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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.

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[Originally posted on 07/12/18.]

 

Whether you’re getting in a practice match or playing for high stakes, you can’t afford to lose any seconds in League of Legends. In our efforts to bring more performance to the players, we took a took at how you can extract the most out of your AMD hardware when playing League of Legends.

 

We paired AMD’s new Ryzen™ 7 2700X with Radeon GPUs down the stack. Rushing around as Ahri, I threw myself into action-heavy scenes to see how far the Ryzen + Radeon™ RX combo could go.

 

Even as I switched out the graphics cards, I kept the maxed-out settings unchanged at Very High playing on a 1440p resolution. Steady and impressive framerates, no matter which GPU I used with the Ryzen 7 2700X!

 

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I had no trouble getting 140+ FPS on any of the graphics cards I used at 1440p. When you’re playing with a Radeon RX 550 or 560, you can get impressive framerates playing at 1080p—but our Ryzen 7 2700X worked diligently so we didn’t lose any crucial frames even when you crank up the resolution.

 

 

Playing with Radeon Software features makes it even better. With the Radeon RX 550 on 1080p at Very High settings, Radeon Chill saves up to 25% of power consumption1 while Enhanced Sync gives you up to 46% faster response time2. By the time you get to the frenzied part of a match, these are features that can help push you past the victory line.

 

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While it’s nice and dandy to play with the remarkable Ryzen 7 2700X with our Radeon RX graphics cards, check that you’re playing with the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition for the latest updates and optimizations.

 

 

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.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on the 2GB Radeon™ RX 550, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the very high preset on League of Legends® at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX 550 consumed 28.279 watts with Radeon™ Chill enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX 550 scored 37.559 watts with Radeon™ Chill disabled, lowering power consumption by 25% in League of Legends®. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-235
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on the 2GB Radeon™ RX 550, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the very high preset on League of Legends® at 1920x1080, with Enhanced Sync ON the Radeon™ RX 550 scored 65.0 milliseconds from click to response with Radeon™ Software 18.4.1 whereas the Radeon™ RX 550 scored 120 milliseconds from click to response, with VSync, creating a 46% faster response time in League of Legends®. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-234

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[Originally posted on 08/29/18.]

 

Looking for adventure? To fight against the supernatural? Look no further than the action-packed Strange Brigade. Strange Brigade challenges players to survive mystical foes, set in 1930’s Egypt. Loaded with traps, monsters, puzzles and surprises, Strange Brigade does not disappoint.

 

Here’s how AMD Radeon™ Software helps you survive Egypt in the 1930’s:

 

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  • Up to 6% faster performance in Strange Brigade using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card with Async Compute Enabled than with Async Compute Disabled at 3840×2160 (4K).1

 

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  • Up to 1.9x faster performance in Strange Brigade using Vulkan with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 on two Radeon™ RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card with mGPU enabled than with mGPU disabled at 3840×2160 (4K).2

 

Driving incredible performance, AMD collaborated with Rebellion to drive next gen API support with Vulkan® and DirectX® 123.

 

The Vulkan™ API substantially reduces “API overhead”, the background work a CPU does to interpret what a game asks of the hardware. Enabling meaningful features, performance, and image quality, Vulkan® exposes GPU hardware features that wouldn’t ordinarily be accessible through OpenGL.

 

DirectX® 12 highlights several features supported in Strange Brigade, enhancing the experience from DirectX® 11. Asynchronous Compute Engines in AMD’s GCN, Polaris, and Vega architectures enable unique commands to be submitted simultaneously, better utilizing the API. The result is improved GPU efficiency, performance, reduced latency, and consistent frame rates.

 

On Day-0, AMD Radeon™ Graphics offers multi-GPU scaling in DirectX® 12 and Vulkan®. Strange Brigade is the first game in which Vulkan® supports multi-GPU capabilities.

 

Download Radeon™ Software 18.8.2 today, and release your inner adventurer.4

 

 

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 August 17th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 56, with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 installed, 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 preset settings on Strange Brigade using the DirectX12 API, at 3840x2160, the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 scored 50.8 FPS with async compute disabled, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 scored 53.9 FPS with async compute enabled. Comparing FPS between setting changes, async compute enabled has 6% faster performance in Strange Brigade. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-245
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 22nd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 56, with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 installed, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700KCPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With ultra preset settings on Strange Brigade using the Vulkan API, at 3840x2160, the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 scored 53.8 FPS whereas two Radeon™ RX Vega 56 scored 102.3 FPS. Comparing FPS between GPU configurations, mGPU has 1.9x faster performance in Strange Brigade. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-246
  3. DirectX® 12 enablement requires an x86 processor and a Radeon™ graphics chip based on the Graphics Core Next architecture and Windows® 10. GD-99
  4. ©2018 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

©2018 Rebellion. The Rebellion name and logo and the Strange Brigade name and logo are trademarks of Rebellion and may be registered trademarks in certain countries. All rights reserved.

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[Originally posted on 04/25/18.]

 

Four days of games, prizes and panels—thousands descended upon Boston for PAX East on April 4 to 8, which meant each day was filled to the brim of passionate fans hopping from booth to booth inside the gigantic Boston Convention Centre.

 

Throughout the four days, we ran the FreeSync™ Challenge where attendees tried the setup for a chance to win the ultrawide Samsung CHG90, a beastly 49” FreeSync-capable monitor.

 

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We had 666 total attendees try the Challenge (yes, we counted and double-checked—it’s 666), which was set up with two identical systems—except one monitor had FreeSync™ enabled, while the other didn’t. An overwhelming majority of attendees (585/666 or 88%) said they preferred playing on the system with the FreeSync-capable monitor1.

 

After tallying all attendees who tried the Challenge, we’re excited to announce the randomly chosen winner to walk away with a brand new monitor:

 

Robb Armstrong from Massachusetts

 

Congratulations on your gorgeous, new monitor!

 

We asked him for a comment on his new prize, and he sent over his thoughts: “I’m honestly in awe in regards to the monitor. Going from a dual monitor setup to this widest of ultrawides will take some getting used to, but games playing in its native resolution look out of this world.”

 

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A huge thank you to all who participated!

 

Take a look at our gallery below from our four days at PAX East. Thank you to all who came by the booth and talked with us—we look forward to meeting up with other AMD fans at future events!

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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.

 

 

  1. In an informal total random sample of 666 people conducted by AMD between 4/5-4/8, 2018 at PAX East in Boston MA. A blind test was conducted with two identical systems running Far Cry 5 Ultra settings @ 1440p: AMD Ryzen™ 5 1400, 8GB DDR4 memory, Radeon™ RX 580, Radeon Software 18.3.4 and Windows 10 (64bit). Radeon Freesync Monitor: AOC AGON AG271QX. 2560x1440. Each test ran 2 minutes. 585 people preferred the Radeon FreeSync™ enabled system, while 81 people preferred the Non-Radeon FreeSync system. In percentages, 88% preferred the Radeon FreeSync system, 12% preferred the Non-Radeon FreeSync system. All participants received AMD promotional material. GRT-14

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[Originally posted on 07/17/18.]

 

If you felt like your summer was lacking in post apocalyptic gameplay, look no further than Earthfall. Earthfall challenges players to survive swarms of alien combatants after a massive meteor strike by building defenses and using super futuristic weapons to vie for survival; providing heart pounding action.

 

Here’s how Radeon Software 18.7.1 helps you survive the chaos:

 

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  • Up to 27% faster performance in Earthfall using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.7.1 on the Radeon™ RX 560 (4GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 at 1920×1080 (1080p).1

 

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  • Up to 28% faster performance in Earthfall using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.7.1 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 at 2560×1440 (1440p).2

 

  • Up to 22% faster performance in Earthfall using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.7.1 on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 at 2560×1440 (1440p).3

 

Download Radeon™ Software 18.7.1 today and experience the thrill of Earthfall.

 

 

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 July 11, 2018 on the Radeon RX 560 (4GB), on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With medium preset settings on Earthfall, at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 560 (4GB) scored 48.3 FPS with Radeon Software 18.6.1, whereas the Radeon RX 560 (4GB) scored 61.3 FPS with Radeon Software 18.7.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.7.1 has 27% faster performance in Earthfall. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-242
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 11, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon RX Vega 56, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With medium preset settings on Earthfall, at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 86.9 FPS with Radeon Software 18.6.1, whereas the Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 111.1 FPS with Radeon Software 18.7.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.7.1 has 28% faster performance in Earthfall. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-240
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 11, 2018 on the Radeon RX 580 (8GB), on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With medium preset settings on Earthfall, at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX 580 (8GB) scored 61.4 FPS with Radeon Software 18.6.1, whereas the Radeon RX 580 (8GB) scored 75.1 FPS with Radeon Software 18.7.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.7.1 has 22% faster performance in Earthfall. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-241

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[Originally posted on 03/05/18.]

 

This month, we’re spotlighting a build we found while browsing Reddit. Pieced together by Phil John, the Radeon™ RX 560-powered PC played a special role in a learning process: a collaborative project with his son learning to build PCs for the first time.

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Specs:

  • CPU: Ryzen™ 3 1200
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M Gaming 3
  • Case: Bitfenix Nova
  • GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 560 Pulse OC 4096MB
  • PSU: Corsair TX-650M
  • SSD: Crucial MX300 275GB
  • HDD: Toshiba P300 1TB 7200RPM
  • RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 MHz PC RAM – 4 GB x 2

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What inspired you to put this build together?

 

I’ve built many PCs over the years, starting off with a Cyrix 386, and later using some classic chips such as the Athlon™ XP 1800+ and the Athlon™ 64. My son has been an avid computer gamer for several years and is starting to show an interest in programming, so he asked for the parts to build a computer for Christmas.

 

We approached it as a father-son project and spent all of Christmas day building it, first outside the case, and then installing it all. It was a fantastic learning experience for him as I could impart all the little things you often get wrong when doing your first build.

 

I never considered buying a pre-built machine for him as I feel that learning how a computer is put together, and what all the different parts do, is an important piece of knowledge, rather than just seeing them as a black box with mysterious components.

 

What was the most difficult part of the process?

 

The most difficult part of the experience was getting it to POST! It turns out the motherboard had a very early BIOS on board that didn’t fully support the memory we had originally – it’s a real credit to AMD that BIOS updates have been so frequent, as once we knew what the problem was, a quick flash from a USB stick got everything working perfectly.

 

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Rather than being a problem though, it was another great educational process – we ran through troubleshooting steps to find out what the problem was.

 

Apart from that, the whole process was very simple – building a computer shouldn’t be some scary process that only experts can do, with some research and patience anyone can do it, and often get a better deal than buying a pre-built system.

 

Do you remember the first PC you built? What inspired you to start building?

 

Vividly! When I was younger we had a Sinclair ZX-80 and then Commodore 128 – which is what I started programming on. Eventually I outgrew that and PCs were coming into their own, so components were purchased (including a very fetching beige case) and everything put together.

 

It was a Cyrix 386 running at a whopping 33Mhz with a 40MB HDD (which I double-spaced to roughly 80). It also had the feature where you could slow it down to 4Mhz to support old games without proper timing in the main loop so they were playable. I seem to remember it having 4MB of memory, but it’s so long ago that might not be correct any more!

 

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The first proper gaming PC I built was an Athlon XP 1800+ paired with an ATI 9000 series GPU. Back then, it was all about Grand Theft Auto 3 and America’s Army for me, which both ran very well on that setup.

 

Inspiration wise, it was always about being able to customise what went into the computer, not being stuck with the components that Gateway or similar decided to put in there. There’s also a great sense of accomplishment when you press that power button for the first time and see it booting!

 

Why did you choose Ryzen and Radeon?

 

I’ve always been an AMD fan and have always looked to them first when putting a new build together. Once Ryzen was released, especially the lower end 3 series, it really was a no-brainer when it came to deciding on parts. The value offered and all the great features in the B350 chipset, such as unlocked overclocking, are so builder and enthusiast-friendly that it’s hard to choose anything else, certainly not in the same price bracket.

 

The quality of drivers is also a strong point for AMD. I’ve got a Radeon™ RX 480 in my main rig and the performance improvements I’ve enjoyed thanks to AMD “FineWine” have been very noticeable. For this build, the choice was between the Radeon™ RX 560 and the competition’s comparable card. If my son starts looking at GPGPU I’d also want him to look first to OpenCL® rather than the proprietary alternatives.

 

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I wanted something dependable and every Radeon card I’ve had has always been that – it’s so important for lots of things from Windows to gaming that putting something in there that won’t have problems down the line is important.

 

What will this build be used for / what games?

 

It’s a multi-purpose computer – my son enjoys gaming, but it’s also used for homework, music production (with my old Korg synthesiser linked up through a MIDI interface) and learning to program, so lots of competing factors, some favouring the GPU, others the CPU – it has to be able to handle them all.

 

My son is mad about rollercoasters, so his primary game at the moment is Planet Coaster; it’s amazing seeing all the wonderful coasters he’s designed, even if some of them would make me quite sick in real life! He also enjoys some indie titles like Mini Metro, Bridge Builder and Terraria. Finally, Minecraft … which I think most 10 year old boys are mad about.

 

What games are you currently playing? Which upcoming ones are you most excited for?

 

I’ve got a somewhat varied taste in games, from FPS shooters like Wolfenstein: New Colossus to DOOM (which both run fantastically on Radeon GPUs) to driving sims like Dirt Rally, Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2 – none of which make my Radeon RX 480 even break a sweat at 1080p high settings. Finally, open world third-person games … who doesn’t like a bit of mindless mischief in the GTA universe?

 

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As for upcoming games, the one I’m most looking forward to is Far Cry 5 – the setting and atmosphere look amazing, and looks like it’s going to be a great example of the immersive experience that typifies a really good long-form story-based PC game.

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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.

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[Originally posted on 03/28/18.]

 

I’ve been waiting for a game like Far Cry 5: it’s thoughtful, chaotic and fun, and for the life of me, I cannot stop playing it.

 

You’d think a game that centers around a cult and its intimidating leader would be dark, and it does have its serious moments (given that the cult’s looming threat follows you wherever you go). But there are also plenty of light characters and hilarious moments that made me think: is this really happening?!

 

After rescuing Boomer (which you can see in our Let’s Play video), I had an intense urge to go back into Hope County. Here are my five most memorable moments from playing the first few hours.

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5. Face-to-Face with Joseph Seed

 

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Joseph Seed is intimidating. I can’t place exactly what it is: the shades? The man bun? The seven deadly sins carved everywhere on his chest? Ubisoft did a fantastic job building up his character before we even meet him in-game, and there’s a culminating dread by the time you meet him face-to-face.

 

What’s frightening about the Father is that when you first meet him and arrest him, he goes along with it: he doesn’t struggle, he doesn’t yell, he doesn’t fight. His calm and collected demeanor speaks to an incredible yet frightening confidence that things will go his way.

 

Although you explore Hope County building up the Resistance against the cult, you can feel his hold across the entire county. Even when he’s not around, his presence is omniscient—and that’s what makes Joseph Seed terrifying and that first meeting with him unforgettable.

 

4. Rescuing Boomer

 

 

Boomer is very much America’s good boy! If you’re a dog person, the moment you rescue Boomer is going to fill you with joy and love as it did for me. Not only is having a four-legged companion awesome, but Boomer is extremely valuable: he steals enemies’ weapons and revives you when you’re down.

 

You can watch our mission to rescue Boomer here, where you can see my shamelessly-fangirl reaction to recruiting our dog.

 

The best thing about Boomer as your companion is that he wants your love as any man’s best friend would, so make sure to give him a pat on the head every once in a while and remind him what a good boy he is for fighting the Resistance.

 

3. Flying Planes, Driving “Widowmaker” and Anything Vehicle-Related

 

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I can’t choose one, here. Driving anything in Far Cry 5 is hella fun (maybe it has something to do with the fact that I don’t drive in real life—my license expired, okay?), but this game takes driving to a whole other level.

 

You want to do a barrel roll? Done. Drive a huge truck with machine guns named Widowmaker? Do it. Chase a green-and-purple machine gun jeep called Death Wish? Mandatory. Forget gunning down the cult members in a sedan—do it in style. Sometimes, your Guns for Hire will even hop in with you and take care of passing-by cult members so you can focus on the road.

 

Hope County is huge. Sure, you can go from region to region on foot if you want, but Far Cry 5 makes it fun to cover vast distances by allowing you to pretty much drive anything.

 

2. Traveling through Montana

 

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I’ve never visited Montana, but I sure want to now. Creative director Dan Hay and lead writer Drew Holmes spoke extensively about the inspiration they drew from real-life Montana to create a realistic Hope County. You can see it in the details: lush grass, clear skies and luminous mountains in the background trail you everywhere you go.

 

Hope County really is a beautiful place, and at times I’d lose myself in thought while driving down the roads. You may be kept busy rescuing civilians and destroying cult properties as you venture, but don’t forget to take in the picturesque sights and appreciate how far graphics have come!

 

1. Rescuing Cheeseburger

 

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Cheeseburger, the diabetic bear whose diet consists mostly of salmon—the quest to grab him as a Fang for Hire opens after you liberate F.A.N.G Center, the animal center where the cult’s been training wolves to help do their dirty deeds.

 

Recruiting Cheeseburger begins with a fishing trip. He likes salmon. So you have to go and catch salmon. Then you have to give him said salmon. After stopping the cult from taking him, Cheeseburger joins your roster to fight the cult—and he might just come close to Boomer as the best companion. I can’t choose! He’s fierce, terrifying and loveable: the perfect combination for a Resistance partner.

 

A+ for his adorable cheeseburger-patterned collar.

 

Bonus: The Testy Festy

 

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The “Testy Festy” is quite possibly the best side-quest I’ve ever played in any video game, period. It is exactly what it sounds like: a testicle festival, a joyous occasion in Hope County that’s unfortunately been stalled due to cult activities in the region, and it’s up to you to start it back up and bring the party back after you liberate Fall’s End.

 

I won’t spoil too much here, but you should go for this mission as soon as it becomes available. Let’s just say it starts off with delivering an amusing “Testicle Festival”-branded trailer to hunting down some crucial items set to a sexy, mood-setting song.

 

And yes, you get to partake in the festival.

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There you have it. I’m nowhere near done this game, so by no means is this a complete list—I’m sure I’ll find plenty of things that’ll expand this list to a top 10, top 20.

 

If you’ve played Far Cry 5, what are your favorite moments in the game? If you haven’t, be sure to pick up the game and start your Resistance against the cult!

 

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[Originally posted on 03/22/18.]

 

We’ve been waiting for this cinematic co-op game for a few months now with anticipation, and Hazelight Studios delivers in a big way with: A Way Out for the PC. I’ve been searching for a good co-op game, and was glad to finally get a chance to play this one. A Way Out is a couch or online co-op only game where you play the role of one of two prisoners in a daring escape from a maximum-security penitentiary and continue beyond into each character’s lives. Play A Way Out with your friends for free using the Friends Pass free-trial.

 

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Firing up our newest Ryzen™ 5 2400G processor driven system with 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM, we went through the latest graphics cards to come up with settings that performed within our typical Radeon™ target of +50 fps. I played through the first few prison scenes to get an idea of both outdoor and indoor performance. The following are my recommended settings.

 

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I did notice that resolution has a much greater effect on performance than most of the settings themselves. For the Radeon™ RX 560 – the difference between Medium and Max settings was a few frames per second, but the difference of 1080p vs 900p gave us a much better cushion of minimum frame rates. The combination of resolution and medium settings gave that particular card enough headroom to enable framerates that kept us in our monitor’s FreeSync range for smooth, tear-free gaming.

 

As always head to amd.com to grab the latest Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition to get your Day 0 performance enhancements LINK.

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for 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 02/20/18.]

 

Warhorse Studios has launched one of the first big titles of 2018, Kingdom Come Deliverance. It’s an open world RPG set during the 1400s with quite a bit of story and combat all rolled up into one big adventure. For those of you firing up this title, you’ll notice just how beautiful this game looks when you max out your settings.

 

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Firing up our new Ryzen 7 1800X processor-based system with 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM, we went through the latest graphics cards to come up with settings that consistently gave above 50fps. I used the opening section of the game, where you are really just fulfilling item quests, but there didn’t seem to be a big shift in performance when more characters ended up filling the scene.

 

The following are the recommended settings:

 

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The only case where I struggled to find a good balance was with the Radeon RX 560 where I flipped between 720p->1080p, and 900p-1080p. This upscaling method is generally used for consoles, where the UI gets rendered at 1080p, while the game itself is upscaled from 900p. It is a good compromise for performance vs image quality, and with additional tweaks with the graphics settings I think we found a real good option for Radeon RX 560 owners.

 

Make sure you are using the latest Radeon Settings Driver (in my case Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2), to get the latest Day 0 performance enhancements from AMD here.

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for 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 03/07/18.]

 

BEST FOR:

  • Digital content creation and multimedia playback
  • Well-rounded user experience

 

Summary

 

THE LENOVO IDEAPAD 720 IS A VERSATILE PLATFORM THAT IS READY TO DELIVER A POWERFUL AND FLEXIBLE EXPERIENCE, FROM PLAYING GAMES TO VIDEO CONFERENCING.

 

Lenovo recently brought the IdeaPad 720 to the table, featuring Radeon™ RX 560 graphics. Making a statement with its minimalist chassis design, impressive matte Full HD display, and integrated Harman speakers, the IdeaPad 720 is a machine capable of tackling a variety of tasks. The discrete graphics chip accelerates many applications to bring the power needed in modern digital life. This laptop also boasts fantastic gaming performance, as it is able to effortlessly deliver fluid 60+ fps experiences across a variety of today’s most popular titles.

 

Key Hardware Specs:

  • 15 Inch, 1920×1080 LED Display
  • Up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7500U
  • Radeon™ RX 560 Graphics (Driver: 17.12.1)
  • 4GB DDR4 Memory onboard, can be configured up to 16GB DDR4
  • 1TB HDD with up to 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs)

 

Build & Physical Features

 

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Unboxing the IdeaPad 720 reveals premium materials and metal surfaces, giving the laptop a clean appearance. With the polished and mirrored edges along with the angular sides and slim profile, the laptop looks very modern. The notebook feels robust when held and seems rugged enough to withstand a few accidental drops.

 

KEYBOARD

 

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Under the lid, this laptop features a black and white chiclet keyboard surrounded by a matte aluminum surface – great for warding away fingerprints. The F-Keys are programmed with useful macros that can be handy for video conferencing, such as toggle camera and toggle mic. The keys also have a controllable backlight with two brightness settings, making this laptop perfect for finishing late-night work in a dark environment, such as on an airplane.

 

SOUND

 

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The notebook has integrated Harman speakers on the front corners on the bottom of the chassis. The speaker system provided crisp sound, and at around 80% volume, music could be clearly heard on the other side of a small room, making the notebook great for showing friends a neat playlist.

 

DISPLAY

 

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The IdeaPad 720 also features a 15.6” 1920×1080 LED display attached to the chassis with a robust single hinge. The display has good color depth, and washout is minimal as viewing angle increases. The thin bezels make the screen look fantastic. The high saturation of the display makes photo editing a breeze with a strong distinction of nuanced hues. With the excellent viewing angles, there are no problems with watching movies with friends.

 

INSIDES

 

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Removing the back plate of the IdeaPad 720, we can get a good look inside the notebook. The first thing to notice about this laptop is that the memory and HDD are wrapped with anti-static sheets to protect against accidental static damage to sensitive parts. Since most of the components in this laptop are connected to the motherboard by cable rather than solder, there is a lot of potential for upgradability – the SSD slot (protected by electrical tape) looks particularly inviting. The unit we tested was not populated with an SSD, but Lenovo does offer this platform with up to 512GB PCIe SSD options. Adding an SSD can allow this laptop to achieve lightning fast boot times, so you can get back to your work sooner. The asymmetric exhaust fans spread the fan noise over a greater range of frequencies, making the fans sound quieter. While playing games on this laptop, the fans can barely be heard. The fans connect to the CPU and GPU via a dual heat-pipe design to provide ample cooling.

 

PORTS

 

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For the ports suite, the IdeaPad 720 has exactly what you would expect to find on a premium laptop. The IdeaPad 720 supports the latest in connectivity with 1x USB-C port. Lenovo included an interesting 4-in-1 card reader, which will support SD, SDHC, SDXC, and MMC cards. The Ethernet port has a hinge mechanism that swings out when you plug a cable in and collapses when you take it out which keeps the profile of the notebook slim when detached.

 

Ports:

  • Power Connector
  • 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • Network Port
  • 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • USB-C
  • Headphone and Microphone Combo Jack
  • HDMI

 

BOOT TIME

 

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To determine the speed of this system, the boot time was measured from power up to the time my cursor no longer showed the spinning icon. 33 seconds is quite fast for an HDD. Many older laptops may take much longer to boot.

 

DISK

 

CrystalDisk Mark was used to measure Hard Drive Performance. Two tests were conducted for both read and write:

  • Sequential. Data is interpreted in a continuous order. This would be similar to how a new, unused disk would behave.
  • 4 Kib Random. Data is interpreted in randomly placed 4 Kib chunks across the disk. This would be similar to how a heavily used, fragmented disk would behave.

 

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The included HDD is a Seagate ST1000LM035, which is a 1 TB 5400 RPM drive with SATA connection. This allows plenty of room to host photos, movies, and games with fast load times due to the 100+MB/s sequential read and write speeds. The 4KiB random read/write speed scores are a good reminder to periodically defrag your HDD for optimal performance. With the option to upgrade disk space with an SSD, there is the potential for even better loading times and faster bootups.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

For all new laptops, it is recommended to update to the latest driver for the best performance.

 

With the help of the included Radeon™ RX 560, the IdeaPad 720 is able to demonstrate some impressive performance in the tested benchmarks. The Radeon™ RX 560 with IGP shows up to a 5.4X performance improvement with running a Photoshop script in comparison to the IGP alone. The discrete graphics card gives the laptop a significant performance boost in the PCMark 10 and 3DMark benchmarks across the board, and allows the laptop to reach frame-rates of over 60fps for many popular game titles. When the IdeaPad 720 is used with just the integrated HD 620, gaming performance drops well below the 60-fps threshold of fluid graphics. Paired with the Radeon™ RX 560, the IdeaPad 720 becomes a laptop that is a great choice for just about any task.

 

Productivity

 

The test compares the amount of time it takes to run a sequence of filters and effects in Adobe Photoshop (2017). A 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystallized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees.

 

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Synthetic

 

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Benchmarks

 

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Gaming

 

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CONCLUSION

 

Boosted by the Radeon™ RX 560, the Lenovo IdeaPad 720 gives a little bit of everything. Not only is it a great productivity tool, but the discrete graphics card also really helps drive the laptop to be an all-purpose star. When running a Photoshop script, the Radeon™ RX 560 could complete the task by up to 5.4X compared to the IGP doing the same task. The Radeon™ RX 560 also made the laptop a gaming-capable machine – e-sports ready straight out of the box vs. the sub-60 fps experience from just an IGP. The GPU drives the IdeaPad 720 to deliver a fluid gaming experience across a variety of today’s most popular titles. If the Radeon™ RX 560 is a little excessive for your needs, Lenovo also offers the IdeaPad 720 with the Radeon™ RX 550 instead – saving you a few dollars should you choose to sacrifice some performance. Taking into account the great speakers and brilliant LED display, it doesn’t matter whether you are video conferencing or playing games; the IdeaPad 720 is a great, well-rounded choice for all your activities.

 

Buy Now:

 

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GALLERY

 

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Detailed Specs

Radeon RX 560 Graphics
Core Clock1202 MHz
Memory clock1500 MHz
Peak Performance2.6 TFLOPs
Memory Size4 GB GDDR5
Memory width128 bit
Effective Memory Speed6 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth96 GB/s

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[Originally posted on 01/18/18.]

 

We’re always curious to hear from gamers, especially on your superb gaming experiences powered by Radeon™ RX graphics cards. We sent a handful of gamers and streamers some Radeon RX GPUs last year to see what games they were playing—they have thriving communities of their own, so browse through their comments and follow them to see what they’re up to.

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MissesMae

 

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My name is Mae. I’m a 30 year old nurse turned full time gamer/broadcaster. I’ve been a content creator on YouTube for 6 years and have been a partnered broadcaster on Twitch for 4 years.

 

What MissesMae is Playing

 

I’m really into FPS and shooters in general. The current games I’m playing are Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege1, Call of Duty: World War II2 and Fortnite Battle Royale3.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Since I started using the Radeon RX Vega4, there were less screen tearing on the games that I play.

 

Follow MissesMae

 

You can find me on Twitch nearly everyday or catch my live stream highlights on my YouYube.

 

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SydSoGood

 

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I’ve played games for as long as I can remember, whether it was Kirby on N64 or Pokemon, but my dad sat me down and taught me how to play Halo:CE. So it was very fitting that my first stream was playing the original Destiny on release day in September 2014.

 

Video games has had such a positive impact on my life and source of meeting wonderful people. My goal since I started is to create a safe, supportive community that happens to be full of super rad people who enjoy playing games and watching me play games.

 

What SydSoGood is Playing

 

I definitely lean towards first person shooters, but I’m currently playing Call of Duty: WWII, Fortnite, PUBG5, occasionally League of Legends6, and just finished up Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus7 for my YouTube channel.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Radeon RX 570 made THE BIGGEST difference for sure. My computer went from running at a 4 to a 10 just by swapping that in. I also have the AMD Ryzen8, which makes a load of difference.

 

Previously, I was only able to stream console games because my PC couldn’t handle me playing and streaming from it, but now that’s never an issue so it’s nice to be able to pull up a game and not have to think about how I’m gonna stream it because my PC can take anything that I throw at it.

 

When Destiny 29 came out on PC that was such a game changer. I don’t usually play shooters on PC (mainly because I’m so incompetent trying to aim with a mouse and keyboard), but couldn’t help myself because of how great it ran on my computer.

 

Follow SydSoGood

 

I stream Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 6:30p PT // 9:30p ET on Twitch and upload Let’s Plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays and vlogs on Saturdays!

 

Here’s where you can find me on the internet:

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Cowsep

 

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I’ve always wanted to stream – but back at my rural Indiana home the best we could get was dial-up internet. Then when I moved to Korea in 2012 as an English teacher, I was finally able to start streaming thanks to the Korean internet.

 

I’ve been a full-time streamer since 2014, streaming mostly League of Legends and producing YouTube content with highlights from my stream, as well as some occasional guides and goofs.

 

What Cowsep is Playing

 

Playing mostly League of Legends, but I do occasionally dive into other games after the main stream or between LoL queues.

 

Last year I started playing Summoners War on my phone due to a sponsorship, and I have actually been addicted to the game since.

 

I do also very much enjoy playing around in VR with my Oculus Rift, but I have been unable to fully stream this before getting the Radeon RX Vega4.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Playing League with the Radeon RX Vega has been flawless. It has actually drastically impacted my streaming too.

 

I run a bunch of custom OBS plugins and overlays on my stream that utilizes a lot of onscreen sprites and particle effects for various events (subscriptions, donations, etc.) and these have been drastically improved on the Radeon RX Vega.

 

I can now run my custom overlay setup, play League and still work on my own game in Unity and Blender at the same time without dropping a single frame.

 

I also tried out the Radeon RX Vega for my VR setup and it has been great. With my previous cards, I was not able to stream VR in 1080p 60fps without dropping a lot of frames. Now I can stream my VR experience too.

 

Follow Cowsep

 

I’m streaming every single day on Twitch: https://twitch.tv/cowsep

 

We release videos regularly throughout the week: https://youtube.com/cowsep

 

Earlier this year I started learning game development with Unity – and I have been very much into it. I am currently working on my own game named Pathtale!

 

I visit pretty much all local gaming events in Korea and I can always be found at TwitchCon and the occasional PAX in the US!

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Becky Taylor

 

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I’m a successful Marketing Manager within the video game industry. I currently work at Riot Games as the Influencer Relations Manager. In the past, I’ve worked with Reboot Game Developer Conferences, Innervate (Gamesight), 3D Realms, Tencent Boston, and Signal Studios. My history with video games started at a young age when I started building computers with my father in 1994. I grew up kicking *** on games such as Doom, Heretic, Half-Life, and Quake.

 

What Becky is Playing

 

Currently playing PUBG, of course. Also a lot of Warframe10 and Civ 611.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

The Radeon RX Vega means that I can play my games on max graphics and still have high frame rates. Games are sexy and smooth!

 

Follow Becky

 

People can mainly find me on Twitter at @omglazerkittens.

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SeltzerPlease

 

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I’ve been a fan of Twitch and Justin.tv since the early days of eSports broadcasting on the platform, and I’m a frequent sight hosting and interviewing at competitive gaming events. Most recently this summer, I’ve covered the Overwatch World Cup in Beijing and Los Angeles, Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, the Hearthstone Championship Tour at Gamescom in Germany, Tokyo Game Show in Japan, the BlizzCon All Access Channel, Hulu’s show Player vs Player, and E3, PAX East, PAX West, New York Comic Con, and TwitchCon on behalf of Twitch.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

When I’m not traveling to cover the wide world of eSports, I enjoy multiplayer shooters like Overwatch12. In my recent years, I’ve discovered the joy of strategy games like Civilization and Divinity13, and relaxing single-player adventures like Stardew Valley14 – all of which make great use of the Vega and massive curved FreeSync monitor in both detail and refresh-rate.

 

Follow Rachel

 

You can catch me covering CS:GO15 this January in Stockholm and lots of other video gaming and eSports events all year long! The best way to keep up with me is Twitter.com/SeltzerPlease!

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Elisa Melendez

 

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I’ve been gaming since I was old enough to hold a controller (shout-out to Pinball Quest and Anticipation on the NES!), but I got inspired to stream a few years ago as part of promo work I was doing for the original Rocksmith16. I fell in love with the game, and Rocksmith streams happen every Monday night to this day!

 

What Elisa’s Playing

 

Right now, I’m working my way through Super Mario Odyssey17 and am looking forward to taking The Sims 4’s Cats & Dogs18 expansion for a whirl. Of course, I’m still playing and streaming Rocksmith 2014 Remastered every week!

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Having the “Vega” in my life and learning PC building as part of our Streaming PC Building panel at this past TwitchCon was an eye-opening experience. Building your PC is more accessible than ever—and it’s not as intimidating as it might seem. I highly recommend building your own.

 

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Follow Elisa

 

If you’re interested in learning more about music, playing guitar or bass, or just want to listen to a couple of musicians being goofballs, you can check out our Rocksmith and music streams over at twitch.tv/elisarockdoc Monday and Tuesday nights at 6 PM PT/9 PM PT.

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Share your experience with us! What games are you playing on your Radeon RX graphics card?

 

Don’t forget to keep up with us on social media:

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Information contained in this blog represents the view of AMD or the third party presenter as of the date presented. AMD and/or the third party presenters have no obligation to update any forward-looking content in the above presentations. AMD is not responsible for the content of any 3rd party statements and does not necessarily endorse the comments made therein. GD-84

 

 

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.

 

 

  1. © 2017 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Tom Clancy’s, Rainbow Six, the Soldier Icon, Uplay, the Uplay logo, Ubi.com, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries.
  2. © 2018 Activision Publishing, Inc. ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, and CALL OF DUTY WWII are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.
  3. © 2018, Epic Games, Inc. Epic, Epic Games, the Epic Games logo, Fortnite, the Fortnite logo, Unreal, Unreal Engine 4 and UE4 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. All rights reserved.
  4. Radeon RX Vega 64. For more information, go to https://gaming.radeon.com/en/product/vega/radeon-rx-vega-64
  5. COPYRIGHT ©2017 PUBG CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS and PUBG are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of PUBG.
  6. © 2017 Riot Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Riot Games, League of Legends and PvP.net are trademarks, services marks, or registered trademarks of Riot Games, Inc.
  7. © 2018 ZeniMax Media Inc. Developed in association with MachineGames. MachineGames, Bethesda, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Wolfenstein®, the W (stylized) and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of id Software LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks or trade names are the property of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.
  8. AMD Ryzen 5 1400. For more information, go to https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-5-1400
  9. © 2018 Bungie, Inc. All rights reserved. Destiny, the Destiny Logo, Bungie and the Bungie Logo are among the trademarks of Bungie, Inc. Published and distributed by Activision. Activision is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision makes no guarantee regarding the availability of online play or features, and may modify or discontinue online services at its discretion without notice at any time. Using the software constitutes acceptance of the Destiny Software License Agreement available at http://support.activision.com/license and the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy available at http://www.bungie.net/eula. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.
  10. ©2017 Digital Extremes Ltd. All rights reserved. Warframe and the Warframe logo are registered trademarks of Digital Extremes Ltd. The 'PS' Family logo is a registered trademark and 'PS4' is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, LLC.
  11. ©2016 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. Sid Meier's Civilization, Civilization, Civ, 2K, Firaxis Games, Take-Two Interactive Software and their respective logos are all trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
  12. ©2018 BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. All trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective owners.
  13. Copyrights © Larian Studos. All rights reserved. All company names, brand names, trademarks and logos are the property of their respective owners.
  14. COPYRIGHT 2012-2017 CHUCKLEFISH LTD
  15. © 2018 Valve Corporation, all rights reserved. Valve, the Valve logo, Source, the Source logo, Steam, the Steam logo, Counter-Strike, and the Counter-Strike logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the Valve Corporation.
  16. © 2013 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Rocksmith logo, Ubi.com, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries.
  17. © 2018 Nintendo. Games are property of their respective owners. Nintendo of America Inc. Headquarters are in Redmond, Washington
  18. © 2017 Electronic Arts Inc.

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[Originally posted on 08/10/18.]

 

Capcom’s highly anticipated Monster Hunter: World is finally out on PC, much to the rejoice of keyboard-and-mouse hunters around the world. Hunting, looting, crafting—what’s not to love about taking down some monumental beasts while beefing up your own armor?

 

For AMD users, diving into this world means being prepared with our latest 18.8.1 driver which is optimized for Monster Hunter: World.

 

Here are Capcom’s recommended AMD settings to run the game at 1080p/30FPS:

CPUGPU
Minimum, Low settingAMD FX 6300Radeon™ R7 260x (VRAM 2GB)
Recommended, High settingAMD Ryzen™ 5 1500XRadeon™ RX 570 (VRAM 4GB)

 

If you want to push beyond 30FPS for a close or steady 60FPS on your AMD graphics card, here are our recommended settings (system specs1):

 

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Radeon RX 560 owners, fret not. You’ll have to scale down the resolution and settings, but I was still able to get a nice FPS average of mid-50s, hitting 60 and slightly over at times, running around with my kickass Long Sword. Make sure you go into Advanced Graphics settings and set Resolution Scaling to “Mid”, as well as scaling down the other features to “Mid”. Add a Radeon FreeSync™ monitor to your setup for smooth frames, and you’re set.

 

If you want to play at a higher resolution at 1440p, you should play on a Radeon RX Vega graphics cardfor the best experience:

 

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If you have a monitor capable of pushing 144hz, max out that refresh rate. Bonus points if you have a Radeon FreeSync monitor, which will give you an extra boost for that buttery smooth gameplay while hunting down that evasive Kulu-Ya-Ku.

 

Want to play around a bit for some extra frames? You’ll have to change your resolution and main graphics setting in the main menu, with the option to tweak features like anti-aliasing in-game. You can only change these settings in the main menu, so check these out before you enter the game:

 

  • Texture quality
  • Ambient occlusion
  • LOD bias
  • Subsurface scattering
  • Screen space reflection
  • Dynamic range

 

If you want to squeeze out a few more frames from your base settings, you can scale down features like texture, volume rendering, anti-aliasing and/or anisotropic filtering.

 

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You can also shut off foliage sway, subsurface scattering, screen space reflection and water reflection completely or a mixture of them if these details don’t matter as much to you. Personally, I like the immersion of these little details.

 

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As for your processor, we took a quick look with the Ryzen 6 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X2 paired with a Radeon RX Vega 64. Monster Hunter: World runs well on both at 1080p, High setting – roaming around the first mission, the Ryzen 5 2600X gave us a nice average of 87 FPS and the Ryzen 7 2700X ran at an average of 95 FPS. At the Highest setting, we got an average of 71 and 78 FPS respectively.

 

If you’re sporting our feisty Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon RX Vega graphics, there’s some ways for you to play around with the settings as well. As long as you’re willing to compromise on a few minor tweaks, you’ll get a nice playable experience on this processor that’s no less immersive in the New World:

 

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Once your settings are good to go, you’re good to start questing. Don’t forget to download the latest driver if you haven’t done so: 18.8.1 is packed with optimizations for Monster Hunter: World.

 

Be sure to take some screenshots or recorded gameplay of your hunt in action with Radeon ReLive, and tag us at @Radeon or @AMDGaming.

 

Happy hunting!

 

 

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.

 

 

  1. System specs: Windows 10 Enterprise, AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (3.70GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1
  2. System specs: Windows 10 Enterprise, Radeon RX Vega 64, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1
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Far Cry 5: Recommended Settings

Posted by dtjong Employee Nov 19, 2018

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[Originally posted on 03/27/18.]

 

Far Cry comes to America in the latest installment of the award-winning franchise.

 

So, are you ready to lead the resistance against the fanatical cult, Eden’s Gate? Stand up to cult leader Joseph Seed, and his siblings, the Heralds, to spark the fires of resistance and liberate the besieged community.

 

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Before you start up a new game let’s setup your game resolution and quality settings to get the best possible performance and image quality based on the Radeon™ RX Series graphics card inside your system.

 

In the video settings for Far Cry 5, you’ll have the typical settings such as display resolution and refresh rate, V-sync settings and quality settings. On the Video Quality tab, any changes are reflected on the image to the right, so you can immediately see the changes it will make to your game quality. You can also modify individual graphics settings such as textures, shadows and anti-aliasing or simply use the graphics quality preset.

 

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Based on my testing with my AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X system with 16 GB of memory, I’d recommend starting off with the listed resolutions and settings below for your Radeon RX Series Graphics card.

 

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For example, on my system with a Radeon RX 570 I can achieve an average 64 frames per second (FPS) using the built-in benchmark. I found targeting about 60 FPS average using the built-in benchmark gave me the best balance of image quality and responsive feel during my testing in the actual gameplay. There are some dips below 60 FPS during more graphically intense scenes but if you’re using Radeon™ FreeSync, gameplay will still be silky smooth.

 

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If you prefer to play Far Cry 5 at a higher resolution, such as 1440p or an ultrawide display, to get to best possible experience you should be running a system with a Radeon RX VEGA class graphics card. With my system and a Radeon RX VEGA, I’m able to achieve 72 FPS average at 1440p resolution and ultra settings.

 

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While playing games at a high resolution is an amazing way to enjoy Far Cry 5, you can still enjoy the game even with our mainstream graphics cards such as the Radeon RX 560 and Radeon RX 550. I’d recommend dropping the game resolution to 900p or 768p if you’re using these graphics cards, and lowering the quality settings to normal. But at these settings, gameplay will still be perfectly smooth on the Radeon RX 560 hitting around 58 FPS on average, and while at these settings the Radeon RX 550 was only averaging about 46 FPS, the experience is still very playable and enjoyable.

 

But those are just my recommendations on getting the best gaming experience on your AMD and Radeon hardware. Now go out there and lead the resistance against Eden’s Gate in Far Cry 5.

 

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As always, head to AMD.com and make sure you are using the latest driver with the latest optimizations HERE

 

 

David Tjong, Product Marketing Manager 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

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Introducing Project ReSX

Posted by gurman.singh Employee Nov 19, 2018

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[Originally posted on 03/06/18.]

 

In recent months, we kicked off a special project inside of the Radeon™ Software group known as Project ReSX (Radeon™ eSports Experience). The goal of this project was to optimize the performance of some of the most popular PC games in the world on Radeon™ GPUs, to ensure the best possible eSports experience for Radeon graphics card owners.

 

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 incorporates a host of changes made possible by Project ReSX. It delivers some notable performance improvements over the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition version released late last year. With a focus on overall gaming experience, Project ReSX focused on improving FPS performance, 99th percentile frame times and click-to-response to deliver a better eSports experience. Here are some of the gains:

 

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The positive results shown above are the product of many hours of hard work from our software and engineering teams in cooperation with some of the world’s top game developers. Download Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 and experience faster, fluid and more responsive gaming for yourself!

 

 

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.

 

 

  1. 1-8. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of March 1st, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results.

 

1. With Ultra settings on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 69.6 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 62.9 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 11% faster performance in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS.RS-216

 

2. With Ultra settings on Overwatch at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX 580 scored 117.9 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 114.7 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 3% faster performance in Overwatch.RS-217

 

3. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 3840x2160, the Radeon RX 580 scored 95.9 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 90.8 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 6% faster performance in Dota 2. RS-218

 

4. With Ultra settings on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 19.2 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 21.1 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 9% lower 99th percentile frame times in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. RS-219

 

5. With Ultra settings on Overwatch at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX 580 scored 11.7 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 11.9 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 2% lower 99th percentile frame times in Overwatch. RS-220

 

6. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 3840x2160, the Radeon RX 580 scored 12.3 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 13.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 7% lower 99th percentile frame times in Dota 2.RS-221

 

7. With High settings on Overwatch at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 39.5 ms click-to-response with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 41.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing click-to-response between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 4% faster click-to-response in Overwatch. RS-222

 

8. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 47.2 ms click-to-response with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 51.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing click-to-response between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 8% faster click-to-response in Dota 2. RS-223

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[Originally posted on 03/26/18.]

 

In a classic good versus evil plot line, Far Cry 51,2 takes you into the heart of Montana where it’s your responsibility to stop doomsday cult leader, and local bad guy, Joseph Seed. You won’t be able to do it alone. You’ll need to work to gain allies and build up a resistance members, all in an attempt to try and save Hope County.

 

Luckily, from the beginning, Radeon Software’s got your back. Let’s see how different software features can help you traverse Montana.

 

 

Radeon™ ReLive: Capture. Stream. Share.

 

Far Cry 5: Arcade allows you to build your own sandbox and share your creative maps with the community. With near infinite possibilities, you’ll never want to miss a moment. Use Radeon ReLive to capture, stream and share your gameplay whether you’re saving Hope County alone, with a friend, or in 12 player PvP. Here are some cool features you may want to try out while playing Far Cry 5.

 

For streamers

 

  • Chat Overlay: To stay connected with your community, Radeon Software has a real-time chat overlay which displays viewer comments from sites like Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, and YouTube, all while streaming.

 

Here is how to enable the chat overlay while streaming:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon™ Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Streaming”
  4. Select a streaming platform
  5. Click “Show Chat”

 

  • Chroma Key Support: If you’ve ever wanted to get closer with your game and add effects to your stream, you can easily start by putting up a green screen and remove your webcam’s background.

 

Here is how to enable Chroma Key:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Overlay”
  4. Enable “Show Camera”
  5. Click “Use Chroma Key”

 

  • Archive stream: To create custom content and edit your stream, the archive stream button allows you to easily back up your stream to your PC. As an added benefit, all of your content will be accessible offline so you’ll always be able to relive your favorite gaming moments.

 

Here is how to Archive Your Stream:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Streaming”
  4. Click “Archive Stream”

 

For recorders

 

  • Gallery: To make organizing and uploading your videos convenient, all your Radeon ReLive videos are kept in the gallery. The gallery will help you upload to various social platforms by allowing to queue up multiple videos to several different sites. It also allows you to trim your videos so that you can post only the perfect shot.

 

 

Here is how to share a video:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Radeon™ Connect” Tab
  3. Click on the video you would like to share
  4. Choose a social media platform
  5. Upload your video

 

Here is how to trim a video:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click on the video you would like to trim
  3. Click “Trim Video”
  4. Drag the toggle to select the trimmed section
  5. Save your edited video

 

  • Screenshot: Far Cry 5 is absolutely beautiful. Despite the mayhem, the forests are extremely serene. To capture those picture perfect memories. By default, you can easily press CTRL+SHIFT+E to take a quick snapshot, or use Radeon Overlay to bring up your Radeon ReLive options.

 

Here is how to enable Radeon ReLive from Radeon Overlay:

 

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Alt+R
  3. Click Radeon ReLive

 

  • Instant replay: Far Cry 5 is action-packed and you’ll never want to miss a moment. I would suggest enabling instant replay through Radeon Overlay. If you ever want to change duration or quality of your replays, you can do so in Radeon Settings.

 

Here is how to enable instant replay:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click the “Recording” tab
  4. Enable “Instant Replay”

 

  • Separate microphone tracks: Perfecting microphone and game audio while recording is difficult. To make it easier, you can separate your audio tracks so that you can edit microphone or game audio whenever you want to take a break from Montana.

 

Here is how to enable separate microphone tracks:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click the “Recording” tab
  4. Enable “Separate Microphone Track”

 

Enhanced Sync: Liquid-Smooth Gameplay on Any Monitor

 

All first-person shooters require ultra-fast responsiveness for precise aim, and quick reactions. Far Cry 5 is no exception. For the best, low-latency tear-free gaming experience, I would recommend enabling Radeon™ FreeSync and Enhanced Sync. Here’s a quick overview of how these features will help you game.

 

  • Radeon™ FreeSync: Removes tears and choppy gameplay within your Radeon™ FreeSync range for effortlessly smooth gameplay. If you have a Radeon™ FreeSync monitor, it will be enabled by default but just in-case you wanted to double check, below are instructions on how you can enable Radeon FreeSync:

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon FreeSync from Radeon™ Settings:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Display” tab
  3. Enable “AMD FreeSync”
  • Radeon FreeSync can be tailored per game in app profiles

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon FreeSync from Radeon™ Overlay:

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Radeon Overlay Hot key (Default Radeon Overlay hotkey is ALT+R)
  3. Click “Radeon FreeSync”
  4. Enable “FreeSync”

 

  • Enhanced Sync: 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.

 

Here’s how to enable Enhanced Sync:

 

  1. Open Radeon Settings
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click “Global Settings”
  4. Click “Wait for Vertical Refresh”
  5. Select “Enhanced Sync”
  • Enhanced Sync can also be enabled per game in app profiles

 

Enhanced Sync enables a great, ultra-responsive gaming experience. Here’s how Enhanced Sync will reduce latency in Far Cry 5:

 

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Radeon™ Chill: Cool and Quiet Frames on Countless Number of Games

 

With compelling characters and gorgeous gameplay, you’ll want to be immersed in Far Cry 5. With Radeon Chill, leave distractions like fan noises in the past. By enabling the feature, you’ll be able to lower temperatures allowing cool and quiet gameplay.

 

 

Here is how to enable Radeon Chill:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click on “Global Settings”
  4. Enable “Radeon Chill”
  • Radeon Chill can be tailored per game in app profiles

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon™ Chill from Radeon™ Overlay:

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Radeon Overlay Hokey (default is ALT+R)
  3. Click “Radeon Chill”
  4. Enable “Chill” under “Global Settings”
  5. Enable “Chill” under “Game Settings”

 

Here is how Radeon Chill lowers power consumption in Far Cry 5:

 

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Radeon™ WattMan” Personalized Gameplay

 

Radeon Chill is an amazing feature for cool, quiet and responsive gaming. To create an even better experience on Radeon™ RX Vega 56 and Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics cards, try the power save mode in Radeon™ WattMan. This one-click power save mode can increase your performance per watt, giving you a better overall experience.

 

Here’s how to enable the power save mode:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click on “Global Settings”
  4. Click on “Global WattMan”
  5. Enable “Power Save” mode
  6. Click “Apply”

 

Here’s how Radeon WattMan’s power save mode increases efficiency in Far Cry 5:

 

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The compelling plot, fascinating characters, beautiful scenery and everything in-between supports Far Cry 5 as an amazing addition to the iconic franchise. To try any of the features listed above, download Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.4, and begin your journey soon, Far Cry 5 releases on March 27th.

 

 

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.

 

 

  1. Far Cry 5 is rated M for Mature +17. Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol.
  2. Far Cry 5 and logos © 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli. Powered by Crytek’s technology “CryEngine”.
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 1920x1080, with Enhanced Sync ON the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 44.8 milliseconds of responsiveness with Radeon Software 18.2.3 whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 47.5 milliseconds of responsiveness, with Enhanced Sync ON, creating a 6% faster response time in Far Cry 5 (94% of VSync ON). Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-227
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 with Radeon™ Software 18.3.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 consumed 244.9 watts with Radeon™ Chill enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 58 with Radeon™ Chill disabled, lowering power consumption by 11% (89% of default) in Far Cry 5. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-229
  5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 with Radeon Software 18.3.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 0.571308 FPS per watt with the power save profile enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 0.4322521 FPS per watt, with balanced power profile disabled, increasing efficiency by 32% in Far Cry 5. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-225