AMD releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.3 hotfix

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Following Nvidia’s lead a day earlier, AMD on Wednesday released new Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers in time for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the public beta for Battlefield 1.

In the official release notes, AMD says it has added new DirectX 11 CrossFire profiles for the two aforementioned titles. The hotfix also remedies an issue in which some users were experiencing a random blank or colored screen intermittently with some Radeon RX 400 series cards while gaming.

AMD is still working on more than a dozen known issues which are listed below:

  • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay".
  • Radeon Software may intermittently fail to install or hang on some AMD CrossFire configurations. If this happens users can reboot and re-install without issue as a workaround.
  • Grand Theft Auto V may experience an application hang on Radeon RX 400 Series Graphics when playing at 4K resolution in story mode.
  • A small number of 144hz non-FreeSync enabled displays may exhibit flickering during gaming or on desktop.
  • Ark Survival Evolved may experience an error message when trying to launch the game in some configurations.
  • DOTA2 may experience an application hang when using the Vulkan API and changing resolution or game/quality settings.
  • Corruption may be experienced in Rise of the Tomb Raider using the DirectX12 API on some Hybrid Graphics configurations when performing a task switch.
  • Shader Cache may remain be enabled when set to "off" in Radeon Settings on some Hybrid Graphics configurations.
  • Radeon RX 480 graphics may experience intermittent stuttering in The Division when high game settings are used and vsync is enabled.
  • Battlefield 4 may experience intermittent crashes when using Mantle. As a work around users are suggested to switch to DirectX®11.
  • Radeon Pro Duo may experience a black screen in Total War: Warhammer with the games API set to DirectX®12 and V-Sync enabled.
  • World of Tanks may experience stuttering after performing a task switch in AMD CrossFire mode.
  • Rocket League may experience flickering when in AMD CrossFire mode.
  • Ashes of the Singularity may experience an application crash with "crazy" in game settings and Multi-GPU enabled.

Those with automatic updates enabled should already have the update but if you need to do so manually, you can grab the hotfix by clicking here.

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Why does every time a new game gets released we need a new GPU driver? Genuine question.
Technically they dont need a driver update when a new game comes out but by adding hotfixes it optimises the graphics card to perform better on particular games and to fix bugs that may arise with any game as obv is difficult to think of every little detail that could go wrong in games, So hotfixes are applied to rectify little bugs and make the games run more smoothly.
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