AMD 19.2.2 Driver Arrives With Radeon VII Support, Metro Exodus, Crackdown 3 Optimisation

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 2:23 PM

AMD’s kind of thrown me for a loop here as it’s just pushed out its Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.2 graphics card driver which includes support for its recently launched Radeon VII GPU. Driver support for the AMD Radeon VII  comes about a week after the graphics card actually became available. Presumably, the Radeon VII runs fine on older driver versions but this should provide some performance optimisation.

Aside from this oddity, a quartet of games are also benefitting from official driver support from AMD. These games include Far Cry New Dawn, Metro Exodus, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm and Crackdown 3. All four games should now be optimised for AMD Radeon hardware and this latest 19.2.2 should ensure you get the maximum possible frame rates.

Frame rate specifics are all a bit vague, although AMD claims there are 5% performance gains for Radeon RX 590 owners planning to play Crackdown 3.

If you’re getting involved any of the big games launching today or tomorrow then it comes highly recommended you download this latest driver from AMD. It also packs a number of crucial fixes, particularly for Radeon VII owners and those playing Apex Legends.

We were hoping to see a potential fix for the artifacting that’s occurring in Rainbow Six Siege as of the latest patch. This was pointed out to me by bluej511 and appears to be an issue exclusive to Radeon RX Vega owners. It looks pretty grim, to be honest, but this probably more of an issue on Ubisoft’s end rather than anything AMD could help to fix.

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.2 Fixed Issues

  • Using the Alt+Tab shortcut out of a fullscreen application or game may be slow or take longer than expected when using a display connected by DisplayPort.
  • Apply and Discard buttons may not appear in some areas of Radeon Overlay under the Radeon WattMan overclocking tab.
  • Radeon WattMan may fail to apply memory clock changes on AMD Radeon VII.
  • AMD Radeon VII may intermittently experience a system hang when attempting to perform a timeout detection and recovery on Windows 7 system configurations.
  • Radeon WattMan may display the incorrect max fan/temperature values for AMD Radeon VII.
  • Radeon WattMan may experience issues with changed values failing to save or load when multiple changes are applied at once.
  • AMD Radeon VII may experience intermittent system stability issues on some X399 motherboards.
  • Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds may intermittently experience an application crash when changing post-processing settings.
  • Radeon Settings may experience an application hang when loading the performance histogram in a game profile through game manager.
  • Update Notifications may sometimes incorrectly list the currently installed driver as an available upgrade.
  • Apex Legends may intermittently experience line corruption on AMD Radeon VII.

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.2 Known Issues

  • Battlefield V players may experience character outlines stuck on screen after being revived when the game is set to using DirectX 12 API.
  • Mouse lag or system slowdown is observed for extended periods of time with two or more displays connected and one display switched off.
  • FRTC may disappear from the Radeon Settings Global Graphics options on some system configurations when upgrading Radeon Software.
  • Radeon WattMan clock gauges may sometimes not change or appear incorrect when custom settings have been set on AMD Radeon VII.
  • Changes made in Radeon WattMan settings via Radeon Overlay may sometimes not save or take effect once Radeon Overlay is closed.
  • Fan speeds may remain elevated for longer periods than expected when using Tuning Control Auto Overclock in Radeon WattMan on AMD Radeon VII. A workaround is switching fan control to manual mode.

You can grab the 19.2.2 Adrenalin Radeon driver for yourself from AMD's official site or you can automatically update through your current Adrenalin Software installation.

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14:25 Feb-14-2019

Crackdown 3 Optimisation - why bother, no one's gonna touch that xD

15:37 Feb-14-2019

For the time it's taken to develop it they certainly chose a tricky launch day


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