Thursday, February 25th 2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 Beta Drivers

AMD released its monthly major update to Radeon Software Crimson Edition, its software suite that provides drivers and system software for AMD Radeon discrete and integrated graphics processors. Version 16.2 Beta comes with game-specific optimization for "Ashes of the Singularity" Benchmark 2.0, including support for features such as DirectX 12 multi-GPU and asynchronous compute shaders. Performance improvements are added for "Rise of the Tomb Raider," and CrossFire profiles are added for "Tom Clancy's The Division" and XCOM 2. A number of bugs related to "Rise of the Tomb Raider" and "Fallout 4" were fixed.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 Beta for Windows 10/8.1/7 64-bit | Windows 10/8.1/7 32-bit

The change-log follows.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 Highlights
  • AMD has partnered with Stardock in association with Oxide to bring gamers Ashes of the Singularity - Benchmark 2.0 the first benchmark to release with DirectX 12 benchmarking capabilities such as Asynchronous Compute, multi-GPU and multi-threaded command buffer Re-ordering. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 is optimized to support this exciting new release.
  • The SteamVR Performance Test: we are pleased to report that our Radeon R9 390, Nano, and Fury series GPUs are all able to achieve 'VR Recommended' status, the highest achievable level of experience possible. In addition to that, our affinity multi-GPU feature is already showing significant performance uplift over a single GPU on Radeon cards in the aforementioned benchmark
  • Performance and quality improvements for
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Ashes of the Singularity - Benchmark 2
  • Crossfire Profiles available for
  • o The Division
    o XCOM 2
Resolved Issues
  • A black screen/TDR error may be encountered when booting a system with Intel + AMD graphics and an HDMI monitor connected
  • Choppy gameplay may be experienced when both AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire are both enabled
  • Display corruption may be observed after keeping system idle for some time
  • Fallout 4 - Flickering may be experienced at various game locations with the v1.3 game update and with AMD Crossfire enabled
  • Fallout 4 - Foliage/water may ripple/stutter when game is launched in High/Ultra settings mode
  • Fallout 4 - Screen tearing in systems with both AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire enabled if game is left idle for a short period of time
  • Fallout 4 - Thumbnails may flicker or disappear while scrolling the Perk levels page
  • Far Cry 4 - Stuttering may be observed when launching the game with AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire enabled
  • FRTC options are displayed on some unsupported laptop configurations with Intel CPU's and AMD GPU's
  • Radeon Settings may sometimes fails to launch with a "Context Creation Error" message
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - Corruption can be observed at some locations during gameplay
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - Flickering may be experienced at various game locations when the game is left idle in AMD Crossfire mode under Windows 7
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - Game may intermittently crash or hang when launched with very high settings and AA is set to SMAA at 4K resolution
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - Lara Croft's hair may flicker in some locations if the Esc key is pressed
  • Rise of Tomb Raider - A TDR error may be observed with some AMD Radeon 300 Series products after launching the "Geothermal Valley" mission
  • The AMD Overdrive memory clock slider does not show original clock values if memory speeds are overclocked
  • World of Warcraft runs extremely slowly in quad crossfire at high resolutions
Known Issues
  • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay"
  • Star Wars: Battlefront - Corrupted ground textures may be observed in the Survival of Hoth mission
  • Cannot enable AMD Crossfire with some dual GPU AMD Radeon HD 59xx and HD 79xx series products
  • Fallout 4 - In game stutter may be experienced if the game is launched with AMD Crossfire enabled
  • XCOM 2 - Flickering textures may be experienced at various game locations
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - The game may randomly crash on launch if Tessellation is enabled
  • Core clocks may not maintain sustained clock speeds resulting in choppy performance and or screen corruption
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24 Comments on AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 Beta Drivers

#1
night.fox
Version 16.2 Beta comes with game-specific optimization for "Ashes of the Singularity" Benchmark 2.0
nice
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#2
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
btarunr said:
Rise of the Tomb Raider - The game may randomly crash on launch if Tessellation is enabled
Goddamnit, still not fixed.
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#3
Ferrum Master
btarunr said:
  • Core clocks may not maintain sustained clock speeds resulting in choppy performance and or screen corruption

WUT? :confused:
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#4
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
Ferrum Master said:
WUT? :confused:
I like how it doesn't mention any specific GPU or game that this happens in. So basically - "Your card might randomly not perform as advertised."
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#5
Ferrum Master
RCoon said:
I like how it doesn't mention any specific GPU or game that this happens in. So basically - "Your card might randomly not perform as advertised."
yea... but it is a serious flaw with whom such driver even at beta stage should not be released.
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#6
GhostRyder
Have not tried this but I may download just for Rise of the Tomb Raider.
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#7
Steevo
The prior drivers caused me the memory issues, and the occasional drop in clock speed on the core, when frame rate control was enabled and it clocked down on loading screens is when I saw it. Alt tabbing usually fixed it.

Still not sending DTS-HD or anything over 2.0 audio though.
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#8
INSTG8R
I get a worse score in the SteamVR test... and a seriously bumpy graph. The 16.1.1s weren't straight either but yeah it's worse
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#9
chinmi
Well... Its a beta driver... So obviously it have lots of bugs...
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#10
Chaitanya
I am going back to old catalyst drivers for my R9-290 and win7 combo. These crimson drivers are causing far too many blue screens and downtime. For my office work its too much of hassle.
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#11
Octopuss
I briefly tried the first Crimson driver, and then went back to 15.11. Still seems like I won't be upgrading for a while.
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#12
iO
Looks like the fixed fan speed made a return...
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#13
Red_Machine
btarunr said:
Resolved Issues: Display corruption may be observed after keeping system idle for some time
W00P W00P!
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#14
Divide Overflow
These seem to have corrected my occasional cursor corruption from the previous betas.
Details of SteamVR benchmark looks identical to me.
I'll keep using them and enjoy the fixes reported. Beta drivers are beta, despite dispersion cast by nvidia users! Thanks AMD!
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#15
zzzaac
Do AMD have a release schedule of beta drivers and Wqdl ones?, or is it just "it's out when it's out". Still hesitant on trying out beta's, but this beta does have improves on ROTTR
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#16
manofthem
WCG-TPU Team All-Star!
btarunr said:
Display corruption may be observed after keeping system idle for some time
Red_Machine said:
W00P W00P!
Indeed. I have had this a few times in the recent past, so I'm glad it's fixed. I've come back to my PC and found my screen in graphical shambles, having to reboot. It seems like it happened when leaving it shortly after gaming.
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#17
AsRock
TPU addict
Chaitanya said:
I am going back to old catalyst drivers for my R9-290 and win7 combo. These crimson drivers are causing far too many blue screens and downtime. For my office work its too much of hassle.
Yet to try these with my 290X but none of the crimson drivers have given me a blue screen.

I get some cnext error 5 mins after starting the system but not stopped me playing at all.
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#18
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
seems to be working fine here.
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#19
Divide Overflow
AsRock said:
I get some cnext error 5 mins after starting the system but not stopped me playing at all.
That's probably your Vista? I don't have any problems so far with my 290X on Windows 10 Pro 64.
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#20
Chaitanya
AsRock said:
Yet to try these with my 290X but none of the crimson drivers have given me a blue screen.

I get some cnext error 5 mins after starting the system but not stopped me playing at all.
For my work Pc using R9-290, I get messages regarding services associated with crimson drivers not responding and after that windows blue screens. It became irritating after about 10-12 crashes a day for last 3-4 days. Atleast on that setup old catalyst drivers were stable and reliable.
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#21
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
Chaitanya said:
For my work Pc using R9-290, I get messages regarding services associated with crimson drivers not responding and after that windows blue screens. It became irritating after about 10-12 crashes a day for last 3-4 days. Atleast on that setup old catalyst drivers were stable and reliable.
Do yourself a favor and download this and run it and Re-Install the driver :pimp:

http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html
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#22
_larry
Chaitanya said:
For my work Pc using R9-290, I get messages regarding services associated with crimson drivers not responding and after that windows blue screens. It became irritating after about 10-12 crashes a day for last 3-4 days. Atleast on that setup old catalyst drivers were stable and reliable.
I have used the last two Crimson drivers with my R9 290 Windows 7 and have had no major issues.. I will download these and see if anything changes..
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#23
Moofachuka
Not downloading these...

Known Issues
  • Cannot enable AMD Crossfire with some dual GPU AMD Radeon HD 59xx and HD 79xx series products
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#24
Filip Georgievski
My 280x running on 16.1 drivers has not given me a problem since i bought it. I guess i will try these new beta drivers when i get home in the evening, and maybe i can post VR score from my I5 750 and my 280x in Win 10 Pro 64.
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