AMD Radeon 20.3.1 driver optimizes Doom Eternal, Half-Life: Alyx, and more

As id Software and Valve prepare their latest high-profile releases for launch, AMD has pushed out a new driver update that aims to bring support for the upcoming games. The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.3.1 release is what's recommended for those aiming to pick up Doom Eternal and Half-Life: Alyx.

AMD says Doom Eternal will perform up to 5% better with the new driver, showcasing results that bumped the FPS from 133.1 to 139.1 while using an RX 5700 XT on 1080p running on Ultra Nightmare settings. Half-Life: Alyx performance benefits weren't detailed today.

Moreover, the driver delivers Vulkan graphics API support for Ghost Recon Breakpoint. And speaking of Vulkan, AMD has also implemented support for several new extensions, which can be seen in the release notes.

Here are the fixed issues of the driver:

  • Frame skipping or choppy audio may be experienced in videos captured using Radeon ReLive.
  • Some games may experience stutter while using Instant Replay or third-party applications that stream or perform screen capture.
  • Hotkeys may fail to apply to scenes in ReLive scene editor when the scene has a custom name.
  • Webcam elements may fail to appear on screen when a custom location is set during ReLive recording.
  • AMD A-Series/E-Series APU Processors will reflect older Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Settings user interface.
  • Zero RPM toggle may fail to reset or appear when disabling advanced fan tuning options in Performance Tuning.
  • Radeon Software may automatically close when a live stream is started or stopped.
  • Desktop cursor may intermittently remain visible after toggling Radeon Software’s overlay in some games.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2™ may experience a blank screen when launched using the Vulkan® API.
  • Radeon Software may experience an application crash, or a system TDR may occur, when VRAM reaches 8GB or more with HBCC enabled on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
  • DOOM™ may experience an intermittent system hang or application crash during gameplay.
  • Space Engineers™ may experience an application or hang during gameplay when Grass Density is turned on.
  • A system hang or black screen may occur when exiting SteamVR™ with multi display system configurations.
  • Monster Hunter World™: Iceborne may have lower than expected performance in some areas of the game on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Video playback may exhibit corruption on Interlaced content in Movies and TV on Ryzen 3000 with Radeon Graphics Processors.
  • PassMark™ may experience an application hang on some Ryzen with Radeon Graphics Processors.
  • On Radeon RX Vega and older discrete GPUs and on APUs, enabling integer display scaling could result in a reduction of frame rate.
  • Integer display scaling may not show up as available in Radeon Software on some GCN-based GPUs.

Known issues list is as follows:

  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan incorrectly report higher than expected idle clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. Performance and power consumption are not impacted by this incorrect reporting.
  • Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent window size or may not keep its previously set size when opened.
  • Modifying the HDMI Scaling slider may cause FPS to become locked to 30.
  • Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Desktop or In-game corruption may occur intermittently when HDR is enabled.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system crash or TDR when playing games with Instant Replay enabled. A workaround for users experiencing these issues is to disable Instant Replay.
  • A system crash or hang may be experienced when using Edge browser to play Netflix™ content.
  • Some users may still experience black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay. AMD will continue to monitor and investigate reports of these issues closely.

As is usually the case, the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.3.1 driver can now be downloaded through the links listed on its official release notes page here. Those who already have Radeon Software installed can upgrade to this release through the Windows app as well.

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