Latest Radeon Drivers Bring Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 Support To RX 5700-series

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅13.08.2019 16:38:50


Netflix subscribers running AMD's newest graphics hardware have reason to cheer this week as the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition driver has been released. The first revision for August, RSAE 19.8.1, incorporates support for the Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 DRM scheme on Radeon RX 5700-series GPU, a feature that's required for 4K video streaming of protected content. This aspect aside, the driver implements a number of bug fixes and identifies new issues to be addressed rather than explicitly improve performance, marking it as an optional rather than recommended update.

Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 support was added to Polaris-based graphics cards (RX 400- and 500-series) and Ryzen APUs in 2018, but Vega discrete graphics continue to be incompatible. An update bringing support for this DRM scheme to the Navi-based RX 5700-series was therefore somewhat unexpected at this juncture, especially given how spotty support has been across the desktop PC ecosystem.

RSAE 19.8.1 also includes fixes to the Radeon Software tools suite, blank screen and screen flickering with an RX 5700-series GPU installed, and a pair of critical flaws present when running the new GPUs in Windows 7 environments. The release notes identify half a dozen new issues set for fixes in subsequent updates.

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.8.1 is an optional update supported on 64-bit version of Windows 7 and 10. It is compatible with AMD GPU architectures going back as far as GCN 1.0 (Radeon HD 7000-series), as well as Ryzen mobile processors with Vega graphics. Drivers can be downloaded at AMD.com/support

Release Notes

Support For

Microsoft® PlayReady®3.0
- Supported on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.

Fixed Issues

- Some system configurations may experience color corruption after install of Radeon Software when running Windows® 10 May 2019 update. Issue is resolved in the latest Windows® Update 18362.267 (KB4505903)
- Radeon Chill settings may not sync with game profile settings when changed in-game through Radeon Overlay
- Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products may experience a black screen or flickering when applying auto overclocking memory with games or applications running in fullscreen
- Radeon AntiLag may slightly impact performance in select games
- Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics may experience a black screen during uninstall on Windows®7 system configurations. A work around is to perform uninstall in safe mode.
- Recording clips with Radeon ReLive may result in blank clips on Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics with Windows®7 system configurations.

Known Issues

- Stutter may be experienced when Radeon FreeSync is enabled on 240hz refresh displays with Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
- Radeon Performance Metrics may report incorrect VRAM utilization.
- AMD Radeon VII may experience elevated memory clocks at idle or on desktop.
- Radeon Overlay may intermittently fail to appear when toggled in game.
- Audio for clips captured by Radeon ReLive may be corrupted or garbled when desktop recording is enabled.
- Enabling Enhanced Sync may cause game, application or system crashes on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.

Important Notes

AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics FAQ for Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition can be found here.

Package Contents

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.8.1 installation package contains the following:

- Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.8.1 Driver Version 19.30.01.29 (Windows Driver Store Version 26.20.13001.29010)


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