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AMD has released the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 driver

Conclusion

AMD has released the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 driver

Conclusion 

There is a lot to talk about here, so much so that it is hard to know where to begin when discussing Radeon Software Adrenaline. Performance-wise AMD has showcased a clear commitment to improving the performance of their products in modern gaming titles, though sadly this driver does not seem to be the "performance enhancing driver" that many have been hoping for.  

We plan on conducting some of our own testing with this new driver to see if there are many performance benefits over Radeon Software 17.11.4, though it is unlikely that we will see night and day differences. Remember that the majority of the games AMD tested here were released after Radeon Software 16.12.1 and have received their own optimised day-1/0 drivers, which means that these performance gains are unlikely to be purely from the upgrade to Adrenalin. 

Even so, AMD has delivered a lot of features that will improve the gameplay experience of Radeon users, from further optimisations to game latency to the release of Enhanced Sync support for all GCN or newer Radeon GPUs with support for the Vulkan API. 

When it comes to usability the addition of AMD's Radeon OSD cannot be called anything but transformative, allowing Radeon users to edit or disable features like FreeSync, Enhanced Sync, Frame Rate Target Control and Radeon Chill, making these elements much more accessible to end users. On top of that Wattman profiles can no be saved and shared and features like FreeSync can be toggled on a game-by-game basis, promoting higher levels of customization than ever before. 

The addition of Radeon Overlay support and AMD's new Link App have delivered users a lot of attractive in-game performance analysis options than ever before, making existing tools like MSI Afterburner and Rivatuner almost unnecessary for Radeon owners. The release of Radeon Overlay has firmly placed AMD's competitors in a position where they will need to catch up.  

AMD has released the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 driver  

For newcomers to the streaming scene, Radeon Software Adrenaline can be seen as a godsend, offering enhanced capabilities, a smaller performance impact and integration with some of today's most popular streaming services. These upgrades have made Radeon ReLive into an extremely attractive option for streaming hobbyists, especially if they don't want to use utilities like XSplit or OBS. 

The full release notes for Radeon Software Adrenaline version 17.12.1 can be viewed here alongside download links.

You can join the discussion on AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin Driver on the OC3D Forums

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12-12-2017, 09:58:14

Daiyus
Nice. I did a fresh install of my OS last week after a Windows Update killed my install. Sure I could've fixed it but I was due a refresh anyway.

Either way I've been waiting for Adrenalin before uninstalling the default drivers Windows installs and installing proper ones. I was expecting a longer wait.

Looks like I'm going to have a fun night! We'll see if this can replace HWiNFO64 and RivaTuner.Quote

12-12-2017, 10:05:42

AngryGoldfish
Excellent stuff. Great write-up, Mark.Quote

12-12-2017, 12:41:37

WYP
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Excellent stuff. Great write-up, Mark.
Thanks man, just wish I had more time to spend on the initial write-up. AMD very last minute.com sending us over the details. It seems AMD wanted to prevent any leaks from happening.Quote

12-12-2017, 12:46:07

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Thanks man, just wish I had more time to spend on the initial write-up. AMD very last minute.com sending us over the details. It seems AMD wanted to prevent any leaks from happening.
To be honest I'm surprised you were able to get so much written already.

Another site quickly tested three games and found performance hadn't increased very much from the previous driver, but it's possible Vega will be the one to benefit mostly.Quote

12-12-2017, 13:15:58

Tolemac
I wouldn't be surprised if this driver release has anything to do with Sapphires Nitro+ Vega card coming out shortlyQuote
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