AMD has released the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 driver
Published: 12th December 2017 | Source: AMD Radeon Technologies Group |
There is a lot to talk about here, so much so that it is hard to know where to begin when discussing Radeon Software Adrenaline. Performance-wise AMD has showcased a clear commitment to improving the performance of their products in modern gaming titles, though sadly this driver does not seem to be the "performance enhancing driver" that many have been hoping for.
We plan on conducting some of our own testing with this new driver to see if there are many performance benefits over Radeon Software 17.11.4, though it is unlikely that we will see night and day differences. Remember that the majority of the games AMD tested here were released after Radeon Software 16.12.1 and have received their own optimised day-1/0 drivers, which means that these performance gains are unlikely to be purely from the upgrade to Adrenalin.
Even so, AMD has delivered a lot of features that will improve the gameplay experience of Radeon users, from further optimisations to game latency to the release of Enhanced Sync support for all GCN or newer Radeon GPUs with support for the Vulkan API.
When it comes to usability the addition of AMD's Radeon OSD cannot be called anything but transformative, allowing Radeon users to edit or disable features like FreeSync, Enhanced Sync, Frame Rate Target Control and Radeon Chill, making these elements much more accessible to end users. On top of that Wattman profiles can no be saved and shared and features like FreeSync can be toggled on a game-by-game basis, promoting higher levels of customization than ever before.
The addition of Radeon Overlay support and AMD's new Link App have delivered users a lot of attractive in-game performance analysis options than ever before, making existing tools like MSI Afterburner and Rivatuner almost unnecessary for Radeon owners. The release of Radeon Overlay has firmly placed AMD's competitors in a position where they will need to catch up.
For newcomers to the streaming scene, Radeon Software Adrenaline can be seen as a godsend, offering enhanced capabilities, a smaller performance impact and integration with some of today's most popular streaming services. These upgrades have made Radeon ReLive into an extremely attractive option for streaming hobbyists, especially if they don't want to use utilities like XSplit or OBS.
The full release notes for Radeon Software Adrenaline version 17.12.1 can be viewed here alongside download links.
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