AMD's Adrenalin 2020 Edition drivers arrive with another big injection of new features

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver is here, arriving as the latest annual driver refresh by the company. It heralds new features, improvements to old settings, and a performance bump. The company has said that the 2020 edition of Adrenaline runs 12% faster than the 2019 version's launch driver. This is also carrying support for Detroit: Become Human which releases on December 12.

The first thing that AMD graphics card users will see after installing the new 2020 version is the Radeon Settings UI, which has been revised completely in both the app and the overlays to give better access to all the features available.

One of the newly added features is Radeon Boost, a setting that will adjust the resolution of select games on the fly while playing them to keep high frame rates. It will only kick in when movement by the player is detected so the dip in resolution isn't seen easily. This driver-side implementation of dynamic resolution currently works on Overwatch, Borderlands 3, Shadow and Rise of the Tomb Raider, GTA V, Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WWII, and PUBG with FPS improvements of up to 38%.

The long-time-coming Integer Scaling feature is now available too. It is a technique that can upscale games with pixel art without losing the original look or sharpness. Nvidia and Intel have already implemented this feature through their drivers, so it's about time AMD joined in on the party too.

There's even more, with Radeon Anti-Lag receiving DirectX 9 support for pre-RX 5000 series cards, DirectX 11 support for Radeon Image Sharpening, as well as an improved driver installer for "one-click setup," saving settings between driver upgrades, and faster install times of up to 34%. Alongside other improvements, the Radeon Overlay has a web browser built-in now also, which should be useful when playing games outside of Steam.

See everything AMD has added and tuned in the Adrenaline 2020 driver on the list below:

  • Radeon Software
    • Introducing the new Radeon Software. A brand new, modern, accessible and powerful gaming application.
    • Now available via Overlay using Alt+R for fullscreen or Alt+Z for sidebar while you game!
    • Gaming tab lets you access games stats, view or edit media, adjust game settings and launch your favourite games directly from Radeon Software.
    • Streaming tab gives you a new, powerful and easy to use streaming experience with controls for streaming, viewing and editing your stream all in one area.
    • Performance tab lets you get detailed statistics on your current system performance or overclock and fine tune your graphics product.
    • User profile system that allows easy configuration for Radeon Software features, so you don’t have to.
    • New Built-in web browser let’s you lookup important game information, walkthroughs or tutorials without having to leave your game.
  • Radeon Boost
    • Provides increased performance when fast motion is detected via dynamic resolution scaling with little to no perceptible change in image quality.
  • Integer Display Scaling
    • Scale images on screen from one pixel to four or more, allowing classic games to get a retro, pixel-art-style look.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag
    • Added support for DirectX®9 on pre-Radeon RX 5000 series GPU’s.
    • Global activation toggle to easily enable across all supported games.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening
    • Added support for DirectX®11 games.
    • Added controls for degree of sharpness.
    • Toggle on/off supported while in game.
  • AMD Link
    • Play your PC games anywhere on any mobile device without the restriction of being connected to the same home wireless network.
    • Cleaner interface with a unified Radeon Software look, now available across all AMD Link enabled devices.
    • All streaming functionality has been moved to one area for easier access.
    • Improved bit-rate support at up to 50Mbps.
    • x265 game streaming is now supported for better image quality and less bandwidth.
    • Instant GIF support added directly from your device.
  • Radeon Software Installer
    • ‘One-click’ easy setup with a new and improved factory reset option.
    • New option to keep your settings between installations, including during factory reset.
    • Improved install times and error detection.
  • DirectML Media Filters
    • Visual noise reduction to apply on photos and upscaling filters available to apply on photo and media content directly from your Radeon Software media gallery.

Alongside all that, there's a bunch of fixed issues in this release as well:

Fixed Issues

  • Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products may intermittently experience loss of display or video signal during gameplay.
  • Out of Video Memory error may randomly appear on some Radeon R9 200/300 series graphics products when playing Fortnite™ with DirectX®12 API enabled.
  • Ring of Elysium™ may experience lower than expected performance on 1440p and 4K display resolutions.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™ may experience an application hang after the initial game cutscenes on some Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Enabling Performance Metrics Overlay may cause black screens or corruption on some applications.
  • Task switching out of some games with Radeon ReLive enabled may cause a black screen when switching back into the game.
  • Invoking Radeon Overlay may cause games to lose focus or become minimized when HDR is enabled within Windows®.

Meanwhile, the known issues have expanded with some new bugs now being found:

Known Issues

  • Switching between borderless and fullscreen in some games when Performance Overlay is enabled and Radeon FreeSync is enabled may cause stuttering.
  • Some Vulkan® gaming applications may crash when performing a task switch with Radeon Image Sharpening enabled.
  • Applying DirectML media filters to media in Radeon Software Gallery may cause video memory to fail to be released once completed. A system restart will resolve this issue.
  • Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.
  • Removing a game profile from Radeon Software may cause Radeon FreeSync and/or Virtual Super Resolution to become enabled.
  • Radeon ReLive may appear to be missing or not available to install on some Radeon R9 380 series and Radeon R9 285 series graphics products.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay may appear to lock frame rate at 60 fps when performing a task switch in or out of a game.
  • Battlefield™ V may experience an application hang when changing settings in game with Radeon Boost enabled on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Performing a resolution change while Radeon Software overlay is open may cause an application hang or TDR.
  • Enabling Radeon Image Sharpening on HDR enabled displays may cause colors to become washed out.
  • Performing Upscale on a large resolution video or screenshot may fail to apply and cause an error message.

AMD Link Known Issues

  • Tuning: In some cases when changing from Preset to Automatic, settings don’t apply or will cycle back to the original setting.
  • Media: Playback of videos may reset if the device changes orientation during playback.
  • Media: Corruption may occur when playing back media while using the 1Mbps bitrate setting.
  • Gaming: Under certain conditions Now Playing changes back to Desktop or the last played game instead of displaying the currently streaming game.
  • Gaming: Streaming may stop if device is left idle for an extended period of time.

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 19.12.2 edition driver is now available to download via the links listed on its massive release notes page here. As usual, the current Radeon Settings app on Windows can also be used to upgrade to the 2020 version.

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