Latest AMD Radeon Adrenalin Drivers Brings DX9 Fixes Out Of Alpha

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅18.01.2018 23:04:28



The release calender for major PC games may be a little sparse this month but AMD are continuing to release new drivers and software for their graphics cards for your consideration. The latest is Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.1.1, AMD's first full graphics driver software package for 2018, and rather than improving any specific area of performance instead fixes lingering issues critical to a vocal minority of gamers.

Earlier this month AMD acknowledged that their latest major software update - December's aforementioned Adrenalin Edition - was having compatibility problems with some DirectX 9 games including The Witcher and Command and Conquer 3. An Alpha driver version quickly followed addressing them, supplied 'as-is' as a temporary measure ahead of a full release driver. Today's update is just that driver.

As well as the DirectX 9 fixes Adrenalin Edition 18.1.1 also claims to solve a few still lingering FreeSync problems (something of a reoccurring issue with Adrenalin according to the AMD subreddit) and a few compatibility issues with broader Radeon features such as Wattman which expanded in scope in the Adrenalin Edition. A full list of solved and unsolved but identified concerns can be found below.

As always, you can download the drivers at http://www.amd.com/support. These drivers are compatible with 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and Windows 7, and GPUs of the 7000-series and newer.

Release Notes

Introducing Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition, artfully designed and meticulously crafted to unleash the powerful performance and innovation built into Radeon™ Graphics through an incredibly intuitive and utterly beautiful user interface for both PCs and mobile devices.

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.1.1 Highlights

Resolved Issues


- A small number of DirectX®9 games may experience crashes or instability.
- Radeon FreeSync enabled system configurations may experience stuttering when using the performance metrics feature in Radeon Overlay.
- Protected video content may intermittently experience a freeze or hang during playback.
- A blank screen may be experienced while playing back videos when using Movies & TV player.
- Starcraft™2 may experience corruption in multi GPU enabled system configurations.
- Bezel compensation controls when creating display groups may be misaligned or have no functionality.
- Blank videos may be experienced when playing back videos in edge browser after the system resumes from sleep.
- Color corruption may intermittently be observed in Radeon overlay with multiple gaming applications and performance metrics running.
- The Radeon WattMan fan slider may intermittently fail to change after loading profiles.
- Enhanced Sync may not enable for game profiles in Radeon Settings when using Vulkan™ API.
- On multi GPU enabled system configurations Player Unknowns Battlegrounds™ may experience menu item flickering.
- CLINFO may report incorrect values in multi GPU system configurations.

Known Issues

- Radeon Chill may fail to enable on Vulkan™ API games.
- Radeon Overlay hotkey may fail to bring up the overlay or may cause a Radeon Host Application crash intermittently on a limited number of gaming titles.
- Radeon FreeSync may cause stutter with Radeon ReLive Instant Replay enabled on some fullscreen games.
- Radeon Settings may experience a hang when enabling AMD CrossFire with three or more graphics products.
- Trimming videos may fail to create a thumbnail if the video contains non-English characters.
- Flickering may be observed on the performance metrics overlay when Enhanced Sync is enabled on some Radeon FreeSync connected displays.
- Performance Metrics Overlay may hang if enabled when cycling display power off and on.
- The "Reset" function in Radeon Settings for Display, ReLive, and Video may not work as intended when using Radeon Settings in certain regional languages.
- Radeon WattMan may intermittently fail to load profiles for Radeon RX Vega on the global Radeon Wattman page.
- A random system hang may be experienced after extended periods of use on system configurations using 12 GPU's for compute workloads.
- The GPU Workload feature may cause a system hang when switching to Compute while AMD CrossFire is enabled. A workaround is to disable AMD CrossFire before switching the toggle to Compute workloads.

Package Contents

The Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.1.1 installation package contains the following:

- Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.1.1 Driver Version 17.50.15.01 (Windows Driver Store Version 23.20.15015.1002)


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