Bethesda has rolled out the first beta hotfix patch for their new Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. According to the patch notes, Async Compute has been re-enabled for AMD players, so as long as they’re using the latest graphics drivers. The feature brings a slight performance uplift for the Radeon RX Vega 64.
Since its launch last week, Wolfenstein 2 had Async Compute option missing in the menu for those playing it on Radeon graphics cards. The beta patch enables the option, and the only requisite for this is the installation of the latest Software Crimson 17.10.3 driver. Interested users can install the patch via the Steam public beta branch.
Once enabled, Async Compute can not be switched off manually. Instead, you will have to perform a manual deletion of the configuration file, which contains the graphics settings. That said, it will be pointless to disable the option if you’re using a Radeon graphics card.
Benchmarks performed with the beta patch show a slight gain in performance for AMD RX Vega 64. The test bench includes an Asus Radeon RX Vega 64 Strix paired with a Ryzen 7 1700X and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2933 MHz.
Further, the preset has 16x Anisotropic Filtering enabled. The benchmarks are conducted in 2,560 x 1,440 with Windows 10 Creators Update installed.
As is obvious from the chart, Wolfenstein 2 official version and beta build both see similar performance, but it increases with the Async Compute enabled. The RX Vega 64 delivers 5% more fps in the demanding test sequence, and 2% more fps in the worst case scenario.
It’s unknown why Async Compute wasn’t made available on Radeon GPUs in the first place. The feature has been enabled on Nvidia cards since day one, though developers have now temporarily disabled it on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti until a new driver fix is in.
The patch notes in full are detailed below:
- Resolved an issue affecting the deployment of full game files in Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
- Re-enabled Async compute for AMD users (requires AMD driver version 17.10.3).
- Temporarily disabled Async compute on 1080ti until driver fix is in.
- Re-enabled Steam Overlay.
- Added driver version detection and dialogue.