There’s a new optional AMD driver out in the wild that provides complete support for the full release of Final Fantasy XV and Vermintide II, as well as a tasty performance uplift for any DOTA 2 players out there. I think there’s a few.
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The new drivers are labelled as optional but if you’re going to get yourself some spiky haircut / unfeasibly big sword action on the go with the the new Windows Edition of Final Fantasy XV then this most definitely isn’t an optional software release. As a dyed-in-the-wool Nvidia Gameworks title, Final Fantasy XV has come out using every little bit of Nvidia software it can get its hands on, and has therefore been completely optimised for GeForce gamers.
But AMD have been hard at work since the buggy benchmark launched and we've seen significant performance improvements in recent AMD drivers for the playable demo (even though there isn’t a gaming GPU around that will deliver 60fps at the highest 4K settings), and hopefully that will carry on with the final release.
There are still some issues with the latest drivers, in Final Fantasy XV there is still major stuttering that can occur with some on-screen particle effects. We've seen some particularly nasty frame rate drops infight scenes when your characters are doing special swordy moves with AMD cards. You should be able to largely negate that by disabling the ‘Geomapping’ setting in the options screen.
The Radeon team have also delivered some nice free frame rates in DOTA 2, with a 6% boost measured using the RX 580 card. Not bad for a quick driver update. AMD have fixed a few multi-GPU issues in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and World of Tanks too, and you can read the full fix list below.
Final Fantasy XV
Warhammer: Vermintide II
- Up to 6% faster FPS using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 on the Radeon RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 at 3840x2160 (1440p).
- Radeon Chill hotkey may fail to reset when Radeon Settings is restored to defaults.
- Sea of Thieves may experience an intermittent application hang or crash during gameplay.
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War may experience texture flickering on trees or hills when using multi GPU enabled system configurations.
- World of Tanks may experience color corruption when changing some game settings in multi GPU enabled system configurations.
- A random system hang may be experienced after extended periods of use on system configurations using 12 GPU's for compute workloads.
- Destiny 2 may experience an application hang in the mission "Heist" on some Radeon GCN1.0 products.
- Destiny 2 may experience long load times when the application has been open for long periods of time.
- Radeon Overlay may intermittently fail to enable when toggled in some games.
- FFmpeg application may experience corrupted output for H264 video streams.
- Resizing Radeon Settings may cause the window to intermittently stutter.
- Final Fantasy XV may experience minor stutter during some particle effects. A workaround is to disable the "Geomapping" setting in game.