AMD Radeon Crimson Edition 16.8.1 Released
Along with the release of the Radeon RX 460, today AMD released the latest set of drivers for its Radeon graphics cards. Radon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.1 was released today with support for both the recently released Radeon RX 470 graphics cards and today’s RX 460 cards. The majority of the release consists of bugfixes, but AMD did add a new Crossfire profile for F1 2016.
As for those bugfixes, nearly all of them are related to Polaris and Vulkan. It’s nice to see AMD acting quickly to resolve these issues to support the new technology that is exciting users. AMD fixed an issue for RX 480 owners where the max memory overclock was too low for Radeon Wattman. They also fixed Crossfire issues impacting RX 480 users with Overwatch, The Division, and DoTA 2. Issues with Vulkan version support being incorrectly reported were also corrected. AMD also corrected hardware acceleration difficulties in Firefox and problems facing users trying to update their drivers through the Radeon Settings utility.
There are still a fairly large number of known issues facing AMD graphics card owners. Most issues revolve around Polaris, Crossfire, DirectX 12, and Vulkan. This isn’t entirely unexpected, and it’s clear from this driver update that AMD is working to resolve these problems and make full use of both the Polaris architecture and the latest graphics technology on the software side of things. The best course of action at this point is to proceed with caution into any special use cases. For the majority of users who are running single card configurations with older versions of DirectX(11 or earlier) or OpenGL, none of this should really be a problem.
With the recent releases of the RX 470 and the RX 460 and the progress being made by AMD, it would be surprising if more driver updates weren’t coming soon.