For tomorrow’s Watch_Dogs 2, AMD has released Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.5 graphics drivers, giving users a day to configure their PCs. Note that, while the download links in the release notes say 16.11.4, hovering your mouse over them shows the correct version, dated last Friday. Don’t worry, though, the Radeon Technologies Group is based out of Markham, Ontario, Canada, so they didn’t miss out on turkey leftovers to bring you this software.
Okay, yes, that joke was lame. Moving on.
Beyond Watch_Dogs 2, this driver release also adds a new CrossFire profile for Dishonored 2 for Windows 8.x and Windows 10, so multiple GPU users of that game might want to upgrade, too. Beyond that, flickering in The Division and Battlefield 1 while using CrossFire is also addressed.
There are quite a few known issues, though, including a few crashes when using the Vulkan API. Most of these known issues were present in 16.11.4 from a couple of weeks ago, including the aforementioned Vulkan crashes, but this driver adds two. The CrossFire profile for Dishonored 2 that was added with this driver will be disabled on Windows 7, although it sounds like that will be fixed in a future release. Also, Watch_Dogs 2 may flicker or crash when using Crossfire with two RX 480s, but apparently not other configurations.
The driver is not signed by WHQL, but I think I prefer what AMD’s doing now, rapidly releasing several drivers a month, addressing issues as they arise, versus a Microsoft stamp of approval. All that matters is that they can be installed on Anniversary Edition clean installs with Secure Boot enabled, and they can.
That’s 5 drivers this month.
That’s 5 drivers this month. I think that’s more then all of 2013. My RX480 is loving the attention.
Thanks AMD I’ll never get sick of installing new drivers 🙂
wow, it was NVidia releasing
wow, it was NVidia releasing ready-to-play driver before and I was thinking “gee AMD is so optimized they don’t need to tweak their drivers” and now AMD releasing drivers every big AAA games coming out and I also think they do the right thing. Am I biased?
A lot of these driver
A lot of these driver releases are more for marketing purposes than anything else btw. It gets AMD’s or nvidia’s name in the next every time and is good publicity.
AMD also now has unprecedented developer access now through console support, so it might help a little in terms of optimizations, but it’s still more a marketing game imho.
by your name, yes. yes you’re
by your name, yes. yes you’re biased.
it just proved that amd is copying nvidia marketing strategy. this little things that are “for the best of users” are always a plus in the eye of respective card owners, it even might swing some to their side just because.
Meanwhile Nvidia hasn’t
Meanwhile Nvidia hasn’t released a driver to address the SLI flicker yet in BF 1