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Hot New Features Enabled in the Latest Radeon Software Release

Blog Post created by jay.marsden Employee on Jul 7, 2019

Today we are releasing our mid-year update to AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, bringing with it a number of cutting-edge features to improve your experience, enhance gameplay and deliver support for the new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards.  

 

 

Improving Game Image Quality: AMD Radeon Image Sharpening 

We all know how new and upcoming AAA titles can put a strain on graphics, especially those running at 4K resolutions and above. Gamers often reduce  their resolution  to improve the overall performance on some demanding titles.  Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) is a new quality enhancement feature designed to provide gamers with stunning looking visuals even at those lower resolutions. This new technique, available initially on the new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics, takes an image and applies an intelligent algorithm to sharpen and upsample it, delivering a crisp image with virtually no performance penalty1. Gamers can now have the best of both worlds – amazing visuals they crave, and performance they need.  

 

 

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Improve Gaming Response Time: AMD Radeon Anti-Lag 

In ideal conditions, when a gamer clicks on a key and the CPU registers the work, the GPU will render out the corresponding frame to the monitor at almost the exact same time. However, when the GPU is pushed to its limits, the CPU work gets queued up while it waits for the GPU to finish, which results in the gamer experiencing lag.  We’ve developed Radeon Anti-Lag to better handle those requests coming in from the user so that they don’t get queued up as often waiting for the GPU to complete its task. The result is a 31% average reduction in click-to-response times2, vastly improving the fluidity of gaming in these types of GPU bound scenarios.  

 

 

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Radeon Chill  

We introduced this innovative feature a few years ago to reduce power consumption and noise while limiting the effect on performance, so users won’t perceive any difference.  Today’s latest release takes it another step further by refining Radeon Chill to have display-aware tuning.  Chill can now automatically set frame-rate caps to match your monitor’s refresh rate, whether it’s a static or adaptive FreeSync panel. By working within this range, gamers will get smooth gaming and power savings to boot, with up to 2.45x more savings than before.3 

 

 

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AMD Link/Radeon ReLive 

Back in December of last year, we introduced a cool feature in Adrenalin 2019 Edition, where users could play PC games on virtually any mobile device connected to their home wifi using AMD Link, a free app that is available for download on Apple and Android devices.  Today we are expanding that support further by including Apple TV and Android TV connectivity.  Now you can stream your PC games directly to your TV and play on the big screen or watch any of the videos you may have captured on your PC using Radeon ReLive.  

 

 

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AMD FidelityFX 

AMD FidelityFX is our open source image quality toolkit that is now available for developers to implement into their game. FidelityFX combines Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) along with Luma Preserving Mapping (LPM) technologies to deliver great looking visuals while gaming.  FidelityFX automatically collapses multiple effects into fewer shader passes to reduce overhead and free up your GPU for the visceral experience you demand. 

 


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We’re constantly striving to make the gaming experience better than ever before, and we look forward to your feedback on the new features and on any other things you’d like to see integrated in to our software package.  

 

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Jay Marsden is Manager, Radeon Software Marketing 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. RS-296 AMD Radeon Image Sharpening Performance - Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 4th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Radeon Image Sharpening OFF at 2560x1440p, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (high preset, DX12), Rage 2 (ultra-preset, Vulkan), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (highest preset, DX12) Sid Meier’s Civilization 6: Gathering Storm (ultra preset, DX12), and Total War: Warhammer 2 (DX12) scored 84.5FPS, 78.7FPS, 78.6FPS, 97.4FPS and 56.7FPS, respectively, whereas with Radeon Image Sharpening ON scored 83.4FPS, 78.1FPS, 77.7FPS, 96.0FPS, 56.4FPS, respectively, leading to a 1.30%, 0.76%, 1.15%, 1.41%, and 0.53% reduction in performance, respectively, or an average of 1% total average performance impact. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  
  2. RS-295 - AMD Radeon Anti-Lag Performance -  Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 4th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Anti-Lag OFF at 3840x2160p using DX11, Apex Legends (ultra-high preset), Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (high preset), Dota 2 (maximum preset), Fortnite (high preset), Overwatch (epic preset), PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (ultra preset), and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege had an average input to display latency of 54.6ms, 44.8ms, 22.4ms, 54.4ms, 29.7ms, 48.3ms, 34.1ms, respectively, versus a 36.8ms, 30.2ms, 17.3ms, 35.5ms, 20.5ms, 33.0ms, and 23.6ms latency with Anti-Lag ON, respectively, leading to a 33%, 33%, 23%, 35%, 31%, 32%, and 31% reduction in latency with Anti-Lag ON, respectively. Comparing Anti-Lag ON vs OFF, Anti-Lag reduces average latency by 31%. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  
  3. RS-294 - AMD Radeon Chill Improvement - Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 28th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Radeon™ Chill OFF at 2560x1440p, Dota 2 (Ultra preset, DX11), Overwatch (Epic preset, DX11), World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (Level 10 preset, DX12), and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Very High preset, DX11) consumed 201.6W,   217.7W, 217.3W, and 216.8W, respectively. With the Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.3 default Radeon™ Chill framerate range (70-144FPS) on a 60Hz monitor, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 77.4W, 177.2W, 130.0W, and 178.2W, respectively. With the Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 default Radeon™ Chill framerate range (30-60FPS) on a 60Hz monitor, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 54.5W, 71.6W, 63.6W, and 91.5W, respectively. Comparing default power consumption with the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.3 Radeon Chill FPS range, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 62%, 19%, 40%, and 18% lower power, respectively, whereas Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 Radeon Chill versus default consumed 73%, 67%, 71%, and 58% lower power, respectively. Comparing Radeon™ Chill’s power reduction on a 60Hz monitor in Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Radeon Chill now saves 1.18x, 3.61x, 1.76x, and 3.24x more power with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 vs 19.6.3, or 2.45x more average power savings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  

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