The latest AMD drivers have arrived! The fresh-faced 18.6.1 Radeon Adrenalin driver package offers improved performance and support for Vermintide 2, and a whole heap of bug fixes. But that’s not all from AMD this time around, the company has also announced a collaboration with Ubisoft for optimised performance in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 going forward.
First up, there's good news for those of you slashing your way through hordes of villainous vermin in Warhammer: Vermintide 2. These latest 18.6.1 drivers promise 10% faster performance than the last driver package (18.5.1) at 1440p with an RX 580, and 9% faster with an RX Vega 56.
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There are also some bug fixes for random crashing issues in Subnautica and Sea of Thieves. And if you are one of the few gamers dual-wielding AMD graphics cards in CrossFire, you’ll be pleased to know some bugs in World of Tanks, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and World of Warcraft have been diagnosed and cured in the latest release. So, yes, good news for 0.00000001% of gamers then.
So onto AMD and Ubisoft’s The Division 2 partnership. This will take a similar form to the agreement between the two for Far Cry 5 back when that launched. AMD confirmed this will entail optimised performance, higher frame rates, and reduced latency through DirectX 12. All rather vague and woolly as you would expect so far ahead of launch, but as with Far Cry 5, this will likely also include use of the Vega-only technologies such as Rapid Packed Math and Shader Intrinsics.
- Warhammer: Vermintide 2
- Up to 9% faster performance using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 on the Radeon RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.2 at 2560x1440 (1440p).
- Up to 10% faster performance using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 on the Radeon RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.2 at 2560x1440 (1440p).
- Subnautica may experience a black screen on launch or during gameplay.
- Sea of Thieves may experience a crash or hang while playing in the Cannon Cove area.
- Desktop may not be visible or may appear out of the display area when using 8K resolution on Radeon Pro Duo.
- World of Tanks may experience square corruption on some ground textures in multi GPU system configurations.
- Middle Earth: Shadow of War may experience flickering in some game menus or when configuring displays when using multi GPU system configurations.
- World of Warcraft may experience flickering on the mini map in multi GPU system configurations.
- Some games may experience minor stuttering during gameplay when the Radeon ReLive Instant Replay feature is enabled and FRTC is also enabled.
- Radeon Overlay may not show all available features when some games are run in borderless fullscreen mode.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may experience stuttering during gameplay.
- Corruption may be experienced with OGL or Vulkan API applications on some Hybrid Graphics system configurations.
- Sea of Thieves may experience corruption on ship sails or ropes while standing on a boat.
- Radeon Chill may experience lower than expected minimum frame rates if a game is left idle with Radeon Chill enabled for extended periods of time.