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Radeon 16.7.2 WHQL update brings Vulkan optimisation for DOOM

AMD released its newer GPU WHQL drivers released which were in BETA since July 12th. The last WHQL update was on March with 16.3.2.  As per its release notes, there are three update highlights, the notable one is the optimisation for DOOM Vulkan API:

  • The “compatibility mode” UI toggle was designed to reduce total power with minimal performance impact on AMD Radeon™ RX 480 reference boards and has been made available to users in the Global Settings menu of Radeon Settings (first introduced in the previous Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.1 driver). This toggle is in “off” by default.
  • Support for DOOM (with Vulkan API) – enables performance enhancements through support for Async Compute and Shader Intrinsics.
  • These drivers are now Microsoft WHQL certified.

AMD Radeon Crimson 16.7.2’s known issues:

  • 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”.
  • Radeon™ Pro Duo may experience a black screen in Total War™: Warhammer with the games API set to DirectX®12 and V-Sync enabled.
  • DiRT™ Rally may experience flickering terrain in some races when the advanced blending option is enabled in the games settings page.
  • Some Overdrive settings may not appear in Radeon Settings for Radeon™ Fury X when in AMD Crossfire mode.
  • Dota™2 may crash when using the Vulkan™ API and the user changes resolutions or quality settings.
  • Battlefield™ 4 may experience crashes when using Mantle. As a workaround, users are suggested to switch to DirectX®11.
  • Need for Speed™ may experience flickering on some light sources in AMD Crossfire mode.
  • Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games.
  • Radeon Wattman may retain settings of an overclock after it has failed. If you have failed an overclock with a system hang or reboot make sure to use the “Reset” option in the Radeon WattMan settings page when the system has rebooted.
  • Low frame rate or stutter may be experienced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™ on Radeon™ RX 480.
  • Assassin’s Creed® Syndicate may experience a game crash or hang when in-game settings are set to high or greater.
  • Disabling AMD Crossfire mode on Radeon™ RX 480 may disable the device in Windows® Device Manager. A workaround is to reboot the system to re-enable the device.

The notables ones are the crash experience with DOTA2 with Vulkan API when the user changes its resolution or quality settings. Another one is with Battlefield 4 and Mantle where its workaround is to switch to DX11. AMD Radeon’s overclocking utility Wattman may even retain failed overclocked settings post system restart, but that can be quickly fixed by resetting it.

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