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The ground-breaking AMD Link app just keeps getting better, updated alongside AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, AMD Link has been redesigned for improved reliability for more stable, easier connections, as well as a streamlined user interface. 

 

 

 

Learn how the NEW AMD Link updates allow for better usability and connection with your mobile device, more robust in-game performance tuning, voice control, and expanded Radeon™ Relive content management that lets you manage and share your gaming moments.   AMD Link gives you unprecedented control your Radeon Experience – all at your fingertips.

 

 

Download AMD Link today, free on both Android and iOS devices to bring the Radeon™ Software experience, on your mobile device.

It’s time to gear up and enter the new post-apocalyptic world of Hope County after the shocking ending from last year’s Far Cry 5. Far Cry New Dawn, available today, takes place 17 years after the global nuclear catastrophe.  Find yourself forging new alliances as you combat the Highwaymen and their leaders, the Twins.

 

 

Before getting your hands dirty in a battle to outwit your enemy, be sure to take advantage of all the great features found in the latest Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, so that you can truly enjoy that immersive gameplay experience with Far Cry New Dawn on your Radeon™ hardware.

 

Give Your Radeon GPU a Performance Boost

 

Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition brings new and improved features to Radeon™ WattMan1, AMD’s groundbreaking power-management technology, allowing you to customize your graphics card even further than before. Here’s a list of some of the cool features available on the latest driver:

  • Auto-Overclock1,2 – will run a short algorithm that is dynamic per system to determine a suitable overclock for that system
  • Auto-Undervolt2  – will undervolt the GPU and attempt to improve perf/watt
  • Temperature dependent fan curve with zero-RPM control allows you to set up to 5 points for temp/fan speed, while also allowing GPU fan(s) to remain idle when under low temperature thresholds
  • Memory timing tuning allows you to change through different profiles of memory latencies to optimize / OC your memory
  • Unlocked DPM states2 – allows you to customize the clocks for each DPM state

 

You can adjust settings from the desktop using Radeon™ Settings, from in-game using Radeon™ Overlay, or from your phone with AMD Link.

WattMan Settings Found in Radeon Settings WattMan Settings Found in Radeon Overlay WattMan Settings Found in AMD Link

 

Reduce Distractions with Enhanced Sync and FreeSync Technologies

 

Nobody likes being distracted while deeply entrenched in a battle for survival. With a focus on ultra-fast responsiveness, Enhanced Sync enables you to have the best experience possible at any framerate. When framerate exceeds your display’s refresh rate, Enhanced Sync unlocks your framerate and will only display your newest, tear-free frame. If your framerate ever drops below your display’s refresh rate, Enhanced Sync delivers every frame rendered so that you never miss a beat. Combine this feature along with Radeon™ FreeSync technology and a FreeSync-compatible display so you’re never distracted by tearing on your screen.

 

 

For more information on all the cool features found in Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, visit www.amd.com/radeonsoftware

 

Far Cry New Dawn is available now for $39.99 US and 44.99€ for Europe.

 

 

 

 

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. 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
  2. This feature is available for AMD Radeon RX Vega Series and AMD Radeon VII graphics. 

The Ryzen performance tides are turning in DirectX® 12 for World of Warcraft®!

 

 

The latest content update for World of Warcraft®: Battle for Azeroth,  Tides of Vengeance,” not only brought new questlines, missions and expeditions, it also ushered in optimizations for DirectX12 multithreading. This means that the in-game renderer can now use multiple CPU threads. AMD Ryzen™ processor owners raise your main hand high: your game will now run at higher FPS¹ for an even smoother, more enjoyable gaming experience.  

 

When compared to previous DirectX 12 performance, the multithreaded optimizations provide an average performance boost of up to 35%¹ when gaming at 1080p on Level 10 image quality. This improvement even includes the experience in the bustling new capital cities of Boralas and Dazar’alor   

 

Let us know your Ryzen experience in World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth by tagging us on Twitter with @AMDGaming or @AMDRyzen. 

 

Learn more about Tides of Vengeance.  

 

FOR THE ALLIANCE! 

 
Erin Maiorino, Ryzen Desktop Product Marketing Manager at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. 

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¹Testing done by AMD performance labs January 4, 2019 on the following system. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. Test configuration: MSI B450 GAMING PLUS Socket AM4 motherboard + Ryzen 5 2500X, 2x8GB DDR4-3200, GeForce GTX  1080 (driver 398.82), Windows 10 x64 Pro (RS4), Samsung 850 SSD. In World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth at 1080p resolution with the settings Level “10,” the Ryzen 5 2500X achieved 43.2 FPS before the update patch, and 58.1 FPS after Patch 8.1 resulting in a performance increase of up to 35%. The Ryzen 7 2700X achieved 42.7 FPS before the update patch, and 58.2 FPS after Patch 8.1 resulting in a performance increase of up to 36%. RZ2-58 

 

All trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective owners.

 

©2019 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Ryzen and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. DirectX and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. 

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AMD’s next high-end graphics card for gaming and content creation has arrived: the RadeonVII, the world’s first 7nm gaming graphics card, hits shelves today.

 

With gaming performance, bandwidth and creation needing more and more memory each year, RadeonVII brings 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth and 16 GB of HBM2 massive memory in as a supercharged “Vega” architecture* to gamers, creators and enthusiasts everywhere. Read the blog on why Radeon® VII with 16 GB of VRAM capacity is a huge benefit for today’s gamers and creators.

 

Take advantage of RadeonVII’s massive memory for super smooth gameplay and content creation:

 

  • Gamers: Experience max resolutions, max framerates and max settings in the latest AAA/esports games and unrestrained streaming**. Pair your experience with a FreeSync 2 HDR technology-capable monitor for a premium buttery-smooth experience.
  • Creators: Push your limits with 8K editing and enhanced real-time performance.

 

For gamers who demand excellence and content creators who need perfection, discover the RadeonVII graphics card now:

 

 

DISCOVER THE RADEON™ VII

 

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“Vega” is a codename for AMD architectures, and is not a product name. GD-122

 

Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Ryzen 7 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, AMD Driver 18.50, and Windows 10. Using Fortnite 1080p Max settings  Radeon VII scored 127 fps. Fortnite 1080p Max settings and HD streaming to Twitch 1080p (1080p @ 60fps, 6 Mbps, AMF encoder) Radeon VII scored 123 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-272

If you’ve been around PC hardware and software for a while, you’ll know there’s a constant tug-of-war between software needs and hardware capabilities. Although hardware consistently grows more capable over time, applications are always asking for more. That’s why we built the Radeon™ VII graphics card with a remarkable HBM2 memory configuration with 16 GB of VRAM capacity and one terabyte per second of bandwidth. This new GPU is meant to handle some of the most demanding new workloads that gamers and content creators can throw at it.

 

Content creation professionals will appreciate how the Radeon™ VII's 16GB of VRAM capacity frees them to manipulate exceptionally high-quality assets, like 4K and 8K video, while using their traditional tool chains.

For a very common example, here’s a look at measured VRAM usage in Adobe Premiere while encoding 4K and 8K video on the Radeon VII.

 

Application 

Task 

VRAM Used 

Adobe Premiere 

8K Video encoding 

11.5 GB 

Adobe Premiere 

4K Video encoding 

10.2 GB 

Test system configuration in endnote[i]

 

Of course, every workload is different. Video formats continue to evolve with support for higher pixel counts, HDR, wide color gamuts, and high frame rates. Other content formats are growing their fidelity in response. Creative professionals will know their data sets and understand where Radeon™ VII 16GB of VRAM can improve their workflows.

 

Meanwhile, game developers are always pushing the boundaries with breathtaking visuals and huge, open worlds to explore. The latest games include ultra-high-quality art assets that stand up to scrutiny on high-PPI monitors, and they support deeper color formats for high-dynamic range displays. They also use some nifty tricks to maintain steady frame rates, like adaptive quality and dynamic resolution scaling. Each of these things can improve the gaming experience—and together, they can look absolutely glorious in motion—but they all require larger video memory capacity.

As a result, today’s games can exceed 8GB of VRAM usage at their highest quality settings.  Here’s a look at the VRAM allocation we measured while running some popular games.

 

Games 

Release Date 

VRAM Used 

API 

Settings 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 

Oct 2018 

11.9 GB 

DX11 

Highest settings 

Far Cry 5 

Mar 2018 

12.9 GB 

DX11 

Highest settings,  
Dynamic Resolution 

Rise of the Tomb Raider 

Jan 2016 

9.8 GB 

DX12 

Highest settings 

Star Control: Origins 

Sep 2018 

9.3 GB 

DX11 

Highest settings 

Resident Evil 2 

Jan 2019 

8.8 GB 

DX11 

Highest settings 

Tom Clancy's  
Ghost Recon Wildlands 

Mar 2017 

8.2 GB 

DX11 

Highest settings 

Test system configuration in endnote[ii]

 

This list is just a start. As you probably know, this is an especially busy season for the game industry. We expect this list to grow as new titles are released.

 

 

Of course, tools that measure VRAM allocation don’t always tell the whole story. Applications sometimes fail to let go of bits they’re no longer actively using, so indicated usage exceeding your video card’s VRAM capacity doesn’t always lead to obvious complications. When a system does run up against a VRAM limit in practice, though, the result can be severe slowdowns or even instability.

 

Here’s one example of what happens when a game overruns the video card’s VRAM capacity. Below is a plot of the frame times over time while walking through the Montana forest in Far Cry 5.[iii]

 

 

The 8GB card suffers from intermittent spikes to very high frame times. While playing, you’ll perceive these spikes as slowdowns and stuttering. With its larger memory capacity, the Radeon VII maintains fluid animation, while the competition cannot. This difference may not be obvious when looking at an FPS average, but you’ll definitely notice it while playing a game.

 

That’s the case for higher VRAM capacity in a nutshell: when you need it, you’ll really wish you had it.

 

Radeon RX Vega owners may be wondering how their cards fit into this picture. The “Vega” architecture has a feature meant to deal with situations like this one: the High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC). The HBCC reserves a portion of system memory for use by the GPU, effectively extending the VRAM capacity. The HBCC then manages the migration of data between local VRAM and system memory, making sure the right bits are in VRAM as needed.

Here’s a look at how the Radeon RX Vega 64 performs with and without the HBCC enabled.iii

 

 

As you can see, turning on the HBCC reduces the number and severity of the stutters in this scenario. So the HBCC is doing its job well.

 

In fact, the results below from multiple test runs tell an even more interesting story. We’re looking at “time spent beyond 50 ms,” an indicator of the amount of stutter. This metric adds up all the time across our test run where the delays between frames are more than 50 milliseconds. The higher that number, the rougher the animation. The lower, the better.

 

Graphics card

Run 1

Run 2

Run 3

Average

Radeon RX Vega 64 LC 8GB

147160119142

Radeon RX Vega 64 LC 8GB HBCC

11991046

Radeon VII 16GB

0401

GeForce RTX 2080 8GB

743748373622

 

 

The HBCC greatly reduces slowdowns, especially in the later test runs, once the HBCC’s caching algorithm understands how the application is using its data.

 

Meanwhile, the Radeon VII with 16GB virtually eliminates stutter as measured by this metric. However, Radeon VII owners can rest easy in the knowledge that they, too, can enable HBCC if needed when future applications overrun their card’s 16GB of VRAM.

 

Scott Wasson is Sr. Manager, Product Management 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

 

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Timelines, roadmaps, and/or product release dates shown are plans only and subject to change. “Vega” is a codename for AMD architectures, and is not a product name. GD-122

 

[i] Testing done by AMD performance labs 2/1/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, AMD Driver 18.50 and Windows 10. Using Adobe premiere video encoding at 8k and adobe premiere encoding at 4K: Radeon VII used 11.5 GB and 10.2 GB of memory respectively. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-296

 

[ii] Testing done by AMD performance labs 2/1/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, AMD Driver 18.50 and Windows 10. Using Far Cry 5, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12, Star Control: Origins, Resident Evil 2 and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Wildlands. Radeon VII used 12.9 GB, 11.9 GB, 9.8 GB, 9.3 GB, 8.8 GB and 8.2 GB of memory respectively. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-295

 

[iii] Testing done by AMD performance labs 2/1/19 on Intel Core i7-5960X (3.0GHz), Gigabyte X99-UD5 WiFi, 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX (2x8GB) DDR4-2666MHz, Windows 10 64-bit version 1809, display drivers 18.50-RC11-190110, NVIDIA Driver 417.71 WHQL. Using Far Cry 5 configured at 3840x2160 vis VSR/DSR, 2560x1440 target display, Ultra quality presets, HDR10, dynamic resolution enabled: Radeon RX Vega 64 LC averaged 142 ms, Radeon RX Vega 64 LC HBCC averaged 46 ms, Radeon VII averaged 1 ms and RTX 2080 averaged 622 ms above 50 ms. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-297

It’s no secret that freedom of choice has long been a core pillar of AMD. In the highly customized world of PC gaming, our goal has always been to give gamers flexibility in how they build their systems, in the range of compatible components, and in how they choose to bring their game experiences to life.

 

Freedom of choice is a staple of PC gaming. That’s why we’ve eschewed proprietary solutions that needlessly limit choice and ultimately tax gamers in favor of openness and inclusivity, and that’s why together we’ve seen the incredible adoption of Radeon FreeSync™1 technology that has made it the world’s largest ecosystem of adaptive sync gaming display technology2.

 

Recently other industry players have announced limited support of adaptive sync technology. That is great news for gamers as it means even more excitement and demand for FreeSync, and it’s also a validation of our strategy.

 

Radeon FreeSync was born out of the commitment by AMD to widely accepted industry standards. That’s an important distinction and one gamers should care about. Here’s why:

 

  • Breadth of display support: Today Radeon FreeSync is the world’s largest ecosystem of adaptive sync technology with more than 550 supported displays2, giving gamers an enormous amount of choice to pick the display with the features they want at various price points.

 

  • Tested and certified: Radeon FreeSync displays are tested and certified to deliver fluid, tear-free gaming on a wide range of systems. That includes DisplayPort-based displays, as well as those with HDMI-only inputs which the competition doesn’t support3.

 

  • Breadth of graphics solutions: Radeon FreeSync works with all Radeon™ products. That means that generations of Radeon graphics going back more than half a decade can take advantage of FreeSync technology. The competition’s adaptive sync technology only works with a limited number of GPUs and monitors3.

 

  • No proprietary “Pay-to-Play” tax: With FreeSync, there are no tiered experience levels that require costly proprietary display hardware to enable improved features. FreeSync just works, and works incredibly well. FreeSync remains the only adaptive sync technology that is truly open.

 

The success of Radeon FreeSync technology demonstrates that our approach to delivering a standards-based, premium experience to display manufacturers was and continues to be the right way forward.

 

It remains the most effective way to get the technology into the hands of gamers everywhere.

 

For more, be sure to check out our video, 5 Reasons to Get AMD Radeon FreeSync.

 

Scott Herkelman, Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Radeon Business Unit at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

©2019 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.  All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, 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.

 

1 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

2 As of Nov. 2018, the number of FreeSync technology enabled screens available (>500) 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

3 Source: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3333637/components-graphics/nvidia-driver-freesync-monitor-support-geforce-graphics-cards.html

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For those old enough to remember the original Resident Evil 2 when it first came out in 1998, you’ll remember being spooked by the horror-filled world of Leon, Claire and Racoon City. That visceral experience achieved from great storytelling coupled with outstanding visual and sound effects, earned Resident Evil 2 high accolades and the game flew off the shelves, cementing it as one of the best game titles in history.

 

Fast forward 20 years to present day, and you’ll find that Capcom has just released the new reimagining of that same cult classic, recapturing that raw, edge-of-your-seat excitement people had with the original game. If you’re new to the franchise, prepare to enter a dark world of monsters and zombies where you and your team will be fighting for mere survival. If you happen to have played the original, let me tell you this – if you had nightmares playing that game when you were young, be prepared for those nightmares to come back after you’ve played this version.

 

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Whether you’re new to the series or you’ve been playing Resident Evil games since you were a kid in your parents’ basement, you’ll want to make sure you have the best set up and configuration all set to go before you dive in to the dark alleys and zombie infested buildings of Racoon City.

 

Radeon™ ReLive and Game Streaming with AMD Link

After you have the game installed and your system updated with the latest graphics driver, you can take advantage of some of the cool features we have that are part of the Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition package. This includes Radeon™ ReLive and AMD Link. With Radeon™ ReLive, you can easily replay those last few moments on screen that were too scary for you or capture the content to send to your friends, so they can be frightened and have nightmares like you! If you’re not sure how this feature works, check out this simple video tutorial that shows you the basic steps to get you going.

 

 

The latest version of AMD Link (available from the app store for iOS or Android), allows you to take advantage of the power of your Radeon™ GPU to stream the game directly from your PC to your smartphone, should you want to continue your game in a well-lit room. AMD Link is now easier to set up than ever, so you can get right to killing zombies before they kill you. Have a look at our latest AMD Link video to show how quickly you can get this going on your smartphone. 

 

 

Performance Tuning is Easier than Ever

If you like to tinker with your graphics hardware, we’ve made things easy for you to do directly in game. By calling up Radeon Overlay (Alt + R), you can adjust various settings under Radeon WattMan from engine clocks to memory, ensuring you get every possible FPS out of your GPU for that immersive, zombie-killing experience. In addition to tuning your GPU to your most optimal and preferred settings, you can also activate and monitor system details and adjust other settings on the fly.

 

Keep Your Eyes Out for Zombies, Not Screen Tearing

Nobody likes being distracted while deeply immersed in a game. With a focus on ultra-fast responsiveness, Enhanced Sync enables you to have the best experience possible at any framerate. When framerate exceed your display’s refresh rate, Enhanced Sync unlocks your framerate and will only display your newest, tear-free frame. If your framerate ever drops below your displays refresh rate, Enhanced Sync delivers every frame rendered so that you never miss a beat. Combine this feature along with Radeon™ FreeSync and a FreeSync compatible display so you’re never distracted by tearing on your screen.

 

To learn more about all the latest cool features in our new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition driver, be sure to check out our software page @ www.amd.com/radeonsoftware . Happy gaming!

 

 

 

Warren Eng is Product Marketing Manager for Radeon Software Marketing 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.

With AMD announcing the release of its new AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 driver featuring AMD Radeon™ ReLive with wireless VR support1, I’d like to share with you some details on how this technology evolved. Initially, this was a research initiative by the Immersive Technology Team at AMD to attempt to solve a common problem. As many have experienced, our engineers were always getting entangled by the wire connecting a VR headset to the PC. It was obvious that the VR experience would be better without the wires.

 

Up until now, there were two primary methods to enable wireless VR. The first involved dedicated hardware dongles. Adding extra hardware to existing HMD (head mounted displays) almost made them wireless, but such solutions still required lots of wires in a complex and cumbersome setup. Additionally, the area in which to track the HMD was very limited.

 

Another approach was to stream game frames directly to a stand-alone VR headset. Several offerings of this sort have existed in the market, but for a host of technical reasons, some of these solutions resulted in increased latency, jittering and black borders, resulting in a bad experience.

 

Now, after several years of trials and testing, AMD is rolling out its new wireless VR game streaming2 technology as part of its AMD Radeon ReLive technology available in the AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition.

 

AMD Radeon™ ReLive, combined with the updated AMD Link mobile application and dedicated VR store applications, now enables streaming of PC-based VR games to standalone VR headsets such as HTC Vive Focus and Google Daydream via a home Wi-Fi network. The new software provides low-latency, PC-quality experiences on standalone VR headsets, delivering advanced graphics and brilliant colors.

 

This technology is both revolutionary and evolutionary. It brings together the rendering power of AMD Radeon GPUs and the freedom of movement of a mobile headset – a combination that neither technology alone could offer. With one company providing the combination of AMD Radeon GPUs with AMD Radeon Software drivers, developers have direct access to hardware and data assets, for a solution that is naturally more efficient and offers lower latency.

 

Developers can now deliver PC-based VR content to Android-based headsets, mobile phones and tablets, without the need to change even a single line of code in the games themselves3. Gamers benefit because they already have access to VR game titles via Steam, along with their PC, to play them on a mobile platform. And it all runs on standard, off-the-shelf hardware – all you need is a PC with a compatible AMD Radeon GPU1 running SteamVR, a compatible standalone VR headset and a wireless AC (5GHz) router.

 

Several factors had to come together for this technology to become a reality. We had to solve some engineering challenges to make network latency unnoticeable to the user. We needed a standalone headset with an open API we could use. And, we needed to convince a number of people, including ourselves, that it would work. It is all finally coming together in 2018.

 

Wireless VR is not entirely without flaws. Network congestion can sometimes be a factor, causing occasional frame delay or loss, and not all stand-alone headsets support six degrees of freedom (DoF) motion controls. Still, the ecosystem of stand-alone VR solutions is getting better. Multiple vendors have announced dual 6DoF controllers for their stand-alone headsets, and several offerings are expected to hit the market in early 2019. Once available, these controllers will offer a much richer gaming experience that is comparable to what users of dedicated PC VR headsets experience. Thus, we anticipate an expanded set of SteamVR titles to be fully playable via our wireless solution.

 

After years of lab design and testing, we are excited to see AMD Radeon ReLive technology with Wireless VR functionality enabled to provide gamers with immersive new features that deliver unparalleled visual experiences.

 

Additional information can be found at the Radeon Software, Wireless VR technology, and Radeon Software download sites.

 

Carlos Silva is a senior director of software development 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.

 

1. PC game compatibility depends on headset capability. Please see www.AMD.com/ReLive. Requires HTC Vive Focus or phone and headset which supports Google Daydream (Android 7.0).  For VR connectivity, an 802.11ac router or access point is required. Compatible with AMD Radeon™ RX 470, RX 570, RX 480, RX 580, RX 590 & RX Vega series products, Supports Windows® 10. GD-135

2. Streaming is enabled through Steam®, the Steam® VR Ecosystem, and the Radeon™ ReLive Wireless VR app. GD-136

3. Developers can deliver PC-based VR content to Android HMDs without having to change any code provided there is compatible controller setups to the game requirements.

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AMD is excited to release the 5th Generation of our Software: AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition. Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 continues to be focused on developing the best tools and experiences for gamer's, developers and professionals making it the ultimate tool to explore the full power of your AMD Radeon™ GPU - unlocking new levels of adjustment & tunability, unleashing powerful performance, and providing leading-edge stability.

 

 

Stability

AMD takes Driver Stability3 very seriously and has made it one of the core priorities in support of AMD’s Radeon GPUs. We worry about your games and applications, so you won’t have to. AMD has delivered support for over 100 AAA games at launch with Day-0 drivers* to make sure we are delivering the best gaming experience possible

 

Performance

Over the last 4 years, we have greatly focused on improving our features and performance to deliver the best gaming experience. Starting with performance, we’ve gained up to 15% average performance1 improvement since the last Adrenalin launch.

 

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*See end notes for Details

 

Features

AMD’s driver development is driven by our Customer feedback. We are always listening to our users to see what features work, what doesn’t, and what new features are most important to them. AMD’s Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition introduces extraordinary new features, control and adjustment to your Radeon™ GPU providing AMD’s best graphics experience ever.


 

AMD Radeon™ Advisors

Upgrade Advisor: tells you whether your system meets the minimum and recommended hardware specifications for your games—and offers suggestions for hardware upgrades if needed.

Radeon™ Settings Advisor: helps make sure your system and display settings are optimally configured for the best gaming experience. It can enable a host of recommended settings with a single click.

Radeon™ Game Advisor: is a simple, wizard-like tool that walks gamer's through the process of tuning their games for the optimal mix of fluid animation and visual fidelity.

 

 

AMD Link

  • The ground-breaking AMD Link mobile app introduces Radeon™ ReLive game streaming, allowing you to stream games and video from your PC to your mobile phone, tablet, or stand-alone VR headset*.
  • Control Radeon™ ReLive, monitor PC performance, and play back your gallery videos on your mobile device.
  • AMD Link has been redesigned for easier connections and a streamlined user interface, including simple voice commands.
  • Free on both Android and iOS devices

 

 

AMD Radeon™ ReLive

  • Capture, stream, and share your greatest gaming moments wherever you want to play.

Radeon™ ReLive introduces game and video streaming from your PC to favorite mobile or VR device*, GIF sharing, instant replays, custom overlays, a broader range of supported streaming services, and support for Hybrid Graphics.

 

AMD Radeon™ Overlay

  • Radeon™ Overlay lets gamers take performance to the next level with the ability to monitor, record, and fine-tune their gameplay without ever leaving the game.
  • Radeon™ Overlay provides one-click access to your Radeon™ Software ecosystem including: Radeon™ ReLive, Performance Monitoring, Radeon™ Chill, Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), Radeon FreeSync™ technology4, Color Settings, and now Radeon™ WattMan2, Radeon™ Enhanced Sync technology, and Radeon™ Game Advisor.

 

Radeon™ WattMan Technology

  • One-click auto GPU overclocking2, Auto memory overclocking2 and Auto GPU undervolting
  • Expanded UI integration in Radeon™ Overlay Link and Radeon Settings
  • Unlocked Vega DPM States offering ability to control per state power management for Radeon™ RX Vega series products
  • Memory tuning support allowing optimization for memory bound/compute-based applications
  • Improved fan control – adjust fan speeds with temperature dependent fan curves and zero rpm fan control

 

AMD Radeon™ Chill

  • Radeon™ Chill, the dynamic power-saving tool, just got even cooler. Radeon™ Chill has been revamped to fine-tune power savings per DPM state, saving even more power 5 while delivering the same amazing experience.

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  • Installing AMD Radeon™ Software has never been easier with the new one-click Installation experience.

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Download Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, it’s our biggest and best software release so far. Explore your Adrenalin Rush today.

 

Learn more about AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition:

  • Radeon Software Link
  • Radeon Software Download Link

 

Jay Marsden is Manager of Radeon Software Marketing 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.

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 18, 2018 on the 4GB Radeon™ RX 570, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Running Assassin’s Creed Odyssey(DX11), Battlefield V (DX11), Call of Duty: World War II(DX11), Deus Ex: Mankind Divided(Dx11), F1 2018(Dx11),FarCry 5 (DX11), Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Monster Hunter: World(DX11), Shadow of the Tomb Raider(DX12), Star Control: Origins (DX11) With the ultra-preset (or comparable) at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX 570 running 17.12.1 scored 28,62.5,90.7,63.7,58,65,48.1,46.5,51.8,47.3 FPS in titles listed above respectively, while 18.12.2 scored 31,86.7,110.1,67.3,64,70,51.5,52,59.5,58.7 FPS respectively. Therefore, 18.12.1 shows a 11%, 39%, 21%, 6%, 10%, 8%, 7%, 12%, 15%, 24% performance increase respectively. Comparing performance, 18.12. 2 shows up to 15% greater efficiency in select titles, than 17.12.1. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-262
  2. 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
  3. “Graphics Driver Quality – Determination of Stability from Leading Market Vendors”- https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf
  4. In May 2018, AMD commissioned QA Consultants to independently evaluate the stability of several of the latest graphics drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA.
  5. 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
  6. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 15th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the Epic-preset on Fortnite at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 consumed 242 watts with Radeon™ Chill enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 241 watts with Radeon™ Chill disabled. With the Epic-preset on Overwatch at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 consumed 180 watts with Radeon™ Chill enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 221 watts with Radeon™ Chill disabled. With the ultra-preset on PLAYERUNKNOWNS BATTLEGROUND at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 consumed 162.5 watts with Radeon™ Chill enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 110.5 watts with Radeon™ Chill disabled. Lowering power consumption in Fornite by 14%, in Overwatch by 47% and PLAYERS’ UNKNOWN BATTLEGROUNDS by 40% respectively. On average, on select titles 18.12. 2 lowers power consumption with Radeon™ Chill enabled by up to 20%. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-261
  7. In May 2018, AMD commissioned QA Consultants to evaluate the stability of several of the latest graphics drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA.

 

DISCLAIMER

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this document, it may contain technical inaccuracies, omissions and typographical errors, and AMD is under no obligation to update or otherwise correct this information. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this document, and assumes no liability of any kind, including the implied warranties of noninfringement, merchantability or fitness for particular purposes, with respect to the operation or use of AMD hardware, software or other products described herein. No license, including implied or arising by estoppel, to any intellectual property rights is granted by this document. Terms and limitations applicable to the purchase or use of AMD’s products are as set forth in a signed agreement between the parties or in AMD's Standard Terms and Conditions of Sale. GD-18

* Requires HTC Vive Focus, or phone which supports Google Daydream (Android 7.0). For VR connectivity, an 802.11ac router or access point is required. Compatible with AMD Radeon™ RX 470, RX 570, RX 480, RX 580, RX 590 & RX Vega series products & supports Windows® 10

**From Catalyst Omega 14.501 (Dec 2014) to Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 (Dec 2018) © 2018 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. DirectX is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other jurisdictions. OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos. OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. used by permission by Khronos. Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are registered trademarks of Khronos Group, Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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[Originally posted on 12/08/16.]

 

This time last year marked a groundbreaking event in AMD’s history: the launch of Radeon Software Crimson Edition, revolutionary new graphics software enabling supercharged performance for Radeon GPUs and AMD APUs, while redefining and enriching the overall user experience with exciting new features and innovative functionality.

 

Since the Radeon Software Crimson Edition launch last year, we delivered 29 driver releases, including eight WHQL-certified drivers, earning a user-satisfaction rating of 4.5/5 — the highest-ever rating achieved by any AMD software release.

 

Radeon Software Crimson Edition was a blockbuster success, earning accolades from users, reviewers, gamers, and developers, along with coveted industry recognition and awards. With all this industry praise, did we rest on our laurels? Absolutely not.

 

 

Introducing Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition, our biggest software release — ever.

 

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD’s next-generation graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming, engaging VR experiences on VR-capable hardware, and innovative new features offering professional-grade reliability and stability. With more than 400 million gamers playing on Radeon™ graphics worldwide, it should come as no surprise that the new release focuses on features demanded by gamers. In fact, we decided to name the new release for the feature requested most by gamers: Radeon ReLive.

 

With Radeon ReLive, gamers can “relive” their gameplay by capturing, streaming, and sharing recorded gaming sessions. Highly efficient with minimal impact to gameplay, Radeon ReLive enables seamless playback of ReLive recordings via an easily accessible in-game toolbar, and offers quick and convenient customizable settings, custom scene layouts, and more. With Radeon ReLive, gamers now have a way to capture gaming highlights, and share their gaming exploits and conquests with online friends and competitors.

 

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Another amazing feature tailored for gamers is Radeon Chill, a power-efficient framerate controller for Radeon graphics that dynamically regulates framerate based on the speed of your mouse movements. Radeon Chill was designed to reduce system power consumption while maintaining an excellent end-user gaming experience, enabling gameplay without noticeable impact to performance while helping maintain a cooler and quieter system.

 

Radeon Chill adapts the in-game frame rate to the action that is occurring onscreen. If the game action is mostly static or the game character is not moving, Radeon Chill quickly scales-down frame rates to save power. As soon as the game character resumes moving, Radeon Chill responds by increasing frame rates to preserve fluid gaming motion.

 

Enhanced AMD FreeSync™ technology enables seamless communication between the display and the graphics card for naturally smooth gameplay, with a borderless full-screen mode that enables effortless switching between applications. FreeSync’s gradual refresh-ramp enables a smooth increase or decrease in display frames per second, providing an even smoother end-user experience.

 

And there’s more. Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is packed with innovative features including Automatic Bad HDMI™ Cable and Signal Detection and Fallback, VP9 Decode Acceleration, DisplayPort HBR3 Support, Radeon Software Installer, and more.

 

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Another first for this year is our Radeon Pro Software Crimson Relive Edition launching simultaneously as part of our Radeon Software annual launch. Radeon Pro ReLive software enables capturing and recording professional workflows within CAD/engineering applications, visualization and prototyping software, content-creation tools for collaboration, presentation, training and customer support, and more. Free and seamlessly integrated within Radeon Pro Settings, Radeon ReLive enables full control of its video capture parameters, including customizable recording quality at up to 4K resolution.

 

Radeon ProRender is a powerful physically-based rendering engine that helps creative professionals produce stunningly photorealistic images, with planned upgrades in 2017 to include native application integration for Blender and Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

 

Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition also introduces innovative features for empowering developers and dreamers with open-source tools that redefine visual and audio quality. Radeon Loom software overcomes formidable technology challenges with the processing-intensive video stitching process that is vital to creating cinematic 360-degree video experiences in VR. Built upon the Khronos OpenVX™ computer vision framework as implemented by AMD, the professional-grade Radeon Loom software stitches output from up to 24 cameras live in real-time and up to 31 cameras offline.

 

Supporting the acclaimed AMD LiquidVR™ technology and Radeon VR Ready Creator2 graphics cards, Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition works with professional applications supporting CAD and 3D model visualization in VR, virtual prototyping, and VR content-creation tools on VR-capable hardware.

 

Professional users demand professional-grade software — and Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition delivers. The new Radeon Software Pro Crimson ReLive Edition release reaffirms AMD’s continuing commitment to providing content creators and designers with high-performance and stable certified professional software. There’s also good news for Linux® users: AMD’s ongoing commitment and support for open-source technologies and tools means Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition now supports the AMD GPU-PRO hybrid Linux driver. This new Linux driver combines two great worlds — an open-source core and AMD Radeon Pro graphics’ technologies and performance.

 

TressFX 4.0, a state-of-the-art hair-rendering tool enables developers to create high-fidelity hair interactions in DirectX®12, and features new streamlined code that makes seamless integration of high-quality hair designs incredibly easy. Depth of Field is an advanced blurring tool that assists creators in developing high-quality focus and blur effects with low overhead processing by leveraging the power of asynchronous compute. Advanced Media Framework 1.4 (AMF 1.4) unifies video data and provides the GPU-accelerated foundation for many industry leading video and streaming applications.

 

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Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition leverages AMD LiquidVR™ technology for incredibly realistic VR experiences on VR capable hardware. Asynchronous Space Warp for Oculus Rift improves on the Asynchronous Time Warp (ATW) feature, enabling VR to render at lower frame rates by extrapolating intermediate frames. TrueAudio Next enables lifelike acoustics and enhances sound perception, helping create realistic echoes and reverberations within a setting, and boosting overall audio quality to match stunning game visuals. MultiRes rendering enables improved performance by reducing API overhead and reduced pixel-processing cost by matching the rendered image resolution to select VR HMD’s optical system, and MultiView intelligent rendering algorithms enable single-pass rendering that can further reduce pixel-processing cost.

 

Much more than the sum of graphics power and innovative features, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition and Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition strive to fulfill the essential promise of graphics software: to entertain, enable and inspire the next generation of gamers, professionals, developers, and content creators — and to harness the power of advanced graphics technology to enhance our digital lives.

 

Download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition or Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition today — and discover the true power of Radeon graphics.

 

 

Sasa Marinkovic, Head of VR and Software Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. GPU Package Power refers to the amount of power (in Watts) being delivered to the GPU package; the GPU chip and substrate. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 14th, 2016 on the 8GB Radeon RX 480, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, pre-release Radeon Software driver 16.50 and Windows 10 x64 using the game World of Warcraft on graphics preset 10 with Radeon Chill OFF or ON. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, pre-release Radeon Software driver 16.50 and 8GB Radeon RX 480 running World of Warcraft and Radeon Chill OFF scored 107.72 Watts and pre-release Radeon Software driver 16.50 and 8GB Radeon RX 480 running World of Warcraft and Radeon Chill ON scored 74.75 Watts, which is 31% lower Average GPU Package Power in Wattage. Performance may vary based on use of final driver. RS-92
  2. Radeon VR Ready Creator Products are select Radeon Pro and AMD FirePro GPUs that meet or exceed the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive recommended specifications for video cards/GPUs. Other hardware (including CPU) and system requirements recommended by Oculus Rift or HTC Vive should also be met in order to operate the applicable HMDs as intended. As VR technology, HMDs and other VR hardware and software evolve and/or become available, these criteria may change without notice.

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[Originally posted on 12/08/16.]

 

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition has finally landed, and the driver update comes packed with a number of features to take your gaming experience to the next level.

 

Check out the top 5 things you should know about Crimson ReLive:

 

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Take a look at what the software has to offer:

 

 

Get Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition here.

 

 

Gurman Singh, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 03/01/17.]

 

AMD’s Capsaicin & Cream event brought together hundreds of developers to help propel the gaming industry further. Along with the star-studded event our amazing engineers along with industry-leading developers are holding GDC developer sessions which carry on until Friday. To see a full list, click here.

 

Check out our top 6 things developers should know about our GPUOpen features from GDC.

 

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Gurman Singh, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 04/18/17.]

 

Radeon™ Chill is an intelligent power-saving feature for Radeon™ graphics that dynamically regulates framerate based on your movements in-game1.

 

Built to be cooler, quicker and quieter, Radeon Chill delivers an amazing gaming experience. During peak gameplay, Radeon Chill works to deliver the full framerate potential of Radeon graphics. As movement decreases, Radeon Chill reduces your gameplay framerate. Designed to save power, lower temperature, and increase battery life, Radeon Chill enables high performance graphics when you battle and saves power when you explore.

 

Radeon Chill empowers the Radeon™ RX 500 series by enabling cool, low-power game support to League of Legends® and Dota®2. Let’s look at some of the benefits of Radeon Chill in these E-Sports titles.

 

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The Radeon™ RX 570 (4GB) can save up to 21% (18.3 watts) of GPU Package Power when using Radeon™ Chill at 1080p (maintaining an average frame rate above 60 fps) Best looking preset on the game Dota 22.

 

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The Radeon™ RX 570 (4GB) can save up to 43% (16.6 watts) of GPU Package Power when using Radeon™ Chill at 1080p (maintaining an average frame rate above 60 fps) very high settings on the game League of Legends3.

 

Like the Radeon™ RX 570, the Radeon™ RX 580 also benefits from Radeon Chill. With Radeon Chill, the Radeon™ RX 580 shows more responsiveness, decreased GPU package power and lower GPU temperatures, all while maintaining a great gaming experience. Here is a video to learn more about the benefits of Radeon Chill with the Radeon RX 580.

 

 

Download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.3 today to try out the benefits of Radeon Chill with your Radeon™ 500 series graphics card.

 

 

Gurman Singh, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

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  2. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs February 15 2017 using an Intel Core i7 6700K (@4.0GHz), 2x4GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, AMD web driver 17.4.3, and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. When running the game Dota 2 at 1080p using the Best Looking Preset, the Radeon™ RX 570 (4GB) system with Radeon™ Chill disabled saw an average of 87.3W GPU package power. The Radeon™ RX 570 (4GB) system with Radeon™ Chill enabled saw an average of 69.0W GPU package power. This results in a 21% decrease in GPU package power when Radeon Chill is enabled. All result metrics an average of 3 runs. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-121
  3. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs February 15 2017 using an Intel Core i7 6700K (@4.0GHz), 2x4GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, AMD web driver 17.4.3, and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. When running the game League of Legends at 1080p using the Very High Preset, the Radeon™ RX 570 (4GB) system with Radeon™ Chill disabled saw an average of 39.1W GPU package power. The Radeon™ RX 570 (4GB) system with Radeon™ Chill enabled saw an average of 22.5W GPU package power. This results in a 43% decrease in GPU package power when Radeon Chill is enabled. All result metrics an average of 3 runs. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-119

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[Originally posted on 09/26/18.]

 

Delivering on our promise for game day-0 updates, Radeon™ Software 18.9.2 delivers excellent features, performance, and stability with Star Control™: Origins.

 

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  • Up to 17% faster performance in Star Control: Origins using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 3840×2160 (4K).1

 

Additionally, we’ve worked towards performance gains in some of your favorite titles, such as Fortnite, Shadow of the Tomb Raider™, and F1™ 2018.

 

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  • Up to 3% faster performance in F1 2018 using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 2560×1440 (1440p).2
  • Up to 5% faster performance in Fortnite using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 1920×1080 (1080p).3
  • Up to 4% faster performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 2560×1440 (1440p).4
  • Up to 3% faster performance in Forza Horizon 4 demo using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 3840×2160 (4K).5

 

Upgrade your software to Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 today and push performance in your favorite titles.

 

Download Radeon™ Software Today.

 

 

Anna Fieger, Software Product Marketing for the 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 and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With great preset setting on Star Control: Origins at 3840x2160, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 50.7 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 59.5 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 17% faster performance in Star Control: Origins . Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-252
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With ultra high preset settings on F1 2018 at 2560x1440, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 87.0 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 90.0 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 3% faster performance in F1 2018. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-249
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With epic preset settings on Fortnite at 1920x1080, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 111.4 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 116.5 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 5% faster performance in Fortnite. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-250
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With highest preset settings on Shadow of the Tomb Raider using DirectX®12 at 2560x1440, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 64.7 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 67.2 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 4% faster performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-251
  5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With 3840x2160 (4K) Ultra preset settings on Forza Horizon 4 demo at 1920x1080, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 67 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 69 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 3% faster performance in Forza Horizon 4 demo. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-253

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[Originally posted on 08/28/18.]

 

Playing through a period piece is always fun. Playing through a period piece with quirky narration and a defiant sense of adventure through ancient civilizations is even better.

 

Rebellion Developments’ latest title Strange Brigade packs an enormous amount of entertainment, in which you play as one of the daring heroes fighting against the risen Seteki the Witch Queen and her army of mummified monstrosities. You can play solo or with a group in online co-op (1-4 players), but as their YouTube description says, “it’s not all tickety-boo and afternoon tea!”

 

 

With an endless array of puzzles, ruins and treasures to explore, Strange Brigade offers a gripping journey through Egypt in the 1930s. Think Indiana Jones, if Indiana Jones had a charming British narrator commenting on your actions throughout the game (even when you pause—what a sass).

 

Strange Brigade supports both Vulkan and DX12, and we looked at the performance on DX12 to determine what offers a smooth 60 FPS experience:

 

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If you’re using an AMD Radeon™ RX 570 graphics card or above, you’ll get a 60+ FPS average without needing to scale or tweak any of the additional features.

 

If you’re playing on a Radeon RX 560, we recommend keeping it at Medium settings and scaling the extra features as necessary. I paired the Radeon RX 560 with the AMD Ryzen 5™ 2600X and got an average of 66 FPS at Medium, but if you want a few extra frames you can customize the graphics details as you like:

 

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As for processors, we tested the 1080p resolution with a Ryzen 5 2600X and 1440p with Ryzen 7 2700X. We then tested Ryzen across the stack paired with a Radeon RX Vega 64, and they all gave us an average of over 100 FPS on High and over 80 FPS on Ultra – Ryzen 5 2600 and above.

 

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The Ryzen 5 2400G with Vega graphics also offer great playability. If you’re gaming without discrete graphics, you can play at 1080p at Medium and the processor can give you the mid-30s FPS. If you play at a higher memory, you could get close to 40 FPS:

 

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If you ever want to be sure of what your settings will give you, Strange Brigade includes a useful Benchmark mode that you can use prior to entering the game. The mode’s camera pans through a variety of scenes, so that your average framerate will be based on a mix of light and action-oriented scenes.

 

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Happy with your benchmark average? You’re ready to dive in. Strange Brigade is available now, so pick it up on Steam, grab a friend and embark through the treacherous traps and rip-roaring journey.

 

As always, be sure to capture some shots or clips with Radeon ReLive and tag us on @AMDGaming or @Radeon.

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.