AMD Radeon Adrenalin Edition Released – Features & Performance detailed

AMD Radeon Adrenalin Edition drivers

AMD has released their all-new Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver package. The latest update is the fourth major installment to the company’s GPU drivers since it retired the Catalyst Omega at the end of 2014.

Introducing Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition, artfully designed and meticulously crafted to unleash the powerful performance and innovation built into Radeon™ Graphics through an incredibly intuitive and utterly beautiful user interface for both PCs and mobile devices.

(via AMD)

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition: Focuses on Latency, Up to 19% Performance Gains

The Radeon Adrenalin builds on the legacy of the Crimson/ReLive platform, introducing some exciting new features. Interestingly though, this initial offering doesn’t offer as big of a performance bump as prior major releases, but rather put a focus on latency reduction.

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Radeon Adrenalin Edition - Reduced Latency

In AMD’s own tests, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds achieves the biggest latency gains, dropping from 50ms to 41ms on the new Adrenalin Edition. Other games such as Titanfall 2 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege also see noticeable improvements.

Radeon Adrenalin Edition - Performance Gains

In terms of framerate gains, Adrenalin offers up to 19% performance uplift over the original Crimson ReLive driver. The performance will get better over time with incremental updates, especially as new games are released.

Adrenalin also brings a new Radeon Overlay that allows you to adjust settings without having to exit whatever game you’re playing. Additionally, there is also an AMD Link mobile app so that you can monitor performance metrics right from your mobile device.

You can download the first AMD Adrenaline Edition driver version 17.12.1 here.

Radeon Adrenalin Edition - Radeon Overlay

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 Highlights

Radeon Settings

    • Added new Connect tab which houses new social engagement features.
    • Added new Gallery tab for Radeon ReLive recording file management, video trimming, and social platform sharing functionality.
    • Added new Accounts tab to connect ReLive content and upload sharing to social platforms
    • Added new Resource Center tab highlighting informative guides and instructions for Radeon Software features.
    • Added new Performance Monitoring tab.
    • Added three UI themes for Radeon Settings customization.
    • Added new AMD Link tab to connect Radeon Settings to the AMD Link mobile application. For more information on AMD Link visit here.

Radeon Overlay

    • Added new Overlay feature (default ALT+R) allowing management of certain Radeon Settings features while in-game or on desktop such as Radeon ReLive, Radeon FreeSync, Radeon Chill, Frame Rate Target Control, Display Color, and Performance Monitoring.
    • Added performance monitoring overlay to display system performance metrics in DirectX® 9, 11, 12, and Vulkan™ applications.
    • Added performance logging feature to save performance metrics to a file.

Radeon ReLive

    • Further optimized for lower FPS overhead while using Radeon ReLive for recording. (RS-198)
    • Added support for Vulkan™ API.
    • Added support for Eyefinity.
    • Added support for borderless window region capture.
    • Added support for mouse button hotkeys.
    • Added chat and viewer count overlay for Radeon ReLive live streaming to supported platforms.
    • Added Chroma Key support to allow background transparency when using a webcam.
    • Now supports expanded social platforms.
    • Now supports separate microphone and audio track recording.

Radeon Chill

    • Radeon Chill now has expanded support for most game titles.

Enhanced Sync

    • Added support for all GCN-based Radeon graphics products.
    • Added support for Vulkan™ API.
    • Added support Multi-GPU configurations.
    • Added support for Eyefinity configurations.

Radeon WattMan

    • Added new profile functionality to save and load user defined Radeon WattMan profile configurations to local hard disk.

Frame Rate Target Control

    • Added support for Vulkan™ API.

Radeon FreeSync

    • Added support for HDR10 titles with Radeon FreeSync2 displays.
    • Added per-application Radeon FreeSync support.