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AMD outs 16.4.2 WHQL Crimson Edition Driver

AMD has been making quite an impression, but this is about its new 16.4.2 crimson edition driver bringing multiple optimizations and fixes for its Radeon enabled gaming PCs.

According to the release noted, this driver enabled AMD Xconnect where you can use Thunderbolt3 eGFX enclosure that’s using Radeon R9 Fury, Nano and any of the Radeon 300 series GPUs as a plug-and-play device. Apart from that, AMD provides two CrossFire profile for Elite Dangerous and Need for Speed.

It also resolved multiple issues. One of the notable ones is the flickering issue while playing The Division on AMD CrossFire setups. Another issue is the stuttering issue with Fallout 4, also using AMD CrossFire setups. Negative scaling on Hitman with AMD CrossFire also seem to have been fixed, according to AMD.

The entire set of resolved issues are as follows:

  • The Division™ may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • DOTA2™ toggling between borderless fullscreen and exclusive fullscreen can sometimes cause flickering or corruption when in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • Some DirectX® 9 applications cannot disable AMD Crossfire™ technology mode through Radeon Settings.
  • GPU clocks on some products may remain in high states after recovering from an application crash.
  • A small subset of AMD Radeon™ R9 380 users may be experiencing slower than expected fan speeds.
  • The check for software updates feature in Radeon Settings may not find the latest available update.
  • Some games may fail to show up in Radeon Settings gaming tab.
  • The Radeon Settings option may sometimes disappear as a shortcut from the right-click context menu on the desktop after a software upgrade.
  • Steam®VR Performance Test may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • Stuttering or corruption observed while playing Fallout 4™ on some graphics products in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • Corruption in Hitman™ when using AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • Stuttering or freezing in some loading scenes while playing Hitman™ using AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • Negative scaling seen on Hitman™ when using AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.

AMD also documented the known issues with this drivers so that its users can exercise caution and hopefully should be fixed with the next update. It was just recent when AMD released a WHQL/Hotfix driver few ago so its fair to say that the red team would frequently release updates. They are as follows:

  • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In-Game Overlay”.
  • HDMI™ Scaling options may not be available in Radeon Settings on some system configurations or some applications may ignore the HDMI™ Scaling options setting.
  • The option to enable/disable AMD Crossfire™ technology logo may be missing on some system configurations from the Gaming, Global Options tab in Radeon Settings.
  • The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt inventory and character pages may exhibit flickering in AMD Crossfire™ technology mode.
  • Radeon Settings game manager does not display icons for Origin Games.
  • Power efficiency toggle in Radeon Settings is showing up for some unsupported products.
  • AMD Radeon Pro Duo users may experience a system crash or hang after resuming from sleep or hibernate.

The latest Crimson Edition graphics driver can be installed from here.

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