Popular American chipset manufacturer AMD has launched its GPU driver, which is ideally optimized for a range of high-performance games including most popular ones such as the Shadow of Tomb Raider as well as Fortnite. Although it is currently short of firepower in terms of latest generation processors, it plans to achieve this with the latest version of its Radeon Software (Adrenalin Edition) Version 18.9.2.
Performance enhancement for popular games:
A cursory glance of the release notes displays an impressive performance improvement of 5% when using the latest version of the Radeon Software driver 18.9.2 as compared to the previous version 18.2.8 driver. However, this is specific to Fortnite, when it is run a device like the Radeon RX Vega 64 at a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080.
Most of the performance comparison made by AMD, in the release notes, is specific to the Radeon RX Vega 64. Users can experience a 3% improvement in performance compared to the previous version of the driver when playing the F1 2018 at 2560 x 1440. It also packs a punch with another popular game – In Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Users can experience a 4% improvement in performance compared to the previous version of the driver when being run at 2560 x 1440.
Performance Jump For Other Games:
Finally, the latest driver outdoes its predecessor by a whopping 17% in terms of performance when playing Star Control: Origins, when the game is running at 4K resolution. Apart from this massive performance jump when playing Star Controls: Origins, the drive also provides a bug fix that helps the device to get rid of a particle corruption that appears on the cloud textures.
The driver provides an improved gaming performance for those that are playing this game.
A few issues that could, however, pop up when using the RX Vega graphics cards. One error sees the elevated memory clock even when the system is sitting idle. This is an issue that could lead to overheating.
Another warning fired out by the graphics card manufacturer is that in devices with 16 or more CPU cores, there may be rare instances of random reboots when users are trying to upgrade the driver from a version that is older than 18.81. It recommends that users perform a clean installation in such cases to avoid potential reboots.
Another issue picked up by AMD include the black screen when upgrading from a previous version. A few other fixes made by the driver include the Radeon FreeSync’s failure to enable when the user is playing Monster Hunt World. Another common issue that users used to face is the disabling of right-click context menu on Windows desktop, especially after any of Radeon’s software is installed.
The update has been launched by the semiconductor major for both 32 bit as well as 64-bit versions of Windows and will support Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems. It also supports graphics cards made by AMD starting from the HD 7700 / 7900 series in addition to being compatible with other AMD’s products such as its Ryzen Raven Ridge APUs line that include Ryzen 3 2200G and the Ryzen 5 2400G.
The update is now available on AMD’s website and is free to download for all users. It is also highly recommended by AMD for Radeon’s users.