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AMD Launches their Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Driver

Introduction and Performance Improvements

AMD launches their Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Driver

AMD Launches their Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Driver

Back in 2015, shortly after the creation of the Radeon Technologies Group, AMD started a journey that would move the company away from Catalyst and towards a new era of Radeon Software, extending their graphics drivers beyond what would traditionally be considered a driver. 

Radeon Software is now about a lot more than getting your GPU running on your chosen OS, adding support for Streaming, Video Recording, Performance Analysis and overclocking tools to their driver stack, alongside game-specific performance optimisations and tweaks that are designed to reduce input latency and otherwise improve the playability of modern games. 

With the release of Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, AMD took their Radeon Software stack outside of PCs and onto mobile devices through the Radeon Link app, leaving performance data at the fingertips of users while their Radeon Overlay allowed multiple settings to be adjusted in-game, a handy add-on for tweakers. 

Today marks the launch of AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, otherwise known as Radeon Software version 18.12.2, boasting a highly advanced feature set which boasts 23 new or upgraded features, adding more reasons for PC gamers to select Radeon-powered graphics cards.  
   

AMD Launches their Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Driver  
Performance

Rumours regarding AMD's big 2018 driver have been circulating for quite some time, some of which stated that AMD would deliver some major performance boosts, specifically on their RX Vega series graphics cards, using a hardware feature called "Primitive Shaders", one of Vega' most highly sought after upgrades. 

We can say here that Adrenalin 2019 Edition/18.12.2 is not primarily about performance upgrades, though it is worth noting that driver optimisation has enabled some notable performance upgrades since the release of Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1, a lot of which is due to day-1 driver optimisations for new titles. 

Looking at the list of games in the above slide, we can see that Call of Duty: WWII receives a major performance boost thanks to this year's driver optimisations on an RX 570. This is not due to da-1 drivers either, as AMD's latest driver upon that game's release was 17.11.1, which is older than Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided also gained a 6% performance uptick, a boost that is not from day-1 driver optimisations. 

AMD Launches their Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Driver  
Project ReSX

Project ReSX is perhaps one of the most exciting developments of Radeon's driver team from early 2018, pledging to improve the performance of popular eSports titles by increasing average framerates, lowering 99th percentile frametimes and reducing the response times of popular games when using Radeon hardware. 

The results of this project were the highlight of AMD's Radeon Software 18.3.1 driver, though since then AMD has continued to improve the playability of titles like Fortnite, Overwatch and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. When combined with the performance and latency improvements of 18.3.1, Radeon has achieved a colossal performance uptick in these titles since the launch of Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition. 

More information about Project ReSX is available here.


AMD Launches their Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Driver  

Update - AMD 18.12.2 driver launches with the performance optimisations for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, DOOM, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Strange Brigade. 

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

- Up to 4% faster performance in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 at 1920x1080 (1080p). RS-277

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

- Up to 3% faster performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 at 2560x1440 (1440p). RS-278

DOOM

- Up to 5% faster performance in DOOM using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 at 3840x2160 (4K). RS-279

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

- Up to 5% faster performance in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 at 3840x2160 (4K). RS-280

Strange Brigade

- Up to 7% faster performance in Strange Brigade using Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 18.12.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 at 3840x2160 (4K). RS-281

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13-12-2018, 09:16:13

Dicehunter
Can't wait to get home and tinker Quote

13-12-2018, 09:27:58

WYP
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Can't wait to get home and tinker
I can't wait to do some more tinkering. I got the driver yesterday, but that was nowhere near enough time to get any testing done.

I have an RX Vega 56 that's waiting to see how well those auto overclocking tools work.Quote

13-12-2018, 09:34:14

AlienALX
Ugh Fedex why you take so long?

I want my Red Devil Quote

13-12-2018, 09:39:04

Warchild
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Ugh Fedex why you take so long?

I want my Red Devil
At least its not DHL, meaning you will actually get your product.
DHL managed to lose my passport somewhere between Liverpool and Oslo. Even when I got it, they tried to charge me tax on an official HMS item.

I'd take snail mail over their services these days.Quote

13-12-2018, 10:31:11

AlienALX
Card is here. Just installing the drivers and downloading some benchmarks to test the card with. It's friggin huge !Quote
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