Get out your whetstones, it’s hunting time. AMD has prepared a huge new graphics card driver release just in time for the launch of Monster Hunter World, as well as another trio of huge new games coming to PC within the next few weeks.

Monster Hunter World is undoubtedly one of the biggest launches on PC this month and the Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.8.1 GPU driver optimises performance for AMD Radeon GPUs. In the examples given, a Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB can expect 5% faster performance in MonHun World with the Radeon 18.8.1 driver versus the 18.6.1 driver at 1080p. There are even bigger benefits to be found for Radeon RX 580 8GB users though. The Radeon Adrenalin 18.8.1 driver provides 6% higher frame rates in Monster Hunter World at 1080p screen resolution compared to the 18.6.1 driver release.

The benefits don’t end there either. The trio of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, We Happy Few and Madden NFL 19 have all received day one support and performance optimisation for AMD Radeon hardware.

Fixed issues include Fortnite crashing on launch in Windows 7, games hanging on multi-GPU systems when changing resolutions, Civilization VI crashing while using the DirectX 12 API, and an issue with graphics and memory clock speeds remaining high while viewing video content.

As ever, there are a number of known issues so tread with caution. You only really need to grab this latest GPU driver straight away if you’re intending to buy Monster Hunter World, WoW: Battle for Azeroth, We Happy Few or Madden NFL 19. There is an official list of known issues with the Radeon Adrenalin 18.8.1 driver, while there are a few isolated reports of compatibility issues with Windows 10 (thanks bluej511!).

AMD Radeon Software Adrenaline 18.8.1 GPU Driver Known Issues

  • Cursor or system lag may be observed on some system configurations when two or more displays are connected and one display is powered off.
  • Some games may experience instability or stutter when playing with FRTC and Instant Replay enabled.
  • Toggling performance metrics while gaming on a non-native display resolution may cause the game to scale incorrectly.
  • Radeon WattMan memory and frequency sliders may not list correct minimum values.
  • Upgrade Advisor may fail to show up in Radeon Settings.
  • Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable when playing Monster Hunter: World.
  • Video profiles may not correctly apply on web browser video content.

You can grab the latest AMD GPU driver directly from AMD's site, or automatically update through your current Adrenalin Software installation.