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AMD hasn't released new Radeon Drivers for Raven Ridge since launch

AMD's Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G need a little Adrenalin

AMD hasn't released new Radeon Drivers for Raven Ridge since launch

AMD hasn't released new Radeon Drivers for Raven Ridge since launch

It is undeniable that we love AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G APUs, providing users with best in class integrated graphics performance and a lot of overclockability on the GPU side. 

We have already looked into the gaming performance of AMD's Raven Ridge APUs, with both the 2200G and 2400G proving very capable as low-cost gaming offerings, though that doesn't mean that AMD can't do better. 

Over two months have passed since AMD released Raven Ridge onto the desktop market, with six versions of Radeon Software releasing since that date from version 18.2.2 to 18.3.4. Even after six new driver iterations, AMD has not released a new driver for Raven Ridge's Vega integrated graphics. 

AMD's current drivers for Raven Ridge are based on what appears to be Radeon Software version 17.7.1, with their current driver lacking support for Radeon ReLive, AMD's gaming DVR (video recording) solution. Without new Radeon driver releases, AMD's Raven Ridge CPUs and their included Vega graphics chips have not received and optimisations for modern gaming titles, undermining their potential gaming performance.  

AMD hasn't released new Radeon Drivers for Raven Ridge since launch  

While AMD's Raven Ridge APUs are still able to offer a lot of gaming performance without any driver updates, it nonetheless disappointing to see AMD leaving Raven Ridge behind, especially given its use of Radeon Vega Graphics. Raven Ridge currently lacks the benefits of AMD's Project ReSX (Radeon eSports Experience), which has delivered performance and controller latency improvements to PUBG, Overwatch, DOTA 2 and Fortnite, nevermind the long list performance improvements offered by the last few months of regular Radeon Software updates.    

We will not deny that AMD's Raven Ridge APUs offer some unique challenges for Radeon, such as its unique memory architecture (CPU & GPU share the same DDR4 memory) and Raven Ridge's combined CPU/GPU power management system, but that doesn't make the lack of new driver releases any less disheartening. 

Right now some Raven Ridge users have been able to force AMD's Raven Ridge drivers to update to newer Radeon Software releases, allowing features like ReLive to function on the platform (Like Forbes' Jason Evangelho). We hope that AMD can see the demand for new drivers for their Raven Ridge APUs, either merging their APU driver with AMD's mainline Adrenalin software stack or otherwise catch up with their current dedicated GPU drivers. 

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17-04-2018, 10:50:27

ET3D
Windows Update has a newer version, 17.40.3735. I have no idea what changed there, and no idea what AMD still has 17.40.3701 on its site.Quote
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