Tuesday, November 24th 2015

AMD Announces Radeon Crimson Software

AMD today released its completely reimagined graphics software suite, Radeon Software Crimson Edition, giving users an exceptional new user experience, 12 new or enhanced features, up to 20 percent more graphics performance, adjustability that can nearly double generational energy efficiency2, and rock-solid stability across the full spectrum of AMD graphics products. The release is the first from the Radeon Technologies Group, which recently announced a renewed focus on software placing it on par with hardware initiatives.

"As the primary way that people interact with our products, our software deserves to be viewed as a top priority, and going forward that's exactly what we're doing, delivering easy-to-use software that is packed with real user benefits, starting with Radeon Software Crimson Edition," said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group. "Radeon Technologies Group is laser-focused on the vertical integration of all things graphics, propelling the industry forward by driving performance per watt, creating innovative technologies and ensuring that the software supporting our GPUs is world class."
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8.1 64-bit | Windows 8.1 32-bit | Windows 7 64-bit | Windows 7 32-bit

Radeon Software Crimson Edition includes:
  • Radeon Settings - A new, streamlined user interface: Engineered to get the best performance on AMD graphics hardware, the user-friendly and feature-rich Radeon Settings is lightning fast, starting up 10 times faster3 and initializing displays 3 times faster4 than the AMD Catalyst driver. It also offers a more intuitive navigation, a new game manager, new overdrive, and new video, display and AMD Eyefinity technology sections letting users easily apply game settings, adjust performance settings, and apply various features and configurations to their computing experience.
  • 12 new or enhanced features: A wide range of new and augmented capabilities help ensure that users enjoy the best experience possible across gaming, video and productivity applications.
  • Supercharged performance and energy efficiency: Radeon Software Crimson Edition enables up to 33 percent faster game load times5, up to 20 percent more game performance, and up to 1.8 times more energy efficiency capability2 than its predecessor which can increasing system performance-per-watt by as much as 23 percent.6
  • First public support of AMD LiquidVR technology: GCN's Asynchronous Compute Engine helps to dramatically improve frames per second (FPS), responsiveness and latency in Virtual Reality applications for an exceptionally smooth gaming experience on all GCN-based hardware.
  • Seamless stability: With twice the number of test cases across 15 percent more system configurations than AMD Catalyst Omega, and the implementation of a huge number of community-driven requests, Radeon Software Crimson Edition delivers exceptional stability across a range of experiences.
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106 Comments on AMD Announces Radeon Crimson Software

#1
Cybrnook2002
Included Highlights: Visit the Features section below to learn more about the following:
  • Radeon Settings
  • New Install UI
  • Liquid VR
  • Asynchronous Shaders
  • Shader Cache
  • Optimized Flip Queue Size
  • Freesync™ Enhancements
  • Custom Resolution Support <-- Thanks
  • Frame Pacing Enhancements
  • Frame Rate Target Control Enhancements
  • Updated Video Feature support for 'Carrizo' products
  • Power Optimization
  • Directional Scaling
  • Dynamic Contrast Update
  • DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 support <-- Green team fans will have a cow :)
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#2
RejZoR
Hehe, so they'll solve the HDMi 2.0 "issue" by giving users ability to use DP for HDMI 2.0. Nice. Not that I need it, but it's a nice addition.
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#3
megamanxtreme
Please, please make a review/performance evaluation for this! Thank you.
LOL! You guys did, just saw it.
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#4
Cybrnook2002
RejZoR said:
Hehe, so they'll solve the HDMi 2.0 "issue" by giving users ability to use DP for HDMI 2.0. Nice. Not that I need it, but it's a nice addition.
That would be the obvious :) Is that not satisfactory (at least the option is there)? The whole HDMI 2.0 dirty diaper argument is silly anyways. I have no intention on ever gaming on my TV. TV's are not made for gaming, period.
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#5
manofthem
WCG-TPU Team All-Star!
I should have known this would be released today... since I finally updated to recent beta last night :( but still looking forward to trying this our :)

Bta, no DL link?
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#6
megamanxtreme
manofthem said:
I should have known this would be released today... since I finally updated to recent beta last night :( but still looking forward to trying this our :)

Bta, no DL link?
Maybe it's on their review. (It's not)
http://support.amd.com/en-us/download
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#8
the54thvoid
Totally agree we need a performance review for this to evaluate. Too late for me but if all that glitters is actually gold, this would be some feat and put the pressure on Nvidia. If Fury X perf was boosted 10% across the board for DX11 titles, it would be a significant and exceptionally welcome coup from AMD.
But as always, need some reviews to establish the real world outcomes.

Pah.. Just read TPU review.... Not the % increase I was expecting from the press blurb.
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#9
W1zzard
the54thvoid said:
Totally agree we need a performance review for this to evaluate. Too late for me but if all that glitters is actually gold, this would be some feat and put the pressure on Nvidia. If Fury X perf was boosted 10% across the board for DX11 titles, it would be a significant and exceptionally welcome coup from AMD.
But as always, need some reviews to establish the real world outcomes.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Radeon_Crimson_Edition_Drivers/

manofthem said:
Bta, no DL link?
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/Drivers/AMD_Catalyst/
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#10
Uplink10
I am ready to smack AMD in the face, I can't find drivers for HD 7650M, I can choose from this:

-AMD Radeon™ R9 M300, R7 M300, and R5 M300 Series
-AMD Radeon™ R9 M200, R7 M200, R5 M200, HD 8500M - HD 8900M, and HD 7700M - HD 7900M Series
-AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M and HD 5000M Series

Where is HD 7000M Series? These are all the drivers available for notebook GPUs and that manual selection where HD 7xxxM is available does not work.
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#12
deemon
I see only Crimson Beta drivers for my legacy HD6700 series... and no drivers at all for my even more legacy (or would it be more correct term to use "ancient"?) HD4850.
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#13
the54thvoid
deemon said:
I see only Crimson Beta drivers for my legacy HD6700 series... and no drivers at all for my even more legacy (or would it be more correct term to use "ancient"?) HD4850.
Graphics vendors tend to focus the newer drivers on recent hardware. If these drivers cover the past 3 years then they're doing as expected. Fact is, if you take the hardware too far back to VLIW? Or whatever it was before GCN, its almost legacy is it not?
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#14
ManofGod
Just downloaded and installed it on my work computer. The new control panel is very fast and well laid out. It even gives much more detailed hardware information and support information. Now I just need to try this at home where I game. :)
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#15
RejZoR
Wow, you don't have to click strictly on the god damn arrow to open up a dropdown menu. Something it was pissing me off for ages and they never bothered to fix.
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#16
m0nt3
This is also available for linux today. Supposedlly some good performance improvements there. Wish I didn't have to work today :)
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#17
rooivalk
Cybrnook2002 said:
  • DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 support <-- Green team fans will have a cow :)

RejZoR said:
Hehe, so they'll solve the HDMi 2.0 "issue" by giving users ability to use DP for HDMI 2.0. Nice. Not that I need it, but it's a nice addition.
Could you or anyone elaborate what does that mean?

As far as I know there's no working DP to HDMI 2.0 converter except Club3D CAC-1070 which not released yet.

Does it mean:
- any DP to HDMI converter (say 1.4) will works?
- AMD pushing adapter manufacturers to make that converter by providing some kind of 'standard'?
- or else?
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#18
RejZoR
Well, it's simple DP already supports higher refresh rates at 4K so all they have to do is convert it to HDMI 2.0. But I'm guessing there is a signaling catch in there which is why they need software support that controls the DP outputs.

Then again, AMD (ATi) also pioneered the audio passthrough on DVI connectors with a DVI to HDMI converters that weren't exactly standard either back in the days.
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#20
rooivalk
RejZoR said:
Well, it's simple DP already supports higher refresh rates at 4K so all they have to do is convert it to HDMI 2.0. But I'm guessing there is a signaling catch in there which is why they need software support that controls the DP outputs.

Then again, AMD (ATi) also pioneered the audio passthrough on DVI connectors with a DVI to HDMI converters that weren't exactly standard either back in the days.
So some kind of new 'standard'. I find it weird some manufacturers promised DP to HDMI 2.0 since a year ago and none succeed.

Oh well, it's better than nothing then. With AMD backing, maybe one or two manufacturers will quickly bring working product.
Really tempted to go back to nVidia here.
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#21
Cybrnook2002
rooivalk said:
Could you or anyone elaborate what does that mean? As far as I know there's no working DP to HDMI 2.0 converter except Club3D CAC-1070 which not released yet.
I believe it is one in the same. It's for an Adapter that should be to market soon. Samples are already out as demonstrated here. Video at the bottom of the page:
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1871650&page=2

rooivalk said:
Does it mean:
- any DP to HDMI converter (say 1.4) will works?
- AMD pushing adapter manufacturers to make that converter by providing some kind of 'standard'?
- or else?
- Likely not, you can't change a standard. Will need a new Adapter.
- I doubt they are "pushing" anyone to do anything. But the market cried so much, I think they are engineering something to satisfy the masses. Just simple business, there (for whatever reason), seems to be a small niche of people that want 60hz 4k on their TV's.
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#22
rooivalk
Cybrnook2002 said:
I believe it is one in the same. It's for an Adapter that should be to market soon. Samples are already out as demonstrated here. Video at the bottom of the page:
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1871650&page=2



- Likely not, you can't change a standard. Will need a new Adapter.
- I doubt they are "pushing" anyone to do anything. But the market cried so much, I think they are engineering something to satisfy the masses. Just simple business, there (for whatever reason), seems to be a small niche of people that want 60hz 4k on their TV's.
Nice find, Thanks!
My reason, TV is cheap(er) and often on sale :p
I also find 4K big screen is soo great with older pixel-based RTS games like AoE II.
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#23
Cybrnook2002
Sure, but there is so much pre/post processing that happens in a TV. As well as the interpolating (images inserted between frames to up hz) that (for me) it really makes for a bad gaming experience. It works for 30 fps consoles, but even then, input lag is there.

However, that's just me. If gaming on a TV is your thing, then AMD will have an adapter for you :-)
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