AMD Radeon 18.2.3 driver brings massive improvements for Sea of Thieves

AMD's driver development team is having a busy February, as it has now pushed out the third graphics driver update of the month. The Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.3 driver brings along with it rather large performance boosts to Rare's upcoming pirate adventure title Sea of Thieves, as well as a couple of other titles.

RX Vega 64 owners should see Sea of Thieves running up to 29% faster with these drivers, while those sporting RX 580 cards may see boosts of up to 39%. As Rare is running various beta tests and closed sessions to test the game's seaworthiness, the driver should be of great help to participating players.

Next up in the optimization slab is the recent PC release of Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age. The game can get up to 13% better FPS on Vega 56 graphics cards with the new drivers, and a 20% fps boost on RX 580 cards.

Lastly, the new VR RTS title Brass Tactics has also received optimizations, although AMD did not go into specifics on what kind of FPS jumps we can expect.

Although the company has displayed improvements on only some of their products, all GCN based graphics cards should benefit from the improvements included in the driver.

Here are the fixed issues in the 18.2.3 driver:

  • Radeon FreeSync may intermittently incorrectly engage during Chrome video playback resulting in playback flicker.
  • Radeon FreeSync may rapidly change between min and max range when enabled causing stutter in fullscreen games on multi display system configurations.
  • Flickering may be observed on the performance metrics overlay when Enhanced Sync is enabled on some Radeon FreeSync connected displays.
  • Radeon Overlay may exhibit minor flickering when enabled while playing games using the Vulkan™ API.
  • Fortnite™ may experience lighting or fog corruption on some graphics quality presets.
  • Radeon ReLive instant replay clips may intermittently contain small amounts of audio distortion.
  • Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ may experience an application crash when launched as a Universal Windows® Application.
  • For Honor™ may experience an intermittent application crash on launch.

And here are the known issues:

  • A random system hang may be experienced after extended periods of use on system configurations using 12 GPU's for compute workloads.
  • Water textures may appear to be missing in World of Final Fantasy™.
  • Destiny 2™ may experience an application hang in the mission "Heist" on some Radeon GCN1.0 products.
  • Radeon Overlay may intermittently fail to enable when toggled in some games.
  • Radeon Chill hotkey may fail to reset when Radeon Settings is restored to defaults.
  • FFmpeg application may experience corrupted output for H264 video streams.

The Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition 18.2.3 driver can be downloaded through the Radeon Settings interface or via the links listed in the official release notes here.

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