AMD Radeon 20.9.2 driver deploys with Star Wars: Squadrons support

Right at the end of September AMD has pushed out another driver update for its graphics line, delivering the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.9.2 suite. The optional driver is mainly available for those looking forward to picking up STAR WARS: Squadrons, but it also includes a hefty list of bug fixes.

EA's upcoming space combat title STAR WARS: Squadrons is slated to take flight on October 2. Although AMD doesn't list the exact improvements it has made for the game, this driver is a recommended install before jumping in.

Moving on, here are the fixed issues included in this release, which knocks off quite a few long-standing known problems:

  • Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable after updating Radeon Software without a system reboot.
  • Screen flickering may be observed while MSI Afterburner™ is running or enabled on the system.
  • X-Plane 11™ may experience an application hang or crash when using the Vulkan® API.
  • DOOM™ VFR may experience corruption or artifacting in game on Radeon RX 5000 series system configurations.
  • Performance metrics overlay may fail to open or appear after the system wakes from sleep.
  • Call of Duty®: WWII may experience black textures on the ground or walls in zombies game mode.
  • Blocky corruption may be observed in Detroit: Become Human™ on some Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Using the Movies&TV application to edit video clips may result in green corruption in the clips.
  • Performance metrics may report incorrect values for current VRAM usage after an extended period of gameplay.
  • 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.
  • World of Warcraft™ may experience corruption issues with anti-aliasing enabled on DirectX®12 API.
  • Launching Radeon Software after a driver upgrade, may cause the Auto OC dialogue to appear with “0 Mhz” when the Auto OC feature has been previously enabled on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.

There are still some known issues, which are 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 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.
  • Audio may experience instability when connected through an Audio Video Receiver via HDMI® on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Modifying the HDMI Scaling slider may cause FPS to become locked to 30.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.9.2 optional driver can now be downloaded through AMD's Radeon Software app on Windows or using the links on the official release notes here, which also details several new Vulkan extensions that this driver adds support for.

Also, keep in mind that AMD will soon be unveiling its upcoming Zen3 CPUs and RX 6000 series RDNA2 GPUs. The CPU-focused event will kick off on October 8, while AMD's new GPUs will be unveiled on October 28.

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