AMD Radeon 19.9.3 driver brings Radeon Image Sharpening to Vega

AMD has released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.3 display driver which introduces the much-coveted Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) feature to Vega graphics cards.

Initially, RIS was a feature exclusive to Navi but with the last Adrenaline update version 19.9.2, AMD added RIS support to select Polaris models. This caused a bit of an uproar on the AMD subreddit by Vega owners, considering the architecture is newer than Polaris, and the Radeon VII - based on the Vega architecture - is not even a year old at this point.

It looks like AMD had taken note of the objections and has decided to bundle the image sharpening feature in the new Adrenalin 19.9.3 update for all Vega-based discrete consumer-level desktop GPUs viz:

  • Radeon VII
  • Radeon Vega Frontier Edition
  • Radeon RX Vega 64
  • Radeon RX Vega 56

An official announcement was also made by Terry Makedon, Senior Director of Software Strategy at Radeon, via a Reddit post earlier today.

Like Polaris, RIS for Vega is available on DirectX 12 and Vulkan titles as of now. The option for enabling the feature is available in the Display section of the Radeon settings control panel where both GPU scaling as well as Radeon Image Sharpening must be toggled on.

The new driver also adds support for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, which is slated to launch on October 4.

AMD has also listed the issues that have been resolved as well as those that the company is still working on.

Fixed Issues

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice™ may exhibit texture corruption during later parts of the game.
  • Discord™ may experience an application hang on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products when HW acceleration is enabled.

Known Issues

  • Toggling HDR may cause system instability during gaming when Radeon ReLive is enabled.
  • Display artifacts may be experienced on some 75hz display configurations on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics system configurations.
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 may experience stutter on some system configurations.
  • Open Broadcasting Software™ may experience frame drops or stutter when using AMF encoding on some system configurations.
  • HDMI® overscan and underscan options may be missing from Radeon Settings on AMD Radeon VII system configurations when the primary display is set to 60hz.
  • Stutter may be experienced when Radeon FreeSync is enabled on 240hz refresh displays with Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • AMD Radeon VII may experience elevated memory clocks at idle or on desktop.

You can download the driver by visiting its release notes page directly on AMD's website or by accessing the "Updates" tab in the Radeon Settings app on your PC.

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