AMD Releases Updated Raven Ridge Desktop APU Graphics Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors | May 18, 2018 - 04:33 PM |
Tagged: Vega, ryzen, raven ridge, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, r5 2400g, r3 2200g, amd

Today, AMD released the first driver update for the desktop Raven Ridge APUs since their launch in February of this year.

The new Q2 2018 drivers are based on AMD's current Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition release and bring features such as ReLive and the Radeon overlay to the Vega-powered desktop platform.

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We haven't had a lot of time to look for potential performance enhancements this driver brings yet, but we did do a quick 3DMark run on our Ryzen 5 2400G with memory running at DDR4-3200.

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Here, we see healthy gains of around 5% in 3DMark Firestrike for the new driver. While I wouldn't expect big gains for older titles, newer titles that have come out since the initial Raven Ridge drive release in February will see the biggest gains.

We are still eager to see the mobile iterations of AMD's Raven Ridge processors get updated drivers, as notebooks such as the HP Envy X360 have not been updated since they launched in November of last year.

It's good to see progress from AMD on this front, but they must work harder to unify the graphics drivers of their APU products into the mainstream graphics driver releases if they want those products to be taken seriously as gaming options.

Source: AMD

AMD and the 4K secret

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2018 - 01:39 PM |
Tagged: adrenaline 18.4.1, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, amd

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.4.1 Driver Version 18.10.01.05 (extended edition) quietly arrived yesterday with a variety of fixes as well as a new feature for AMD cards; 4k Netflix.  AMD have added support for the Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 DRM which along with a display which supports HDCP 2.2, is required to stream Netflix in 4k.  You can check out the bug fixes included in this update as well as a caution about using multiple GPUs when watching Netflix right here, or you could head over to The Inquirer as they reveal the drawback to streaming Netflix on Windows.

 

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"The 18.4.1 drivers for the hyperbolically named driver software brought in support for the Windows 10 April Update as well as some fixes for known issues in a suite of triple-A games."

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Introducing Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2017 - 01:17 PM |
Tagged: amd, radeon, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition

Say farewell to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition as AMD releases a new driver family for the coming year.  Their Adrenalin Edition will go live in December and will be the new name of their drivers for 2018.

We don't really have any more to go on than the pretty video above and a sense that there may be a floral theme appearing in the interface.  AMD plans to continue to coincide driver releases with the launch of major game titles which incorporate enhancements for those games.  One hopes this can help in the battle between the Vega GPUs and NVIDIA's higher end GPUS; at 4k the race is very tight and AMD often holds the lead above the GtX 1080.

Here's the PR.

Today, AMD is unveiling the name for the next generation of advanced Radeon Software coming in December 2017.


Named after the vibrant Adrenalin Rose, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition continues AMD’s commitment to releasing major driver updates annually. The fully redesigned and supercharged Radeon Software Crimson Edition in 2015 received the highest user satisfaction rating of any AMD software ever, while Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition continued the 90 percent user satisfaction for 12 straight months in a row.


As a reminder, over the past three years, Radeon Software has delivered to users 70 software releases, launch day support for more than 75 games and over 50 new or enhanced features, with more than 250 million downloads across the globe. Radeon Software continues to lead the way in elevating high-performance gaming and VR experience for gamers, professionals and game developers.

Source: AMD