AMD RSAE 20.4.2 Drivers Gain WHQL Status

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅27.05.2020 12:31:42



New triple-A game releases have dried up in recent weeks, and that has coincided with a drop in the cadence of graphics driver releases from both NVIDIA and AMD. Radeon graphics hardware owners will have to wait a little longer for their next update, but AMD have taken the time to put the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.4.2 drivers through Microsoft's WHQL validation process, itself an important process prior to packaging the software for business roll-out and OEMs.

The RASE 20.4.2 drivers were released on April 24th ahead of Predator: Hunting Grounds and Gears of War Tactics, making it over a month since AMD issued a new set of optimisations and fixes. The known issues have remained unchanged through the WHQL process and many will be of critical concern to substancial number of end-users. One in particular catches the eye: Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.

It's a little surprising that Phantasy Star Online 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary Edition (part of the Master Chief Collection) didn't receive an optimisation pass for a May driver release. Perhaps performance in these titles are fine, or (in PSO2's case) the driver development team has not had an opportunity to get to grips with the title.

You can as usual download the drivers at amd.com/en/support by selecting your hardware configuration and OS. It is compatible with 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and 10, and all GCN graphics hardware (as far back as the HD 7000-series).

RELEASE NOTES

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.4.2 Highlights

Support For

- Gears Tactics™
- Predator: Hunting Grounds™

Fixed Issues

- Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system hang or black screen when running [email protected] while also running an application using hardware acceleration of video content.
- A system crash or hang may be experienced when using Edge browser to play Netflix™ content.
- XSplit™ may experience an application hang or freeze when performing a scene switch.
- Minor stuttering may occur when performing a task switch with performance metrics overlay open in some games.
- Overwatch™ may experience an intermittent crash while entering a game or during extended gameplay sessions.
- Radeon RX 5700 series graphics product system configurations may intermittently experience a display loss or black screen while gaming or on desktop with a limited number of displays.
- Radeon Software may experience an application crash when playing games with non-alphanumeric characters in the game title.
- Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience an application crash with Microsoft® Teams when hardware acceleration is enabled.
- An ‘Unable to get requirements’ error message may intermittently occur when viewing the Upgrade Advisor tab in Radeon Software.
- Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system crash or TDR when playing games with Instant Replay or Record Desktop enabled.
- Resolved an install issue where Error 1603 could occur when an installation prerequisite for Visual C++ was not correctly detected as installed.

Known Issues

- Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
- Using Edge™ web browser to playback video content with a multi display system configuration may cause a system hang or crash after extended periods of use.
- Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan incorrectly report higher than expected idle clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. Performance and power consumption are not impacted by this incorrect reporting.
- Modifying the HDMI Scaling slider may cause FPS to become locked to 30.
- Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
- Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system crash or TDR when performing multiple task switches using Alt+Tab.
- Desktop or In-game corruption may occur intermittently when HDR is enabled.
- Direct ML Media Filters are currently unavailable in Radeon Software Media gallery for video or image content.
- Some users may still experience black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay. AMD will continue to monitor and investigate reports of these issues closely.
- Some laptops may encounter a BSOD when installing Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition over an existing OEM graphics driver. To work around this issue, first uninstall the OEM graphics driver using Programs and Features within the Control Panel. Once complete, install the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition package and select the Factory Reset option during setup.

Important Notes

AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics FAQ for Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition can be found here.


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