Not ones to be outdone by Nvidia’s recent driver release, AMD has got out its own Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.2 driver with some staggering performance gains. Unlike Team Green as well, AMD has backed it up with hard figures, although for unreleased titles it makes for a difficult point of comparison.
We’ll start with Destiny 2, which features phenomenal performance gains compared to the previous 17.10.1 driver. If you played the Destiny 2 beta, these should help provide an indicator of the jump in frames per second that can be achieved with this latest driver release.
AMD claims those with Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB graphics cards will experience 43% faster performance in Destiny 2 at 1440p screen resolution, while those with Radeon RX 580 GPUs will experience a frame rate 50% higher than the beta test at 2560 x 1440.
They’re the most impressive gains to be found in this driver release, but the goodies don’t end there. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is out on Friday and uses both idTech 6 and the Vulkan graphics API. AMD has also entered a partnership with MachineGames for performance optimisation. As of this driver release, the RX Vega 56 will have 8 per cent faster performance in Wolfenstein 2 at 1440p, while the Radeon RX 580 will run 4% faster than the previous driver release. Fairly small gains in comparison, but still impressive and, judging from the official specs, the Radeon RX 580 should be very capable of running Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus at 1440p screen resolution.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is also out this Friday and it’s been lavished with some driver support. Crimson 17.10.2 improves the FPS by 16% for Radeon RX Vega 56 users at 1440p, while RX 580 owners will have 13% frame rate gains at 1080p.
In addition to all this, AMD has added a new toggle to its Radeon Settings under the Gaming tab. This allows to switch between graphics and compute workloads with a single click, surefire way to please amateur cryptocurrency miners. In another concession to crypto miners, Radeon Software now supports up to 12 installed Radeon RX 400, Radeon RX 500 or Radeon RX Vega GPUs in CrossFire for compute workloads.
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.2 Fixed Issues
- Radeon Software may not appear in the uninstall options under "Apps and Features" on Windows operating systems after a Radeon Software upgrade.
- Minor corruption may appear in PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS in some game locations when using Ultra graphics settings in game.
- Radeon Wattman may fail to apply user adjusted voltage values on certain configurations.
- AMD XConnect Technology enabled system configurations may not be detected when plugged in or connected to a system after being previously unplugged during system sleep or hibernation.
- Hearts of Iron IV may experience a crash or system hang during some scenario gameplay.
- Radeon Settings gaming tab may not automatically populate games detected on the users system.
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.2 Known Issues
- A random system hang may be experienced after extended periods of use on system configurations using 12 GPU's for compute workloads.
- Assassin's Creed: Origins may experience an intermittent application or system hang when playing on Windows 7 system configurations.
- The GPU Workload feature may cause a system hang when switching to Compute while AMD CrossFire is enabled. A workaround is to disable AMD CrossFire before switching the toggle to Compute workloads.
- Resizing the Radeon Settings window may cause the user interface to stutter or exhibit corruption temporarily.
- Corruption may be experienced in Forza Motorsport 7 on some HDR displays with HDR enabled in game.
- Radeon WattMan reset and restore factory default options may not reset graphics or memory clocks and unstable Radeon WattMan profiles may not be restored to default after a system hang.
- OverWatch may experience a random or intermittent hang on some system configurations. Disabling Radeon ReLive as a temporary workaround may resolve the issue.
- When recording with Radeon ReLive on Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products GPU usage and clocks may remain in high states. A workaround is to disable and then re-enable Radeon ReLive.
The 17.10.2 driver can be downloaded from here.