AMD Releases Crimson Driver v16.4.1

👤by Chris Yeo Comments 📅05.04.2016 13:57:14


AMD have just released an update to their GPU software package 'Crimson', specifically addressing performance issues with the newly released game 'Quantum Break'.

Here are there release notes for the latest driver update:

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.1 Highlights

Support for:

Quantum Break™
- Upto 35% faster performance using Quantum Break™ on Radeon™ R9 Fury X than with Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2(1).

Oculus Rift™
HTC Vive™

Resolved Issues
- Frame rate capping issues experienced in some DirectX®12 applications is resolved.
- Hitman™ may experience flickering when played in DirectX® 11 mode using high game shadow settings.

Known Issues
- A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay"
- Need For Speed™ may experience poor scaling or flickering in AMD Crossfire™ mode. As a work around users can disable the profile through the Radeon™ Settings game manager.
- The Division™ may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire™ mode.
- Power efficiency toggle in Radeon™ Settings is showing up for some unsupported products.
- XCOM2™ users may experience an application crash when using AMD Crossfire™ mode. As a work around please disable AMD Crossfire™ for the games profile in the Radeon™ Settings Gaming tab.
- Some DX9 applications cannot disable AMD Crossfire™ mode through Radeon™ Settings.
- A small subset of AMD Radeon™ R9 380 users may be experiencing slower than expected fan speeds. A work around is to raise your fan speeds through AMD Overdrive in Radeon™ Settings manually to a desired amount.
- HDMI Scaling options may not be available in Radeon™ Settings on some system configurations.


Aside the Quantum Break performance improvements; the inclusion of Oculus Rift & HTC Vive support is the big feature of this update to us - AMD are obviously just as keen to be onboard and prepared for the two main consumer based Virtual Reality headsets of this year. This is good news for AMD owners; who often as of late find themselves on the back foot for driver support/ game optimisation.

Additional resolved issues include DirectX 12 frame rate capping, again this is good news for AMD owners whom might be playing Gears Of War Ultimate Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quantum Break & even early access games like Descent Underground.

AMD have also resolved Hitman flickering problems when the game is played in DirectX 11 with high in-game shadows - although this is a minor fix; it's great to see that AMD are systematically eliminating issues.

Unresolved issues remain with AMDs Gaming Evolved application overlay - with the only solution for now to disable the overlay entirely. R9 380 owners experiencing fan-speed problems - big one here - make sure you check your fan settings via OverDrive and temperatures.

You can view the official AMD driver release notes here.

To download the driver, see the below links:

- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.1 Driver for Windows® 10, Windows 8.1 & Windows 7 64-bit
- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.1 Driver for Windows® 10, Windows 8.1 & Windows 7 32-bit
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