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One of the additions made to streamline your experience with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition, are the software profiles. When you first run Radeon Software, you’ll be asked to choose a profile, designed to get you started quickly and easily. You will choose a profile which best suits how you game as in the screenshot below.

 

 

 

This simple wizard helps users configure Radeon Software to provide the best experiences based on your needs. Each profile is broken down in the chart below

 

 

  

The Standard profile is the basic set of defaults, while the Gaming Profile is best suited when you are a gamer, who needs good performance and wants the best visuals.

 

The Esports Profiles enable a few extra Radeon Software features meant to enhance the gaming experience, with a focus on performance.

 

The Power Saver Profile is designed to regulate performance and save power, available to all Radeon Software users but ideal for mobile gamers.

  

Let’s quickly cover what each of the features that can be enabled for each profile contribute.

 

Radeon Chill

Dynamically regulates framerate based on your in-game movements. Radeon Chill caps framerates within a specific range so you’re not working the graphics card harder than necessary.  Let’s use the example of a first-person shooter. When you’re standing still or barely moving, Radeon Chill will push your framerates down. Once you start to move and to engage with enemy, Radeon Chill will instantaneously raise the frame rate for seamless, fluid gameplay.

 

Radeon Image Sharpening

Delivers crisp, high-quality upscaling and sharpening. Enabling this feature will enhance visual fidelity with minimal performance impact. Once enabled you can use this feature in two ways, to get better more beautiful visuals or to run at lower resolutions to help improve performance and efficiency without giving up much image clarity.

 

AMD FreeSync

Functions by synchronizing the refresh rate of the display with the framerate of AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics cards, reducing or eliminating visual artifacts that many users are especially sensitive to: input latency, screen tearing, and stuttering during gaming.

 

Radeon Anti-Lag

This feature works by minimizing the amount of time between a gamer pressing a key or moving the mouse and having that response show up on the screen. This feature manages CPU and GPU workloads to facilitate more responsive gaming.

 

Easily streamline and tailor your gaming experience to you with Radeon Software profiles. Get these features and more when you download Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimers

Anna Fieger is the Product Marketing Coordinator of Radeon Software for 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

 

  1. AMD FreeSync technology requires AMD Radeon graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase GD-127
  2. 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. GD-157
  3. 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 series and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. GD-156
  4. For game day-0 support and feature availability:

Compatibility and feature availability will depend on system manufacturer and/or packaged driver version, for most up to date drivers visit AMD.com GD-164

Content creators across the globe, like all of us, are facing many challenges in the world everyone is living in today. They are having to change the way they create, and mobile solutions are a key part of this. Using a laptop for content creation workflows such as video editing gives creators the flexibility to create from anywhere -- however, finding a system with the right balance between power and portability for creative work can be difficult.

 

Creators want a system that is both thin and light yet still capable of powering through the most complex Adobe Premiere Pro video editing projects and laptops powered by AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics can deliver this. Our new AMD Ryzen 4000 U-Series Mobile Processors equipped with up to eight “Zen 2” cores bring a new level of content creation performance to ultrathin laptops. And for creators looking for even more oomph on the go, our AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors bring desktop-caliber performance to laptop form factors1 where this was not possible before.

 

 

AMD GPU Hardware-Accelerated Video Encoding Support in Adobe Premiere Pro

Today’s creative workflows don’t just use the power of your CPU as many of the most popular content creation applications can also leverage the power of your system’s graphics card to boost creative performance even further. Video editing applications like Premiere Pro have long been able to utilize the power of your GPU -- for example, its Mercury Playback Engine uses OpenCL with AMD graphics cards to accelerate tasks like rendering video effects.

 

But what you have not been able to do up until now is use your graphics card to speed up the final step in your Premiere Pro video creation journey – exporting your final edited masterpiece. That all changed this past May when Adobe released the 14.2 update to Premiere Pro (and Adobe Media Encoder) that added hardware-accelerated encoding support for the H.264 and HEVC formats2 for AMD GPUs on Windows.

 

 

This update uses AMD AMF (Advanced Media Framework) multimedia processing technology to speed up video encoding on systems with any AMD GPU, including the AMD Radeon Graphics built into every AMD Ryzen U-Series mobile processor. That means even ultrathin AMD powered laptops that don’t have a dedicated graphics card can now deliver faster video exports in Premiere Pro, letting you complete that critical project that much faster.

 

And, of course, you can still step up to a system with an AMD Ryzen H-Series Mobile Processor with a discrete AMD Radeon RX graphics card for even more video encoding horsepower for the most demanding projects.

 

 

AMD Powered Ultrathin Laptops for Faster Video Editing Workflows

With AMD GPU-accelerated video encoding enabled in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 and higher, ultrathin laptops powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 U-Series Mobile Processors can export 4K content up to 29% faster3.

 

 

When tested with the 14-inch Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (also known as the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 in North America) with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, the built-in AMD Radeon Graphics was able to export a 4-minute extremely high-quality Apple ProRes 4444 4K 60p QuickTime video clip to the Premiere Pro H.264 4K YouTube preset in 12:20 minutes versus the 17:22 minutes it took when exporting with just the CPU.

 

That’s 5 minutes saved for a short, simple 4K video export, letting you move on to your project’s next stage sooner or enough time for a quick coffee break  – and just imagine how much time would be saved when exporting complex longer-form content.


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As can be seen in the chart above, faster video encoding in Premiere Pro 14.2 is not just reserved for our top of the stack U-series processor. You’ll also be able to see comparable improvements in export times when using other AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors, such as when using the HP ENVY x360 13z Convertible PC with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U (25% faster4) and the HP ENVY x360 15z Convertible PC with an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U (26% faster5).

 

 

Step Up to the New Standard in Mobile Video Editing Performance

For uncompromised mobile content creation performance though, stepping up to a laptop with the “AMD Advantage” -- the combination of an AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processor, discrete AMD Radeon RX 5000 Series Graphics for Laptops, AMD Software, and custom technologies like AMD SmartShift -- will take your Premiere Pro workflows to another level.

 

 

For example, with Premiere Pro 14.2 (and higher) GPU hardware-accelerated encoding support, the AMD Radeon RX 5600M graphics card found in the new AMD Ryzen 7 4800H powered Dell G5 15 Special Edition laptop exports the same 4-minute Apple ProRes 4444 4K 60p QuickTime video clip to the H.264 4K YouTube preset in 5:16 minutes -- up to 43% faster than software-only (CPU) video encoding6.

 

Additionally, if you compare all the results in the charts above and below, there is a clear benefit from stepping up to a system with a dedicated graphics card, with the Dell G5 15 SE being able to export the video clip in significantly less time than the already fast systems with integrated AMD Radeon graphics.

 

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Similarly, the AMD Radeon RX 5500M graphics card in the MSI Bravo 17 laptop with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H can export to the H.264 4K YouTube preset in 6:06 minutes, clearly showing the benefits of using a system with discrete graphics with Adobe Premiere Pro, and also 35% faster than encoding without GPU-acceleration on the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H alone7.

 

 

Adobe + AMD Enable High-Performance Video Editing from Anywhere

“Close collaboration with hardware vendors like AMD enables the optimization of our applications for next-generation CPU and GPU technologies,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for the Adobe video team. “We’re seeing terrific progress across the board, which directly benefits our users. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of engineering teams on both sides, we will continue to make performance gains for video and animation production workflows, wherever our users are working.”

Creators looking for a mobile system for their projects should look no further than a laptop equipped with an AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processor that delivers the performance to do more, from anywhere – faster than ever before8. And for video editing workflows, the 14.2 (and higher) update to Adobe Premiere Pro enables even better performance on AMD Ryzen Mobile systems with support for AMD GPU-accelerated hardware video encoding.

 

 

Ultrathin laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000 U-Series Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics deliver the ultimate balance of portability and performance for on the go video editing with Premiere Pro. And laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors and discrete AMD Radeon RX graphics provide uncompromising desktop-caliber performance for more demanding Premiere Pro video editing workflows.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT AMD RYZEN MOBILE PROCESSORS WITH RADEON GRAPHICS

LEARN MORE ABOUT AMD RADEON RX 5000 SERIES GRAPHICS FOR LAPTOPS

LEARN MORE ABOUT ADOBE PREMIERE PRO

 

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist 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

 

Footnotes

  1. The AMD Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor offers desktop-caliber performance for content creation. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 04/29/2020 utilizing a Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor-based reference system at 45W TDP and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 desktop processor-based reference system at 65W TDP, in the following benchmarks: Cinebench R20 1T and nT, Adobe Premiere Pro CPU, POV-Ray nT, and LAME MP3 encoder. Performance may vary. RM3H-30
  2. HEVC (H.265), H.264, and VP9 acceleration are subject to and not operable without the inclusion/installation of compatible HEVC players. GD-81
  3. The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U offers up to 29% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing a 14-inch Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (also known as the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 in North America) laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3-294
  4. The AMD Ryzen 5 4500U offers up to 25% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing an HP ENVY x360 13z Convertible PC with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3-292
  5. The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U offers up to 26% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing an HP ENVY x360 15z Convertible PC with an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3-293
  6. The AMD Radeon RX 5600M offers up to 43% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing a Dell G5 15 Special Edition laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and AMD Radeon RX 5600M in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3H-47
  7. The AMD Radeon RX 5500M offers up to 35% faster GPU hardware-accelerated 4K video encoding to the "YouTube 2160p 4K Ultra HD" preset than software-accelerated (CPU) encoding with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H when using Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 06/02/20 utilizing an MSI Bravo 17 laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and AMD Radeon RX 5500M in Adobe Premiere Pro 14.2 with hardware-accelerated encoding enabled vs. disabled. Results may vary. RM3H-46
  8. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 11/22/2019 utilizing the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U vs. 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 3700U in Cinebench R20 Benchmark. Results may vary. RM3-06.

Attribution
2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, Ryzen, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Adobe and Premiere are registered trademarks of Adobe in the United States and/or other countries. Apple and QuickTime are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Stability and improving the user experience for Radeon graphics owners has been a priority and focus at AMD. Our engineering teams have been hard at work identifying, reproducing and resolving issues since the beginning of this year. We have fixed numerous issues during this time period, ranging from various black screens to system hangs and game crashes, and we continue to work hard to identify and resolve issues related to our Radeon Software driver suite.

 

Here is a list of the top issues we have worked to resolve in our latest driver (20.7.1):

 

  • Some game titles may experience hitching when Instant Replay is enabled on Radeon RX 5000 series system configurations.
  • Radeon RX Vega Series and Radeon VII graphics products may experience performance drops when Performance Metrics Overlay is open while a game is running.
  • An error message may sometimes be displayed instead of your stream preview when switching between tabs in Radeon Software while streaming.
  • Custom fan and clock tuning may sometimes reset to default when changes are applied in the Radeon Performance Tuning tab.
  • Custom tuning profiles may fail to load or apply correctly after some system boots.
  • Display resolution may fail to stretch to full panel when the display scaling feature is enabled for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
  • The game compatibility tab in Radeon Software may sometimes show incorrect GPU information for populated games.
  • An error message indicating “Oops something went wrong” may sometimes appear when clicking on the game compatibility tab.
  • Valorant may be detected or listed incorrectly as League of Legends in the gaming tab in Radeon Software.
  • Microsoft Teams may experience an intermittent TDR when performing screen sharing on some APU system configurations.
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered may experience a system crash or hang when changing display mode.
  • DOTA2 may experience frame drops when Radeon Chill is enabled, and the system is left idle for a short period of time.
  • Invoking Radeon Overlay may cause stuttering in playback content when using the Netflix Windows store application.
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided may experience an application crash or hang when loading into some train stations.
  • Fan speed may report as zero when GPU-Z is running alongside a 3D application.
  • The toast messages for some features such as Instant Replay, Instant GIF and Radeon Replay are not correctly showing when Record Desktop is set to off.
  • Radeon Software Install now provides an error message when a user attempts to install unsupported hardware.
  • Some AMD Ryzen 3 2200U Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega 3 Graphic system configurations may experience a system hang or long boot time when upgrading from previous Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition releases.
  • DOOM Eternal may experience intermittent corruption on Radeon RX 5600 series graphics products.
  • DOOM Eternal may experience a system hang when HDR and Radeon Overlay are enabled.
  • Some hardware accelerated Chrome content leveraging VP9 playback may experience corruption on DisplayPort connected displays.
  • Grass or water corruption may be visible in Final Fantasy XV after extended periods of gameplay.
  • Radeon Software may fail to generate a profile for League of Legends in the gaming tab.
  • Radeon Software’s in-game overlay may fail to appear or may cut off when invoked on 4K display, while the desktop resolution is set to 4K and a game is running with a resolution set to 1080p.
  • After using the DirectML Media Filters in Radeon Software, graphics memory may no longer report accurately in Radeon Software performance section or may report still in use.
  • Enabling Radeon Image Sharpening may cause colors to appear washed out when HDR is enabled.

 

We are also actively looking to address the following outstanding issues:

 

  • Performance Tuning Profiles saved from previous Radeon Software releases will no longer be compatible with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.7.1 and onward.
  • Launching VR applications using the Oculus Rift headset may cause corruption or a system hang on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and the Performance Tuning tab 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.
  • With HDR enabled, Windows desktop may experience flickering and performing a task switch while in a game may cause colors to become washed out or over saturated.
  • YouTube playback may become frozen with Microsoft Edge player and Chrome when played on an extended display on some AMD Ryzen 7 3000 series and AMD Ryzen 4000 series APU system configurations.
  • Banners in Radeon Software may sometimes fail to show and navigation buttons for those banners may fail to work.
  • Previews for video content on Netflix using Microsoft Edge browser may fail to load or appear black.
  • AMD is investigating isolated reports of intermittent system hangs while exiting system sleep on some AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen 7 mobile processors with integrated Radeon RX 5500M Graphics.
  • AMD will continue to monitor and investigate any new reports of black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay closely. Users are encouraged to use the new Bug Reporting Tool for any issues they may encounter.

 

In order to help us further and make Radeon Software even better for everyone, we are introducing a new way to report issues in today’s driver release.  This tool is a stand-alone utility which lets users report bugs in a fast, easy and accurate fashion to AMD. The tool has been designed to automatically capture necessary system hardware and software configurations; all you have to do is provide a simple description of your problem along with any media attachment you may wish to include, such as an image, video or link that is related to your issue.

 

Above: New Bug Report Icon at the top right opens up the tool below

 

Above: AMD Bug Report Tool

 

If you need to report an issue to us, you can access the tool directly from the Radeon Software application (see above) or download the tool separately from here.

 

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

The gaming community, from both casual gamers to esports enthusiasts has been buzzing with news and gameplay from VALORANT, since the original announcement in October of last year. Riot Games, creators of the international esports juggernaut, League of Legends, have positioned VALORANT to be the next breakthrough in the competitive First-Person Shooter scene.

 

 

VALORANT is a 5v5 Tactical team-based FPS that has been built from the ground up for competitive esports gamers. Competitive features such as 128-Tick public servers, robust anti-cheat, and a detailed in-game aim training/scenario dry-running range demonstrates Riot’s commitment to make VALORANT the next globally renowned FPS esports title. Counter-Strike and Overwatch players will feel right at home taking on the strategic combat and team-based decision making present in the closed beta. If you have ever wanted to get into competitive esports for FPS games but felt that you were too far behind in the learning curve, now is the perfect time to start playing and master your skills.

 

 

Multiplayer matches are 5v5 and are designed around an Attack/Defense style mode where the Attackers must plant the Spike on the Defender objectives. Multiplayer matches go until a team wins 13 rounds, with half-time having both teams switching sides. Multiplayer matches in VALORANT are dynamic as a result of players having to choose an Agent at the start of each game, each with their own unique abilities. Whether you are using Brimstone to smoke out the objective for your push or using Sova to scan any attacking players that might be lurking Infront of you, the Agents your team selects will have a drastic impact on the strategies your team can use in-game.

 

 

VALORANT has positioned itself to be a global esports phenomenon (Similar to League of Legends), and the design/graphical decisions reflect that. While older systems are designed to deliver a 30 FPS experience, platforms built around the AMD RyzenTM 7 3800X processor and RadeonTM RX 5000 series graphics cards can easily target 200+ FPS on average at maximum settings1

 

 

To further improve the experience, we recommend pairing with a high refresh rate, AMD FreeSyncTM Premium monitor2, to enable stutter free and tear free gaming at resolutions of 1080p and beyond.

 

Gaming experience technologies, such as Radeon Anti-Lag in the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 2020, help reduce input lag and improve the responsiveness to your game3. Of course, head to amd.com to grab the latest RadeonTM Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition to get the latest optimizations and features.

 

With the first year of the competitive scene being community ran, VALORANT’s Free-to-Play structure is sure to entice gamers from all avenues.  We at AMD are very much looking forward to the creativity and competitive spirit of the community when the game launches June 2, 2020.

 

 

Adit Bhutani is the Product Marketing Specialist for Radeon and Gaming 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

 

1: Testing done by AMD performance labs 05/29/2020 on RX 580, RX 5500XT, 5600XT, 5700, 5700XT graphics cards with AMD driver 20.4.2, Ryzen 7 3800X processor, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER, FG5 bios, Win10 Pro x64 18362.175. Game tested was VALORANT. Performance may vary. RX-494

 

2: AMD FreeSyncTM technology requires AMD RadeonTM graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSyncTM Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSyncTM Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

 

3: RadeonTM Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9, DirectX 11, DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs; Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs and Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. GD-157

It’s incredible to see how far the gaming industry has come in the past two decades. At Alienware, I helped introduce some of the world’s first gaming laptops and we kicked off what would become a new era of portable gaming. Looking at those notebooks now, which were revolutionary, but also thick, heavy, hot and loud, I could not have dreamed of the beautiful and practical gaming laptops we see today.

 

As I looked to the next generation of gaming products, I saw AMD as the only company where I could come make my vision for those products a reality. How you might ask? AMD has what I like to call the “AMD advantage” – it’s the only processor company that has the combination of high-performance CPUs with AMD RyzenTM and graphics with AMD RadeonTM, plus the extensive suite of AMD Technology and Software.

 

On stage at CES 2020, I introduced the first “AMD Advantage” system to the world: the Dell G5 15 SE. Today, this collaboration between Dell and AMD comes to life. We are proud to share the most comprehensive all-AMD gaming solution ever, combining those core components of AMD RyzenTM processors, AMD RadeonTM graphics, and AMD technologies and software. Starting at under $1,000 USD, the new Dell G5 15 SE laptop can do it all – play the latest games at high framerates and excel at content creation and productivity in the office or classroom.

 

 

On the outside, it’s finished in a contemporary iridescent silver shell. On the inside, this system brings unparalleled performance to its class alongside gamer-centric features including AMD FreeSyncTM[1] and the AMD Radeon Adrenalin Software suite and introduces new innovations such as AMD SmartShift.

 

And what is SmartShift? Think of it as a free performance boost. We’re not increasing the size, the weight, or the power draw of the laptop, but we’re giving gamers up to 14 percent more performance averaged across select games[2] by enabling the processor and graphics to communicate directly with one another. This is made possible by dynamically shifting power from the Ryzen Processor to the Radeon Graphics and vice versa based on demand. The best part is that it does it seamlessly, quickly, and automatically without user input or any application-specific support required. As WIRED Magazine put it in its “Best of CES 2020” list: “It's smart, it's powerful, and it has big potential.”

 

 

In addition to this new SmartShift technology, you will also find an optional four-zone RGB keyboard, customizable to your style. Choose between two display options at launch: a 60Hz or a 144Hz AMD FreeSync technology-enabled panel, with an additional 120Hz AMD FreeSync variant expected in August 2020 for smooth, tear- and stutter-free gaming.

 

Digging deeper, the Dell G5 15 SE features a full-fledged AMD Ryzen H-Series processor. With Ryzen H-series, you’ll unleash desktop-caliber performance in your laptop for high performance gaming, content creation and multitasking. From the 6-core Ryzen 5 4600H with a up to 4.0 GHz boost clock[3], all the way up to the 8-core Ryzen 9 4900H capable of up to 4.4 GHz max boost[3]. No matter which processor you choose, it is paired with fast dual-channel 3200 MHz memory, so nothing holds you back.

 

Debuting in this laptop is also the AMD RadeonTM RX 5600M, built on the efficient 7nm AMD RDNA gaming architecture with 6GB of memory and 36 compute units for high-power graphics on the go. Perfect for the ultimate 60+ FPS 1080p gaming experience, the Radeon graphics are only enhanced further with SmartShift.

 

 

With this system, we have combined the latest AMD processor, graphics, software to build the best experience we’ve seen in laptops. For us, this is just the beginning – the Dell G5 15 SE is the start of a new era and is sure to be a game changer.

 

 

Frank Azor is the Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions 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

 

[1] AMD FreeSyncTM technology requires AMD RadeonTM graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSyncTM Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSyncTM Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

[2] RM-018 Testing done by AMD performance labs May 04 2020 on Dell 15 G5 SE, Ryzen 7 4800H with RX 5600M 6GB, 32GB DDR4-3200Mhz, AMD Driver 20.10.02-200401a-354027E, with SmartShift ON vs. the same laptop with SmartShift OFF. Uplift based on an average of performance in The Witcher 3, Battlefield 5 and The Division 2. Performance may vary. RM-018.

[3] Max boost for AMD Ryzen 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

This week has been a big one for GPUOpen. After four years of being the vehicle for AMD’s commitment to openness and support for open standards, we realized it was time for a fresh coat of digital paint. So on Monday, we relaunched GPUOpen.com with a brand-new website, now making it easier than ever to explore the home for all our game development and content creation software tools and technologies.

 

As part of the relaunch, we also kicked off a week of new software releases for developers. This started with the very well-received expansion of our open-source AMD FidelityFX shader-based effects with a further four new effects, making it a very powerful image quality developer toolkit.

 

Since then, there have been even more exciting releases for developers which you can learn more about below.

 


Unreal Engine Performance Guide, and Optimization and Feature Patches

We want to make it as easy as possible for developers to take full advantage of Unreal Engine 4 when running on AMD graphics hardware. We have a dedicated team of engineers who work closely with Epic Games on Unreal Engine and their recommendations for getting the best performance from Unreal Engine are detailed in our Performance Guide.

 

We’ve also released a series of downloadable AMD performance and feature patches too, which are available to developers who have access to the Unreal Engine GitHub repository.

 

 

There are ten different performance-focused patches that you can integrate easily into your Unreal Engine codebase. These patches are designed to be applied to specific versions of the Unreal Engine and target specific performance optimizations in the engine. Also available are patches and plug-ins that can add additional features to Unreal Engine, including Chroma Keying, AMD FidelityFX Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS), TressFX for AMD optimized hair and fur rendering, and FEMFX, our deformable material physics library.

 

Learn More About AMD’s Unreal Engine Optimizations

 

 

Content Creation Updates, Including AMD Radeon ProRender

On Wednesday, our focus was on updates for content creation and professional application tools and technologies, including AMD Radeon ProRender, and you can read all about our updates to our Radeon ProRender Developer Suite in this detailed blog.

 

 

Along with the updates to Radeon ProRender, we also released an update to Compressonator, our set of tools that allow artists and developers to easily create compressed texture assets or model mesh optimizations. The 4.0 update adds support for GPU-based encoding with OpenCL and DirectX 11, amongst other things.

 

Learn More About AMD Radeon ProRender

Learn More About the AMD Radeon ProRender Developer Suite
Learn More About Compressonator 4.0

 

 

New Radeon Memory Visualizer and RDNA Performance Guide

Joining our family of advanced tools that help developers optimize their games is our new Radeon Memory Visualizer (RMV) that lets you show your video memory some love.

 

 

Radeon Memory Visualizer is a ground-breaking new tool to allow you to gain a deep understanding of how your DirectX 12 or Vulkan application or game uses memory for graphics resources. RMV lets you profile memory allocations, find memory leaks, and understand resource paging.

 

 

AMD’s new RDNA architecture is designed for the next generation of efficient high-performance gaming and powers Radeon RX 5000 series graphics cards. Our RDNA architecture is optimized for efficiency and programmability. To help game developers get the most out of our new architecture, we have created a DirectX 12 and Vulkan performance guide that can be used to optimize games for RDNA. It is the page all developers targeting RDNA should bookmark.

 

Learn More About Radeon Memory Visualizer

Learn More About the RDNA Performance Guide

 

 


Let’s Build… 2020, Our Developer Event You Can Attend from Home

As a reminder, to close off our GPUOpen relaunch week, we are bringing everything together into our first-ever developer event you can attend virtually today.

 

Here are the video presentations you can watch starting RIGHT NOW:

  • AMD Ryzen Processor Software Optimization: An introduction to the AMD Ryzen family of processors followed by advanced optimization topics.
  • Optimizing for the Radeon RDNA Architecture: Join this session to learn about the details of RDNA and how it differs from GCN architecture.
  • From Source to ISA: A Trip Down the Shader Compiler Pipeline: Uncover the secrets of the shader compiler on a journey from the source code to the RDNA ISA.
  • A Review of GPUOpen Effects: This presentation will provide an overview of existing and new graphics effects available on GPUOpen, including FidelityFX.
  • Curing Amnesia and Other GPU Maladies with AMD Developer Tools: Meet the newest tool in AMD's Radeon tool suite - the Radeon Memory Visualizer.
  • Radeon ProRender Full Spectrum Rendering 2.0: The Universal Rendering API: An introduction to the upcoming Radeon ProRender 2.0, the universal rendering API.

Join our Let’s Build… 2020 virtual event 

 

 

 

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AMD’s commitment to openness is the foundation upon which the GPUOpen initiative was built. We stand behind the belief that the freedom of open standards and being open about our hardware drives innovation forward faster and further than any proprietary technology can.

 

Since 2016, GPUOpen has been a vehicle for this vision, sharing our game development and content creation software tools and technologies, with a focus on solving developer problems.

 



However, after four years, we realized that it was time to give the site a fresh coat of digital paint and we are pleased to announce that we have relaunched GPUOpen.com, building a brand-new website with a modern look and feel. You will find it straightforward to navigate the wealth of information available, including the latest news, detailed tutorials and samples, presentations, and guest blogs. Our tools and technologies are clearly presented to enable developers to easily access what they need to make their games even better.

 

“AMD has a rich tradition of supporting both open standards and open source. Today, I’m very excited to see our relaunched GPUOpen website, which marks AMD’s continued commitment to openness and the enablement of innovation. Whether its fantastic developer tools, vibrant graphical effects, or our easy-to-use SDKs; GPUOpen puts developers at the heart of everything we do.”
                                                               -- Andrej Zdravkovic, Senior Vice President of Software Development

 

This relaunch is our way of recommitting to the values GPUOpen stands for, and our new slogan, “Let’s build everything”, is to show that AMD is here to help you build great things with our technology.

 

To celebrate, in addition to the website relaunch we are releasing new GPUOpen tools and technologies every day this week, until Friday, when our “Let’s Build…” virtual developer event takes place, where our talented engineers will be sharing their knowledge with you in a series of six recorded video presentations.

 

Read on to see what we are releasing today and check back on the GPUOpen website each day at 4 PM BST/11 AM EDT this week to see more exciting releases.

 

 

Achieve Maximum Fidelity with New AMD FidelityFX Effects

In 2019 we released our first AMD FidelityFX feature, Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS). This effect is now used in over 15 games to enable better visual sharpness with minimal artifacts, restoring detail lost after Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA) is applied. Now we are expanding FidelityFX into an open-source image quality developer toolkit with four additional shader-based features aimed at improving rendering quality and performance.

 


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The four new open-source FidelityFX features available today are:

  • FidelityFX Screen Space Reflections: Our implementation of Stochastic Screen Space Reflections (SSSR) delivers high-quality reflections with minimal overhead, via an optimized compute shader and RDNA architecture-optimized denoising.
  • FidelityFX Ambient Occlusion: Our RDNA architecture-optimized Combined Adaptive Compute Ambient Occlusion (CACAO) effect dynamically and efficiently helps improve the appearance of objects based their exposure to ambient light.
  • FidelityFX HDR Mapper: Optimized for use with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro1 displays, AMD’s Luminance Preserving Mapper (LPM) delivers superior HDR and wide color gamut content for games.
  • FidelityFX Downsampler: Single-pass and optimized for RDNA architecture, AMD’s compute shader-based Single Pass Downsampler (SPD) generates texture MIP levels using asynchronous compute for optimal performance.


With AMD FidelityFX, game developers can deliver high-quality visuals with minimal performance overhead, freeing up graphics cards to power the intense gaming experiences gamers demand.

 

Learn More About AMD FidelityFX

Learn More About AMD FidelityFX on GPUOpen



Next Level Physics and Hair Effects Demos

FEMFX is our open-source CPU library for deformable material physics, using the Finite Element Method (FEM) and is available as source code and as a plug-in for Unreal Engine.

 


Highly optimized to take advantage of the processing power today’s modern multithreaded CPUs like AMD Ryzen series processors, FEMFX enables developers to add a whole new level of physics realism to their games.

 

TressFX is our GPU-accelerated realistic hair and fur rendering and simulation technology and the new version 4.1 offers improved performance and new features, including Unreal Engine integration.

 


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To make it easier for developers to see FEMFX and TressFX in action, and for gamers to be able to check out some of the advanced effects they can expect to see in future game releases, we’ve put together some standalone demos that can be downloaded today.

 

For FEMFX, we have two demos – the “FEMFX Demo” is an interactive experience that shows off different FEM physics effects and the “Alien Pods” demo is an example of the gameplay puzzle mechanics that FEMFX could enable.

For TressFX, the “Old King” demo is a non-interactive real-time example of the kind of high-quality extremely realistic hair and fur effects our technology enables.

 

*This demo does not have audio


Learn More about FEMFX on GPUOpen

Learn More about TressFX on GPUOpen

 

 

 


“Let’s Build…”, Our Developer Event You Can Attend from Home

To finish up the GPUOpen relaunch week, we are bringing everything together into our first-ever developer event you can attend virtually. The “Let’s build…” event includes many of the presentations we had planned for the now-postponed Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020, giving everyone a chance to watch them.

 

Here is a preview of the video presentations you can watch starting 4 PM BST, 11 AM EDT this Friday:

  • AMD Ryzen Processor Software Optimization: An introduction to the AMD Ryzen family of processors followed by advanced optimization topics.
  • Optimizing for the Radeon RDNA Architecture: Join this session to learn about the details of RDNA and how it differs from GCN architecture.
  • From Source to ISA: A Trip Down the Shader Compiler Pipeline: Uncover the secrets of the shader compiler on a journey from the source code to the RDNA ISA.
  • A Review of GPUOpen Effects: This presentation will provide an overview of existing and new graphics effects available on GPUOpen, including FidelityFX.
  • Curing Amnesia and Other GPU Maladies with AMD Developer Tools: Meet the newest tool in AMD's Radeon tool suite - the Radeon Memory Visualizer.
  • Radeon ProRender Full Spectrum Rendering 2.0: The Universal Rendering API: An introduction to the upcoming Radeon ProRender 2.0, the universal rendering API.


Learn More About the “Let’s Build…” Event




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  1. AMD FreeSync technology requires AMD Radeon graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

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In 2016, we made a pretty bold commitment to you: we would continue to support AMD Socket AM4 until 2020. It was a big promise, especially given what people were accustomed to with other platforms. In the four ensuing years, the humble Socket AM4 has been on an incredible trajectory:

 

  • 4X more cores and 8X more threads (4C4T → 16C32t)
  • 4X architectures (“Excavator” → “Zen” → “Zen+” → “Zen 2”)
  • 4X process technologies (28nm → 14nm → 12nm → 7nm)
  • 4X PCIe bandwidth (12x PCIe Gen 3 → 24x PCIe Gen 4)
  • +33% DRAM bandwidth (DDR4-2400 → DDR4-3200+)


Nobody has even come close to a compatibility effort like this in the history of x86 processors. Until the advent of Socket AM4, I think it’s fair to say that most PC builders expected every socket to be a dead end: use it for the processor it launched with, then get another one when a new CPU launches. But our technology is different.


And that difference is no accident: it was for you. It was by design. And we're still working on it. About 9 years ago, we set out to create one CPU socket that could help your PC grow with us. It has been an enormous engineering challenge to create a platform that can host so many different architectures and configurations along the way. But we were up to the challenge, and we are still investing in it, because we knew how unique and special it could be. We know it’s daunting to feel like you need to replace all of your core hardware just to get a CPU upgrade. It’s expensive. As enthusiasts ourselves, we totally get it.


Now that we’re in 2020, you’re undoubtedly wondering just how far that commitment goes. You have questions about what happens next. And we’re ready to share a little more detail, starting with The Big Question.

 

Q: Will the “Zen 3” architecture be compatible with AMD Socket AM4?
A: Yes! AMD officially plans to support next-gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors, with the “Zen 3” architecture, on AMD X570 and B550 motherboards. This will require a BIOS update. Specific details about this update will come at a later time, but we’re committed to keeping you up-to-date. We’ve also updated our official chipset/CPU support matrix to take future “Zen 3” processors into account (below)!

 


Q: What about (X pre-500 Series chipset)?
A: AMD has no plans to introduce “Zen 3” architecture support for older chipsets. While we wish could enable full support for every processor on every chipset, the flash memory chips that store BIOS settings and support have capacity limitations. Given these limitations, and the unprecedented longevity of the AM4 socket, there will inevitably be a time and place where a transition to free up space is necessary—the AMD 500 Series chipsets are that time.


Q: How long will Socket AM4 last from here?
A: This will depend on the schedule of industry I/O technologies. Such technology changes typically require adjustments to the pin count or layout of a processor package, which would necessitate a new socket. We have no specific details to share concerning this roadmap or timing right now, but we know it’s important to keep you updated—and we will.


Q: Wait, wait, I have more questions!
A: All shall be revealed in time! For now, we can all focus on what’s at hand: AMD B550 motherboards arrive soon, and we wanted you to rest easy knowing that an investment in this platform gives you a clear upgrade path tomorrow. The same is true for AMD X570 motherboards, too.


Historic upgradeability is what AMD Socket AM4 has been known for throughout its life, and that legacy continues—even now in 2020. So, if you’d like to know more about the AMD B550 chipset, please visit AMD.com. And if you’re interested in building a new gaming rig around AMD B550, motherboards will be available starting June 16th.

 

Stay tuned!

 

Robert Hallock is the Technical Marketing lead for AMD consumer processors. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Timelines, roadmaps, and/or product release dates are plans only and subject to change. “Zen"; "Zen+"; “Zen 2”; and “Zen 3” are codenames for AMD architectures and are not product names. GD-122

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Game Beyond 4GB

Posted by adit.bhutani May 6, 2020

PC Gaming continues to push the limitations of PC hardware every year in the quest for improved visuals and framerates. One of the ways to enjoy the latest titles on your PC is to ensure your graphics card has enough Graphics Memory (VRAM).

 

A few of the newer AAA games benefit greatly from having more VRAM available to store assets needed, play at higher resolutions, and to enable the latest visual effects.

 

For those looking at making sure they have enough Graphics memory for games that are pushing the limits of 4GB, AMD RadeonTM RX graphics cards provide a wide set of solutions in 6GB or 8GB capabilities that include: RadeonTM RX 570, RX 580, RX 590, and RX 5000 Series GPUs.

 

 

When gaming with insufficient levels of Graphics Memory, even at 1080p, gamers might expect several issues:

  1. Error Messages and Warning Limits
  2. Lower Framerates
  3. Gameplay Stutter and Texture Pop-in Issues

 

Recent releases have shown marked performance increases when switching from a RadeonTM 5500 XT 4GB to a RadeonTM 5500 XT 8GB.  In DOOM Eternal, the 8GB card runs the game at Ultra Nightmare settings at 75FPS (1080p), while the 4GB card can’t apply the graphics settings with that level of VRAM1. Looking at titles such as Borderlands 3, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Forza Horizon 4, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, there is a performance improvement on average of up to 19% across these games when using the same card and increasing the amount of VRAM from 4GB to 8GB2.   

 

    

 

AMD is leading the industry at providing gamers with high VRAM graphics solutions across the entire product offering. Competitive products at a similar entry level price-point are offering up to a maximum of 4GB of VRAM, which is evidently not enough for todays games. Go Beyond 4GB of Video Memory to Crank Up your settings. Play on RadeonTM RX Series GPUs with 6GB or 8GB of VRAM and enjoy gaming at Max settings.

 

Get Yours Now at the AMD Shop

 

Adit Bhutani is the Product Marketing Specialist for Radeon and Gaming 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

 

  1. Testing done by AMD performance labs 04/5/2020 on Radeon RX 5500XT (4GB vs. 8GB) (Driver: 20.2.2), Intel Core i9 9900K (3.6 Ghz), 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite, F7 bios, Win10 Pro x64 18362. Performance may vary. RX-477
  2. Testing done by AMD performance labs 11/29/2019 on Ryzen 5 3600X, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, ASROCK X570 TAICHI, P1.70A, Win10 Pro x64 18362.175, AMD Driver 19.50. . Using Borderlands 3 @ DX12 High, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare  @ DX12 Ultra, Forza Horizon 4 @ DX12 Ultra, Tom Clancy’s Breakpoint @ DX11 Very High, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus @ Vulkan, Ultra. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. RX-411

                        

We hope all of you are staying safe and doing well during this extraordinary time in our lives.  Here at AMD, our team remains committed in delivering great drivers for you to use, and we have worked hard over the past month to deliver new game driver updates supporting three new game titles – Resident Evil 3, Predator Hunting Grounds and Gears of War Tactics. In addition to the game day 0 driver support, we have also been working at resolving issues that the community have been reporting back to us.

Here is a list of the top issues we have resolved this month:

  • Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm may experience a black screen or application hang while gaming for extended periods of time on some Radeon RX Vega series graphics product system configurations.
  • HDR may fail to enable or be detected in applications and games using the Vulkan API.
  • Doom Eternal may fail to launch in some hybrid graphics system configurations.
  • Radeon ReLive streaming1 may fail to launch or may crash when a stream session is started with performance metrics overlay enabled.
  • Some clock values may fail to populate for a limited number of graphics products in the Radeon Settings Hardware information tab.
  • Hotkeys can no longer be assigned to a single digit or character as this has the ability to block or cause interference with some default Windows functionality.
  • Some AMD FreeSync Premium2 supported displays may not list all supported refresh rate options in Windows when Radeon FreeSync Premium is enabled in the displays OSD settings.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system hang or black screen when running Folding@Home while also running an application using hardware acceleration of video content.
  • A system crash or hang may be experienced when using Edge browser to play Netflix content.
  • XSplit may experience an application hang or freeze when performing a scene switch.
  • Minor stuttering may occur when performing a task switch with performance metrics overlay open in some games.
  • Overwatch may experience an intermittent crash while entering a game or during extended gameplay sessions.
  • Radeon RX 5700 series graphics product system configurations may intermittently experience a display loss or black screen while gaming or on desktop.
  • Radeon Software may experience an application crash when playing games with non-alphanumeric characters in the game title.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience an application crash with Microsoft Teams when hardware acceleration is enabled.
  • An ‘Unable to get requirements’ error message may intermittently occur when viewing the Upgrade Advisor tab in Radeon Software.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system crash or TDR when playing games with Instant Replay enabled.
  • Resolved an install issue where Error 1603 could occur when a registry key was not correctly read during installation.

We are also actively looking in to addressing the following outstanding issues:

  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Using the Microsoft Edge web browser to playback video content with a multi display system configuration may cause a system hang or crash after extended periods of use.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay3 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.
  • 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.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system crash or TDR when performing multiple task switches using Alt+Tab.
  • Desktop or In-game corruption may occur intermittently when HDR is enabled.
  • Direct ML Media Filters are currently unavailable in Radeon Software Media gallery for video or image content.
  • 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.
  • Some laptops may encounter a BSOD when installing Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition over an existing OEM graphics driver. To work around this issue, first uninstall the OEM graphics driver using Programs and Features within the Control Panel. Once complete, install the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition package and select the Factory Reset option during setup.

 

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 AMD. 

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

 

 

Footnotes:

  1. Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 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. GD-159
  2. AMD FreeSync technology requires AMD Radeon graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127
  3. 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

 

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are looking for ways to help. While each of us are doing our part to combat the spread of the disease by washing our hands and practicing social distancing, you might want to consider using your computer to do more.

 

Folding@home is a research project focused on disease research. They employ a distributed computing model, meaning you can share your unused computer power with them to use in their research.

 

AMD has collaborated with Folding@home since 2005, helping to ensure our products are supported and properly optimized for this model. If you have an AMD powered system with computing capacity to give, this is a great way to help the research community, not only for COVID-19, but with other critical research as well.

 

You can get started by installing Folding@home on your system. Instructions and specifications can be found here: https://foldingathome.org/support/faq/installation-guides/ .  Please ensure that you have the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.4.2 version or later installed if you’re running a system equipped with Radeon graphics.

 

There has already been an incredible response in support of Folding@home, who is working hard to expand its network and setup additional simulations.  There is a lot of valuable science to be done, and your contribution could help in the research ahead.

 

You can even form your own team and recruit friends and family. Or, if you’re interested, feel free to join the AMD Covid-19 Folding Team number 254500, or one of the many AMD supporter teams and help continue this fight (just search for AMD on the Teams Statistics page)!

 

Learn more about what Folding@home is doing specifically regarding COVID-19 and how you can help at https://foldingathome.org/2020/03/15/coronavirus-what-were-doing-and-how-you-can-help-in-simple-terms/

 

 

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

Over the past year we have been working to bring an even better experience to our APU users. Through your feedback, we have been able to fine-tune  Radeon™ Software and build new features to support the needs of gamers like you, with the redesigned Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition.

 

The reworked Radeon™ Software app is now available for Ryzen™ 4000 Series Mobile Processors, full compatibility listed here. This release introduces many of the amazing features first seen on Radeon™ discrete graphics (blog on that here), including a re-imagined interface that places hot, in-demand features at your fingertips. It’s important to know that your Ryzen™ 4000 Mobile Processor product may have an earlier version of Radeon™ Software when you receive it, this driver will not have the same features. The Adrenalin 2020 features are available via download on amd.com

 

One of the great features available with this update is that Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition can 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 would 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.

 

Turbocharge Your Game with Radeon™ Boost 4

The last thing you want your system to do is get 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, helping you get out of those sticky situations. Check out the full list of supported Radeon™ Boost game titles (here).

 

Radeon™ Image Sharpening 3

This advanced contrast adaptive sharpening algorithm helps restore clarity and brings out detail to in-game visuals, while having virtually no impact on performance. Enable this feature in Radeon™ Software and adjust the sharpness levels to your desired setting.


Radeon™ Anti-Lag2

The Radeon™ Anti-Lag feature in Radeon™ Software is designed to help reduce input lag in GPU-limited cases. Radeon Anti-Lag controls the pace of the CPU work to make sure it doesn't get too far ahead of the GPU, reducing the amount of CPU work queued up. As a result, Radeon Anti-Lag can shrink input lag helping to restore the responsiveness to your game, which is ideal for GPU limited scenarios.

 

 Power Saver Profile

Selecting this profile on your Ryzen™ based notebook will enable Radeon™ Chill, Radeon™ Image Sharpening and FreeSync1 Features, which can help you save power and extend battery life, while delivering a great gaming experience. 

 

Get all these great features and more by downloading Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition today for your Ryzen™ Processors and Radeon™ Graphics equipped notebook, and change the way you game.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimers:

Anna Fieger is the Product Marketing Coordinator of Radeon Software for 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

 

1. AMD FreeSync™ technology requires AMD Radeon™ graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase GD-127
2. 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. GD-157
3. 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 series and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. GD-156
4. 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. GD-158
5. For game day-0 support and feature availability:
Compatibility and feature availability will depend on system manufacturer and/or packaged driver version, for most up to date drivers visit AMD.com GD-164

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.

 


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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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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.  

 

 

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[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.

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