Wednesday, December 18th 2019

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.12.3 - Focus on Stability Improvements

AMD today posted the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. Version 19.12.3 ships with a "focus on stability improvements," according to Terry Makedon, who heads the company's software strategy and user-experience. The company addressed close to two dozen issues related to the first Adrenalin 2020 Edition release (version 19.12.2). To begin with game and boost clocks incorrectly reporting for RX 5500 XT has been fixed. A bug with the installing failing to detect AMD graphics hardware when a certain WiFi adapter is enabled in the system has been fixed. A "Rocket League" application crash when task-switching has been fixed. The Radeon Overlay shortcut appearing in fullscreen 3D apps even after disabling Overlay, has been fixed.

A bug with streaming, where audio from custom scenes continues to play after recording has stopped, is fixed. The volume of the installer's splash screen audio has been reduced. Bugs with tessellation-related settings in Radeon Software have been fixed. ReLive missing or not being available for installation on some machines with Hyper-V enabled, has been fixed. Also fixed are buges related to newly added game profiles failing to enable. Performing an auto-update from Adrenalin 2019 (19.12.1 and older) to Adrenalin 2020 fails with an error code, which has been fixed now. Radeon Chill experience with "gaming mice" has been fixed. Stuttering observed when switching between borderless to fullscreen display modes in some games with Overlay enabled, has been fixed.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.12.3
Artifacting (black-outs) in "MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries" has been fixed. Radeon Anti-Lag failing to enable for DirectX 9 applications when globally enabled, has been fixed. Anti-Lag not engaging for "CS:GO" has also been fixed. Custom streaming failing to present users with a URL box to choose their endpoint, has been fixed. DirectML filters failing to apply upscaling and denoising when attempting to do both simultaneously on one image, has been fixed. Certain FreeSync display issued have been addressed. Scene editor not letting you set custom hotkeys has been fixed. Auto Tuning for Radeon RX 5700 XT resulting in extremely high/unstable OC has been fixed. Stability issues with Radeon Enhanced Sync have been addressed. RIS failing to enable in "Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order" has been fixed. And lastly, HDCP 2.2 protected content not playing back on some RX 500-series GPUs, has been fixed. AMD also identified a long list of issues it will address in future releases of Adrenalin 2020. AMD also added five new Vulkan API extensions, detailed below.

Fixed Issues
  • Game and boost clocks may be incorrectly reported for Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics products in Radeon Software.
  • Radeon Software Install may experience an error and fail to detect AMD graphics hardware when a certain WiFi adapter is enabled in the system.
  • Rocket League may crash or experience an application hang after performing a task switch.
  • A black screen may occur when Performance Metrics Overlay is open and changing game resolution.
  • After disabling Radeon Software Overlay users may still see the toast messages for the overlay shortcut while in fullscreen games.
  • Audio from custom scenes may continue to play after recording or streaming has been stopped.
  • Installer audio has been reduced as it was too loud on some system configurations.
  • Some users may be unable to select drop downs in graphics settings for Tessellation Mode.
  • Radeon ReLive may appear to be missing or not available to install on some system configurations with Hyper-V enabled.
  • Newly added game profiles may fail to enable the currently selected global graphics settings options in their profile.
  • Performing an auto update from web to Adrenalin 2020 Edition from Adrenalin 2019 Edition may fail with an error code.
  • Improved Radeon Chill experience when using a gaming mouse.
  • Switching between borderless and fullscreen in some games when Performance Overlay is enabled and Radeon FreeSync is enabled may cause stuttering.
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries may experience black corruption near the bottom of the screen close to the player model.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag may fail to enable for DirectX 9 applications when enabled in the global graphics settings options.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag may fail to enable for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
  • The custom stream option may fail to present users with a url box to choose their endpoint.
  • DirectML Media Filters may fail to apply Upscale and Denoise when attempting to do both at the same time on one image.
  • Some Radeon FreeSync enabled displays may experience LFC intermittently enabling mid game causing poor performance or stutter.
  • A grey box may prevent users from setting custom hotkeys in the scene editor.
  • Performing Auto Tuning for graphics clocks on Radeon RX 5700 XT may result in an extremely high OC or unstable OC.
  • Some games may experience instability and screen loss or control loss when performing a task switch when the Gaming profile is set in Radeon Software which enables Radeon Enhanced Sync.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening may fail to enable in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
  • HDCP 2.2 enabled content may fail to play on some Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.
Known Issues
  • Some Radeon R9 200, Radeon R9 300 and Radeon R9 Fury series graphics products may experience instability with a limited number of DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 games when using a high refresh rate 120hz+ display. A workaround if you are experiencing this issue is to lower your displays refresh rate.
  • Trials Rising may experience excessive fog/smoke in some areas of the game.
  • CPU usage may remain sometimes remain high once Radeon Game Advisor has been invoked during a game.
  • Factory Reset install may keep previously configured Radeon Software game profiles. This can cause mismatch between global graphics settings and per profile settings.
  • Text overflow in some UI boxes or toast messages may be experienced in some language localizations.
  • Controls for vertical sync may be hidden or disappear when Radeon Enhanced Sync is enabled.
  • Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent size or may not keep it's previously set size when opened.
  • Some Vulkan gaming applications may crash when performing a task switch with Radeon Image Sharpening enabled.
  • Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay may appear to lock frame rate at 60 fps when performing a task switch in or out of a game.
  • Battlefield V may experience an application hang when changing settings in game with Radeon Boost enabled on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Performing a resolution change while Radeon Software overlay is open may cause an application hang or TDR.
  • Enabling Radeon Image Sharpening on HDR enabled displays may cause colors to become washed out.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 may experience an application crash after the splash screen on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • SETI@Home may be provided incorrect results from Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
Added Vulkan Support
  • VK_KHR_timeline_semaphore (Win7 Support): This extension introduces a new semaphore type that uses an integer payload to identify a point in a timeline. The extension supports querying the semaphore, host wait/signal operations, and device wait/signal operations.
  • VK_KHR_shader_float_controls: This extension supports querying and overriding the default behavior of rounding modes, denormals, signed zero and infinity for floating point computations.
  • VK_KHR_separate_depth_stencil_layouts: The extension separates the depth and stencil bits allowing their image layouts to be set independently.
  • VK_EXT_tooling_info: This extension allows applications to query Vulkan tools that are active on the developer's system.
  • VK_EXT_pipeline_creation_feedback: This extension adds a mechanism to provide feedback to an application about pipeline creation.
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42 Comments on AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.12.3 - Focus on Stability Improvements

#1
Cheeseball
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Artifacting (black-outs) in "MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries" has been fixed.
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries may experience black corruption near the bottom of the screen close to the player model.
F***ing yes. This was so annoying.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening may fail to enable in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Ah this was why the game looked a little bit blurrier.
  • SETI@Home may be provided incorrect results from Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
At least they acknowledged the broken FFT calculations with the OpenCL driver.
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#2
zlobby
Yeah, no. Looking at the list of the remaining issues, and not seeing mine one listed as fixed makes me skip these too.

It looks to me we'll need a month or two before these reach some expected stability. Much to AMD's surprise these drivers are also used in business systems where stability is critical.

So, I no jolly AMD drivers this Chrismas. Sad day for AMD and therefore the world.
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#3
NC37
Oh really AMD? Did you fix the issue where the drivers seemingly can't remember they are even installed? No? Pass.

All I saw of 2020 edition when they would work is the return of bloat. So much needless crap in the control panel and designed to be annoying to navigate. It is bogged down and reminds me completely of how Catalyst got. Remember when you celebrated finally axing the bloat of Catalyst and bringing in the Adrenalin drives, AMD? No? Maybe you should!
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#4
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
zlobby
Yeah, no. Looking at the list of the remaining issues, and not seeing mine one listed as fixed makes me skip these too.

It looks to me we'll need a month or two before these reach some expected stability. Much to AMD's surprise these drivers are also used in business systems where stability is critical.

So, I no jolly AMD drivers this Chrismas. Sad day for AMD and therefore the world.
Issue ? Perhaps I can report it. Also you could report it here and I can back it up within Vanguard
https://www.amdsurveys.com/se.ashx?s=5A1E27D23A3DE979
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#5
zlobby
INSTG8R
Issue ? Perhaps I can report it. Also you could report it here and I can back it up within Vanguard
https://www.amdsurveys.com/se.ashx?s=5A1E27D23A3DE979
Thanks, mate!

I've already made a few submissions with AMD Report Form. Now, I know it may not be listed in the changelog but I'm not taking any chances. I'll wait till the 'Known Issues' list gets its fat trimmed.

I bet AMD wanted to continue their stellar EoY driver release streak but this time they rushed it badly just to fit the dealine. Now they blame the engineers and coders for 'not being able to deliver quality code'. I hope the baboon who forced this release lose their Christmas bonus!
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#6
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
zlobby
Thanks, mate!

I've already made a few submissions with AMD Report Form. Now, I know it may not be listed in the changelog but I'm not taking any chances. I'll wait till the 'Known Issues' list gets its fat trimmed.

I bet AMD wanted to continue their stellar EoY driver release streak but this time they rushed it badly just to fit the dealine. Now they blame the engineers and coders for 'not being able to deliver quality code'. I hope the baboon who forced this release lose their Christmas bonus!
Still not hearing the issue ;) If it’s something I can report, test, reproduce or have other test that’s how it gets fixed :p
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#7
Cheeseball
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zlobby
Yeah, no. Looking at the list of the remaining issues, and not seeing mine one listed as fixed makes me skip these too.

It looks to me we'll need a month or two before these reach some expected stability. Much to AMD's surprise these drivers are also used in business systems where stability is critical.

So, I no jolly AMD drivers this Chrismas. Sad day for AMD and therefore the world.
What issue are you having and which GPU? If it's a 5700 XT, I can try and replicate the issue and then report it with you.

Always report issues so that it gets their attention. I've been reporting the downclocking-due-to-light-load issue (not my 75 Hz/144 Hz monitor one) that the 5700 XT and non-XTs have been suffering since launch. They acknowledged it in October and addressed it around November.
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#8
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
Cheeseball
What issue are you having and which GPU? If it's a 5700 XT, I can try and replicate the issue and then report it with you.

Always report issues so that it gets their attention. I've been reporting the downclocking-due-to-light-load issue (not my 75 Hz/144 Hz monitor one) that the 5700 XT and non-XTs have been suffering since launch. They acknowledged it in October and addressed it around November.
Exactly and as a Vanguard member I can report it directly and also get others to test as well. I’m offering you the best help I can to try to get it fixed.
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#9
zlobby
INSTG8R
Exactly and as a Vanguard member I can report it directly and also get others to test as well. I’m offering you the best help I can to try to get it fixed.
And for that I'm eternally grateful!

Before I go further I want to make one thing crystal clear - no trolling or fanboy cr@p from me here.

Now, let me try to point you to my logic - while I really appreciate your offer and help, I want to see AMD's reaction about this mess they called drivers. By not using shortcuts (business/enterprise support, Vanguard program members, etc.) I want to test the quality and clock the time on AMD's regular support channel for end users.

While the issue I'm getting is breaking the machines to a point of them being useless with the latest driver, I made a controlled test on just a few laptops, so the crisis was averted.

I hope this makes any sense. :)

But I'll PM you for something else that's been bugging me for a while.
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#10
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
zlobby
And for that I'm eternally grateful!

Before I go further I want to make one thing crystal clear - no trolling or fanboy cr@p from me here.

Now, let me try to point you to my logic - while I really appreciate your offer and help, I want to see AMD's reaction about this mess they called drivers. By not using shortcuts (business/enterprise support, Vanguard program members, etc.) I want to test the quality and clock the time on AMD's regular support channel for end users.

While the issue I'm getting is breaking the machines to a point of them being useless with the latest driver, I made a controlled test on just a few laptops, so the crisis was averted.

I hope this makes any sense. :)

But I'll PM you for something else that's been bugging me for a while.
That’s fine I’m just trying to get your or anyone else’s issues attention if I can. That was a big list of fixes and apparently yours wasn’t there..
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#11
lynx29
I still think AMD's CPU success will trickle down to GPU eventually. AMD is riding a massive rise in profits off CPU division, I fully expect them to hire some more engineers with this new found success. It will still take awhile, but I can def see a 2080 Ti competitor Navi with excellent drivers at around $799 by Fall 2020. I hope so anyway.
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#12
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
lynx29
I still think AMD's CPU success will trickle down to GPU eventually. AMD is riding a massive rise in profits off CPU division, I fully expect them to hire some more engineers with this new found success. It will still take awhile, but I can def see a 2080 Ti competitor Navi with excellent drivers at around $799 by Fall 2020. I hope so anyway.
That’s my hope as well they have a solid Zen/Ryzen roadmap so they can hopefully put focus back on RTG and get the same momentum. The Xbox announcement shows us they are already on top the new “it techs” like VRS and RT so they just need to bake it into a competitive product.
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#13
xkm1948
lynx29
I still think AMD's CPU success will trickle down to GPU eventually. AMD is riding a massive rise in profits off CPU division, I fully expect them to hire some more engineers with this new found success. It will still take awhile, but I can def see a 2080 Ti competitor Navi with excellent drivers at around $799 by Fall 2020. I hope so anyway.
Honestly I would rather AMD focus on their CPU front. Battling 2 fronts at the same time is hard. Being the absolute best in CPU is better than being mediocore in both CPU and GPU.

It is only a matter of time until Intel and its massive R&D flips back to life. Will AMD and its evolution of Zen be ready this round would be the real question. Get to 50/50 in server and OEM for CPU should be their main focus.
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#14
gdallsk
jesus, that issues list is longer than my weekly shopping...
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#15
fullinfusion
Vanguard Beta Tester
gdallsk
jesus, that issues list is longer than my weekly shopping...
True indeed but look at the new UI, understand how a driver is built and you'll see why things can escalate... nothings prefect, look at Intel.. they thought they were all that, now they be none of dat except reacting like a fish outa water flipping and flopping around...
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#16
GoldenX
Nice, a new vulkan driver.
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#17
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
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fullinfusion
True indeed but look at the new UI, understand how a driver is built and you'll see why things can escalate... nothings prefect, look at Intel.. they thought they were all that, now they be none of dat except reacting like a fish outa water flipping and flopping around...
The new UI is a bit overwhelming but in the same vein we’ve been given a huge amount of fine control. I can literally input my fan percentages and not rely on the graph anymore it’s the little things like that. But means we gotta work.
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#18
Carian
Can we install graphics driver only ?
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#19
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
Carian
Can we install graphics driver only ?
If you want. I’m not sure letting Windows Update installs the control panel but you could try that. Or download the package. Run it until it finishes unpacking then quit. Open Device Manager, find your card, right click update driver and browse to the AMD driver folder on your C; drive and install from there.
sounds like a lot of work to basically get a “functionless” card but there you go.
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#20
Cheeseball
Not a Potato
INSTG8R
If you want. I’m not sure letting Windows Update installs the control panel but you could try that. Or download the package. Run it until it finishes unpacking then quit. Open Device Manager, find your card, right click update driver and browse to the AMD driver folder on your C; drive and install from there.
sounds like a lot of work to basically get a “functionless” card but there you go.
Having the standard video drivers only would be preferable to many. That was the point of the customizable Omega Drivers back in the day. A lot of us don't need the streaming, media capture, Link and Performance monitoring that is now integrated in the Radeon Software. AMD should separate them [within the installer] like they did before, just like how NVIDIA is still doing it with Geforce Experience. The installer is now pushing 484 MB and around 3.2 GB extracted.

I've reported this suggestion many times since Adrenalin was released last year and I'm disappointed AMD isn't even considering the idea.
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#21
INSTG8R
Vanguard Beta Tester
Cheeseball
Having the standard video drivers only would be preferable to many. That was the point of the customizable Omega Drivers back in the day. A lot of us don't need the streaming, media capture, Link and Performance monitoring that is now integrated in the Radeon Software. AMD should separate them [within the installer] like they did before, just like how NVIDIA is still doing it with Geforce Experience. The installer is now pushing 484 MB and around 3.2 GB extracted.

I've reported this suggestion many times since Adrenalin was released last year and I'm disappointed AMD isn't even considering the idea.
I agree I don’t use many of the features available either I turn on FreeSync, Enhanced Sync, load my Overclock and that’s it. That said the “Main Page“ does offer 3 simple “1click modes” now
On one hand the options available are absolutely insane for control, on the other hand all those options are also overwhelming and not needed for the average user. i don’t stream, sure it might be handy for the odd screenshot might come in handy. The Overlay combined with “Tuning” (formerly Wattman) means you can eliminate Afterburner for example(Unwinder does really give AMD much love anyway) so it’s all the things but maybe just too many things.
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#22
Xzibit
Cheeseball
Having the standard video drivers only would be preferable to many. That was the point of the customizable Omega Drivers back in the day. A lot of us don't need the streaming, media capture, Link and Performance monitoring that is now integrated in the Radeon Software. AMD should separate them [within the installer] like they did before, just like how NVIDIA is still doing it with Geforce Experience. The installer is now pushing 484 MB and around 3.2 GB extracted.

I've reported this suggestion many times since Adrenalin was released last year and I'm disappointed AMD isn't even considering the idea.
12.2 was 1.26 GB extracted. You sure ? Once its installed you can delete those files. installed 12.2 is under 500 MB
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#23
Cheeseball
Not a Potato
Xzibit
12.2 was 1.26 GB extracted. You sure ? Once its installed you can delete those files. installed 12.2 is under 500 MB
Yeah my bad, I just checked inside folder. It's actually 1.3 GB for 19.12.3 alone. I had 19.11.3 and 19.10.2 still in there. I haven't used DDU for 2 months and just installed over with the full packages.

But my point still stands, there needs to be a way to choose what to install. It's not necessarily a file size or performance-impacting issue, it's just the lack of an option for simplicity.
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#24
gdallsk
fullinfusion
True indeed but look at the new UI, understand how a driver is built and you'll see why things can escalate... nothings prefect, look at Intel.. they thought they were all that, now they be none of dat except reacting like a fish outa water flipping and flopping around...
I’d have a stable driver over fancy UI any day, thank you very much.
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#25
Anymal
lynx29
I still think AMD's CPU success will trickle down to GPU eventually. AMD is riding a massive rise in profits off CPU division, I fully expect them to hire some more engineers with this new found success. It will still take awhile, but I can def see a 2080 Ti competitor Navi with excellent drivers at around $799 by Fall 2020. I hope so anyway.
2 years after and half node smaller, mos def!
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