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AMD responds to user feedback and promises to improve Ryzen Mobile drivers

By mongeese · 4 replies
Nov 24, 2018
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  1. After a lame smattering of excuses about why drivers need to be tailored to specific configurations and how it’s all the laptop manufacturers’ fault, AMD has stated they’ll be pushing for OEMs to release driver updates biannually.

    We are committing to work with our OEMs to increase the release frequency of AMD Ryzen Mobile processor graphics drivers. Starting in 2019, we will target enabling OEMs to deliver a twice-annual update of graphics drivers specifically for all AMD Ryzen Mobile processor-based systems. Because the release is ultimately up to the OEMs, this may vary from platform to platform, but we want to put out a clear goal for us and our OEM partners. Those updates should be available for download on the respective OEM websites.

    In addition, AMD will continue to evaluate ways in which we can offer validated graphics drivers for AMD Ryzen Mobile processor-based notebooks aligned to the latest AMD software updates, and will provide updates as soon as we are able.

    But, is it too little too late? AMD’s excuses don’t hold true as other laptop components receive drivers with very few issues. In addition to the OEM issued updates, Nvidia lets users download generic drivers for all their laptop graphics cards that work fairly flawlessly, and many AMD users are requesting that AMD adopt the same practice.

    According to TechPowerUp, many users have also successfully forced the latest AMD drivers onto their system using the 'Force Install' option in Windows Device Manager, with few reports of bugs and errors. Some users have been compelled down this route after going over 12 months without driver updates and receiving very poor performance in new gaming releases.

    Regardless, it’s good that AMD is finally taking a more active approach, and hopefully, we’ll see significant improvements in the months to come.

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  2. Dan6erbond

    Dan6erbond TS Rookie

    Why is it so hard for you "journalists" to credit the people that get the ball rolling, test all this stuff and then write huge posts about the issue triggering AMD's response? Out of over 15 reports only 1 single one linked my thread which explains the issue and the solution required and ultimately triggers AMD's response. AMD wouldn't have said anything if it wasn't for these reddit threads and if you guys genuinely cared, you would credit those who brought about change and not just copy the text from some other site and act like it's your own content.
    Vito05 likes this.
  3. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,657   +320

    Here, have a pat on the back.
    Charles Olson, Burty117 and Stark like this.
  4. Stark

    Stark TS Addict Posts: 120   +100

    Isn't this the same thing which was promise when the very first apu's came out??
    AMD keeps shooting itself in the foot .... man its 2018 and they STILL don't have mobile driver deployment plan.
  5. Sausagemeat

    Sausagemeat TS Maniac Posts: 409   +205

    Drivers won’t save Ryzen mobile. I had the unfortunate experience of using a Ryzen 7 powered laptop and it’s battery life was practically non existent, as in about an hour of moderate use. Sure there was plenty of performance there but it’s a bit meaningless if you’re tied to a plug when it comes to a mobile solution. The Intel i5 powered laptop ran several times longer when I switched to that which actually made the device usable as a laptop.

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