New AMD Radeon Graphics Driver Gets Users Ready For Anthem Early Access

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅24.01.2019 22:44:51

EA's Anthem is due to launch on PC in February, but beta tests and demos mean that graphics card drivers need to be ahead of the game. Such is a rationale for AMD today as they release the latest update to Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, a driver package which will provide preliminary support and improved performance characteristics for the upcoming blockbuster.

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.2 is AMD's second major driver update this month, and has been timed to coincide with the launch of Capcom's Resident Evil 2 remake, Tropico 6, and the aforementioned Anthem. The stability improvements typically denoted by 'Support for' are often essential for day one experiences, and this driver is a continuation of AMD's welcome efforts in issuing regular updates for major title releases.

Due to its preeminence in the gaming landscape this quarter Anthem gets top billing, with the driver offering performance improvements of ~7% compared to 19.1.1 at 1080p on a system equipped with RX 580. That will definitely help to inform customers trying out the game demo over the next few weeks before laying down money for a pre-order, and by focusing on RX 580 performance they're angling for the mainstream rather than more niche segments.

More fixes are also listed in this driver, including erratic FreeSync behaviour when playing Rocket League and the slightly over-eager driver update notification popup. Alongside these, new issues have been identified which should be addressed in an upcoming update. As ever, that's nice to see.

Download the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.2 drivers at the following link, supporting 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and 10.

Release Notes

Support For

- Resident Evil® 2
- Tropico™ 6
- Anthem™ Early Access
-- Up to 7% faster performance in Anthem using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.2 on the Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 19.1.1 at 1920x1080 (1080p). RS-284

Fixed Issues

- Some displays may experience a black screen on reboot until the display is power cycled.
- A toast message may intermittently popup incorrectly suggesting that a new driver upgrade is available.
- Rocket League™ may experience flickering or erratic refresh rates when Radeon FreeSync is enabled.
- Custom installations of Radeon Software may sometimes fail to install Radeon Settings.
- Radeon Settings may experience an application crash when Upgrade Advisor is refreshed by the user multiple times.
- Users may not be able to upgrade to an optional driver if the latest recommended driver was installed by AMD Link.

Known Issues

- Battlefield™ V players may experience character outlines stuck on screen after being revived.
- Mouse lag or system slowdown is observed for extended periods of time with two or more displays connected and one display switched off.
- Game Advisor may fail to load compatibility information for games when the gaming library is very large.
- Uninstalling Radeon Software may fail to remove Radeon Settings.
- Pixel Format settings may not retain after system restart.
- Scene Editor may have issues with scrolling when many elements are added to a scene.
- Custom settings in Radeon WattMan may sometimes fail to apply on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
- Radeon ReLive may intermittently experience captured recordings or Instant Replays with inverted colors.
- HDMI Underscan settings may not retain after system restart.


RS-284:- Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 23rd, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 580, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra-preset setting on Anthem at 1920x1080, Radeon™ RX 580 scored 60.6 FPS with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 19.1.1, whereas the Radeon™ RX 580 scored 64.9 FPS with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.2 has up to 7% faster performance in Anthem. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-284

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