AMD has released a new beta of Radeon Software Crimson Edition. Version 16.2 is optimized for great performance in the new benchmark featured in Ashes of the Singularity, SteamVR as well as recent and upcoming blockbusters.
If you’ve been following hardware news recently, Oxide, the developer of the upcoming Ashes of the Singularity RTS game known for their ambitious early adoption of Mantle and later DirectX 12 APIs, has seeded a new beta build of the game to the press. New benchmark results emerged globally, broadly showcasing in independent tests the power of Radeon cards in the next-generation of low-overhead graphics rendering. The new beta will soon come to Steam Early Access for everyone to try out, and with today’s drivers release you are assured great performance and compatibility with a range of innovative technologies coming with DirectX 12.
Wondering if your system can handle the Virtual Reality revolution? A pretty good measure of the capabilities of your system should be the SteamVR Performance Test recently released by Valve. Radeon graphics R9 390 and above all get a recommended note, and Radeon Software Crimson 16.2 should provide you with best results. You can run the simple benchmark yourself by downloading it on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/323910/
General gaming performance increases also come to SAPPHIRE Radeon graphics users in 16.2 Beta. Rise of the Tomb Raider should play even nicer, and for those of you running the CrossFire setup, AMD prepared profiles for Tom Clancy’s The Division and XCOM 2.
As always with new drivers build, and thanks to all your feedback reported via http://www.amd.com/report, a slew of issues were resolved:
- A black screen/TDR error may be encountered when booting a system with Intel + AMD graphics and an HDMI monitor connected
- Choppy gameplay may be experienced when both AMD Freesync™ and AMD Crossfire™ are both enabled
- Display corruption may be observed after keeping system idle for some time
- Fallout 4 – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations with the v1.3 game update and with AMD Crossfire™ enabled
- Fallout 4 – Foliage/water may ripple/stutter when game is launched in High/Ultra settings mode
- Fallout 4 – Screen tearing in systems with both AMD Freesync™ and AMD Crossfire™ enabled if game is left idle for a short period of time
- Fallout 4 – Thumbnails may flicker or disappear while scrolling the Perk levels page
- Far Cry 4 – Stuttering may be observed when launching the game with AMD Freesync™ and AMD Crossfire™ enabled
- FRTC options are displayed on some unsupported laptop configurations with Intel CPU’s and AMD GPU’s
- Radeon Settings may sometimes fails to launch with a “Context Creation Error” message
- Rise of the Tomb Raider™ – Corruption can be observed at some locations during gameplay
- Rise of the Tomb Raider™ – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations when the game is left idle in AMD Crossfire™ mode under Windows 7
- Rise of the Tomb Raider™ – Game may intermittently crash or hang when launched with very high settings and AA is set to SMAA at 4K resolution
- Rise of the Tomb Raider™ – Lara Croft’s hair may flicker in some locations if the Esc key is pressed
- Rise of Tomb Raider™ – A TDR error may be observed with some AMD Radeon 300 Series products after launching the “Geothermal Valley” mission
- The AMD Overdrive™ memory clock slider does not show original clock values if memory speeds are overclocked
- World of Warcraft runs extremely slowly in quad crossfire at high resolutions
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 beta graphics drivers are now available for download from the AMD Download Center for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 32- and 64-bit systems, with support for Radeon FURY, Nano, 300, 200, HD 8500 – 8900 & HD 7700 – 7900 Series.