Radeon Software 18.6.1 gets vermin running faster with Adrenalin

 AMD showed off a Radeon Instinct card using a version of its Vega graphics chip built on a 7-m fabrication process at Computex last week, but it didn't say much about when that tech might trickle down to gamers. In lieu of new hardware, the company is pumping up performance for some Radeon owners by improving its drivers. Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 claims to increase frame rates by up to 10% in Warhammer: Vermintide 2 on systems with Radeon RX 580 8 GB graphics and up to 9% on PCs with Radeon RX Vega 56 cards compared to the same systems running the 18.5.2 drivers.

AMD promises blazing performance increases in Warhammer: Vermintide 2

In addition to the performance boost for Vermintide 2, the new driver fixes some problems. The driver team says it squashed game-specific bugs in Subnautica, Sea of Thieves, World of Tanks, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and World of Warcraft. Problems displaying the Windows desktop on Radeon Pro Duo cards at ludicrous 8K resolutions have also been fixed.

This Vermintide 2 screenshot would be perfect for an Nvidia driver update post, wouldn't it?

Any gerbil knows that problems with graphics drivers spring eternal. Today's release leaves unresolved issues with stuttering when Frame Rate Target Control and Radeon ReLive are both turned on at the same time and incomplete Radeon Overlay output in borderless fullscreen mode. Some OpenGL and Vulkan applications could display corrupted output on Hybrid Graphics configurations. Radeon Chill can drop frame rates below the target if a game is left idle for a long time. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can have some stuttering when running in borderless fullscreen mode, and Sea of Thieves can have corrupted ropes and sails when the player is standing on a boat.

Users of systems with supported AMD graphics silicon can read the release notes here. The same page has links to download the new Radeon Software for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 10. Apple Boot Camp users and the few folks trying to use a Vega card on a 32-bit version of Windows should not pass Go or install the drivers.

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    • Shobai
    • 1 year ago

    Can confirm that the “high idle memory clock when driving multiple displays” issue is still present.

    • freebird
    • 1 year ago

    What?!? No Crysis speed increases?!? pshaw…

    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    That boot camp restriction is a little annoying. Fortunately there’s [url=https://www.bootcampdrivers.com/<]BootcampDrivers.com[/url<] making the effort to keep Radeon Pros updated on Windows. I also can't help but notice that APUs ARE AGAIN NOT LISTED IN THE RELEASE NOTES??? What happened to "unified" driver releases, AMD? [url<]https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Radeon-Software-Adrenalin-Edition-18.6.1-Release-Notes.aspx[/url<] Instead, my Ryzen 5 2400G gets [url=https://support.amd.com/en-us/download/apu?os=Windows%2010%20-%2064<]18.5.1[/url<].

      • LostCat
      • 1 year ago

      I figure unified drivers in AMD land is like the year of the Linux desktop…you know, maybe in 2025

      • DoomGuy64
      • 1 year ago

      The reason is that AMD is artificially restricting APU features that are available to desktop cards.

      I have a Dell APU laptop. There is no ReLive support, certain video playback features, or enhanced sync support.

      The biggest slap in the face is that the monitor is EDP compliant, but AMD is not allowing Freesync, most likely because Dell doesn’t want to support the feature on this laptop. Same with allowing more than 512mb of ram for the APU. AFAIK Dell hasn’t issued a bios update for Spectre/Meltdown either.

      This is why the APU drivers aren’t unified. AMD has to disable features for all the laptop makers who are artificially crippling their products.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        Not true. The subvendor ID is used to block installs for things like that, and has been for many years. Besides, I’m talking about a DIY desktop PC.

        AMD’s the one that made the unified claim earlier this year. They’ve just not lived up to their word. Not a surprise. Companies rarely do.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          BTW, the driver showed up for my Dell Latitude E5570, which has an R7 M360 in it. ReLive support and all.

            • DoomGuy64
            • 1 year ago

            Doesn’t exist on my Inspiron 5565, which even has dual gpus.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            Of course not. You can’t run two different versions of the same driver, and this doesn’t include APUs. It’s infuriating. It doesn’t exist on my desktop, either.

    • LostCat
    • 1 year ago

    Vermintide was kind of weird, but fun. I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back to it but only because it was probably more fun if you know people playing it.

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