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AMD FidelityFX is our open-source collection of optimized visual technologies that make it easier for developers to implement high-quality effects and optimizations that help make games look amazing while offering the best balance of visual fidelity and performance.

 

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Before Radeon graphics, there was Rage.

The ATI Rage series was the first 3D graphics accelerator developed by ATI Technologies (acquired by AMD in 2006) and with the Rage 3D graphics chip - ushered in a new era of PC gaming, one that continues to evolve to this day. To celebrate this important milestone and precursor to AMD Radeon graphics, we are introducing a new “Rage Mode” for the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT GPU, available for purchase today.

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If you have downloaded two or three graphics drivers from AMD within the past 30 days, this blog probably doesn’t apply to you. But if you’re one of the many users out there who may be sitting on a driver that is several months old, let me take this opportunity to explain to you the advantages of staying up to date when it comes to your Radeon™ graphics driver and software.

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Hey, everybody! Today is the magical day: the AMD RyzenTM 5000 Series goes on-sale worldwide. We’re incredibly excited for you to get your hands on the extraordinary performance the “Zen 3”1 core is bringing to the table, and we want to make sure that you’re ready to perform a drop-in upgrade.


Getting ready right now is easy:

  1. Have an AMD 500 Series motherboard.
  2. Already have a motherboard? Update your motherboard's BIOS to a version containing AGESA 1.1.0.0. This will make sure your AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processor has full performance and the best experience.
  3. Just bought a new motherboard? You can easily perform a BIOS update via USB Flashback (if needed). This will allow you to update the BIOS even when the installed processor is not compatible with the current BIOS. You may not even need a CPU installed at all! Consult your manual for details on how to perform a BIOS update via USB.

And if you have an AMD 400 Series motherboard, you should see BIOS updates starting in January, 2021. Learn more here. We’ll let you know what to look for as we get closer to that date.

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Example: An AGESA 1.1.0.0-based BIOS for the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero


What’s new in AGESA 1.1.0.0 for Ryzen 5000 Series:

  • General performance improvements for many types of workloads
  • Improved support for loading and applying overclocked memory profiles
  • Improved BIOS overclocking robustness
  • Improved USB hotplug detection
  • Improved SATA device detection on select SATA ports
  • Adds support for Eco Mode for automatic TDP reduction (AMD Ryzen Master)


Overall, this AGESA is designed to bring the Ryzen 5000 Series to the full performance and experience intended by AMD. Performance optimization is really the hero of this release, so make sure you grab the update for your motherboard when you’re up and running on “Zen 3.”


But that’s not all! We have an exciting roadmap beyond AGESA 1.1.0.0 and wanted to give you a small preview of what’s coming in future BIOS updates.


Beyond AGESA 1.1.0.0 for Ryzen 5000 Series:

  • Returning support for negative core voltage offsets (“undervolting”) with all-new AMD functionality for better frequency, voltage, and performance tweaking
  • Additional AMD optimization for performance and stability at ~2000MHz fabric clock. While not all processors are innately capable of reaching this frequency, our tuning is intended to help stabilize the overclock on capable samples2 —good luck!
  • Additional functionality tuning for benchmarking under extreme OC conditions (e.g. LN2)

What’s an AGESA?

An AGESA is the “AMD Generic Encapsulated System Architecture.” It defines the nucleus of BIOS options and features for an AMD chipset and processor. On top, motherboard vendors build a final interactive BIOS with their own code and board-specific proprietary features. A newer AGESA can enable new features, new BIOS options, and additional performance tuning. When necessary, AMD develops and releases new AGESA packages for motherboard makers so they can develop a new round of BIOS updates for your motherboard. Not all BIOS releases for a motherboard need or use an updated base AGESA, nor is the latest patch (e.g. "Patch D") explicitly required.

  1. GD-122: “Zen” is a codename for the AMD architecture, and is not a product name.
  2. GD-106: 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.

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Fight your way through the unique districts of Neo Arcadia, the virtual city featured in Ubisoft’s newest battle royale. Loot and fuse powerful Hacks and unique weapons in fast-paced battles and rise to become a true champion of the Hyper Scape.

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In the year 2050, mankind has organized into a series of mega-cities that are designed to sustain the 10 billion people alive on Earth. As a means of escaping the harsh reality of the world around them, technology company Prisma Dimensions created a virtual world known as the Hyper Scape. In the Hyper Scape players are drawn to the Crown Rush battle royale with the hope of reaping the rewards associated with being champion.

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Hyper Scape builds on the battle royale genre by introducing several new features and ways to play. Crown Rush features two main ways to win: Fight to be the last one standing or capture the Crown that spawns near the end of the match. Hacks are used in game as a means of providing your character with extra abilities that provide large tactical advantages such as teleportation and invisibility. Hyper Scape takes gameplay a step further with deep Twitch integrations which allow spectators to impact live games by voting on in-game modifiers and progressing individual battle passes by watching your favorite streamers.Hyperscape Twitch.png

Get into some high-octane combat with Hyper Scape and AMD RadeonTM RX 5000 Series graphics. The revolutionary RadeonTM graphics cards powered by AMD RDNATM architecture are built to provide an immersive experience in all of today’s hottest titles. on a system configured with a RyzenTM 7 3800XT processor, gamers can achieve an average of 120 FPS when using the recommended settings1. At 1080p, the RadeonTM RX 5500 XT graphics card offers an impressive average of 120 FPS at high-end settings1.

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When every split-second decision can lead to claiming the crown, RadeonTM Anti-Lag2 helps reduce input lag which will allow you to make sure that you have a competitive edge when taking on other players in the Hyper Scape. For the best experience, pair your RadeonTM RX 5000 Series GPU with an AMD FreeSync Premium display3 to ensure you get the best tear and stutter free experience.

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Hyper Scape launched its second season on October 6th and is currently available on Uplay, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Experience the thrill of Crown Rush, 100 tier battle pass, and limited time game modes with AMD RadeonTM. Get Yours Today – STORE LINK

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

 

  1. Testing done by AMD performance labs 08/19/2020 on Radeon RX 5500 XT, 5600 XT, 5700, 5700 XT (Driver: 20.8.1), Ryzen 7 3800XT processor, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER, FG5 bios, Win10 Pro x64 18362.175. Game tested was Hyper Scape (Vulkan) at 1080p & 1440p. Performance may vary. RX-518
  2. Radeon Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9, DirectX 11, DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs; Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs and Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. GD-157
  3. AMD FreeSync technology requires AMD Radeon graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

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As many people know, the gaming experience one has on a notebook isn't always the best, especially on small and compact form factors. Whether it’s sub-optimal performance, or lack of various features, serious gamers have typically avoided using notebooks to play unless it was their only option.

Luckily, things are beginning to change. Notebooks are starting to achieve levels of performance never thought of five years ago. Advanced process nodes are allowing companies to squeeze more transistors on to a single package and smart architecture designs are bringing more IPC to mobile processors to deliver the types of performance needed to drive today’s games at levels that gamers can appreciate.

In addition to innovations in individual pieces of hardware, breakthroughs in platform level performance enhancements have been achieved with features such as AMD’s SmartShift Technology, which utilizes machine learning algorithms to automatically boost performance to the CPU or GPU, depending on the demands of the application being used. SmartShift effectively provides gamers with up to 14% uplift in performance by transferring unused power from the CPU over to the graphics card, allowing it to punch above its weight. 1

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Above Image: AMD SmartShift Technology – Learn More

The one thing that ties great user experience and performance together, is software.  Having hardware on its own is useless without the optimizations in performance and a comprehensive feature set that only software can deliver. Up until recently, notebook gamers have been left out in the cold while desktop gamers enjoyed advanced features and capabilities designed to get the best gaming experiences. This wide disparity between notebook and desktop has been significantly narrowed today. AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition closes that gap, delivering those same great desktop features over to notebooks.

These include:

Radeon Image Sharpening – a feature that uses a complex Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) algorithm to deliver crisp, detailed visuals with no impact on performance. This is especially helpful for people who lower resolutions to get extra performance.  By enabling Radeon Image Sharpening after lowering the resolution, the change in visual quality will be barely noticeable.2 Learn More

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Radeon Anti-Lag – lag can often be the difference between killing and getting killed in a first-person shooter. Having that extra bit of responsiveness between the time a person presses a button to the resulting action showing up on screen, is crucial in a competitive gaming environment. The Radeon Anti-Lag feature can reduce this click-to-screen time substantially and deliver the rapid response a gamer craves.3 Learn More

Radeon Chill – bring cool and quiet frames to your games with this gameplay adaptive power saving feature. This feature dynamically regulates framerate based on your in-game movements and sets min/max caps to your FPS to help save power. (Note: Enabling Radeon Chill will disable Radeon Anti-Lag.) Learn More

Radeon Boost – this feature takes advantage of the fact that while a gamer is spinning a character around in a game looking for a target, the gamer is not paying attention to the small visual details while the character changes focus from one object to another. During this motion between objects, Radeon Boost dynamically lowers the in-game resolution by up to 50% to deliver faster performance for a more responsive feel.4 Learn More

AMD FreeSync - AMD FreeSync technology puts an end to choppy gameplay and broken frames with fluid, artifact-free performance at virtually any framerate. This feature can be enabled on notebooks that have a FreeSync capable panel included.5 Learn More

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With the capabilities and performance of AMD powered notebooks today, coupled with advanced features and optimized performance of Radeon Software, gamers will have little issue with gaming on the go.

Discover more about Radeon Software

 

 

 

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

 

  1. Testing done by AMD performance labs 12/20/2019 on Ryzen 7 4800H and Radeon RX 5600M using the Cinebench benchmark test with SmartShift ON vs. OFF. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. RM-007
  2. Radeon Image Sharpening is compatible with DirectX 11, 12, & Vulkan APIs and DirectX 9 for RX 5000 Series only, and Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. GD-156
  3. Radeon Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9, DirectX 11, DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs; Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs and Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. GD-157
  4. Radeon Boost is compatible with Windows 7 and 10 in select titles only. Hardware compatibility includes RX 400 and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. For a list of compatible titles see https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-boost. GD-158
  5. AMD FreeSync technology requires AMD Radeon graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

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AMD Link continues to revolutionize gamers’ experience with AMD. Since its first release in 2017, it has added value and features to all Radeon Software users. AMD Link,  brings with it big features including game streaming*, with support for Android TV and tvOS, bringing Radeon Gaming to the living room, performance monitoring, and more.

Here are some things that you can do with AMD Link:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play Games Anywhere!

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

 

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

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

 

Use Your Mobile Device as Secondary Screen

 

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

 

View Your Media on your Device

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

 

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

 

Benchmarking your Games

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

 

Fully Customize your On-Screen Controls

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

 

Disclaimers
* AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. GD-26
*Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 5.0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high-speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming capability, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information.
Anna Fieger is a Product Marketing Coordinator for AMD. Her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. GD-5

 

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I am a lifelong gamer, and gaming is in my heart.

 

With more than one in three people in the world gaming, gaming has brought communities together across the world and across all cultures. It’s all about how we learn and connect with each other through play. The highly anticipated next-generation game consoles are unlocking the full creativity of game developers to build the games they could only previously imagine.

Gaming is at the core of AMD’s DNA. Our Semi-Custom group’s mission is to lead, innovate and push the boundaries of technology to usher the world into the era of immersive computing. We started this journey with Microsoft about five years ago with the dream that we heard loud and clear from gamers to bring 4K120 gaming to everyone. Together with Microsoft and the gaming community, we are making this dream a reality this holiday season.

Just like in an online Role Playing Game (RPG), we assembled our team from the best heroes of AMD and Microsoft to advance through the challenges together and optimize every aspect of the Xbox Series X System on a Chip (SoC) and Xbox Series S SoC. The goal was to deliver a transformational design, generational performance and broad experience uplift with innovation throughout the silicon, system and software, with the game developers with us for every step of the journey.

 

The much-anticipated Xbox Series X will be available starting November 10, with pre-orders beginning September 22. The Xbox Series X will enable 4K gaming at up to 120 fps for truly immersive experiences, powered by the 8 core, 16 thread AMD “Zen 2” CPU optimized for gaming. Coupled with the brand new RDNA 2 GPU architecture, which also powers our upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, we are providing game-changing performance behind the most powerful Xbox ever created. We have focused on ensuring games don’t just look better but play better as well, driven by key, new hardware-accelerated features such as seamless content paging from the SSD to the GPU based on the revolutionary Xbox Velocity Architecture and DirectX 12 Ultimate Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading and mesh shaders.

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It’s always good to have a partner for a journey. The Xbox Series S will launch alongside the Xbox Series X, and thanks to its uniquely designed AMD Semi-Custom SoC will also include next generation features such as near-zero load times, high framerates and so much more – all in the smallest Xbox ever.

Microsoft is also providing gamers an experience on the go with cloud gaming via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate powered by custom Xbox One hardware with AMD Semi-Custom SoC, running in Microsoft’s Azure datacenters. Beginning September 15, in 22 countries across North America, Europe and South Korea, gamers will have a seamless gaming experience delivered to their Android mobile devices.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold and over 100 high-quality games for console, PC, and Android mobile devices. Beginning this holiday, Ultimate members will get an EA play membership at no additional cost so they can play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate brings an AMD Semi-Custom SoC, the same one that powers the Xbox One S, to the Microsoft cloud. The SoC helps ensure games render exactly as the game creators originally intended without modification or compromise by addressing the following pillars:

  • Compatibility – Over 3,000 games run on Xbox One and they all needed to run in the cloud as well.
  • Power – Highly optimized gaming experience within a power envelope that easily fits within the operating requirements of a high-density datacenter rack.
  • Low Latency – The end-to-end user experience is optimized for low latency throughout the data path, from the graphics engine to media encode to the end-user display.

 

We are incredibly honored by the decade-long partnership AMD has with the Microsoft team. We’re also very excited about our collaboration as we further extend our leadership position in gaming – across console, PC and cloud – and innovate together to shape the future of gaming.

 

As a fellow gamer, I look forward to playing a wide array of next-generation content on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and on my mobile device - creating unforgettable memories with friends around the world!

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Jack Huynh is Corporate Vice President and General Manager for the AMD Semi-Custom Business Unit.

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You better have quick access to some slurp juice because AMD Gaming & MAINGEAR have a special treat for Fortnite gamers.

Working closely with popular AMD-sponsored Influencer, Fortnite Creative Island modder MAKAMAKES, AMD created the new “AMD Battle Arena” for fans to have fun and celebrate the incredible momentum and future of AMD gaming. This map features fun, high-octane combat for both new players and those that have perfected the art of cranking 90’s.

Access the new AMD Battle Arena map where gamers get to duke it out in three different game modes, including Free-For-All, Box Fights, and Capture the Flag to explore a unique battle stadium powered by AMD! To access the maps, launch Fortnite in creative mode and use the map code: 8651-9841-1639

Free for All

  • First player to 30 eliminations, wins.
  • Unlimited respawns.
  • Weapons spawn randomly across the map.

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Box Fights

  • Last player standing wins.
  • Eliminate all other players to win.
  • Four minutes per round, five rounds total

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Capture the Flag

  • Capture the enemy flag and bring it back to your own base to win.
  • You only have one life per round.
  • Five minutes per round, three rounds total.

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Additionally, AMD has teamed up with MAINGEAR to give Fortnite gamers a chance to win a MAINGEAR Turbo gaming PC, powered by an AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor and Radeon™ RX 5700 XT graphics card. To enter, simply capture your “EPIC” gaming moments from any AMD Arena map on Fortnite and share it on Facebook or Twitter using @AMDgaming and @Maingear. All posts must also include the hashtag #AMDSweepstakesEntry.

Sweepstakes Rules

  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • Must be 18+.
  • Sweepstakes begins on August 24, 2020 and ends on September 30, 2020.
  • Your chance to win a MAINGEAR Turbo gaming PC, powered by an AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor and Radeon™ RX 5700 XT graphics card.  
  • Video capture your “EPIC” gaming moments from any AMD Battle Arena map on Fortnite.
  • Share your video on Twitter or Facebook and tag @AMDgaming and @MAINGEAR and include #AMDSweepstakesEntry.
  • On October 9, 2020, AMD will randomly pick one lucky winner.  
  • 1 prize, 1 MAINGEAR Turbo gaming PC with an ARV of $3K USD. 
  • Read the Official Rules here.

Adit Bhutani is the Product Marketing Specialist (Radeon + Gaming) 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.  GD-5

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AMD launched Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition over six months ago, delivering gamers a completely overhauled and reimagined software application that is both feature rich and easier to use than previous versions. Now that you have spent some time with our software, we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about some of the functionality that you may or may not have taken advantage of during this time.

Access Your Games from One Location

The new home screen for Radeon Software provides you with direct access to the games installed on your PC.  Quickly view stats like hours played or average FPS, change graphics settings for each game, or simply launch a game, all from one location.  You can bring up Radeon Software anytime by pressing the shortcut key [ALT+R].

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Browse the Web Without Leaving Your Game

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition comes equipped with a built-in web browser, allowing you to search for things like walkthroughs, tips and other tools to help you get past a level you may be stuck on. Simply open Radeon Software [ALT+R] and click on the globe next to the search bar.  You no longer need to ALT-TAB back to your desktop to surf the web.

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Stream Games to Your Favorite Social Media Website

Streaming content to social platforms like Twitch, Facebook and YouTube is becoming more popular these days and we wanted to provide Radeon™ hardware and software users with an easy way to get started. Our streaming functionality has been simplified so even novice users can get started, but it also includes more advanced features that experienced streamers expect, such as the ability to have custom scenes and picture-in-picture capabilities with your webcam.   To access our streaming capabilities, simply click on the ‘Streaming’ tab at the top of Radeon Software and get started right away1.

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Elevate Your FPS with Radeon™ Boost

Radeon™ Boost2 is a great feature to enable, delivering extra performance when you need it in select titles.  This feature works by dynamically lowering the resolution of an entire frame to deliver faster FPS and is triggered by certain inputs, such as when you’re quickly looking left or right to scan an area while you’re moving. When you’re done with your quick scan of the area, Boost will return the resolution back to the original setting. The amount by which Boost dynamically lowers your resolution can also be adjusted in Radeon Software, where you can set the minimum resolution between 50% to 83% of the original in-game resolution. The goal behind this feature is to lower the resolution when you’re not focused on the details so you get a more fluid response with minimal impact to quality.

Take Your Desktop PC Game Anywhere in the World

AMD Link, a free app available for download from the Apple or Android app stores, lets you fit your desktop PC in your pocket.  By installing AMD Link on your supported phone or tablet, you can access your PC from anywhere with a WiFi or fast cellular data connection. AMD Link allows you to monitor your PC stats, capture and stream your content online1, or even play your PC games directly from your device using either the integrated on-screen controls, or with a paired Bluetooth controller.

What we covered here today barely scratches the surface of what Radeon Software delivers to gamers. Learn more about all the great features we have for gamers to take advantage of, from Radeon™ Image Sharpening3, to Radeon™ Anti-Lag4 and AMD FreeSync™ technologies5, and change the way you game.

Download the latest driver here.

Learn more about Radeon Software.

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

 

  1. Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon™ GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows® 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information. GD-159
  2.  Radeon™ Boost is compatible with Windows 7 and 10 in select titles only. Hardware compatibility includes RX 400 and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. For a list of compatible titles see https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-boost. GD-158
  3.  Radeon™ Image Sharpening is compatible with DirectX 11, 12, & Vulkan APIs and DirectX 9 for RX 5000 Series only, and Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. GD-156
  4.  Radeon™ Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9, DirectX 11, DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs; Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs and Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. GD-157
  5.  AMD FreeSync™ technology requires AMD Radeon™ graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

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Shift into high gear with the next installment of the Formula 1 franchise from Codemasters, F1 2020. Following up the critically acclaimed F1 2019 game from last year, F1 2020 builds on the success of its predecessor to provide an authentic Formula 1 racing experience with all your favorite cars and tracks. For the first time ever, players can create their own F1 team by creating a driver, choosing a sponsor, an engine supplier, hiring teammates, and competing as the 11th team on the grid. Build facilities, develop the team over time, and drive your way to the top.

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Whether it is your state-of-the-art F1 car or your powerful gaming PC, enthusiasts know exactly what parts they have under-the-hood. AMD Radeon RX 5000 Series GPUs are built to provide an immersive experience in all of today’s hottest titles. Testing our revolutionary RDNA based product stack on a system configured with a Ryzen 7 3800X processor, gamers can achieve up to 110+ FPS when using the recommended settings1. At 1080p, the Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card offers an impressive up to 153 FPS at High settings1.

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F1 2020 uses AMD FidelityFX2 Contrast Aware Sharpening (CAS) for fantastic, sharp, and detailed visuals. The key benefits associated with CAS are sharpening and upscaling. By selecting “TAA and FidelityFX Sharpening” in the game’s “Video Mode” graphics options, you can restore some of the detail lost after Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA) is applied for the best image quality.

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Additionally, if you want to boost your FPS even further for the fastest framerates without significantly sacrificing image quality, you can turn on “TAA and FidelityFX Upscaling” instead. By scaling up from a lower resolution, then applying CAS, AMD FidelityFX CAS upscaling delivers the best balance of additional performance and image quality for your monitor’s native resolution.

In a game where 1/10th of a second can be the difference in setting a new lap record, Radeon Anti-Lag3 helps reduce input lag which will allow you to make sure that you never miss that split-second gear change. For the best experience, pair your Radeon RX 5000 Series GPU with an AMD FreeSync Premium Pro display4 to ensure you get the best HDR color accuracy and can see every single detail on the track.

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F1 2020 launched on July 10, and is currently available on Steam, Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The thrill of high-speed competition is made even better with Radeon RX graphics cards and AMD FidelityFX technology. Get Yours Today at - AMD Shop

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  1. Testing done by AMD performance labs 05/29/2020 on RX 5500 XT (1080p), 5600 XT (1080p), 5700 (1440p), 5700 XT (1440p) graphics cards with AMD driver 20.4.2, Ryzen 7 3800X processor, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER, FG5 bios, Win10 Pro x64 18362.175. Game tested was F1 2020 (DX12) at 1080p & 1440p. Performance may vary. RX-494
  2. For additional information, see https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-software-fidelityfx
  3. Radeon Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9, DirectX 11, DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs; Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs and Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. GD-157
  4. AMD FreeSync technology requires AMD Radeon graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

F1 2020 Game - an official product of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. 2020 Codemasters. The F1 logo, F1, FORMULA 1 and related marks are trademarks of Formula One Licensing BV, a Formula 1 company. Licensed by Formula One World Championship Limited. The F2 FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP logo, FORMULA 2, F2 and related marks are trademarks of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile and used exclusively under license. All rights reserved.


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

Radeon™ Chill

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

 

Radeon™ Image Sharpening

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

 

AMD FreeSync™

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

 

Radeon™ Anti-Lag

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Disclaimers

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

 

  1. AMD FreeSync™ technology requires AMD Radeon™ graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase GD-127
  2. Radeon™ Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 APIs, Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. GD-157
  3. Radeon™ Image Sharpening is compatible with DirectX 11, 12, & Vulkan APIs and DirectX 9 for RX 5000 Series only, and Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 series and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. GD-156
  4. For game day-0 support and feature availability:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMD Powered Ultrathin Laptops for Faster Video Editing Workflows

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

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

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

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

 

Step Up to the New Standard in Mobile Video Editing Performance

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

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

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

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

 

Adobe + AMD Enable High-Performance Video Editing from Anywhere

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

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

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT AMD RYZEN MOBILE PROCESSORS WITH RADEON GRAPHICS

LEARN MORE ABOUT AMD RADEON RX 5000 SERIES GRAPHICS FOR LAPTOPS

LEARN MORE ABOUT ADOBE PREMIERE PRO

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

 

Footnotes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Performance Tuning Profiles saved from previous Radeon Software releases will no longer be compatible with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.7.1 and onward.
  • Launching VR applications using the Oculus Rift™ headset may cause corruption or a system hang on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and the Performance Tuning tab incorrectly report higher than expected idle clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. Performance and power consumption are not impacted by this incorrect reporting.
  • With HDR enabled, Windows® desktop may experience flickering and performing a task switch while in a game may cause colors to become washed out or over saturated.
  • YouTube playback may become frozen with Microsoft® Edge player and Chrome™ when played on an extended display on some AMD Ryzen™ 7 3000 series and AMD Ryzen™ 4000 series APU system configurations.
  • Banners in Radeon Software may sometimes fail to show and navigation buttons for those banners may fail to work.
  • Previews for video content on Netflix® using Microsoft® Edge browser may fail to load or appear black.
  • AMD is investigating isolated reports of intermittent system hangs while exiting system sleep on some AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen™ 7 mobile processors with integrated Radeon™ RX 5500M Graphics.
  • AMD will continue to monitor and investigate any new reports of black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay closely. Users are encouraged to use the new Bug Reporting Tool for any issues they may encounter.

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

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

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Above: AMD Bug Report Tool

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Unreal Engine Performance Guide, and Optimization and Feature Patches

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

 

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

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

Learn More About AMD’s Unreal Engine Optimizations

Content Creation Updates, Including AMD Radeon ProRender

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

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

Learn More About AMD Radeon ProRender

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

New Radeon Memory Visualizer and RDNA Performance Guide

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

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

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

Learn More About Radeon Memory Visualizer

Learn More About the RDNA Performance Guide

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

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

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

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

Join our Let’s Build… 2020 virtual event 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Achieve Maximum Fidelity with New AMD FidelityFX Effects

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

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

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


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

Learn More About AMD FidelityFX

Learn More About AMD FidelityFX on GPUOpen



Next Level Physics and Hair Effects Demos

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Learn More about FEMFX on GPUOpen

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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

Stay tuned!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent releases have shown marked performance increases when switching from a RadeonTM 5500 XT 4GB to a RadeonTM 5500 XT 8GB.  In DOOM Eternal, the 8GB card runs the game at Ultra Nightmare settings at 75FPS (1080p), while the 4GB card can’t apply the graphics settings with that level of VRAM1. Looking at titles such as Borderlands 3, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Forza Horizon 4, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, there is a performance improvement on average of up to 19% across these games when using the same card and increasing the amount of VRAM from 4GB to 8GB2Newer titles that rely heavily on rendering extremely detailed models such as Microsoft® Flight Simulator 2020 are seeing performance improvements of up to 97% when using a graphics card with more graphics memory3.

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

Get Yours Now at the AMD Shop

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

 

  1. Testing done by AMD performance labs 04/5/2020 on Radeon RX 5500XT (4GB vs. 8GB) (Driver: 20.2.2), Intel Core i9 9900K (3.6 Ghz), 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite, F7 bios, Win10 Pro x64 18362. Performance may vary. RX-477
  2. Testing done by AMD performance labs 11/29/2019 on Ryzen 5 3600X, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, ASROCK X570 TAICHI, P1.70A, Win10 Pro x64 18362.175, AMD Driver 19.50. . Using Borderlands 3 @ DX12 High, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare  @ DX12 Ultra, Forza Horizon 4 @ DX12 Ultra, Tom Clancy’s Breakpoint @ DX11 Very High, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus @ Vulkan, Ultra. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. RX-411
  3. Testing done by AMD performance labs 08/17/2020 on Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB and 5500 XT 4GB GPUs (Driver: 20.8.2), with a Ryzen 7 3800XT processor (3.9 GHz), 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master, F21 bios, Win10 Pro x64 18362. Game tested was Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (DX12). Performance may vary. RX-520

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

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

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

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

  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Using the Microsoft Edge™ web browser to playback video content with a multi display system configuration may cause a system hang or crash after extended periods of use.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay3 incorrectly report higher than expected idle clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. Performance and power consumption are not impacted by this incorrect reporting.
  • Modifying the HDMI Scaling slider may cause FPS to become locked to 30.
  • Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system crash or TDR when performing multiple task switches using Alt+Tab.
  • Desktop or In-game corruption may occur intermittently when HDR is enabled.
  • Direct ML Media Filters are currently unavailable in Radeon Software Media gallery for video or image content.
  • Some users may still experience black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay. AMD will continue to monitor and investigate reports of these issues closely.
  • Some laptops may encounter a BSOD when installing Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition over an existing OEM graphics driver. To work around this issue, first uninstall the OEM graphics driver using Programs and Features within the Control Panel. Once complete, install the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition package and select the Factory Reset option during setup.

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

Footnotes:

  1. Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon™ GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows® 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information. GD-159
  2. AMD FreeSync™ technology requires AMD Radeon™ graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127
  3. Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer.  Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability.  GD-106

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the great features available with this update is that Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition can adapt to what you're doing.  For example, if you're on your desktop, the home screen that you see will be different from the one you would see if you were in game.  Functions will appear that are appropriate for each scenario so you can easily take advantage of all the powerful features we have to offer.

 

Turbocharge Your Game with Radeon™ Boost 4

The last thing you want your system to do is get bogged down when an enemy is firing at you. You need a system that is super responsive and fast so you can easily find and track down your target. Radeon™ Boost delivers that extra bit of performance and fluidity when fast motion via mouse input is detected, helping you get out of those sticky situations. Check out the full list of supported Radeon™ Boost game titles (here).

Radeon™ Image Sharpening 3

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


Radeon™ Anti-Lag2

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

 

 Power Saver Profile

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

 

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

 

 

 

Disclaimers:

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

1. AMD FreeSync™ technology requires AMD Radeon™ graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase GD-127
2. Radeon™ Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 APIs, Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. GD-157
3. Radeon™ Image Sharpening is compatible with DirectX 11, 12, & Vulkan APIs and DirectX 9 for RX 5000 Series only, and Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 series and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. GD-156
4. Radeon™ Boost compatibility includes Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes Polaris and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. GD-158
5. For game day-0 support and feature availability:
Compatibility and feature availability will depend on system manufacturer and/or packaged driver version, for most up to date drivers visit AMD.com GD-164

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

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

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


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

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

DXR 1.1 Raytracing Running on AMD RDNA 2 Silicon

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

                                                                         

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

 

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

 

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

 

Cautionary Statement

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cautionary Statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

  • The audible beeps at game startup from Radeon™ Chill, Radeon™ Boost, and Radeon™ Anti-Lag have been removed. These features now offer audible indicators only when activated or deactivated via hotkey.
  • The Radeon™ ReLive on screen timer indicator during recordings has been disabled by default but can be enabled in Radeon Software settings.
  • Controls for vertical sync may be hidden or disappear when Radeon™ Enhanced Sync is enabled.
  • Radeon™ ReLive may experience freezing or pausing issues during recordings when a high resolution camera is connected and in use.
  • CPU usage may sometimes remain high once Radeon™ Game Advisor has been invoked during a game.
  • Some users may experience an error message “Another instance is running” during download of a software update through the Radeon Software home screen.
  • The DuplicateDesktop process may sometimes cause high CPU usage while a game is running.
  • Radeon Software may close or may experience a crash upon resuming from sleep.
  • The toast message detailing the hotkey to open Radeon™ Software’s Overlay may still show up in some games after Radeon™ Software Overlay has been disabled.
  • Lost Ark™ may experience stuttering intermittently during gameplay.
  • Using a custom stream key with Radeon ReLive may fail to stream your content.
  • The ‘Stream’ button may remain active when in the process of choosing a region to stream even when a region has not been selected or chosen.
  • Some Radeon™ R9 200, Radeon™ R9 300 and Radeon™ R9 Fury series graphics products may experience instability with a limited number of DirectX®9 or DirectX®11 games when using a high refresh rate 120hz+ display. A workaround if you are experiencing this issue is to lower your displays refresh rate.
  • Some mpeg clips may experience a green tint on Radeon™ RX 5700 series graphics products when using Windows® Media Player or the Movies & TV application.
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries™ may experience a game crash and DXGI dialogue error when running the game using HDMI and Radeon™ FreeSync display configurations1.
  • Live streaming using the DouYu™ application with hardware acceleration enabled may cause video corruption on Radeon™ RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Trials Rising™ may experience excessive fog/smoke in some areas of the game.
  • Missing text or corruption may be experienced in the right eye when playing the VR game Boneworks™.
  • Fixed result overflows that can be experienced with Radeon™ RX 5700 series when using SETI@Home.
  • The ‘Shop AMD Products’ button may open the AMD.com homepage instead of the proper shopping web link.
  • The scrolling arrow options may intermittently fail to work during Radeon Software installation.
  • Up and Down arrow keys don’t work when using the search bar in Radeon Software.
  • Enabling HDR enabled displays in Windows® may cause colors to become washed out.
  • Radeon Software sidebar appears behind the Windows® taskbar when the taskbar is set to the same side of your display.
  • Playing Tom Clancy's: The Division 2™ with HDR enabled and performing a task switch may cause display color corruption that persists even once the game is exited.
  • Mixed Reality Portal™ may experience color corruption or distortion near the edge of viewing areas on some headsets.
  • Resident Evil™ 2 may experience screen flashing when launching the game using DirectX®12 API.
  • An intermittent black screen or loss of display may occur when performing parallel actions such as web browsing, gaming or watching video.
  • Some UE4 based titles such as KovaaK 2.0: The Meta™, Tetris Effect™ and Snooker 19™ may fail to launch with Adrenalin 2020 edition software.
  • Some single display Radeon RX 5700 series graphics product system configurations may experience intermittent reboots when the system is left idle on desktop.
  • A limited number of games such as Nioh™, Dragon Quest Builders 2™, WWE™2k20, Dead or Alive 6™ and Atelier Ryza™ may crash or fail to launch. Wolfenstein™ 2: The New Colossus is not detected in Radeon Software games manager.
  • Text overflow in some UI boxes or toast messages may be experienced in some language localizations.
  • Fan Tuning may change back to the default state when switching between available GPUs.
  • Copy text options are not available in the display specs table for Radeon Software.
  • An intermittent black screen or loss of display may occur when the system is left idle at desktop.
  • Factory Reset install may keep previously configured Radeon Software game profiles. This can cause mismatch between global graphics settings and per profile settings.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Source: AMD internal data, December 2019

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

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

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FreeSync Premium

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FreeSync Premium Pro

Previously known as FreeSync 2 HDR

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

 

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

Listen to our engineers talk about our certification process here:

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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