Another week another driver release, at least that feels like the way of it now. While some of AMD’s driver releases lately have been light on features and fixes, as a developer by day, I can applaud the steady march of progress. 

The Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.1 Hotfix brings the driver version to 16.15.2211.1001. With a smaller list of fixes this driver version contains we get a resolution for flickering that may happen while playing Hitman in DirectX 11 with high shadow settings in game. Also, it appears that in some games the DirectX 12 frame rate capping issue may still remain, as they say that this exists in some applications and has been resolved. There was mention and resolution of a similar issue last month locking DirectX 12 applications to the refresh rate of the display, but details on whether this issue is separate or more of the same is unclear.

Alongside continued support for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, we have now been given game ready driver support for the brand new title Quantum Break. With AMD Claiming up to 35% faster performance on a Radeon R9 Fury X when compared against Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2. AMD also makes clear in the footnotes of this drivers release notes that this was tested on a Windows 10 system running an Intel i7-5960X with 16GB of RAM and resolution of 3840x2160. While gains of 35% are impressive, the scores they share for Radeon Software Crimson Edition versions 16.3.2 and 16.4.1 are 16.693 and 22.663 respectively. If these are scores I don’t know how they are derived and can’t speak on them. Though if they are frame rates, then that level of performance can cause the margin of error can swing wide. This doesn’t represent a real use case either, since nobody is going to settle for framerates that low on an R9 Fury X. Despite this I must make clear that I appreciate the disclosure, and having this information gives performance numbers provided by AMD much more meaning and validity than we would have had without them.

As always, those interested in reading more or installing the updated hotfix drivers for AMD’s desktop, mobile, and integrated GPUs can find them either under the driver update section in Radeon Settings or on AMDs Radeon Software Crimson Edition download page.

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  • jann5s - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Game ready, lol, the word "ready" here cracks me up
  • YukaKun - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Rant time!

    I have an issue with the new drivers (Crimson, previously CCC) front end: they are the lipstick of the pig, after shaving it and cutting a leg.

    It looks better, seems to be working somewhat fine, but the stupid options are all over the place. And the important settings were removed. I mean, I can't even change the refresh rate of my monitor FFS. I have to use the Windows monitor driver to do that now. Plus, there are no deeper configurations other than the FRTC (framerate target control?).

    I hoped for AMD to make Crimson as half as useful as the RadeonPro utility we had before. HALF OF IT. Not even that. It's still the same useless piece of crap software we had before, just sleeker looking. I had better (steady) framerates using the 13.12 drivers + RadeonPro than now using the "latest and greatest" with my 7970.

    Well, sorry about the rant, but it's just... Frustrating.

  • baobrain - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Well, if you had bothered to click on "additional settings" you would've been presented with a catalyst-like menu where you can do what you just claimed you couldn't.
  • Assimilator87 - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Unleash the fury on his forsaken, uninformed soul!
  • YukaKun - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Hence the "pig with a cut leg". I know of those settings and no they don't have the refresh nor any other settings for that matter.

    In any case, no. If you ever used RadeonPro, then you would know what I am complaining about.

  • Nintendo Maniac 64 - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    What's wrong with using the Windows' built in options for changing the resolution and refresh rate?
  • LordanSS - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Guess it's still the same for both camps here.... no adequate Crossfire/SLI profile yet for The Division.

    I have nVidia, friend of mine who bought it so we could play together has AMD. Wonder if the engine just won't allow for AFR at all.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    This is why you don't buy dual video cards in advance of any game, nor do you hope (if you do happen to have dual video cards already) that any game that does come out to ever have any support for dual video cards.

    Having this notion is like putting the cart infront of the horse or counting your chickens before you hatch -- You just don't know if the game publisher will ever bother supporting multiple graphics cards, but you know all will support one graphics card, so the aim should always be to get the single, largest graphics card you can budget for and never aim for getting another down the road. (At that later point, you're just investing additional money into technology that's already been obsoleted.)
  • Ukyo - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Pretty sure you completely missed his point. Lordan said he has nvidia card(s) and his friend who also bought it (the GAME, just to play with him) has AMD card(s). Neither camp has multicard support working well yet. That is what he was stating. Yes, most newly released games initially have poor support for multicard setups. Most just complain it shouldn't take that long especially since it's not new tech. Most, if not, all major games will eventually fully support multicard tech. He is not saying either of them bought a multicard set up for the game.
  • DominionSeraph - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    Maybe... maybe... maybe finally... a fix...

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