AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2
Today, AMD released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, featuring support for Strange Brigade, which releases tomorrow, as well as F1 2018. This update also supersedes the Strange Brigade Early Access driver that quietly released a couple days ago, and for that game AMD is observing up to 3 – 5% performance uplift compared to 18.8.1 on the Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX 580 8GB. Otherwise, 18.8.2 brings a number of bugfixes, including those for Far Cry 5.
As far as Strange Brigade goes, the third-person co-op adventure shooter is developed by Rebellion (of Sniper Elite fame), and is actually one of AMD’s recent game development partnerships. Coming with DX12 and Vulkan support, as well as an in-game benchmark, the game takes place in 1930s Egypt with a playstyle not unlike Left 4 Dead, according to the developers, except with a pulpy light-hearted tone. The title is also part of AMD’s ongoing “Raise the Game” promotion, the three-game bundle for qualifying purchases of RX Vega, 580, and 570 cards, running to November 3rd, 2018.
Compared to 18.8.1, AMD cited up to 5% faster 4K performance on the RX Vega 64 and up to 3% faster 1440p performance on the RX 580 8GB. But overall, as a more casual oriented game, Strange Brigade’s system requirements are not particularly demanding, and for AMD graphics cards a Radeon HD 7870 2GB is recommended as the minimum.
Moving on to the bugfixes, 18.8.2 resolves the following issues:
- Some games may experience instability or stutter when playing with FRTC and Instant Replay enabled.
- Upgrade Advisor may not appear in Radeon Settings game manager.
- Far Cry 5 may experience dimmed or grey images with HDR10 enabled on some system configurations.
- Far Cry 5 may experience an application hang when changing video settings on some system configurations.
- Radeon Chill min and max values may not sync on multi GPU system configurations.
- Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable when playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
In terms of documented open issues, 18.8.2 lists the following:
- Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable when playing Monster Hunter: World.
- Some DirectX 12 gaming applications may experience instability while recording with Radeon ReLive on system configurations using Radeon R9 290 and Radeon R9 390 series graphics products."
- Cursor or system lag may be observed on some system configurations when two or more displays are connected and one display is powered off.
- Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products may experience elevated memory clocks during system idle.
- Strange Brigade may experience fps drops on multi GPU enabled system configurations when Enhanced Sync is enabled and Vulkan API is enabled.
- Flickering may be observed on some displays when Radeon FreeSync is enabled with Radeon ReLive enabled and recording.
- Video profiles may not correctly apply on web browser video content.
18.8.2 does not apply to APUs. The updated drivers for AMD’s desktop, mobile, and integrated GPUs are available through the Radeon Settings tab or online at the AMD driver download page. More information on these updates and further issues can be found in the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 release notes.