AMD Radeon 18.8.1 driver adds support for Monster Hunter: World, NFL 19, and more

AMD's first graphics card drivers of August have landed today, with the company delivering the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1 software suite. Included in it are optimizations for several upcoming releases, including the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth expansion, as well as Monster Hunter: World, We Happy Few, and Madden NFL 19.

The company went into detail on what sort of performance boosts can AMD graphics card owners expect for Monster Hunter: World, which is slated to launch in just a couple of days on August 9. Compared to the previous driver, the new software will supposedly deliver a 5% boost to the action RPG's performance for those on RX Vega 64 8GB cards, while RX 580 8GB owners can expect a 6% jump.

As always, keep in mind that while AMD only mentions two of its products, the extra performance should arrive in some form to the entire GCN line-up.

Here are the fixed and known issues of this driver:

Fixed Issues

Fortnite™ may experience an application crash on game launch in Windows®7.
Some games may experience a game crash or hang on multi GPU system configurations when changing or applying resolutions.
Graphics and memory clock speeds may remain elevated or locked while gaming if video content is also playing on the system.
Civilization® VI may experience a game crash using DirectX®12 API on game or map launch.
Samsung™ HMD Odyssey may experience intermittent black screens or flashing on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.

Known Issues

Cursor or system lag may be observed on some system configurations when two or more displays are connected and one display is powered off.
Some games may experience instability or stutter when playing with FRTC and Instant Replay enabled.
Toggling performance metrics while gaming on a non-native display resolution may cause the game to scale incorrectly.
Radeon WattMan memory and frequency sliders may not list correct minimum values.
Upgrade Advisor may fail to show up in Radeon Settings.
Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable when playing Monster Hunter™: World.
Video profiles may not correctly apply on web browser video content.

Beyond that, support for several Vulkan extensions have been implemented with the driver as well, those of which can be found in full on the official release notes.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1 driver is available for download via the Radeon Settings interface on Windows, or through the links listed in the aforementioned release notes.

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