Radeon 17.3.2 drivers suit up for Mass Effect: Andromeda

It's been five years since Bioware wrapped up the original Mass Effect storyline, and fans of the story-driven RPG are hotly anticipating the upcoming sequel. Due to be released on March 21, Mass Effect: Andromeda takes place in a new galaxy some 600 years following the events of the original series, and introduces a new cast of characters. AMD's latest Radeon 17.3.2 drivers are ready for prime time and optimized for the game.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

AMD claims that its latest drivers are able to smooth out Mass Effect: Andromeda rather significantly. Owners of a Radeon RX 480 8GB will purportedly see about a 12% performance improvement over what they'd get with the last set of drivers. On AMD's test system, that bump was enough to push their test system over 60 FPS at 1920×1080, on average.

Fans of Tom Clancy's The Division and For Honor will appreciate fixes for a few of the standing issues with those titles. AMD resolved the texture corruption problem in The Division in DirectX 12 mode. Players of For Honor running four graphics cards in a Crossfire configuration were seeing flickering and black screens in the game menu, but AMD says it's now taken care of that, too.

Some known issues remain on AMD's to-do list. The recent title Ghost Recon: Wildlands isn't playing well with multi-GPU systems, at times failing to launch entirely. Several titles are fighting with AMD's FreeSync, like Sniper Elite 4, a title that the company says may not be compatible at all right now with its variable-refresh-rate technology. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft appear to suffer from performance issues when FreeSync is enabled, but apparently users can work around the problem by simply using Alt+Tab to switch in and out of the games.

Grab the Radeon 17.3.2 drivers and check out the release notes right here.

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    • CaptTomato
    • 3 years ago

    Look how tolerant of mediocrity you are….no wonder most games are crap, often by multiple criteria.
    Let’s advance the graphics but nuthin else!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • CaptTomato
    • 3 years ago

    This is aimed at IQ 70.

    EDIT….dropped to IQ 60 due to downvote…my bad!!
    Second EDIT….dropped to IQ 10.

    The common denominators have spoken.

      • Wonders
      • 3 years ago

      So the formula for your IQ = 70 – 10 * [Votes]?
      Ooh ooh! Now your IQ is down to 30! I wonder what it will mean when your IQ drops to below zero.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Worse, I have no idea what is “aimed at” somebody’s IQ. I think the number reflects the intelligence of the poster, given his relationship with the English language (long-term estrangement).

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      Perhaps you could tell us of games aimed at people with higher IQs. Besides, IQ tests are [url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/iq-tests-are-fundamentally-flawed-and-using-them-alone-to-measure-intelligence-is-a-fallacy-study-8425911.html<]fundamentally flawed[/url<].

        • TwoEars
        • 3 years ago

        I’ll give you a list just for fun:

        The Talos Principle
        Fallout 2
        Baldur’s Gate 2
        Inside
        Pillars of Eternity
        XCOM Enemy Within – Long War
        Knights of The Old Republic 2
        Planescape Torment
        Portal Stories Mel
        Psychonauts
        Sherlock Holmes – Crimes and Punishments
        The Swapper
        The Stanley Parable

        You’re welcome.

          • AnotherReader
          • 3 years ago

          Thanks! I haven’t played most of these, but I have recently played the Talos Principle and the Witness .

            • TwoEars
            • 3 years ago

            Talos Principle is probably one of the best games ever made if you ask me. If you like puzzle games The Swapper should be near the top of your list. As should Portal Stories Mel.

            • AnotherReader
            • 3 years ago

            I have loved puzzling my way through both of these games. I’ll give the Swapper and Portal Storeis Mel a go too.

            • brucethemoose
            • 3 years ago

            I bounced off Talos Principle myself.

            Modded KOTOR II though… Mmmmm, now THAT’S what Mass Effect should aspire to be.

            • TwoEars
            • 3 years ago

            The restored content mod is awesome.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 3 years ago

        the independent, lol. IQ tests aren’t perfect but they do correlate incredibly highly to people that are intelligent. Just another delusion group of people selectively choosing the data they want to see because they wouldn’t want to DARE admit that there are differences between races (aka genetic populations).

        [quote<]“We already know that, from a scientific point of view, the notion of race is meaningless. Genetic differences do not map on to traditional measurements of skin colour, hair type, body proportions and skull measurements. Now we have shown that IQ is meaningless too,” Dr Highfield said.[/quote<] Yup, just as expected. "The simplified definition used by society only fits the 95% of the trend shown by genetic patterns, therefore its all wrong!". "People with extremely high measured IQ's tend to be intelligent, but there is a tiny portion that doesn't, therefore its all wrong!" Trash study, trash link. Also, ME:A is gonna be a trash game.

          • AnotherReader
          • 3 years ago

          Racist confirmed

            • CaptTomato
            • 3 years ago

            Truth is racist?
            Complex systems demand high intelligence, it stands to reason that the more intelligence you throw at complexity the more likely you’ll solve the problem/s.

            • AnotherReader
            • 3 years ago

            His contention that other genetic difference map to a visible trait like skin colour mark him as being potentially a bigot. I may be wrong and if I am, I apologize. Your understanding of intelligence, however, is flawed. [url=http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/your-inherited-genes-control-your-iq-and-may-affect-how-well-you-do-at-exams-too<]Even IQ scores don't have perfect heritability[/url<].

            • CaptTomato
            • 3 years ago

            IQ is DEVELOPMENTAL…we all know this, ie, kids IQ’s raise as they age, however, if any group is out of whack no matter the environment, isn’t it “plausible” to assume a genetic component?

            I haven’t looked into the “who’s the master race”, but from a logical pov, I think what I said must have merit.

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 3 years ago

            “my contention” is that patterns exist and some people will twist and contort the entire history of the world, test scores, actual outcomes, crime data, global health index, survival rates, technological innovation, etc etc all because they can’t accept that evolution didn’t stop happening between populations of humans; that there are undeniable differences between populations and that these just so happen to be broadly explained by the concept known as “race”. It is more specifically (and further proven) in the modern age with genetic patterns amongst populations, showing that certain groups are simply more intelligent than others (on average).

            And fuck, your arstechnica link backs this up:

            [quote<] [u<]The exam results were also highly correlated with the students’ IQ scores[/u<], so the researchers wanted to see how much intelligence was affecting the results. After controlling for intelligence, they found very similar patterns: [u<]genes accounted for slightly less of the difference than before but still played a substantial role[/u<]. Overall, inherited traits other than intelligence—possibly including mental health, personality, and motivation—seemed to explain between 45 and 58 percent of the difference. Shared environment made more of a difference for some subjects (like maths and English) than for others (like business studies). [/quote<] But hey, this kind of shit is discussed pretty often, and even on pretty left leaning websites it gets called out for what it is (horseshit) [url<]https://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/5z5z4w/ny_dropping_teacher_literacy_test_amid_claims_of/[/url<] You wanna call me a racist, bigot, whatever. I don't give a flying fuck. Those words have lost all meaning from overuse. Take your denial of meritocracy and shove it.

            • AnotherReader
            • 3 years ago

            Balderdash! Fox news isn’t a left leaning website. Moreover, the article at Fox News also says
            [quote<] Charles Sahm, the director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, is a strong supporter of raising the bar for teachers. But, he said, he’s not a fan of this particular literacy test. Sahm took the $20 practice exam and thought it was a poorly designed test with multiple-choice questions that seemed to have more than one correct answer. "I do agree that it's not a great test," Sahm said. "I found the reading comprehension section to be kind of infuriating. I only got 21 out of 40 right." [/quote<] I am not denying meritocracy and I am not saying that intelligence isn't influenced by genetics. I am disputing that IQ tests are a good measure of intelligence. Consider [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Faraday<]Michael Faraday: a veritable genius[/url<]. Yet he didn't grok advanced mathematics. By the standards of your standard IQ test, he probably would have ranked below the average TechReport reader; however, only the most self-deluded would consider himself or herself to even be in his intellectual league.

          • caconym
          • 3 years ago

          Disappointed to see this kind of garbage on TR. Keep your delusions of genetic superiority on 8chan.

        • CaptTomato
        • 3 years ago

        IQ tests are not flawed as a measure of intelligence, ie, the tests measure logic/maths and geometry, and in scores of cases, this basic knowledge underpinns complex problems.

        The dialogue that we’ve been exposed to sounds like it was written for 14yr olds…..why are you denying this??

          • AnotherReader
          • 3 years ago

          When have mass market video games been known for their witty dialogue? Not every game is like the Witness or the Talos principle.

          The skills measured by IQ tests do not define all facets of human intelligence. There have been many criticisms and I don’t have the time to enumerate them.

            • CaptTomato
            • 3 years ago

            Witty, what about ADULT level?
            At least you’re not pretending the opening sequences contained JUVENILE dialogue.

            Re IQ tests….if the dialogue has been dumbed down, then how is my criticism inappropriate?

            I repeat, it seems like the dialogues been aimed at people with an IQ range of 60-70.

            Why aren’t you being critical of this absurdity rather than happy as larry that yet another turd of a games on the verge of release?

            • AnotherReader
            • 3 years ago

            I would wait for more reviews before deciding if it’s a complete turd. However, you are right when you decry the dialogue, but I don’t expect great dialogue from most video games. As a side note, were you this harsh on the dialogue in Star Wars Episode II?

            • CaptTomato
            • 3 years ago

            Didn’t play SWep2.
            Given the gross takings of these block buster games, i think it’s reasonable to expect good quality from all aspects of the game.

            I don’t see why we should allow nutjob bean counters to rip the budget apart given the potential earnings, iow, asking that big game devs spend another 15-20million isn’t unreasonable these days, especially as it almost surely guarantees better reviews and sales and the possibility of creating a gaming dynasty like Elder scrolls/GTA etc.

          • tipoo
          • 3 years ago

          Well, you didn’t say “this game has writing written like 14 year olds”, you said the game was aimed at low IQ people. Pretty different things and one is potentially insulting to readers.

            • CaptTomato
            • 3 years ago

            It’s insulting to those who don’t recognize it or don’t care….

            • caconym
            • 3 years ago

            If you look at big-budget movies aimed at international audiences you’ll see the same kind of writing. The thought isn’t “the mass market/international audience” is dumb, but more “this will be easier for teens to understand, and to localize into twenty languages.” A $xxx million dollar game needs to reach an audience 100-times larger than a $x million dollar game.

            These giant franchises literally can’t gamble on only appealing to well-read adults.

            Does that suggest a downward spiral? Possibly.

            • CaptTomato
            • 3 years ago

            Yep lets cater to the dumbest common denominator

      • kruky
      • 3 years ago

      You know – the truly intelligent people never say “you are too dumb to talk with me”. It’s the way of people that try to pass as intelligent.

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 3 years ago

    So, I think this is confused in the article: it’s Radeon Crimson Software Edition 17.3.2, but the drivers are actually version 16.60.2911.

    I was confused why I was seeing the latter number but it telling me my drivers were up to date.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Characters still look a little funny, dialogue is…Bioware, and femRider still looks a little touched in the head…But whatever, it’s Mass Effect, am excite and will be playing it.

    • chµck
    • 3 years ago

    Why do all the characters look like west-coast hippies in this version of ME?

      • brucethemoose
      • 3 years ago

      Because the devs are west coast hippies?

      I’ve seen way too many weird hairdos in screenshots already.

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