AMD releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 drivers with loads of new featuresBy Tim Schiesser 31 comments
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.