Following last month’s tease, AMD has released its huge new Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition graphics card drivers. The large-scale annual update provides an absolute stack of new features for Radeon GPU users, including a new Radeon Overlay with performance monitoring, a dedicated mobile app for monitoring GPU and PC performance, along with updates to Radeon Chill, Wattman, ReLive, Enhanced Sync and updated Vulkan support.
"Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition continues to set the bar high with remarkable features for allowing gamers to connect with other gamers around the world," said Andrej Zdravkovic, corporate vice president of software, Radeon Technologies Group. "Now gamers can tailor their gaming experience directly in-game, use our groundbreaking AMD Link mobile app to monitor their gaming performance on their phone, and in an instant, share their best highlights to their streaming platforms and social networks of choice. We've designed Adrenalin Edition as a powerful tool for those who aspire to achieve gaming greatness among friends and the community."
For the most part, the Radeon Adrenaline driver is an improvement to the UX and UI, getting the features in front of the user in a simpler, more efficient way. This begins with the new Radeon Overlay. Users just need to press Alt + R and the Overlay will slide in from the right side of your display. Here you can get access to a whole bunch of the most important settings and metrics, tracking frame rates, GPU temperatures, power and VRAM usage, and more. There’s also one-click access to FreeSync, Chill, Wattman and ReLive settings.
Originally rolled out with Radeon Crimson 17.7.1, Enhanced Sync, or E-Sync, is an alternate method of syncing a monitor's refresh rate with the GPU. Its purpose is to reduce the latency and input lag seen while using V-Sync. Above the refresh rate the frame rate is unlocked, yet when the frame rate drops below the monitor refresh rate, V-Sync is disabled. Up until now, E-Sync was exclusive to Polaris and Vega GPUs, but it’s now available for all GCN GPUs.
Again, already a feature of AMD’s drivers, Radeon Chill improves GPU power efficiency by regulating the frame rate when the player isn’t moving as fast. As your movement speed decreases, Radeon Chill drops the frame rate. In theory it’s an effect that is unnoticeable, yet results in a GPU running at lower core temperatures. With this new Adrenalin release, “countless” games now support Radeon Chill, including, for the first time, games developed using the Vulkan graphics API.
Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC)
FRTC has been updated and now supports Vulkan. This includes games such as DOOM, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and the upcoming Star Citizen. It allows users to target specific frame rates in order to lower average GPU power draw.
AMD Link is the name of the new dedicated mobile app available on both iOS and Android. This hooks wirelessly into your PC and provides a constant readout of performance monitoring without cluttering up your screen. Functionally it doesn’t grant users the ability to do anything above and beyond what Radeon Adrenalin is already capable of, it’s just a less intrusive way to access Radeon settings.
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