Adrenalin Enhancements Part 1: E-Sync, Chill, WattMan & FRTC

When Enhanced Sync was introduced in the mid-year Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, AMD finally had an equivalent to NVIDIA’s Fast Sync and Adaptive V-Sync, a combination of technologies that aim to reduce the drawbacks of enabling V-Sync. At framerates above a monitors refresh rate, Enhanced Sync keeps the keeps the frame rate unlocked and displays the most recently completed frame to reduce V-Sync’s latency, or input lag. At framerates below the refresh rate Enhanced Sync simply disables V-Sync to reduce V-Sync stuttering.

With Adrenalin, Enhanced Sync is now supported for all GCN GPUs, as opposed to only Polaris and Vega based GPUs. And beyond that, Enhanced Sync now supports Vulkan applications, notebooks with dGPU-driven displays, multi-GPU (mGPU), and AMD Eyefinity. 

Moving onto Radeon Chill, a power saving feature that modulates framerates based on in-game movement, this now supports “countless” games, including ones powered by Vulkan. As far as “countless” goes, the only details disclosed were that this was accomplished via a generic Chill profile.

Radeon WattMan also received custom profile capability. Profiles can be saved, loaded, and shared.

These past three developments are arguably some of the most desired updates, at least according to AMD’s feature voting page: these changes were #1, #2, and #3 respectively of what users voted on most.

Lastly, FRTC now supports Vulkan as well, rounding out this first batch of ‘short and sweet’ Adrenalin improvements.

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition: 2017's Major Feature Update Adrenalin Enhancements (2): New Toggles, Linux & More


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  • Gigaplex - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    If memory prices are going to kill the PC gaming market, they're going to kill the console market too. They don't work without memory. Reply
  • mkruzel - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - link

    Worry not. Higher prices = more incentive -> more competition. As long as we have free market higher prices will lead to more competition. Reply
  • baka_toroi - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    Have they finally got rid of that browser popup that opens when you finish installing drivers and reads in a single line of plain text "Congratulations, you have installed drivers!" ? I could get better UX design guidelines from Zimbabwean software in the Windows 98 era. Reply
  • kronkers - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    If you look at the URL string it reports back to AMD with your system specs. Reply
  • Flunk - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    I hope they let you not install all the extra software. All I want is drivers, the control panel and NOTHING ELSE. Reply
  • FATCamaro - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    Yeah I don't need an app for my video card. Reply
  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    But, the adrenaline! Reply
  • lucam - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    iPhone X review...when? Reply
  • lmcd - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    While I appreciate that the wider community desires an iPhone X review, the core Anandtech community has traditionally enjoyed PC component news, reviews, and updates. They're not even the same reviewers, so it's really a nonfactor in the timing, but I'm glad to see more content like this appearing in a timely manner. Reply
  • lucam - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - link

    ..which means it's not gonna happen. Thanks for the update Reply

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