AMD releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 drivers with loads of new features

By Scorpus
Mar 9, 2016
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  1. AMD has released a new set of graphics card drivers, Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3, bringing a collection of new features as well as the latest optimizations for Hitman.

    Hitman launches on PC on March 11th, and these new drivers include the necessary performance tweaks and Crossfire profiles for the game. Also included in this driver is an updated Crossfire profile for The Park, as well as decent performance improvements in Rise of the Tomb Raider (up to 16% better on Fury X series cards) and Gears of War Ultimate Edition (up 60% on Fury X series, and up 44% on R9 380 series).

    The Radeon Software 16.3 drivers also introduce full support for Vulkan's initial release, allowing those with compatible GPUs to enjoy a low-overhead API in supported games and applications. The inclusion of this feature brings AMD's drivers up to feature parity with Nvidia's, which included Vulkan support in their latest release.

    AMD has included several new features in this driver as well. Some of the new options and settings will be quite useful to some gamers, including per-game display scaling, support for two-display Eyefinity configurations, and the ability to disable some power efficiency optimizations through a 'Power Efficiency Toggle' on Radeon 300 and Fury X series GPUs.

    AMD XConnect technology also debuts in Radeon Software 16.3. This technology gives gamers with supported Thunderbolt 3 laptops, such as the Razer Blade Stealth, the ability to run games on a desktop GPU in an external enclosure. The release notes for this driver suggest the feature only supports Radeon R9 300 series cards at this stage, with "plug'n'play support and an integrated management interface".

    Other new features in this driver include a Crossfire status indicator, new language menu, and updated social links, along with a small collection of bug fixes.

    As always, you can automatically install these new GPU drivers via Radeon Software, or alternatively you can grab a manual installer from our driver download section here.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,295   +663

    Vulkan has to be scaring Microsoft to death.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I hope it is a wake up call.
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  4. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +331

    Can you guys add a note so we know that these are just new beta's drivers
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
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  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I figure the lack of mention for WHQL was an indicator. That and these are AMD drivers.
  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 616   +143

    What AMD card do you own?
  7. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +331

    you mean Nvidia doesn't release beta drivers?

    Why would it honest question?

    Open GL has been around for pretty much all versions of Direct X and that never scared microsoft.
  8. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    Why would they release a new software version without new features? It's kind of expected isn't it?
    The only AMD card I own is a business card given to me by one of their sales reps at a convention. :) lol (if I kept it)
  9. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +331

    AMD releases plenty of drivers that just have fixes and no new features.

    You make it sound like every driver release is expected to have new features which isn't the case.

    And please don't troll this thread like you did the Street fighter V one.
    Darth Shiv, Raoul Duke and veLa like this.
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,498   +673

    Let's just home that Microsoft learns and adapts .... and not by simply buying the people out!
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I don't have to own AMD to understand that WHQL is always advertised and that AMD has released very few WHQL drivers the last 6 months.
    I didn't say anything about nVidia and don't get why you did. Especially since I didn't say anything that wasn't true about AMD.
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  12. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +331

    so what is this suppose to mean "That and these are AMD drivers."

    AMD last WHQL driver is from December so about 3 months old.

    And with the New Radeon crimson drivers they said driver releases will be slower and not as frequent.
  13. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    Once more, why would you release software if it is the same as the software already released? It has to have changes to warrant anyone downloading it, that change is a feature of the software. Hence, new either get it or you never will.
  14. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +331

    ok you are just trolling nevermind.
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  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Exactly what it says, "These are AMD drivers". And if they were WHQL, as rare as that would be, they would be labeled as WHQL. Getting a WHQL driver from AMD would be news everyone would be shouting about.
    robb213 likes this.
  16. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +331

    Its the tone my friend.

    And your choice of words.
    As rare as that would be?
    For someone that doesn't own a radeon I find it amusing!
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  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I admit that is one of my faults. Being over the age of 40, I don't see myself changing. Kinda like the phrase teaching an old dog new tricks. I don't think I am all that old, just beyond gaining social skills.
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  18. JetFixxxer

    JetFixxxer TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +6

    Typical AMD.. update tells me I'm up to date. I've had it with AMD been running crossfire since 4870. Since 15.11 through 16.2.1 I've had nothing but trouble with my 390X.

    Issues I have had or still have.
    Just Cause 3 corrupted textures.
    Can't control Crossfire in games I want them to run or disable it for games I don't want to run Crossfire.
    Rise of Tomb Raider flashes.
    Rainbow Six: Siege when in Crossfire corrupted texture
    The Division looks like absolute crap and get flashing throughout.

    Here's video of the flashing.

    Reading the release notes for 16.3 haven't fix Tomb Raider, The Division, or Star Wars. How long has Star Wars been released?
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
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  19. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,100   +526

    It's easy to list issues but what have you done to fix the issues? It could be something as simple as a clean driver install or a bad card. The 390x is pretty much the same as the 290x and the drivers are very well ironed out for these cards. I've got bot Nvidia and AMD cards and cannot even remember the last I've seen flickering or flashing.

    Allot of your issues are really the same thing in multiple games so you can rule out individual games / driver optimization for said games as the issue. It's most likely an unclean install or a bad card.
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  20. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

  21. JetFixxxer

    JetFixxxer TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +6

    Actually if you read the release notes AMD even states "know issues". AMD needs to stop adding new features and fix these issues. Since day 1 of Star Wars Battlefront release. On loading screen I get the flickering. Every single driver release since then AMD puts in the release notes know issues and this is always there. 16.3 isn't any different.

    Not the card nor is it left over drivers. I uninstall, reboot into safe mode, run DDU, reboot, run CCleaner, install new drivers, and reboot. Cards have been tested individual in these games and furmark.

    16.3 increased my temperature by 10 degrees playing The Division and throttles back GPU#1 to 300Mhz, but the temp stays at 95c. Once I'm done playing the temp drops back down to 39c. 16.2.1 my card idled at 29c and 85c with load. Now at idle the core goes from 300Mhz to 600Mhz every 8 seconds.

    Dirt Rally runs great without any graphic issues.

    I just played some Rainbow Six Siege. Not only isn't Crossfire isn't working the GPU Core clock is all over the place. It hits 1080Mhz there then the temperature hits 96c and then it throttles back because of the temp. Looks like my Oscilloscope trace ;).


    Went back to 16.2.1. I guess I have to wait for another release.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  22. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,100   +526

    I know of the "Known issues" section. Here is the link

    The only issue you are having that is on there is from the division and that's to be expected, that's a new game.

    According to hardware forms, Crimson should have fixed any raindow six siege issues. Many people who were having problems before-hand aren't after installing Crimson.

    Can you try to run your Cross-Fire setup on a game that you know should run well (other than something you have tried so far)? Also, these two cards are the same right? You should also make sure that they are running the same memory type as well. Sometimes OEM will mix memory manufacturers on cards and that can cause issues in Cross-fire.
  23. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,803   +483

    just do a clean install like how it's recommended. download the uninstaller from AMD's website.
    and also, most of the bugs are not something that are from AMD's side, but from your side.
    it's the same with Nvidia drivers too. updates tend to break stuff.
  24. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 309   +92

    Dunno if it will help, but with SLI (I know its still not CFX) flashing is caused by contact shadows set to "All High". Setting them to "All Low" for instance solves it for me.
    JetFixxxer likes this.
  25. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,617   +494

    Not sure if this will help or not, but there's a tool for AMD cards that allows you to edit the cards core clock settings at the firmware level. I had to do this for my 5870s years ago to get them to maintain a stable clock speed and solve my flickering issue. The tool was called ATI Win Flash and allows you to download the cards firmware then I used ATI RBE to modify the clock settings for the VRAM and the Core clock raising all the minimum clocks to something a little more sensible, saved the ROM and flashed it back to my cards. This prevented the cards from throttling in 2D which was causing tearing on my desktop, and it fixed my 3D stuttering in games. Also this matches the firmware up on your cards, sometimes if you buy them on separate dates they could have different firmware revisions causing issues as well.

    If these programs are compatible with the new GPUs from AMD it could be worth trying, just be sure to backup the original firmware from your cards in case you need to flash them back for RMA purposes.

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