With the latest AMD drivers the company has added Radeon Image Sharpening support for the Vega graphics architecture. It’s taken a little while, and only after the red team had introduced extended support of the fidelity feature to the existing, older Polaris range of graphics cards. But AMD has listened to its users and the Radeon VII, RX Vega 64, RX Vega 56, and Vega Frontier Edition can now join the party.
Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) was initially only supported on the Navi graphics cards, the RX 5700 and the RX 5700 XT, at launch but AMD brought the RX 570, RX 580, and RX 590 cards into the fold back in September. Given the sheer volume of the Polaris cards out in the market it’s maybe understandable that the red team decided to leapfrog over the younger, more-powerful Vega generation, but it still seemed like a missed opportunity for the last-gen cards.
At the time we asked AMD whether we might see RIS being added to its older GPUs and were told that it would “gauge user reception and demand” and would “consider adding support for additional Radeon RX graphics cards in the future.”
There were cast-iron no guarantees, but it’s clear the reception and demand from users has been great enough that AMD tasked its software engineers with adding in support for the Vega GPUs. The extended support comes from the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint driver release, Adrenalin 19.9.3, which you can download right now.
As well as support for the latest Ghost Recon and the RIS extension 19.9.3 also fixes some Sekiro texture corruption issues and a problem where Discord wouldn’t play nice with hardware acceleration when run on an RX 5700-series graphics card.
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Radeon Image Sharpening
Now available on Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics products for DirectX12 and Vulkan applications.
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice™ may exhibit texture corruption during later parts of the game.
- Discord™ may experience an application hang on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products when HW acceleration is enabled.
- Toggling HDR may cause system instability during gaming when Radeon ReLive is enabled.
- Display artifacts may be experienced on some 75Hz display configurations on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics system configurations.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 may experience stutter on some system configurations.
- Open Broadcasting Software may experience frame drops or stutter when using AMF encoding on some system configurations.
- HDMI® overscan and underscan options may be missing from Radeon Settings on AMD Radeon VII system configurations when the primary display is set to 60Hz.
- Stutter may be experienced when Radeon FreeSync is enabled on 240Hz refresh displays with Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
- AMD Radeon VII may experience elevated memory clocks at idle or on desktop.
It’s great to see AMD really listening to its users and reacting so quickly to the demand for the introduction of the funky fidelity feature for all three of its most recent graphics architecture generations.
It will still be interesting to see how many Vega users actually start using Radeon Image Sharpening – a sadly small percentage of gamers ever use the full feature set of their driver software – but the support from the red team is still nevertheless appreciated.