As has now become tradition, AMD has released its biggest driver update of the year. Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition rings in a ton of additions and changes, including a heap of new features for a new year.
We’ll start with the slightly banal, and that’s day one performance optimisation for the imminent release of Detroit: Become Human. It should be a must for AMD Radeon owners looking to try out Quantic Dreams’ visually stunning adventure game.
There’s also the slightly vague claim of an average 12% performance uplift in “select” titles when comparing this Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 19.12.2 with last year’s 2019 edition. They haven’t even specified what games and which video cards so this claim isn’t really worth much at all.
That’s the general improvements then, but what about the new features to be found in the Radeon 19.12.2 GPU drivers? Well, the first thing which will catch your eye is a total Radeon Software redesign. You can now pull it in via an overlay using either Alt+R for fullscreen or Alt+Z for a sidebar. Using the new overly you’ll be able to access game states, view and edit media, toggle game-specific settings, manage your streaming settings, receive detailed performance overviews, custom profiles, and, er, a built-in web browser if you can find a use for it.
As for the rest, here are all the new additions to be found in the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 19.12.2 graphics card driver:
Radeon Boost - This is a new feature which uses dynamic resolution scaling such as this seen with consoles. Frame rates will be kept high during fast motion at the expensive image quality, although AMD claims “little to no perceptible change”.
Integer Display Scaling - This is a feature which Nvidia successfully implemented earlier this year and it’s now available on AMD hardware. Integer Scaling is a hardware-accelerated feature which preserves the original detail of an image while increasing the resolution. It’s particularly useful for upscaling pixel art on high resolution monitors, resulting in a much crisper image quality.
Radeon Anti-Lag - Aimed at eSports gamers, Radeon Anti-Lag is all about reducing the input lag during GPU-limited scenarios. It basically slows down your CPU to ensure it isn’t getting to far ahead of the CPU in terms of delivering frames. With fewer frames queued up in the CPU a game should feel more responsive.
Radeon Image Sharpening - Already a feature found in the Adrenalin software, support for Radeon Image Sharpening has now been expanded to all DirectX 11 titles. Overlay controls have also been added to finetune sharpness, as well as an on/off toggle while in-game.
AMD Link - This one’s quite a big one, offering software support for playing your PC games on an iOS or Android device. You don’t even need to be connected to the same network for this to work and there’s support for bit rate of up to 50Mb/s. It’s really going to hinge on the quality of your connection, of course, but this could well be a solution for playing some of your favourite games on the go.
Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 19.12.2 Fixed Issues
- Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products may intermittently experience loss of display or video signal during gameplay.
- Out of Video Memory error may randomly appear on some Radeon R9 200/300 series graphics products when playing Fortnite with DirectX 12 API enabled.
- Ring of Elysium may experience lower than expected performance on 1440p and 4K display resolutions.
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order may experience an application hang after the initial game cutscenes on some Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
- Enabling Performance Metrics Overlay may cause black screens or corruption on some applications.
- Task switching out of some games with Radeon ReLive enabled may cause a black screen when switching back into the game.
- Invoking Radeon Overlay may cause games to lose focus or become minimized when HDR is enabled within Windows.
Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 19.12.2 Known Issues
- Switching between borderless and fullscreen in some games when Performance Overlay is enabled and Radeon FreeSync is enabled may cause stuttering.
- Some Vulkan gaming applications may crash when performing a task switch with Radeon Image Sharpening enabled.
- Applying DirectML media filters to media in Radeon Software Gallery may cause video memory to fail to be released once completed. A system restart will resolve this issue.
- Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.
- Removing a game profile from Radeon Software may cause Radeon FreeSync and/or Virtual Super Resolution to become enabled.
- Radeon ReLive may appear to be missing or not available to install on some Radeon R9 380 series and Radeon R9 285 series graphics products.
- Performance Metrics Overlay may appear to lock frame rate at 60 fps when performing a task switch in or out of a game.
- Battlefield V may experience an application hang when changing settings in game with Radeon Boost enabled on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
- Performing a resolution change while Radeon Software overlay is open may cause an application hang or TDR.
- Enabling Radeon Image Sharpening on HDR enabled displays may cause colors to become washed out.
- Performing Upscale on a large resolution video or screenshot may fail to apply and cause an error message.
AMD's latest graphics card driver can be updated through your current Radeon Adrenalin or you can grab it directly from AMD's site.