AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 offers Vulkan and external GPU support

Posted on Thursday, March 10 2016 @ 13:02 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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AMD rolled out its new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 drivers. Just like the latest NVIDIA driver release, this new set of drivers offers mainstream support for the new Vulkan API. Additionally, it also features performance improvements for Rise of the Tomb Raider and Gears of War Ultimate Edition, as well as new CrossFire profiles, support for the AMD XConnect external GPU technology, and more.
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 Highlights

Updated Crossfire Profiles available for:
  • Hitman™
  • The Park

    Support for?:
  • Hitman™

    Performance and Quality improvements for?:
    Rise of the Tomb Raider™(2)
  • ?Up to 16% on AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X Series vs AMD Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition 16.2.
    ?Gears of War Ultimate Edition(3)
  • Up to 60% on AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X series vs AMD Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1
  • Up to 44% on AMD Radeon™ R9 380 series vs AMD Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1

    ?Vulkan™ Support(1): Vulkan™ is the successor to OpenGL and a descendant of AMD's Mantle. Vulkan™ is a powerful "low-overhead" graphics API that gives software developers deep control over the performance, efficiency, and capabilities of Radeon™ GPUs and multi-core CPUs. More information on Vulkan™ can be found at ?

    Per-Game Display Scaling: A new feature introduced in Radeon™ Settings that allows per game Display Scaling to be set within the Radeon™ Settings Gaming tab under "Profile Options".

    Language Menu: A new feature introduced in Radeon™ Settings that allows the end user to select their preferred language from a drop down menu under the "Preferences -> Language" tab.

    Two Display Eyefinity: Two Display Eyefinity is now an available option under the Eyefinity tab in Radeon™ Settings.

    AMD Crossfire™ Status Indicator: A new feature in Radeon™ Settings that allows users to toggle an AMD Crossfire™ status indicator on their screen when running in AMD Crossfire™ mode.

    Updated Social Links: New Social links are now available for Radeon™ Settings home page and have also updated based on geographical region.?

    Power Efficiency Toggle: A new feature introduced in the Radeon™ Settings Gaming tab for select AMD Radeon™ 300 series and AMD Radeon™ Fury X available under "Global Options". This allows the user to disable some power efficiency optimizations.

    AMD XConnect™ technology: This driver provides initial support for external GPU enclosures configured with Radeon™ R9 300 Series GPUs are now supported over Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) connections. AMD XConnect™ technology additionally provides plug'n'play support and an integrated management interface. Base system must have BIOS support for external GPUs (e.g. Razer Blade Stealth).

    Resolved Issues
  • Core clocks may not maintain sustained clock speeds resulting in choppy performance and or screen corruption (Fixed with new Power Efficiency feature toggled to off)
  • Gears of War Ultimate Edition - Random freezes may be experienced during gameplay
  • Ashes of the Singularity 2.0 Benchmark now supports DirectFlip
  • XCOM 2 flickering textures may be experienced at various game locations
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider™ - The game may randomly crash on launch if Tessellation is enabled
  • You can download the driver over here.

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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