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AMD Radeon 20.7.2 driver improves Death Stranding and F1 2020 performance

It has been less than a week since AMD's previous graphics driver released, and already, the Radeon team is back with another one. The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.7.2 delivers support for Death Stranding, F1 2020, and the Hyper Scape open beta, plus some bug fixes.

Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding launched earlier today on PC, and AMD says that the title will perform up to 8% better with this driver release. Meanwhile, Codemasters' F1 2020, which released earlier this month, comes boasting performance improvements of up to 5% better with the new driver. AMD performed these tests using the RX 5700 XT graphics card.

The newly launched open beta for Ubisoft's sci-fi battle royale, Hyper Scape, didn't get a specific mention on the release notes regarding what sort of improvements players can expect with the driver, but it is recommended for playing the title.

Like the previous release, this driver is also missing hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, but the feature is available for select Navi cards in the 20.5.1 beta driver for anyone who is interested in testing it out.

Here are the fixed issues in today's driver, which also includes a mend for the Oculus VR corruption problem that was found in the previous release:

  • Launching VR applications using the Oculus Rift™ headset may cause corruption or a system hang on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • AMD Bug Report Tool may fail to load the available application lists and does not time out when failing to load.
  • Previews for video content on Netflix® using Microsoft® Edge browser may fail to load or appear black.
  • Wallpaper Engine or system folders may sometimes be detected as a game by Radeon Settings game manager.
  • Valorant™ fails to launch from Radeon Software Home screen or Gaming tab.
  • Hyper Scape™ may experience an intermittent game crash or hang on Windows®7 system configurations.

Here are the known issues AMD is still in the process of tackling:

  • Brightness flickering may be experienced on some VP9 video content playback through applications or web browsers on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics product system configurations.
  • 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 the Performance Tuning tab 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.
  • With HDR enabled, Windows® desktop may experience flickering, and performing a task switch while in a game may cause colors to become washed out or over saturated.
  • Audio may experience instability when connected through an Audio Video Receiver via HDMI® on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products
  • YouTube playback may become frozen with Microsoft® Edge player and Chrome™ when played on an extended display on some AMD Ryzen™ 7 3000 series and AMD Ryzen™ 4000 series APU system configurations.
  • Modifying the HDMI Scaling slider may cause FPS to become locked to 30.
  • AMD is investigating isolated reports of intermittent system hangs while exiting system sleep on some AMD Ryzen™ 3000 Series Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Graphics.
  • Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • AMD will continue to monitor and investigate any new reports of black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay closely. Users are encouraged to use the new Bug Reporting Tool for any issues they may encounter.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.7.2 driver can now be downloaded via the links listed on the official release notes page as well as via the Radeon Settings app on Windows.

AMD also kicked off a new Raise the Game campaign today, bundling together Godfall and World of Warcraft Shadowlands with its RX 5000 series graphics cards.

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