Radeon 17.8.1 drivers are ready for Vega, Quake, and Agents of Mayhem

A graphics driver developer's job is never done, as evinced by the approximately bi-weekly updates from Nvidia and AMD. New graphics architectures only add to the engineers' workload, too. AMD's latest Radeon Software 17.8.1 addresses fresh games and graphics cards both. The update is AMD's first non-beta release with support for its spanking-new Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The software also brings optimizations for the early-access release of Bethesda's Quake Champions hero FPS and Volition's open-world romp Agents of Mayhem.

AMD says the new drivers fix a handful of other problems, including HDCP troubles when playing Blu-Ray discs, and signal loss when connecting a Radeon to some HDR TV sets. Tearing during streaming video playback in Google Chrome when Enhanced Sync is enabled should be fixed. Likewise, users should no longer see stuttering playing full-screen video when FreeSync is turned on, and FreeSync brightness or flickering issues with certain Samsung displays are reportedly fixed. The driver also brings along game-specific fixes for crashes in Grand Theft Auto V, long load times in Forza Horizon 3, and crashing in Tekken 7 on some Radeon R9 380 graphics cards.

As always, the driver update is not made up entirely of lollipops and Peachie-O's. Some bugs couldn't be worked out in time for the update, including a bug in WattMan that can cause a discrepency between indicated and actual graphics clock speed, failures in GPU scaling in some DirectX 11 applications, hangs in Windows Media Player when Radeon ReLive is recording the desktop, and corrupted secondary displays after waking from sleep in some conditions. A couple of minor EyeFinity bugs and a pair of Vega-specific issues with sleep and the "HBCC Memory Segment" setting remain unfixed, too.

Gerbils on the red team can head over to Radeon Software 17.8.1 page to download the drivers or check out the release notes to read more about the changes.

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    • Firestarter
    • 2 years ago

    ready for Quack 3? Nice!

      • caconym
      • 2 years ago

      the key to winning is to duck

    • smilingcrow
    • 2 years ago

    It shows downloads for W7 and W10 only!
    So W7 16 bit support but nothing for W8.1 even though it has MS support for far longer.
    Checked with Nvidia and they are still officially supporting W7 and later for the 10 Series.
    MS dropping support for older versions of Windows with new hardware has set a very bad precedent.

      • NTMBK
      • 2 years ago

      Windows 8 was a train wreck, why didn’t you upgrade to 10?

        • smilingcrow
        • 2 years ago

        Windows 8.0 was a farce but I did specifically mention W8.1 as that has been a stable platform for me. Unlike W10 which to follow your analogy is more like a train running out of control with no driver speeding through stations without stopping.

        But the real issue is that they’ve dropped support for an OS that MS are supporting until 2023.

      • nerdrage
      • 2 years ago

      [url=http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/amd-halts-support-for-windows-8-1-with-consumer-radeon-drivers.html<]"We no longer support Windows 8.1 officially with consumer postings. If users want to use the Windows 7 driver on Windows 8.1 then that is their choice."[/url<] Ugh. A bad precedent indeed.

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]FreeSync brightness or flickering issues with certain Samsung displays are reportedly fixed[/quote<]Ugh, and I had just recently fixed this by getting an nvidia card.

      • tay
      • 2 years ago

      I may get down-voted for this, but there is still a chasm between Nvidia and AMD software quality. My last two cards have been AMD because of price / performance.

      Fixing FreeSync issues 6+ months after the monitor has been released, and video playback flicker over 2 years after FreeSync was released is disappointing.

        • southrncomfortjm
        • 2 years ago

        No doubt AMD can do better, but didn’t Nvidia have a whole bunch of driver issues over the past year too?

          • anubis44
          • 2 years ago

          Yes, yes they did. nVidia aren’t that great at driver issues, either.

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        I’ve used both in the past year and FreeSync was always iffy. Some games it would only work in Windowed/Fullscreen/Fullscreen Windowed (but never consistently in the same type across titles). And getting it to work with two monitors connected was literally trial and error.

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        I’ve ended up on AMD a number of cards in a row, I have no loyalty or bias to one or the other but often when they have a price/performance lead I wonder what things would be like on the other side, if the software stack of Nvidia would be worth a small cost increase.

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