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AMD has just pushed out a new graphics card drive release, and it’s an important one for any Radeon owners planning to play Rage 2 this week. The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1 GPU driver provides official support for id Software and Avalanche Studio’s open-world shooter Rage 2.

Users can expect fairly significant performance gains in the Vulkan-powered Rage 2 with this driver update. AMD cites a 16% increase in frame rates with a Radeon VII while running the game at 4K resolution with the High graphics preset. The Radeon VII scores an average 38.3 FPS with the previous driver update, rising to 44.4 frames per second with the 19.5.1 driver.

This isn’t a bad performance improvement at all, although fairly irrelevant when we consider most Radeon VII users probably aren’t going to want to push Rage 2’s frame rates down below 60 FPS. It would appear the Radeon VII is better suited to 4K/Medium or perhaps 1440p/High while running Rage 2.

The other big change with this driver release is the discontinuation of support for AMD’s Mantle graphics API. Mantle is redundant now the Vulkan API has become more widespread anyway, while most the improvements AMD made here have likely been rolled into its Vulkan support anyway, hence the Vulkan performance advantage over Nvidia.

As ever, there are a number of other fixes and known included with the Adrenalin 19.5.1 driver update, and quite a few of them too. Notable fixes including texture flickering for Radeon RX Vega users in games with the Vulkan API, as well as HTC Vive detection issues. The big known issues to watch out for are World War Z hanging after extended play sessions and AMD Radeon VII causing screen flicker on multi-display setups.

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1 Fixed Issues

  • Performance metrics overlay may experience intermittent flicker when playing back protected content with this feature enabled.
  • DOOM may experience an application hang during launch on AMD XConnect Technology system configurations.
  • Radeon Software installation may fail or get stuck at 33% when installing on AMD Radeon HD 7970 system configurations.
  • Some Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series graphics products may experience a system hang when hot-plugging 8K displays.
  • AMD Radeon VII may fail to apply Radeon Settings video profiles to video playback.
  • HTC VIVE devices may experience connection or detection issues by the OS or SteamVR.
  • System instability may be experienced on ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 laptop when a wireless display is connected.
  • Stuttering or frame drop may be experienced when playing back DivX interlaced content in the Windows Movies & TV application.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience higher than expected memory clocks at idle or desktop with multi-display system configurations.
  • Some system configurations may not be able to set 10-Bit color in Radeon Settings when the connected display is set to 4K 60hz.
  • Enhanced Sync may fail to enable on Radeon FreeSync enabled displays in DirectX 9 API games on game first launch.
  • AMD Link may experience intermittent authentication issues. An update of the AMD Link application is also required.
  • Some games may experience texture flickering or corruption on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products when using the Vulkan API.

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1 Known Issues

  • Radeon ReLive streaming and uploading of videos and other content to Facebook is currently unavailable.
  • ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 may experience discrete GPU connection issues with devices disappearing from device manager when the system is idle.
  • World War Z may experience an application hang after extended periods of play.
  • AMD Radeon VII may experience screen flicker in multi-display setups on desktop or while applications are running.
  • Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
  • HDR Video may freeze or have corruption during playback when using Movies and TV Application with some Ryzen APUs.

The latest AMD GPU driver can be downloaded from here.