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AMD has long been a strong supporter of next-generation, low-overhead graphics API technologies like Microsoft DirectX 12 that help take games to a whole new level. Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that in partnership with Microsoft we will provide full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate in our upcoming AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture.

 


With this architecture powering both the next generation of AMD Radeon graphics cards and the forthcoming Xbox Series X gaming console, we’ve been working very closely with Microsoft to help move gaming graphics to a new level of photorealism and smoothness thanks to the four key DirectX 12 Ultimate graphics features -- DirectX Raytracing (DXR), Variable Rate Shading (VRS), Mesh Shaders, and Sampler Feedback.

 

“Microsoft and AMD worked closely on the development of the DirectX 12 Ultimate feature set to ensure a great experience with AMD RDNA 2 architecture”
                                                                        – Bryan Langley, Graphics Group Program Manager, Microsoft


DXR adds a new level of graphics realism to video games previously only available in movies, and AMD has collaborated with Microsoft on the design of DXR 1.1, an update to DXR that can deliver better efficiency and performance in many raytracing effects.

 

 

Support for hardware-accelerated DXR 1.1 raytracing with AMD RDNA 2 architecture will allow both PC and console gamers to experience stunning, next-level visuals in games that support DirectX 12 Ultimate. To give you a taste of the photorealistic realism DXR raytracing will enable we’ve put together a preview of what you can expect:

 

DXR 1.1 Raytracing Running on AMD RDNA 2 Silicon

With the announcement of DirectX 12 Ultimate, Microsoft is driving the next generation of games on both console and PC to new heights of realism and AMD is excited to be an integral part of this effort. With this new common graphics standard for both PC and consoles, gamers can expect to see advanced effects like raytracing come to more games sooner. In addition, DirectX 12 Ultimate will make developers’ lives easier, allowing them to develop games using the same common graphics API and graphics architecture for both PCs and consoles.

 

You can learn more about DirectX 12 Ultimate and its four key features in Microsoft’s Blog.

 


Alexander Blake-Davies
is a Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third-party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

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2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Microsoft, DirectX, and Xbox are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

I am excited to share some of the details that Microsoft announced today on Xbox Series X, and how it is built upon the partnership with the team at AMD.

 

Together, we have relentlessly pushed the innovation boundaries of gaming devices for the last 15 years.  Today, AMD and Microsoft are excited to announce more details on the Xbox Series X, which will deliver an incredible and immersive gaming experience, including the next generation of performance, graphics, lighting, visuals and audio technologies.   

 

  

AMD and Microsoft worked together for several years to design and optimize every aspect of the Xbox Series X System on a Chip (SoC). The goal was to deliver a transformational design, generational performance and broad experience uplift with innovation throughout silicon, system and software. Key features include:

  • Transformational CPU computing performance powered by 8 “Zen 2” CPU Cores (16 Threads)
  • A customized GPU based on next generation AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture with 52 compute units to deliver 12 TFLOPS of single precision performance, enabling increases in graphics performance and hardware accelerated DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading
  • New gaming experiences with seamless content paging from the SSD to the GPU based on the revolutionary Xbox Velocity Architecture
  • An innovative 320-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface to satisfy the most demanding visual experiences

 

 

These features will empower developers to create realistic and immersive experiences like we’ve never seen before. In addition, the design was built from the ground up to enable backward compatibility with existing Xbox One titles and will help drive a new generation of DirectX ecosystem that will continue to push the PC industry forward.   

 

The custom RDNA 2 GPU and “Zen 2” CPU Cores, SoC accelerators and re-architected software stacks will enable gamers to see better image quality, higher resolutions, more stable frame rates and much shorter boot and load times.

The Xbox Series X SoC was architected for the next generation of DirectX API extensions with hardware acceleration for Raytracing, and Variable Rate Shading. Raytracing is especially one of the most visible new features for gamers, which simulates the properties of light, in real time, more accurately than any technology before it.  Realistic lighting completely changes a game and the gamer’s perception.  

 

Xbox Series X will support the latest HDMI 2.1 specification, with support for 4K up to 120 Hz, as well as Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency Mode.

                                                                         

The Xbox Series X is the biggest generational leap of SoC and API design that we’ve done with Microsoft, and it’s an honor for AMD to partner with Microsoft for this endeavor.  The Xbox Series X is going to be a beacon of technical innovation leadership for this console generation and will propagate the innovation throughout the DirectX ecosystem this year and into next year.  It is a privilege to be Microsoft’s trusted partner, and we look forward to a successful launch this holiday season!

 

Sebastien Nussbaum is Senior Fellow and Corporate Vice President, Semi-Custom Products & Technologies at AMD. 

 

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This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, the strength, expectations and benefits regarding AMD’s technology roadmap, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2019.

 

In February 2017, AMD once more stepped into the gaming arena with its “Zen”-based AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor in a multi-year journey to reclaim a spot at the top of the gaming CPU charts. Match by match, year by year, AMD has systematically climbed to the top of the rankings and today trades blows for the “gold medal” with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors. The third-party awards are clear: Ryzen is gaming.

 

In 2019, AMD thoughtfully entered another gaming arena. One that demands high performance computing, but with stealth power efficiencies: the Notebook Gaming Market. 2019 was a very good year for us in this market, winning some key strategic opportunities, but we intentionally played it slow. “Take your time to get it right,” we said. Ultimately, our expectation in this market was to bring desktop-level performance into the notebook form factor. Users, we think, wanted us to replay the desktop story and reset the gaming notebook market with an all new level of performance and technology. That was a feat that could not be accomplished with the existing technology … until now.

 

At CES we introduced our brand new AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors, the world’s first 7nm x86 mobile gaming processors, headlined by the Ryzen 7 4800H with 8 cores and 16 threads. We learned from our ascent in the desktop gaming arena, and architected from the ground up, a processor that delivers on our ambition to bring desktop gaming performance to a notebook form factor.

 

 

 

We believe that the Ryzen 7 4800H is one of the best gaming notebook processors today beating the i9-9880H in 3DMark Fire Strike Physics (a proxy for how the CPU impacts gaming performance)[1] and content creation applications like Cinebench R20 nT[2].  As great as that is, however, we aren’t stopping there. Enthusiast gamers demand more. And that drives those of us at AMD to push harder so we can deliver on that demand.

 

With that innovation mind set, we are proud to announce today the introduction of our AMD Ryzen 9 4900H mobile gaming processor.

 


 

The Ryzen 9 4900H pulls out all the stops for gaming notebooks: up to a 4.4GHz boost clock[3], a high 3.3GHz base clock[4], 8 cores and 16 threads, 45W TDP, and fantastic 7nm power efficiency to make the world’s best gaming notebooks thinner and lighter—as they should be.  

 

 

Cautionary Statement

This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, the features, functionality, expectations, benefits, timing and availability of the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H processor, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2019.

 

[1] Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 12/09/2019 utilizing an AMD Ryzen 4800H reference system and an ASUS Zephyrus M GU502GV system with Intel Core i7-9750H processor in 3DMark FireStrikePhysics. Results may vary. 3DMark is a registered trademark of Futuremark Corporation. RM3H-9  

[2] Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 12/09/2019 utilizing an AMD Ryzen 4800H reference system and an ASUS Zephyrus M GU502GV system with Intel Core i7-9750H processor in CinebenchR20 nT. Results may vary. RM3H-8

[3] Max boost for AMD Ryzen and Athlon processors is the maximum frequency achievable by a single core on the processor running a bursty single-threaded workload. Max boost will vary based on several factors, including, but not limited to: thermal paste; system cooling; motherboard design and BIOS; the latest AMD chipset driver; and the latest OS updates. GD-150

[4] Base frequency is the approximate processor clock speed of a typical workload running at the processor’s standard TDP. GD-166.

You spoke, we listened. The AMD and Radeon communities include some of the most vocal people on the internet. You proudly show off your AMD hardware and rave about how great your system is, but you’re also quick to point out issues that you have come across with equal passion. Our team pays close attention to all your posts and we’ve worked diligently with our engineers to resolve as many of those issues as possible in the latest release of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition.  

 

Last week, we released an early look driver that addressed a number of your concerns.  In fact, we checked in around 40 fixes including some of the issues that were leading to reported black screens that have been seen intermittently by the community. There is still work to be done, but we felt the number of resolved issues in this driver should, in our hope, fix the problem that may be affecting your system.  Today we are releasing the WHQL certified version of that driver, which has undergone further testing from our end.

 

Here’s a list of the top issues we’ve resolved with this driver:

  • Performing a task switch with some Radeon Software features enabled or some third-party applications with hardware acceleration running in the background may cause a system hang or black screen.
  • Improvements have been made that allow for more responsive fan ramp up or fan ramp down times on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan incorrectly report lower than expected clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products during gaming workloads.
  • When Instant Replay is enabled, a TDR or black screen may occur when launching games or applications.
  • A black screen may occur when toggling HDR on in the game settings of Battlefield V.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may experience an application hang or black screen during certain parts of the game or intermittently during gameplay.
  • Some video content in Chrome may appear as a black screen or be unresponsive on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products when hardware acceleration is enabled.
  • Metro Exodus may experience an application hang or TDR when choosing some specific dialogue prompts in the Sam’s Story DLC.
  • Grand Theft Auto V may experience an application crash when invoking Radeon Software’s overlay with third party OSD applications running.
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne may experience intermittent crashes while idle or on the character creation screen.
  • Some games colors may appear washed out when HDR mode has been enabled in game and Windows on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products
  • After a Factory Reset installation with the ‘Keep My Settings’ option chosen, Instant Replay could fail to function if it was enabled in the previous Radeon Software installation.
  • When invoking Radeon Software’s overlay while a game is open users may observe flickering in the game or in the Radeon Software interface.
  • Radeon Software may experience a crash and error message when locking Windows or performing a sleep or hibernate with the Radeon Software Streaming tab open.
  • A loss of display with working audio may be experienced on a limited number of displays when performing a mode change on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Radeon Software may fail to launch if Radeon Software’s overlay is disabled and a game is running in the background.
  • Battlefield V may experience an application hang or TDR after extended periods of play.
  • Some Origin games may fail to be detected or may detect the incorrect game title in Radeon Software.
  • Some productivity applications are being detected and listed in the Radeon Software games tab.
  • The Radeon Chill hotkey could sometimes continue to remain enabled once the user has removed or disabled the hotkey.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 may exhibit blocky textures on snow covered terrain.
  • After resuming from sleep, Chrome may experience an application crash if video content was previously playing on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Radeon FreeSync status in Radeon Software may sometimes fail to update when enabling or disabling the feature through the display itself.
  • Fortnite may experience an application crash on Radeon RX 500 series Hybrid Graphics system configurations.

 

We are also actively looking at various other problems, including the following:

  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Enhanced Sync has been temporarily disabled from the gaming profile and any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan incorrectly report higher than expected idle clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. Performance and power consumption are not impacted by this incorrect reporting.
  • DOOM may experience an intermittent system hang or application crash during gameplay.
  • Desktop cursor may intermittently remain visible after toggling Radeon Software’s overlay in some games. A workaround is to bring up the game menu or task switch to refresh the cursor.
  • A system crash or hang may occur when running the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers benchmark.
  • The Gaming tab in Radeon Software may display some folder locations appearing as games.
  • Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent window size or may not keep its previously set size when opened.
  • Modifying the HDMI Scaling slider may cause FPS to become locked to 30.
  • Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Some games may experience stutter while using Instant Replay or third-party applications that stream or perform screen capture. A potential workaround is to disable these features or applications while gaming.
  • AMD A-Series/E-Series APU Processors will reflect older Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Settings user interface. AMD will update the user interface to the 2020 Edition in a future release.

  • Although this release resolves many black screen issues, AMD is aware that some users may still experience black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay. AMD will continue to monitor and investigate reports of these issues closely.

 

If you’re still experiencing any issues on your system, we kindly encourage you to submit a bug report so we can get to work on fixing them. Posting issues on Reddit and other community forums, although helpful, does not necessarily mean we’ll be able to spot your post or get enough information from it, so the best way to get issues resolved quickly would be to submit your report directly to us.  

 

Often, many problems can be resolved with a clean installation of our driver. In order to perform a clean installation, you must select the “Factory Reset” option at the beginning of the installation process.  Once this is selected, old instances of the driver will be removed, and the uninstaller will restart your system before the new driver installation begins.

Please feel free to check out our online resource that goes through detailed steps on how to enable key features or address common issues with Radeon Software. If you’re still having problems and would like to reach out to our customer care team, you can contact them here.

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager for Radeon Software at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

Radeon Software had a very eventful 2019.  We introduced 20 new or improved features including game changing technologies like Radeon Image Sharpening, Radeon Anti-Lag and Radeon Boost. We completely overhauled the way you interact with our software, making it much easier for you to find and adjust your settings, and we changed the way you’re able to play games by allowing you to take your desktop PC games on the road and play them anywhere with your mobile phone or tablet using AMD Link.

 

With 2019 behind us, we want to enter this year with a renewed and sharpened focus on delivering the best and most stable driver possible to our users. That means listening to our community and addressing issues in a timely manner so all you have to worry about is the enemy around the corner instead of the graphics card in your PC.  

 

We're starting off strong right out of the gate this month, addressing and fixing a number of issues that have come up. We will provide regular updates similar to this blog moving forward to keep you informed on what we're working on to make your experience even better. Here is a list of resolved issues from this past month.  

 

  • The audible beeps at game startup from Radeon Chill, Radeon Boost, and Radeon Anti-Lag have been removed. These features now offer audible indicators only when activated or deactivated via hotkey.
  • The Radeon ReLive on screen timer indicator during recordings has been disabled by default but can be enabled in Radeon Software settings.
  • Controls for vertical sync may be hidden or disappear when Radeon Enhanced Sync is enabled.
  • Radeon ReLive may experience freezing or pausing issues during recordings when a high resolution camera is connected and in use.
  • CPU usage may sometimes remain high once Radeon Game Advisor has been invoked during a game.
  • Some users may experience an error message “Another instance is running” during download of a software update through the Radeon Software home screen.
  • The DuplicateDesktop process may sometimes cause high CPU usage while a game is running.
  • Radeon Software may close or may experience a crash upon resuming from sleep.
  • The toast message detailing the hotkey to open Radeon Software’s Overlay may still show up in some games after Radeon Software Overlay has been disabled.
  • Lost Ark may experience stuttering intermittently during gameplay.
  • Using a custom stream key with Radeon ReLive may fail to stream your content.
  • The ‘Stream’ button may remain active when in the process of choosing a region to stream even when a region has not been selected or chosen.
  • Some Radeon R9 200, Radeon R9 300 and Radeon R9 Fury series graphics products may experience instability with a limited number of DirectX9 or DirectX11 games when using a high refresh rate 120hz+ display. A workaround if you are experiencing this issue is to lower your displays refresh rate.
  • Some mpeg clips may experience a green tint on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products when using Windows Media Player or the Movies & TV application.
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries may experience a game crash and DXGI dialogue error when running the game using HDMI and Radeon FreeSync display configurations1.
  • Live streaming using the DouYu application with hardware acceleration enabled may cause video corruption on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Trials Rising may experience excessive fog/smoke in some areas of the game.
  • Missing text or corruption may be experienced in the right eye when playing the VR game Boneworks.
  • Fixed result overflows that can be experienced with Radeon RX 5700 series when using SETI@Home.
  • The ‘Shop AMD Products’ button may open the AMD.com homepage instead of the proper shopping web link.
  • The scrolling arrow options may intermittently fail to work during Radeon Software installation.
  • Up and Down arrow keys don’t work when using the search bar in Radeon Software.
  • Enabling HDR enabled displays in Windows may cause colors to become washed out.
  • Radeon Software sidebar appears behind the Windows taskbar when the taskbar is set to the same side of your display.
  • Playing Tom Clancy's: The Division 2 with HDR enabled and performing a task switch may cause display color corruption that persists even once the game is exited.
  • Mixed Reality Portal may experience color corruption or distortion near the edge of viewing areas on some headsets.
  • Resident Evil 2 may experience screen flashing when launching the game using DirectX12 API.
  • An intermittent black screen or loss of display may occur when performing parallel actions such as web browsing, gaming or watching video.
  • Some UE4 based titles such as KovaaK 2.0: The Meta, Tetris Effect and Snooker 19 may fail to launch with Adrenalin 2020 edition software.
  • Some single display Radeon RX 5700 series graphics product system configurations may experience intermittent reboots when the system is left idle on desktop.
  • A limited number of games such as Nioh, Dragon Quest Builders 2, WWE2k20, Dead or Alive 6 and Atelier Ryza may crash or fail to launch. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is not detected in Radeon Software games manager.
  • Text overflow in some UI boxes or toast messages may be experienced in some language localizations.
  • Fan Tuning may change back to the default state when switching between available GPUs.
  • Copy text options are not available in the display specs table for Radeon Software.
  • An intermittent black screen or loss of display may occur when the system is left idle at desktop.
  • Factory Reset install may keep previously configured Radeon Software game profiles. This can cause mismatch between global graphics settings and per profile settings.

 

Here are some of the known issues we are currently working to address:

  • A loss of display with working audio may be experienced on a limited number of displays when performing a mode change on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • A system crash or hang may occur when running the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers benchmark.
  • Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.
  • Multiple games may have very dark or very bright graphics in game when HDR is enabled in Windows.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag enable and disable beep notifications may be played in error when individually pressing keys assigned to the hotkey.
  • The Radeon Software Overlay hotkey notification may sometimes be displayed during video playback in web browsers or launching some video player applications.
  • Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent size or may not keep its previously set size when opened.
  • Some Radeon RX 5700 series graphics users may intermittently experience a black screen while gaming or on desktop. A potential temporary workaround is disabling hardware acceleration in applications running in the background such as web browsers or Discord.
  • FPS gets locked to 30 when HDMI Scaling slider is moved to 1% or higher.

 

If you’re experiencing any issues on your system that aren’t covered here, we kindly ask that you submit a bug report so we can get to work on fixing them.

 

Typically, many problems can be resolved with a clean installation of our driver. In order to perform a clean installation, you must select the “Factory Reset” option at the beginning of the installation process (see image below).  Once this is selected, old instances of the driver will be removed and the uninstaller will restart your system before the new driver installation begins.

 

 

Please feel free to check out our online resource that goes through detailed steps on how to enable key features or address common issues with Radeon Software. If you’re still having problems or would like to submit an issue in to our customer care team, you can enter your problem request here.

 

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager for Radeon Software at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

 

 

 

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Radeon FreeSync Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

FreeSync 2 HDR does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 HDR supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105

Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 5.0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information.

Radeon Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 APIs, Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

Radeon Image Sharpening is compatible with DirectX 11, 12, & Vulkan APIs and DirectX 9 for RX 5000 Series only, and Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Raven Ridge and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

Integer Scaling is compatible with Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN (2nd Gen) and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations.

Radeon Boost compatibility includes Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes Polaris and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

Today at CES, we announced the AMD FreeSyncTM Premium1 and AMD FreeSyncTM Premium Pro2 tiers.

 

FreeSync Logos 2020

 

AMD FreeSync3 technology is entering its sixth year since its introduction, and over the last six years, the FreeSync display ecosystem has grown exponentially. FreeSync is the largest gaming display ecosystem with 1000 certified displays expected January 20204. We are thrilled with the success of the ecosystem and the collaboration we have with our many display partners.

 

Over the last few years, gaming components, gamer expectations, and FreeSync technology have evolved. With more powerful gaming components, the needs of gamers and their expected gaming experiences have matured. Gamers looking for a premium, high refresh rate gaming experience should be enabled to easily identify and select the right products.

 

The AMD FreeSyncTM Premium tier enhances the baseline FreeSync tier with additional benefits, such as the following two key elements that that we believe are necessary for a high performance gaming experience:

  • At least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD resolution
  • Low framerate compensation (LFC)

 

Competitive gamers know that every frame matters. LFC helps ensure that when the framerate of a game is running below the minimum supported refresh rate of a display, the frames are displayed multiple times so that you can remain in the supported refresh rate of the display and maintain smooth gameplay.

 

Source: AMD internal data, December 2019

 

Prior to 2018, there were not many monitors in our ecosystem that adopted LFC technology while also offering a high refresh rate. Today, with the rapid growth of our ecosystem and the rapid growth of LFC displays, we are able to offer over 300 monitors in the new FreeSyncTM Premium tier.

 

The FreeSyncTM Premium Pro tier, previously known as FreeSync 2 HDR, delivers uncompromised high-performance gaming with stunning visual HDR fidelity. As games have evolved, immersive visual experiences are more important than ever. Gamers demand high performance and high-fidelity visual gaming experiences.  Displays certified for the AMD FreeSyncTM Premium Pro tier include highly accurate luminance and wide color gamut testing to enable an exceptional HDR visual gaming experience.

 

FreeSync

FreeSync Premium

NEW

FreeSync Premium Pro

Previously known as FreeSync 2 HDR

  • Tear free
  • Low flicker
  • Low latency
  • At least 120 Hz at min FHD resolution
  • Low framerate compensation
  • Tear free
  • Low flicker
  • Low latency
  • HDR capabilities and game support
  • At least 120 Hz at min FHD resolution
  • Low framerate compensation
  • Tear free
  • Low flicker
  • Low latency in SDR and HDR

 

The base FreeSync tier remains as an industry baseline for monitors, laptops, and TVs that have been designed and tested to meet a quality standard of performance. Regardless of tier, all FreeSync monitors go through a comprehensive certification process, which tests various aspects such as no tearing, low flicker, and low latency to enable highly responsive gaming.

 

Listen to our engineers talk about our certification process here:

 

 

It has been a successful six years and we are committed to further developing the FreeSync technology and ecosystem for all users to enjoy.

 

For more information, please visit our FreeSync website or read our FreeSync FAQ.

 

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Nan Huang is a product marketing manager within Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

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1. Requires a monitor and AMD RadeonTM  graphics, both with FreeSync Premium support. AMD FreeSync Premium requires mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-161.


2. FreeSync Premium Pro does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync Premium Pro supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-162.


3. FreeSync technology requires a monitor and AMD RadeonTM graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127


4. As of September 2019, the number of FreeSync technology enabled screens available (900+) at https://www.amd.com/en/products/freesync-monitors - Largest ecosystem when compared to publicly available listings of competing product solutions at https://www.144hzmonitors.com/list-of-g-sync-monitors/ and https://www.blurbusters.com/gsync/list-of-gsync-monitors/ which list 58 screens respectively. GD-130.

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 2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, Ryzen, FreeSync, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

With the latest Radeon Software 2020 Edition, we’ve simplified the streaming process while also providing more depth to the control of your content and streaming to your broadcast platform of choice has never been easier.

Let’s dive into how you can get started sharing your gameplay with the world using Radeon Software.

 

Getting Started

 

First let’s go over setting everything up in the desktop or full-screen overlay by Right-clicking your desktop and selecting AMD Radeon Software. Alternatively, you can use the ALT+R hotkey .

Go ahead and click the Streaming tab at the top which will bring you to the tab shown below, where we can begin to set up your stream.

 

 

Next, we are going to select which streaming service to use for our broadcast. This is done by clicking the Choose a Service drop-down menu on the left-hand side.

 

 

For now, we will use Twitch.TV, which will bring up a dialog box to enter your account credentials. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create an account right in the dialog box.

 

 

Once you’re logged in, the next step is to choose your region, again on the left-hand side. You’ll want to choose the region that is closest to you for optimal latency and connection stability, as a poor connection can lead to “dropped frames” which to your viewers, will show as video stuttering.

 

 

Now that we have all that out of the way, it‘s all locked in, ready to go when you are - anytime.

 

 

Setting up your Content

You can capture a specific window to stream called Region which is on the left-hand side and then select the app you wish to broadcast.

This is useful for certain situations with borderless window apps, but keep in mind to accomplish this Radeon Software will enable Desktop Recording that will show everything on your screen to your viewers, game and all.

 

 

 

The optimal streaming choice is Fullscreen which is the default, so no need to change anything, which will only stream your app or game.

The next step is to launch a game, which for this demonstration we have chosen Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

Once the game is launched and running, we will invoke the Fullscreen Overlay with the ALT+R hotkey.

From here you can enable your Webcam by clicking Camera and adjust your microphone volume if you wish to be heard on stream by clicking the Microphone Icon (muted by default)

 

All that is left to do is to click Go Live and you’re on your way to streaming, building your audience, and your brand.

At any point in your broadcast you can bring up the Fullscreen Overlay again using ALT+R and preview your stream, making sure it is working and everything is set up just as you like it.

You can also check up on your broadcast chat by clicking Chat on the left-hand side to interact with your audience, which is vital to keeping your viewers engaged and returning to your stream every time you go live.

 

 

Fine-Tuning your Stream

 

If you want some more granular control, you can adjust the quality settings of your stream.

Those settings can be tweaked by opening the Fullscreen Overlay with ALT+R or if you’re on your desktop, Right-click and open AMD Radeon Software.

Now click the gear icon on the top right of Radeon Software, and click General sub-tab. Scroll down to the streaming settings on the left-hand side to adjust your stream quality and resolution.

We have provided a few profiles you select that can boost your stream quality at the expense of using more network bandwidth, so try and find which one looks best to you with a few test streams.

For a lot of people, 1600x900 (900p) at 60FPS with a bitrate of 6000kbps is a great sweet spot of video quality and bandwidth usage.

 

 

Technical Tips

 

  • Resolution in streaming refers to what resolution you are broadcasting, and your viewers will see, not what display resolution you are gaming on. (e.g. stream video is at 720p, but you are gaming on your display at 1080p)

 

  • Bitrate in streaming refers to the amount of data the video is encoding at (the video quality itself), which also directly ties to using more of your network upload bandwidth. There are a few general rules of thumb:

 

  • 720p 60FPS – 3500kbps – You will want at least a 5Mbps upload speed
  • 1080p 60FPS – 6000kbps – You will want at least a 10Mbps upload speed
  • 900p 60FPS – 6000kbps – You will want at least a 10Mbps upload speed
  • A lower resolution (720p, 900p) at a higher bitrate will generally look better and sharper for your viewers than a high resolution (1080p) at a lower bitrate.

 

Remember, broadcast sites have their own data cap at how much bandwidth you can send to their service. Additionally, your viewers will also need to watch the stream at the same bandwidth you are streaming at so users with poorer internet may struggle to smoothly enjoy your content, including older mobile devices which is a very popular way that streaming content is consumed.

 

Building your Audience

 

The art of streaming is mastered by consistency and practice, and we want to help you grow! Here are a few handy tips to help get things rolling:

  • Use Social Media. Post when you go live, and include a link to your channel page on whichever broadcast platform you have decided to use for your stream

 

  • Use a webcam and a microphone. If you’re comfortable with using these tools, audiences are more likely to interact with you and your content if they can see, hear and relate to the person conducting the stream

 

  • Be consistent. Set expectations for your growing audience so they know when to tune in, and create a schedule that you can reasonably follow, sharing that schedule to your social media accounts

 

  • Be genuine. Stay true to yourself and engage your audience as if they were your close friends, but perhaps without the hilarious pranks you might pull. People are appreciative of authenticity after all, your content is a reflection of you

 

  • Set up your channel page. Your channel on your chosen broadcast platform can give your audience information such as your biography (don’t use confidential information there), what hardware you’re using, your schedule, your social media pages, and whatever else you’d like to share

 

  • Getting started from the ground up takes time and dedication. Almost all streamers, big or small, have gone through the process of streaming to perhaps just one person for a time. If even that one person tells a friend about your stream, now you have two people to engage with, and maybe that person tells a few other friends or links your stream on their social page, bringing in more viewers, and so on

 

  • Ignore the viewer count. It sounds crazy, but just imagine you are streaming to thousands of people. The viewer count for some people can cause discouragement if they see low numbers. Hide it, ignore it, and focus on being more comfortable with streaming rather than chasing the number. If you follow the guidelines above, you have a chance to grow, it takes time

 

Wrapping Up

 

AMD Radeon Software is about breaking barriers.

With the tools we have created for you along with this guide, our goal is to help you break your own barriers and become the awesome streamer you always wanted to be.

We’ve got our own team of AMD streamers you can check out, ask questions, and see how they run their streams, found here: http://Twitch.TV/AMD.

 

Anna Fieger is a Product Marketing Coordinator for AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. GD-5

Over the past year, AMD has been on a journey of exploration and discovery. We’ve spoken to and listened to many of our biggest fans, as well as those who support other products.  Through those discussions and feedback, we’ve been able to fine-tune our software and build new features to support the needs of gamers like you.  In 2019 we have introduced groundbreaking new features like Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag to help you feel more immersed and connected to your game, we released 43 day-0 game drivers to ensure you’ve got the best driver possible for your new game, and we’ve improved performance by up to 12% over the course of this year1; at the same time continuously looking for other ways to improve, overcome, and remove barriers.

 

Today we’re excited to release the all NEW Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. Completely rearchitected from the ground up, this latest version of Radeon Software introduces a redesigned and reimagined interface that places hot, in-demand features at your fingertips.

 

Modern. Accessible. Powerful.

 

 

The new Radeon Software experience is second to none. Our app has been completely reworked to provide you with a clean, modern and easy-to-use interface where you can quickly check your game stats, performance reports, driver updates, and much more - all from one convenient location. Access all your games directly from Radeon Software rather than trying to figure out which game store to start whenever you want to play your game. Get full functionality of our software directly in game by using the hotkey ALT+R.  Adjust your graphics settings from the full screen interface, stream content to the social media platform of your choice, or even browse the web for walkthroughs and tutorials using our new built-in browser. Once you enter your game, you don’t have to leave it.

 

Our Radeon Software App also has the ability to adapt to what you’re doing.  For example, if you’re on your desktop, the home screen that you see will be different from the one you’d see if you were in game.  Functions will appear that are appropriate for each scenario so you can easily take advantage of all the powerful features we have to offer.

 

Integer Scaling is Now Available

We like to involve our community as much as possible, and one of our most user requested features over the course of this year was to implement integer scaling into Radeon Software. Integer scaling scales on-screen images from one pixel to four pixels (or more). With Adrenalin 2020 Edition, you now have access to this feature that delivers sharp, retro visuals so you can play your favorite classic games on today’s modern displays.

 

 

Turbocharge Your Game with Radeon Boost

The last thing you want to be, is bogged down when an enemy is firing at you. You need a system that is super responsive and fast so you can easily find and track down your target. Radeon Boost delivers that extra bit of performance and fluidity when fast motion via mouse input is detected. Radeon Boost dynamically lowers the resolution of the entire frame to allow for an average 23% increase in the performance of select titles, with little impact to quality2.

 

 

Play Your PC Games Anywhere in the Connected World with Your Mobile Device

Last year, we unshackled desktop PC gaming by allowing you to stream your games from your PC to your mobile devices via your wi-fi connection so you could play your game almost anywhere at home. Starting with this release, you can now take your device on the road and as long as you have a connection to the internet, you can keep playing that same game while on a road trip or at the beach.  Available for free to download to your Android devices today and Apple devices on December 23rd.

 

A Few More Updates

Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag have also received some new updates for this new release, with expanded support across more products, (GCN-based Radeon discrete graphics and Ryzen 2000 series APUs and newer), as well as adding the option to enable these features globally across all titles, or on a case-by-case basis. For Radeon Image Sharpening, we’ve added support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games, along with the ability to control the degree of sharpness so you can tweak the setting to your desired levels, and for Radeon Anti-Lag, we’ve added support for Microsoft DirectX 9 games on pre-RX 5000 series graphics.

 

This blog barely scratches the surface of what Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition is truly capable of doing. Be sure to check out our companion blogs to this release that take you through the new performance tuning section, the new streaming capabilities and the ability to play PC games virtually anywhere in the world.

 

Download Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition today and change the way you game.

 

 

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager of Radeon Software for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

 

Endnotes:

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November, 2019 8GB Radeon RX Vega 64, using a test system comprising of AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition than with last year's Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 edition launch driver (19.30.01.46) PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. While playing the following games: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (DX12, High Settings, 1080p) , Assassin's Creed Odyssey (DX11, High Settings 1440p), Battlefield 5 (DX12, Medium Settings, 1080p), Borderlands 3 (DX12, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Control (DX12, High Settings, 1440p), The Division 2, (DX12, High Settings, 1440p), Final Fantasy 15 (DX11, High Settings, 1080p), Forza Horizon 4 (DX12, High Settings, 1080p), Strange Brigade (DX12, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Total War: THREE KINGDOMS (DX 11, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Total War: Warhammer 2 (DX11, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Wolfenstein: Young Blood (Vulkan, High Settings, 1440p), World War Z (Vulkan, Medium, 1440p), Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition scored 87.01,68,176.5,76.68,40.6,89.05, 6341,174.3,144.9,75.8,81.9,117.9,199 FPS Respectively. Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Scored: 68.13,65,167.8,66.68,37.2,83.22,5782,130.2, 130.5,69.6,75.8,111.5,186.5 FPS respectively. Resulting in the following percentage uplifts driver over driver: 28%,5%,5%,15%,9%,7%,10%,34% , 11%,9%,8%,6%,7% respectively. Resulting in an average uplift of 12% when comparing these two drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-327

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 14th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon RX 590 on Overwatch, Player Unknown’s Battleground, Rise of the Tomb Raider @ 1440p, resulted in a average increase of 23% in performance when quick user input via mouse detected with Radeon Boost enabled. Performance may vary. RS-326

 

Disclaimers

AMD Link & Game Streaming

 Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 5.0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information.

 

 Radeon Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 APIs, Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

Radeon Image Sharpening is compatible with DirectX 11, 12, & Vulkan APIs and DirectX 9 for RX 5000 Series only, and Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

Integer Scaling is compatible with Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations.

 

Radeon Boost compatibility includes Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes RX 400  and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

AMD Link is a revolutionary app. Since its first release back in 2017, it has added value and features to all Radeon users. 2019 was a big year for AMD Link, with the introduction of game streaming, and brand-new versions for Android TV and tvOS, bringing Radeon Gaming to the living room, and beyond.

So here are some things that you can do with AMD Link:

 

Play Games Anywhere!

AMD Link’s ability to stream your games to your favourite devices just got better this year. With version 3.0, you can now stream your favourite games to your device, regardless of whether you are inside your house connected to your WIFI, or outside by using an internet connection.

Let’s make sure you can get started. First, connect to your Radeon PC locally, as you normally do. This means enable the AMD Link server from Settings -> Devices. A good tip is to also enable Record Desktop in Settings -> General, in order to enable features like taking screenshots, recording videos etc. When you first connect to your Radeon PC, a profile will be created for easy access. After you disconnect go to the brand-new Radeon Software, in Settings -> Devices. Make sure the profile you just created is there, and right click on it. You will see a menu; select “Make Internet-Enabled”. You will see a globe icon replacing the home icon; this means the profile is now able to connect via an Internet connection; not just locally.

Then its as easy as selecting AMD Link and launching it. The profile icon in the app will be updated and will show a globe in front of it – this means that when you tap on it, it will give you the choice to either connect via the Internet, or via a local connection. Choose the one you want and happy gaming!

Use Your Mobile Device as Secondary Screen

AMD Link has been a very good tool to see your performance metrics, and this functionality continues to be popular with our users. This means that you can have your phone charging beside your gaming monitor, launch AMD Link, connect to your PC (go to Performance -> Metrics) and monitor live. With the Performance Monitoring function there you see various useful metrics for your PC like RAM utilization, CPU utilization, GPU clocks and others. You can customize which metrics you want to see from Settings -> Performance. Choose the ones you want to see (if you are playing a game, you will also see the FPS your game is getting at any given time) and play your game without any distracting overlays in front of your screen.

 Easy Voice Commands to  Control your Radeon GPU

AMD Link can listen to your commands, and it will give you both visual and audible feedback. To get started, tap on the microphone icon on the top left of AMD Link’s user interface and give the command you want to the app, prefacing it with “Radeon”. If for example you want to know your GPU utilization, just say “Radeon tell me my GPU utilization” and AMD Link will oblige. You can have AMD Link listening and give various commands when you need them. For a full list of commands supported, visit our FAQ at https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-software-amdlink-faq

 

Apart from these cool features though, here are some of the things AMD Link can do that you probably never thought of:

Watch a Movie on your Device

AMD Link supports phones, tablets and of course TVs – so why not take advantage of that? If you want to watch a movie on your PC, but you’d prefer to do it from the comfort of your own bed, its easy. You can simply load AMD Link, go to the Gaming tab and tap on the Start Streaming icon at the top. This will immediately start streaming your Windows desktop. Which means you can simply load the movie full screen in your favourite media player and watch it on your device. Easy! If you want to watch the movie on your smart TV instead, load up AMD Link for TV and do the exact same thing to see your favourite movie on the big screen.

Benchmark your Games

Benchmarking your game to see what kind of performance you’re getting is something all gamers have done at some point or another. Did you know that you can do that with AMD Link ? When you are in the point you want to benchmark, load AMD Link on your phone and connect to your Radeon PC. After that, go to Performance -> FPS. You can tap on “Start Capturing”, and the app will start keeping tabs of your FPS while playing the game. To stop, tap on “Stop Capturing”. When you do that, you will see your average FPS for that session, plus your minimum and maximum FPS. You can repeat that as many times as you want, which is very useful if you are using Radeon Software to experiment with the various cool features Radeon users are enjoying.

 

Fully Customize your On-Screen Controls

On-screen controls are a very convenient way to play games, and more and more people are using them instead of traditional controllers. AMD Link has full support for on-screen controls, but did you know you can customize them? In the AMD Link Settings, there’s a dedicated menu to controllers. Tap, and you will see all the controllers in your AMD Link app. By tapping on the plus icon, you can create a new on-screen controller. This is extremely useful because different games have different HUDs, which means on-screen controls can be in the way. You can of course customize, not only the placement of buttons, but their size, their opacity and of course you can add or remove as many buttons as you want.

 

 

Disclaimers 

Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability. GD-106

 

Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 5.0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information.

 

Anna Fieger is a Product Marketing Coordinator for AMD. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. GD-5

Up until now, performance tuning was one of those things that was best left up to the experts. Pushing the limits of your graphics card can be intimidating to a lot of people.  With the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition, we’ve taken away some of that complexity by adding simplified controls and automatic presets for novice users, while also providing advanced tools for experts who want full control of their GPU.

 

Let’s begin with the new user experience for performance metrics, where gamers can view vital system and performance information at a glance.

 

Metrics

 

Performance Metrics Screen

 

1. Metrics Overview: Allows users to view multiple different system metrics at once. Users can click different metrics here to view more detailed metrics on each of these items. Users can also show/hide specific items for the Performance Metrics Overlay.

 

2. Metrics Details:  Once a user has chosen a metric from the overview column, they can view more detailed statistics for each of those metrics in this window.

 

Performance Tuning

Performance Tuning now has a fully automatic view. The automatic view allows more entry level or novice users access to features that allow them to automatically configure their performance tuning using Radeon Software features without having to learn how to overclock*. Some of these features include Auto Undervolt GPU, Auto Overclock GPU and Auto Overclock VRAM. Feature availability is dependent on the system hardware and some Radeon graphics products may not have all features listed.

 

Simplified Performance Tuning Screen

 

 Auto Tuning Features

The auto tuning features step through an algorithm that runs a workload on your graphics process while it fine tunes your overclock to determine stable settings based on your chosen tuning option. Once instability is detected on your GPU in the algorithm, we dial back to the best previous stable values and apply those. This is done on a per system basis so users can expect to get a good stable overclock that suits their own personal system.  The overall process only takes about a minute to complete and should be done without any applications open for the best experience possible.

 

  • Undervolt GPU: Attempts to perform an undervolt while maintaining close to stock performance for your graphics product. This can potentially increase performance per watt and save power.
  • Overclock GPU: Attempts to perform an overclock of your graphics engine frequency. This can potentially increase performance in games that are GPU bound.
  • Overclock VRAM: Attempts to perform an overclock of your video memory. This can potentially increase performance in games that are memory bound.

 

 

 

Tuning Control (Manual): Performance Tuning also has a new manual view. The manual view allows for much deeper customization of your graphics product and overclocking. The manual view contains detailed controls for GPU Tuning, Fan Tuning, VRAM Tuning and Power Tuning. Each of these views can be expanded to customize or tune each individual part of your graphics product and some can be expanded to provided more advanced and fine grain controls.

  

Once you’ve chosen a specific category you’d like to tune you can expand the options to see all the controls available to tune. From there you can control or modify any items you’d like, hit apply to save your settings and you’re good to go with your overclock!

 

Breakdown of the functions below:

 

  • GPU Tuning: Allows you to access controls for voltage and frequency. For newer AMD graphics products this advanced view includes controlling a voltage/frequency curve to help define how your graphics product behaves at any given engine clock.
  • Fan Tuning: Allows you to access controls for fan speed tuning and fan curve. At the basic level this includes controls for max fan speed and at a more advanced level controls fan curve for customization of fan behavior at certain temperature thresholds.
  • VRAM Tuning: Allows you to access controls for memory frequency tuning.
  • Power Tuning: Allows you to access controls for power graphics power limit.

 

 

Get the most out of your Radeon graphics card and take advantage of all the things Radeon Software has to offer.  Be sure to check out our other blogs in the links below and find out how you can stream content to your favorite social media site or play games on your mobile device anywhere in the world.

 

Download Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition today and change the way you game!

 

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager for Radeon Software at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

* Overclocking any AMD processor, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability.

It’s been an ambitious year for us in the processor biz at AMD, and our team sincerely hopes you’ve had a chance to enjoy one of the new high-performance chips we’ve introduced along the way. But as good as the year has been, today is extra special because some of our most interesting and powerful processors are available for sale starting right… now!

 

AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X

The AMD Ryzen 3000 Series processors have been stand-out stars in 2019, and today marks the introduction of our final and fastest model: the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor. The 3950X is so profoundly swift that Legit Reviews described it as “the most impressive mainstream desktop processor launch of the decade.” With the decade rapidly drawing to a close, that’s high praise indeed.

 

But Legit Reviews is not alone. A chorus of the world’s foremost independent reviewers were practically unanimous in their view that the 3950X is a uniquely fast and special processor. Give their hard work a read if you get a chance, and we think you’ll be equally impressed.


Independent AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Reviews

 

As quick as the Ryzen 9 3950X is, the benchmarks just go up from there when you dig into the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. A pair of these unrivaled chips—the 24-core 3960X, and 32-core 3970X—also go on sale today with performance that seemed unimaginable just last year.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™Threadripper™

Professional creators will especially want to take note, because the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X offer obscene time-savings for anyone whose life often waits for a progress bar. Code compiling, raytracing, video encoding, simulation, CAD, photogrammetry, and video mastering are only some of the tasks Threadripper just flies right through, leaving these talented folks with more time to experiment—or time to actually go home early. But you don’t have to take it from us, because the independent reviews agree!

 

Full Speed Ahead to 64 Cores

And we would be remiss if we did not give brief mention the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, debuting in 2020 for Hollywood creators with a whopping 64 cores and 128 threads. More details still to come, of course, but it’s not difficult to imagine how outrageously fast the 3990X will be for the highly scalable workloads of a VFX pro.

 

Independent AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X & 3970X Reviews

 

AMD Athlon™ 3000G

Finally, three cheers for the versatile AMD Athlon 3000G. It recently went on sale starting at just $49, offering DIYers a 2-core/4-thread processor with three quick and efficient Radeon™ Vega graphics cores.1 This handy little chip is a great option for budget builds, everyday computing needs, a basic home theater PC, and more. It can even get you into PC gaming at 720p, with highly playable performance in popular games like Rocket League™, Fortnite™ and CS:GO™.2 Gamers have to start somewhere, and the 3000G is an easy way to get into the wonderful world of PC gaming! On top of all that: the CPU and GPU cores are unlocked for overclocking, too. Pair it with an inexpensive AMD B450-based motherboard and you’re off!3


Reviewers like TechPowerUP gave the Athlon 3000G their Highly Recommended and Great Value awards, saying: “For $49 you get a capable CPU that can handle typical consumer tasks just fine—perfect for an entry-level system that doesn't break the bank.” That’s what we built it to do, and that’s what it does with gusto.


Independent AMD Athlon 3000G Coverage

 

As we said: it’s been an ambitious 2019 for us. But with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, and Athlon 3000G now available, we are pretty delighted to say that we’ve wrapped up the 2019 roadmap with some historically fast and impressive processors.


But, above all, we wanted to take this little sliver of peace to reflect and give thanks. As November, the year, and the decade come to an end, we are deeply grateful for the support you—our loyal customers and fans—give us. Your passion, encouragement, love, belief, and enthusiasm absolutely helped bring AMD to where it is today: the top of the CPU game.

 

There’s more exciting stuff to come in 2020. You know it. We know it. See you soon, PC lovers.

 


Footnotes:

[1] Price is suggested online retail price in US dollars as of 11/19/2019.

[2] Testing done by AMD performance labs on 9/15/2019.  Game performance as represented by the following games tested using Windows 10 at 720p and low settings:  Fortnite, Rocket League, Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Application performance as represented by the following applications tested using Windows 10:  Cinebench R20, PCMark 10, Lame MP3 encoder, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe Photoshop. Results may vary with configuration. Results may vary with configuration. All Intel Pentium G5000 series processors have locked multipliers, but the Athlon 3000G which competes in the same entry-level segment has an unlocked multiplier. ATG-11

[3] AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. GD-26.

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This AMD PC build was commissioned for Gina Darling.  Working with AMD and some of the industry’s best hardware component manufacturers to deliver a purpose-built PC designed for an exceptional gaming experience with smooth streaming capabilities and tons of horsepower to produce premium content.  This build guide is great for anyone looking for a similar setup to Gina’s PC to play the latest games, live stream, and create epic content.

 

At the heart of our latest AMD gaming PC, we start with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor with 12 cores and 24 threads, ready for elite performance in gaming, streaming, content creation, and intensive multitasking.

 

We chose to mount the Ryzen 9 3900X on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, powered by an AMD X570 chipset. This full ATX board is equipped with ASUS Aura RGB lighting, SupremeFX 8 channel audio, and rock-solid performance.


 

AMD went with G.SKILL 16GB Trident Z Royal high-speed memory, running at 3600 MHz and RGB lighting.


 

For storage, AMD chose the Corsair MP600 2TB NVME SSD for our primary drive.  The MP600 utilizes next-gen PCI Express 4.0, capable of up to 5GB/s read and 4GB/s write speeds.  For expanded storage, we utilize Seagate’s 4TB Barracuda hard drive to store loads of games and video content. 

 

 

AMD geared up our gaming PC with an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB of video memory.  Powered by the all-new RDNA architecture, the Radeon 5700 series delivers high-performance gaming with next-gen PCI Express 4.0 for 1440p Gamers.  RDNA architecture was engineered to greatly enhance features like Radeon Image Sharpening and FidelityFX.  The 5700 XT series dramatically reduced input lag with Radeon Anti-Lag and offered stutter-free, tear-free gaming with AMD Radeon FreeSync technology

 

 

To power this PC, we went with an ASUS ROG Thor power supply, rated at 850W, with a built-in OLED screen that shows just how much power you’re drawing and more RGB lighting. We dressed up our cables with custom sleeves from Mainframe Customs with any color and pattern to our liking. 

 

 

All this hardware was built inside the RAIJINTEK PAEAN case featuring an open-frame chassis and a tempered front glass panel. We mounted our graphics card with the RAIJINTEK PAXX-S vertical mount GPU Riser bracket.  Once we got it all in there, we fitted the CPU with EKWB’s AM4 Velocity water blockCoolstream radiatorEK-XRES 140 Revo D5 pumphardline tubing, and Cryofuel coolants with a range of colors to choose from.  

 

 

To complement Gina’s rig with the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ.  This 32inch curved gaming display is running at 1440p, 144hz, and AMD FreeSync technology for a tear and stutter-free gaming experience.  

 

 

Be sure to check out Gina’s channel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube

 

 

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When The Coalition’s Gears 5 was released back on September 10, it launched to roaring reception and received several callouts to its superb technical elements. For the PC version, AMD worked with The Coalition and Xbox to optimize Gears 5 for AMD hardware, adding several PC optimizations to make it a stellar experience:

 

 

Check out how you can get ~60 FPS* on AMD hardware using Gears 5’s highest settings and take advantage of the optimizations:

 

*Results may vary

 

Optimized with AMD FidelityFX

 

Gears 5’s latest update includes implementation of AMD’s key current-generation feature: AMD FidelityFX.

 

AMD FidelityFX is our open-source image quality toolkit, used by developers in games to deliver sharp, fantastic visuals. It combines the Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) algorithm with Luma Preserving Mapping (LPM), automatically collapsing multiple effects into fewer shader passes to reduce overhead. This, in return, frees up your graphics card to experience sharper visuals at virtually no performance loss.

 

Gears 5 looked gorgeous before, but AMD FidelityFX adds a touch of subtlety that will add to an overall fantastic experience.

 

 

Get Gears 5 with the AMD Bundle

 

With AMD FidelityFX, now is the perfect time to jump into Gears 5 if you haven’t yet.

 

Get Gears 5 with the Xbox Game Pass for PC in our current Raise the Game bundle with the purchase of a select Radeon graphics card* or Equipped to Win bundle with the purchase of a select Ryzen graphics card*.

 

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*Radeon FreeSync technology requires a monitor and AMD Radeon graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

 

*Testing done by AMD performance labs 9/3/2019 on i9-9900K, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, AMD Driver 19.9.1, and Windows 10. Using Gears 5 Ultra Settings DX12: At 1440p, Radeon VII scored 77.7 fps, Radeon RX 5700 XT scored 74.5 fps, Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 66.2 fps and Radeon RX 5700 scored 65.3 fps. At 1080p, Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 79.9 fps, Radeon RX 590 scored 65 fps and Radeon RX 580 scored 59.9 fps. Using Gears 5 High Settings DX12: At 1440p, Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 69.8 fps. At 1080p, Radeon RX 570 scored 71.3 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary. RX-369

 

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the next tactical co-op shooter in Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon franchise, has finally arrived.

 

Ghost Recon Breakpoint takes you, an elite special operations group of “Ghosts”, to a remote South Pacific island called Auroa. The Ghosts have a mission to investigate Skell Technology, a tech company based on the island, after all communication is lost with Auroa. Upon arrival, you discover former Ghost Cole D. Walker has gone rogue leading the “Wolves” for an unknown mission.

 

It’s up to you to face your former brothers in arms who betrayed their country and find out what the Wolves are plotting, and if you’re playing on PC you’ll do so with gorgeous visuals and superb performance.

 

AMD and Ubisoft worked together to integrate AMD technologies in the PC version of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, featuring:

 

  • Optimizations for RDNA
  • Support for Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR*
  • AMD FidelityFX

 

AMD FidelityFX (FFX) is AMD’s open source image quality toolkit which can be implemented by developers into their games. In working closely with Ubisoft, FidelityFX has been applied in Ghost Recon Breakpoint.  

 

FidelityFX incorporates our contrast adaptive sharpening algorithm that helps bring out details in images without impacting performance, for the visceral experience you demand. Don’t miss any key tactical details in Ghost Recon with crisp and immersive FFX visuals.

 

With these incredible optimizations, you’re going to want to play at the best possible settings on your Radeon graphics card. Check out how you can play at up to 60 FPS maxing out your settings:

 

 

Take advantage of the AMD technologies in the game with our Raise the Game* bundle, featuring Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Get the game now with the Raise the Game bundle, with the purchase of a select Radeon graphics card!

 

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* 18+ only. Following purchase, product must be installed on system where coupon code will be redeemed. Void where prohibited. Residency and additional limitations apply. Full offer terms at www.amdrewards.com/terms. Game Pass for PC Offer:  Participating retailers only for eligible purchases made July 1, 2019 through March 10, 2020 or when supply of coupon codes is exhausted. Over 100 PC Games available starting August 2019. Gears 5 available fall 2019.  Game Pass code must be redeemed by June 30, 2020.  Limit one promotional 3-month subscription per Microsoft account over a 12-month period.  Requires the Xbox (beta) app and Windows 10 (with updates).  Age restrictions and system requirements apply. Game catalog varies over time.  Learn more at Xbox.com/gamepass. Choice of Game Offer: Participating retailers only for eligible purchases made September 30, 2019 through December 31, 2019 or when supply of coupon codes is exhausted. Coupon code must be redeemed by January 30, 2020.

 

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Hello, everyone! We’re delighted by your support and the strong momentum of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors in the marketplace, and we continue to watch your feedback closely. Today we have some important updates for you concerning processor boost behavior, desktop idle behavior, and a new monitoring SDK. The first two changes will be arriving in BIOSes based on AGESA 1003ABBA, and we are planning to make the SDK public on developer.amd.com with a target release date of September 30.

 

Boost Changes

Starting with our commitment to provide you an update on processor boost, our analysis indicates that the processor boost algorithm was affected by an issue that could cause target frequencies to be lower than expected. This has been resolved. We’ve also been exploring other opportunities to optimize performance, which can further enhance the frequency. These changes are now being implemented in flashable BIOSes from our motherboard partners. Across the stack of 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors, our internal testing shows that these changes can add approximately 25-50MHz to the current boost frequencies under various workloads.


Our estimation of the benefit is broadly based on workloads like PCMark 10 and Kraken JavaScript Benchmark. The actual improvement may be lower or higher depending on the workload, system configuration, and thermal/cooling solution implemented in the PC. We used the following test system in our analysis:

 

  • AMD Reference Motherboard (AGESA 1003ABBA beta BIOS)
  • 2x8GB DDR4-3600C16
  • AMD Wraith Prism and Noctua NH-D15S coolers
  • Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • 22°C ambient test lab
  • Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable
  • AMD Chipset Driver 1.8.19.xxx
  • AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan
  • BIOS defaults (except memory OC)


These improvements will be available in final BIOSes starting in about three weeks’ time, depending on the testing and implementation schedule of your motherboard manufacturer. Additional information on boost frequency in the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors can also be obtained from this separate blog update.


Going forward, it’s important to understand how our boost technology operates. Our processors perform intelligent real-time analysis of the CPU temperature, motherboard voltage regulator current (amps), socket power (watts), loaded cores, and workload intensity to maximize performance from millisecond to millisecond. Ensuring your system has adequate thermal paste; reliable system cooling; the latest motherboard BIOS; reliable BIOS settings/configuration; the latest AMD chipset driver; and the latest operating system can enhance your experience.


Following the installation of the latest BIOS update, a consumer running a bursty, single threaded application on a PC with the latest software updates and adequate voltage and thermal headroom should see the maximum boost frequency of their processor. PCMark 10 is a good proxy for a user to test the maximum boost frequency of the processor in their system. It is fully expected that if users run a workload like Cinebench, which runs for an extended period of time, the operating frequencies may be lower than maximum throughout the run.


In addition, we do want to address recent questions about reliability. We perform extensive engineering analysis to develop reliability models and to model the lifetime of our processors before entering mass production. While AGESA 1003AB contained changes to improve system stability and performance for users, changes were not made for product longevity reasons. We do not expect that the improvements that have been made in boost frequency for AGESA 1003ABBA will have any impact on the lifetime of your Ryzen processor.

 

Revisiting Calmer Idle

In late July, we implemented a series of software changes that would help the processor ignore requests for voltage/frequency boost from lightweight applications. The goal was to make the processor more relaxed at the desktop, but poised to react for serious workloads. While many of you were happy with the effect of the software changes, some of you were still grappling with cases where the CPU was a bit overzealous with boost. We wanted to smooth those out, too.


Today we’re announcing that AGESA 1003ABBA carries firmware-level changes designed to do just that. The changes primarily arrive in the form of an “activity filter” that empowers the CPU boost algorithm itself to disregard intermittent OS and application background noise. Example test cases might include: video playback, game launchers, monitoring utilities, and peripheral utilities. These cases tend to make regular requests for a higher boost state, but their intermittent nature would fall below the threshold of the activity filter.


Net-net, we expect you’ll see lower desktop voltages, around 1.2V, for the core(s) actively handling such tasks. We believe this solution will be even more effective than the July changes for an even wider range of applications.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X peak/average CPU core voltages running Steam and AMD Ryzen Master (version 2.0.2.1271). Similar voltages, around 1.09V, were observed while running Corsair iCUE software.

 

Please keep in mind, however, that this firmware change is not a cap. The processor must still be free to boost if active workload(s) seriously require it, so you should still expect occasions where the processor will explore its designed and tested voltage range of 0.2V to 1.5V.

 

New Monitoring SDK

Obtaining reliable data about the operating behavior of a processor is important to enthusiasts such as myself. There are many monitoring utilities on the market, and we work with many of them to ensure they’re accessing telemetry data in a sensible manner. Regardless of the utility, however, it’s common sense that all the tools should roughly correlate when you ask a simple question like “what’s my CPU temperature?”


Enabling a consistent experience across monitoring utilities is important to us. That’s why we’re announcing the September 30 release of the AMD Ryzen Master Monitoring SDK that will allow anyone to build a public monitoring utility that can reliably report a range of key processor metrics in a consistent manner. Altogether, there are 30+ API calls within the first SDK release, but we’ve highlighted a few of the more important or interesting ones below:

 

  • Current Operating Temperature: Reports the average temperature of the CPU cores over a short sample period. By design, this metric filters transient spikes that can skew temperature reporting.
  • Peak Core(s) Voltage (PCV): Reports the Voltage Identification (VID) requested by the CPU package of the motherboard voltage regulators. This voltage is set to service the needs of the cores under active load, but isn’t necessarily the final voltage experienced by all of the CPU cores.
  • Average Core Voltage (ACV): Reports the average voltages experienced by all processor cores over a short sample period, factoring in active power management, sleep states, Vdroop, and idle time.
  • EDC (A), TDC (A), PPT (W): The current and power limits for your motherboard VRMs and processor socket.
  • Peak Speed: The maximum frequency of the fastest core during the sample period.
  • Effective Frequency: The frequency of the processor cores after factoring in time spent in sleep states (e.g. cc6 core sleep or pc6 package sleep). Example: One processor core is running at 4GHz while awake, but in cc6 core sleep for 50% of the sample period. The effective frequency of this core would be 2GHz. This value can give you a feel for how often the cores are using aggressive power management capabilities that aren’t immediately obvious (e.g. clock or voltage changes).
  • Various voltages and clocks, including: SoC voltage, DRAM voltage, fabric clock, memory clock, etc.

 

A Preview in Action

This SDK will be available for public download on developer.amd.com on September 30. As a preview of what the new SDK can enable, AMD Ryzen Master (version 2.0.2.1271) has already been updated with the new Average Core Voltage API for 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors. It's ready for download today!


As noted above, Average Core Voltage shows you average voltages that all CPU cores are experiencing over a short sample period after you factor in sleep states, idle states, active power management, and Vdroop. Depending on the load on the processor, this value might be quite different from Peak Core(s) Voltage.


For example: if the processor is lightly loaded on a few cores, the overall activity level of all the CPU cores will be relatively low and, therefore, the Average Core Voltage will be low as well. But the active cores still need intermittently higher voltages to power boost frequencies, which will be reflected in the Peak Core Voltage. As the CPU comes under full load, these two values will eventually converge representing that all cores are active at approximately the same intensity. The overall goal of these two values is to show you what’s happening moment-to-moment the most loaded cores (Peak), and what’s happening more generally to the CPU cores over time (Average).


We hope new APIs like Average Core Voltage give you a better understanding of how our processors behave, and we can’t wait to see more tools make use of the new monitoring SDK. Visit amd.com on September 30 for the first public release!

 

What to Expect Next

AGESA 1003ABBA has now been released to our motherboard partners. Now they will perform additional testing, QA, and implementation work on their specific hardware (versus our reference motherboard). Final BIOSes based on AGESA 1003ABBA will begin to arrive in approximately three weeks, depending on the testing time of your vendor and motherboard.

 

Going forward, we’ll continue providing updates in this format as the updates are being prepped for release. In the interim, please don’t hesitate to reach out our support page if you have questions or need help.

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