Radeon Software 18.11.2 finishes preparations for Battlefield V

Radeon cards may not be tracing rays in Battlefield V, but they can still benefit from even more software refinement for the game ahead of its release to the general public tomorrow. Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.11.2 is reporting for that duty, and it apparently builds on the Battlefield V support that rolled out in version 18.11.1.

Game support aside, Radeon Software 18.11.2 fixes a couple long-running issues with the driver package. At least for the moment, this version kills a behavior where Radeon RX Vega cards would exhibit elevated memory clocks at idle. The Radeon Software utility should no longer ping users about a new update when they in fact have the most current version installed already. This driver also adds support for the Vulkan extension VK_AMD_memory_overallocation_behavior. That extension allows control over whether overallocation of memory beyond the physical RAM available on a graphics card is allowed or not in Vulkan apps.

A couple issues remain unsolved in this release. Systems with multiple displays might exhibit mouse lag when at least one of those displays is powered off, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey might crash in certain locations for users still running Windows 7. If you're ready to gear up for Battlefield V, fire up Radeon Settings to download the update or head over to AMD's support site.

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    • DoomGuy64
    • 1 year ago

    Nice that they finally fixed the Vega clock idle bugs. But it would be even better if they addressed the fact that this has been broken on Hawaii ever since they updated the drivers for Doom. In fact, all of the power saving features of Hawaii are broken, and are disabled by default, and re-disabled every driver update. Strange that AMD even includes the one power saving box, when it doesn’t stay checked. To this day, they have never replied to my or anyone else’s support requests or acknowledged there is a problem, and I reported it day one.

    Not my problem anymore, but if I sell the card, the new owner will have to deal with it, and I will mention the bug in the ebay description if I go that route. You have to use MSI afterburner to work around the problem. The clocks aren’t broken, AMD’s control panel is.

    Also, now that Nvidia is dropping Pascal, AMD has the mid-range perf/$ again especially after price drops. Very happy with my Vega 56. Took long enough to hit MSRP.

    Warning: Do not use Display Fusion with Vega, as it can cause BSODs while playing games. I reported the issue to DF, but don’t know if they fixed it, and their software doesn’t have great performance either. It does work when it works, but there are a lot of potentially weird issues that people should just stay away from this software.

      • albundy
      • 1 year ago

      i had no idea Display Fusion had huge issues with Vega cards. yikes! i went with a used 1070 earlier this year since they cost half of what a vega 56 cost on ebay. my guess is that not many people bought vega cards, lol since pascal cards were being auctioned by the boatload.

        • DoomGuy64
        • 1 year ago

        You’re correct in that less people using Vega probably meant less eyes on this issue, with how many people both bought Vega and used Display Fusion. That said, there are plenty of Nvidia complaints as well, and I’ve had minor issues with the software in the past. It generally sucks more resources than necessary, and hooks way too deep into the OS. The alternatives are a better option for performance and stability, unless there is some unique feature that can’t be parted from.

        Also, I think whatever DF did to BSOD also blew out my old PSU, because it crashes HARD when it does. It took me several crashes and a BSOD report reader to find out they were causing it. Haven’t had any issues once I turned it off.

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    Tired of Nvidia making their GPUs from 2018 perform like GPUs from 2017 because of RTX?

    Sure, we all are!

    At AMD we guarantee that our GPUs from 2018 won’t perform like GPUs from 2017 because of RTX!

      • synthtel2
      • 1 year ago

      Not your point, I know, but I was curious – TR’s 980 and 970 review had the 280X and GTX 770 (both 2012 dies) at 1440p beating today’s 2080 Ti / BF V / 1440p / RTX high frametimes.

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        So you’re saying that Ray tracing on Nvidia GPUs from 2012 is THAT GOOD?!?!?

        Hrmmm… The usual response to this revelation is THANKS AMD!

          • synthtel2
          • 1 year ago

          Or, for that kind of performance cost, raytracing had better be every bit of the revolution in image quality that its proponents crack it up to be. Spoilers, it’s not.

          Comparing BF4 to BF V in the two reviews without raytracing in the picture but same-ish settings otherwise (4K):

          GTX 980 / BF4: 99% under 38.5 ms
          RTX 2070 / BF V: 99% under 23.2 ms

          GTX 980: 4.9 TFLOPS, 77 GP/s, 224 GB/s
          RTX 2070: 8.3 TFLOPS, 116 GP/s, 448 GB/s

          BF V looks better than BF4 in any number of ways and runs about as fast per a given amount of GPU power. *That’s* what improvement looks like, not more subtle puddles for twice the cost of the whole rest of the scene put together.

          Raytracing for raytracing’s sake is something Nvidia’s marketing department cares about, but nobody else should. If it doesn’t push IQ:performance ratio somewhere new, then it’s got to compete with things like SSAA as a way to burn excess GPU power, and IMO SSAA is winning this one easily.

        • kuttan
        • 1 year ago

        Lol

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    *Glue not included

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