AMD has to do is beat a $450 GTX 980 for $300 and we have decent competition again. Pascal will be priced to compete with existing Nvidia options, because that's all that Nvidia ever does without competition from AMD.

        • jts888
        • 4 years ago

        I think the missing piece of the performance formula is clocking.

        Pretty much all the TSMC 28 nm GPUs in the last several years have been in the neighborhood of 1 GHz, whereas Nvidia already announced that their big GP100 will clock in the neighborhood of 1.3 GHz (base) – 1.5 GHz (boost).

        There are likely going to be decent but not earth-shattering logic design improvements in both Pascal and Polaris, but the 300-350 mm^2 parts should see a notable per-ALU improvement from elevated clocks alone.

        My bigger concern is that Polaris 10/GP104 will be heavily bottlenecked by their 256b memory interfaces before GDDR5X is available in volume, which could come substantially later than June.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    This isn’t in anticipation of a certain halo product launch from a certain company that employs a certain Wasson is it?!?!?

    • biffzinker
    • 4 years ago

    The posted links “32-bit and 64-bit versions” are coming up “Download Not Complete.”

      • NoOne ButMe
      • 4 years ago

      *slow clap for AMD*
      Maybe they should finish getting their drivers ready for download before “releasing” them.

        • biffzinker
        • 4 years ago

        The drivers downloaded for me from Radeon Crismon Edition link in the first paragraph. It was the links in the bottom paragraph Robert used and I see he already removed the links.

          • NoOne ButMe
          • 4 years ago

          Ah, I see.

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