AMD Adrenalin 2019 Drivers – Benchmarked & Explained!

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so guys a few days ago we had the
opportunity to sit down with AMD at their Markham offices and talked about a
bunch of new things and while some of them will need to stay locked away a big
part of our time was spent discussing their drivers so for those of you who’ve
been following a channel for a while now you’ll notice that this is a video that
we do every year around the same time as a matter of fact last year on December
the 12th we posted our video on the Adrenalin and edition drivers and you
can actually check it out right over here but basically AMD tends to roll out
major updates on a yearly basis and so here we are in mid-december and boom a
massive overhaul for Radeon software you see many years ago AMD was known for
having amazing hardware but they were held back by some pretty poor drivers
now they’re on a mission to deliver the best software possible and move the
perception of gamers away from the old thought that AMD is amazing but their
drivers really suck kind of thing so now they want to deliver day one support for
new games and also want to add a lot more features to their GPUs so let’s
discuss a little bit more about that right after message from our sponsor hi
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what you’re all thinking what’s performance luck on these new drivers
well according to AMD they made some pretty big steps since the original
Adrenalin Edition drivers that were launched about a year ago so this is a
chart that they provided us and there has been some significant improvements
but remember this is a year of development but you can also see some of
these titles like battlefield 5 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey weren’t even
around when the Adrenalin was first introduced in 2017 but with AMD’s focus
on day 1 driver support for new games there’s a big performance improvement
over you using older software another big focus for AMD is their project ReSX which targets popular esports games like overwatch and fortnite for
special treatment basically they’re aiming to boost FPS while also lowering
response times and improving 99th percentile frame times but what does
this all mean in real-world testing let’s check it out but before that I
wanted to mention how these were tested basically I took AMD’s 18.61 drivers
which were launched in June and I’m comparing them to the adrenalin in 2019
at 1080p resolution it should be interesting so as you can see that even
with some older games like overwatch and destiny there are performance boosts but
the bigger ones come with battlefield 5 basically the newest game received a one
driver updates that weren’t around back in June which is pretty cool
alright so enough about performance since there’s a lot more to talk about
and I don’t want this video to run close to the 20 minute mark again but I do
want to mention something really quickly AMD has been adding a lot more features
their latest update and that’s primarily because of the community feedback that
they’ve been receiving so they’ve been hosting the Radeon team has been hosting
regular feedback sessions on reddit Twitter and even their diminishing
service to their drivers so that as soon as you know they get those results in
they actually start developing the new features honestly guys the most
interesting thing about these new drivers is what AMD is bringing to the
game streaming space while you can already use the relive features to
stream your gameplay to services like twitch YouTube and mixer really of games
streaming service allows you to wirelessly stream your PC games directly
to your phone or tablet over a Wi-Fi network so a quick overview before we
show this in action basically AMD game streaming is meant to offer exactly what
valves steam link and in videos game stream technology do but it doesn’t
require another box like the Nvidia shield to run the only small hiccup is
that it isn’t officially compatible with Android TV solutions but if enough
people ask for it they’ll look into porting it over so ask for it guys
according to AMD since this uses the asynchronous compute engine within GCN
GPUs latency is better than on other solutions like steam link the only
performance cut will be between one to three percent which is basically the
overhead from AMD link running in the background setup is actually pretty easy
too at least that’s the way it worked at AMD HQ the first thing you do is
download the AMD link app on either your Android or iOS device scan the QR code
to pair with your PC and select the game from the game Explorer tab
it’s then a simple matter of actually playing since AMD gives you the option
to either use on-screen controls or a Bluetooth controller in theory it should
be possible to get this setup with your TV provided you have an Android
compatible wireless controller supposedly Bluetooth keyboard and mouse
could work too but we didn’t get to test that now considering this is a first
generation technology I thought it worked pretty well but there were a few
streaming hiccups and artifacts every now and then
the nice thing is that you can even change the resolution in case your GPUs
having trouble streaming at your devices native resolution we’re actually going
to cover this a bit more soon so stay tuned for that if there’s anything
specific you want to know let us know in the comments down below one of the other
interesting features rolling out in these new drivers is Radeon game advisor
now it might not sound as amazing as game streaming but let’s check it out
anyways so basically this analyzes performance as you play a game so here I
am playing battlefield 1 and I can press alt R to bring up a Radeon overlay this
overlay tool was launched with Adrenain in 2017 and it brings a massive number
of tools right at your fingertips in a game so in the game advisor tab you can
see that it after after quickly test performance of my system in this title
ill recommend some changes to either improve frame rates or give better image
quality I think this feature will likely appeal
to people who quickly want to optimize their game and get playing instead of
spending a while going through the whole trial and error process it’s also
probably a pretty big deal or it’s probably going to be a pretty big deal
for novices who are just getting into PC gaming and might not be able to use you
know all the options that they encounter so back to other few options in the
overlay features AMD has added a centralized display tab that houses
options like the ability to turn on free sync and enhance sync there’s also an
option to control colors in-game as well luckily the Radeon overlay will remember
all of these settings for the next time you launch a game or a specific title
but remember that some monitors require you to turn on free sync on the panel
before it’s enabled in AMD’s software Wattman is the overclocking utility for
AMD cards and it’s now in the overlay as well with the ability to overclock or
automatically overclock the GPU and its memory that’s pretty cool since it
allows you to create a game specific overclocking profile and tested
immediately rather than just use the global settings finally the
performance tab is still around but it has a whole new makeover with a ton of
customization options that includes you know adjustable colors modifiable
columns and a lot more it’s a pretty cool area to show and login game
performance metrics speaking of wattman it got a shot of
Adrenalin into with automatic GPU and memory overclocking as well as dynamic
GPU under volting there’s also better control for fan curves and the RX Vega
GPUs get a few targeted improvements too with fine grain adjustments for DPM
States and even some very serious memory tuning options a next up is a small but
pretty improvement to facing to HDR you might remember Dmitry had some
issues with HDR displays blowing out bright colors and scenes in some games
well-aimed he’s now adding Auto tone mapping into scenes so they keep the
detail when HDR is enabled that’s a huge relief and I’m hoping Nvidia does the
same things since their cards experience these same problems the last thing that
I wanted to cover is something that’s a bit small when compared to some of these
other huge items its extended support for virtual super resolution or VSR
upscaling on 21 by 9 displays it was actually one of the most requested items
on AMD surveys so they ended up adding that as well which is awesome improve
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believe it or not there were a bunch of changes in these new drivers that I
personally wasn’t able to get to but I’m really curious to test out some of the
new features like game streaming for example and see how that plays out with
my smartphone but what we’re really seeing here is AMD continuing to develop
their drivers and bring some really cool exciting features to the forefront I
just hope that their hardware makes a real comeback as well so that’s it for
me let me know what you guys think about the new update from AMD in fact if you
own an existing aim to GPU would you consider taking a manage or would you
actually take advantage of some of these new features at AMD is rolled out love
to know in the comments down below I’m eager with hybrid connects thank you
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100 thoughts on “AMD Adrenalin 2019 Drivers – Benchmarked & Explained!

  1. Hopefully navi will be nice. I've already made the switch from Intel. Loving my 2600x paired with 16gb 3400mhz (14-14-14-38) ram. But my I'll hold off on GPU upgrade for now (GTX 1070)

  2. AMD give to us best driver and software in world for holyday …
    look !!! nVidie give new accont number to us 😀 to take ur money …

  3. And the state of mobile drivers?. No one cares?. I can sideload Adrenalin on the Acer Nitro 5 RX560X, but that does't count. (And some functions don't work, like game advisor)

  4. I had an r9 380 I got for $110 USD. I gave it to my nephew when I built his PC. It's just a Ryzen 1300x build but it does very well. When I first got the card it was buggy and had all kinds of issues and keep in mind this card had been out for awhile. I got it so cheap because the RX 400 series had launched. With the drivers over this past year his R9 380 has become a reliable powerhouse. Good job AMD.

  5. The recent AMD thing makes me want to buy a gaming pc again.
    Currently I don't have a desktop but a thinkpad x1c with shitty intel gpu. (but ThinkPad is love)
    For gaming I bought a PS4.

  6. The fan curve is buggered. Mine and many others are experiencing constant fan pulsing. Like from 1000 rpm to 2700 and back down in a matter or two seconds. So friggin annoying.

  7. Smoke and mirrors; I had to downgrade from the 2019 Adrenalin as it broke a bunch of stuff, including Zero-RPM mode on my RX580 (google it up). The menu is even more crowded and even more confusing now.

  8. Im fucking confused Im About to buy A pc(literally in 1-2 Days) Now which one should i get 580 or 1060 ( people saying to wait pls don't bother replying)
    Edit :- Btw 580 is cheaper

  9. Nice drivers… RX480 in watt man crashed if scrolling aplication. Manual adjustment of the fan speed has become very inconvenient. Previously there was a target and maximum temperatures as well as rpm. And now I have to shaman with obscure percentages and a curve to adjust.
    Yes, it's old graphic card. You can ignore her. It's for AMD programmers.

  10. Hopefully the game setting thing wont be crappy like nvidias solution. When a game has problems running removing nvidias optimization crap fixes the game like 8/10 times. Then everytime you install the newer version of drivers the default is to install it.

  11. I start to install this new drivers and windows crashed in to blue screen! I reinstalled windows and started to install second time. Again on the middle of installing blue screen! I have Asus Ati 7970 , Intel i5 CPU. What is the reason for this crashing?

  12. a little thing to note, a lesson learned the hard way: do NOT use these new drivers with MSI Afterburner! The two do not jive well yet and MSI-A needs to be updated. I was getting constant, nonrecoverable display driver crashes when it loaded at startup of windows and because I initially did not know what was causing it, it was forcing me to hit the reset button so I could start troubleshooting, beginning with uninstalling and reinstalling the display drivers. This ultimately ended with me having the BSODs (Critial_Process_Died) I could not get past during boot and I had to reinstall Windows 10 from scratch. I had a fun weekend. Until MSI-A gets an update to work with these new drivers, don't touch it.

  13. I LOVE the unlocked memory timings on all gpus now AMD is really showing that there getting there act together been on amd since k6-2 chips haha the fan curve is really nice i like everything about it really very good job only thing that would be better is better computation power or boost if possible like in older drivers 18.6.9 i believe it was some of us gamers do Development as well as game

  14. i have Rx vega 64 and Samsung 27" 1440p 144hz curved gaming monitor and this update blows my mind… high FPS increase and HDR look amazing! still playing war thunder on bed whit VR googles and AMD link…

  15. I have an Acer 5 nitro laptop with a RX 560X the newest driver I can find is 17.7. Need 18. To play Star Wars battlefront 2. Anyone have any suggestions?

  16. I undervolted my RX 590 and it was working fine in Unigine Heaven on 18.12.1, but this release didn't want to play ball. Also, Wattman settings weren't being saved. Back to 18.12.1 for now.

  17. Just returned a rx580, the drivers were a mess. Adrenalin kept disappearing from screen options and over half the time the PC would boot but with a black screen. I removed and reinstalled the card several times. I had left Radeon over seven years ago because of problems with driver but I decided to give it a try because of the sky-high prices of NVidia.

  18. im done with amd after having 7 rx 580's randomly die on me for no reason what so ever never overclocked them never moded them i just installed them in my pc installed the drivers and played my games 1-2 days later dead every time meanwhile i know its not my power supply as these draw 30 times less power than an r9 390x od which i have in my system right now

  19. sorry to be a noob and a pain but i have installed the latest Adrenalin version but it keeps telling me i have no connection to amd servers if i check updates ?????? …..any idea guys much appreciated.

  20. Ok video, but I don't care for your ads being apart of the video. I pay for premium You Tube so I don't have to watch these now you guys are sneakily making them part of the video….thumbs down for that reason.

  21. Whata about as ho use cpu graphic card from ryzen 5 2500U with Vega 8 will we still need to update from windows or finaly will release driver support?

  22. My r9 290 reference card is going over 10400 points on firestrike. It's almost 800 more points than years ago! I overclocked to 1050mhz gpu and 1350mhz memory, and it's over 11k points! Graphics score is over 13k!

  23. wtf..with this adrenalin 18.12.2 when i play Ring of Elysium the game its freeze from huge lag like..and need end task it..huge crap AMD i will never buy laptop/pc with amd inside..

  24. AMD has been so nice to me as a custom, and to think Nvidia fanboys were talking shit about me for going with AMD. lol

  25. they just need to release new cards that beats or at least at the same level of 2060 at a reasonable price, cuz 2060 is too expensive.

  26. 2019 and the fan control on the drivers are absolute pish, useless. AMD get a grip. EVGA precision from 2009 still controls the fans better.

  27. After many, many, many years, AMD lunatic idiot progrmamers still can't comprehend that if we change profiles settings, especially the default profile, then we want it to be resilient: to stay that way until another profile takes over or goes back into the default profile, unless we modify it again! NO that's too complicated for this bunch of shitheads! And when finaly it seems to work, inexplicably it stops working like if they had fun in programming some virtual quantum uncertainty! If not for quickly releasing another update which disables the previous update that made it work… For a very simple an d linear deterministic problem? Come on! SO amateurish! Unbelievably sub-human standard morons! These people are pure incompetent clan idiots hiring idiots (when you're not in a Democracy, that's the way it goes – or else there's no rational explanation). And this is so aggravating as a customer… My 8 year old nephew designs better than this!!!!

  28. lets talk about this shitty wattman ? who makes millions of pc crashing with no reason when you watch netflix or play games, even with standard settings and zero overclocking…^^ R7 R9 RX, all crash randomly, since they added this Wattman. i use 18.12.3 with a r9 actually and still crash pc . watched on internet to find solution, and i 'm defitively not the only one !!! so few days ago, i just definitively stopped using radeon cards because of their shitty drivers. now, zero pb with my "new" 1060 gtx..

  29. ANYONE reading this I need some help with playing an old game on my new pc and I figured someone here might be able to help.
    I'm running Windows 10 64-bit I recently bought rogue squadron 3d from steam, installed it fine but when I try to run the game it says fatal error cannot initialize HAL. I realize the game is meant for an old version of windows but is there anyway I can make this work? Plz pc master race help

  30. i have rx 470 and throws me out of menu menus drivers i tried pulling i reinstalled my computer but ejected stopping drivers are probably garbage!

  31. Ok someone please help me I just got this new pc and I downloaded fortnite and a icon on fortnite said my AMD Radeon r7 240 needed to be updated to a newer version so I went into Radeon setting and I clicked check for updates and it told me I was on the latest version….. the quality is also not great so I’m lost someone please help??? 👍

  32. hey im using amd laptop, today after update my driver i've got some problem, my fx apu not enable, just rx 500 series can run??

  33. i am pretty late but whatelse: my msi armor rx 570 8g oc is stucked at 300mhz. i dont have afterbruner installed only the amd adrenalin 2019 driver. does someone know how to fix that stuck or does someone know a video or a page where the fix is explained?

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