13.3.2 CRIMSON

The Radeon 16.3.2 Crimson driver was released March 27, 2016. AMD has been slow to fix problems suggesting they need lots more developers working on their drivers.

AMD Evolved now has recording capability for those who want to capture game play.

FESTERING PROBLEMS

GAME ISSUE
Ashes of the Singularity DirectFlip (WDDM 1.2) is not implemented yet
R9 300 series CFX problems, works with a single card fine
Hitman Flickering in DX11 mode, try DX12 mode
Doom 3 BFG Smart sync problems, changing to ‘enabled’ fixed this issue
Far Cry Game loads to black screen but does not start
Frontlines: Fuel of War Newer versions PhysX are incompatible
Metro 2033 PhysXLoader.dll may need to be copied to the game folder

REVERT TO PREVIOUS DRIVERS

If you need to revert back to a previous driver release you can remove the Radeon driver from the control panel and you will need to reboot. The the desired driver can be installed which will require another reboot. Be careful not to remove chipset drivers.

Never use the driver to force game options. Use the in game settings only. Game engines are not designed to be operated that way.

Windows 8 users will need to install the 8.1 updates and platform updates to be able to install this and subsequent drivers.

LEGACY CARDS

For those with the older HD 4000 and older series, AMD has put the cards into legacy support for Windows 8 and above with WDDM 1.1 level support with driver 12.6. Our Toshiba A210 notebook with the x1200 requires the 9.2 driver. Upgrading driver packages will not disable the legacy support once installed.

Our HD 5450 and HD 6970 both have WDDM 1.3 driver support. The HD 6970 can still play recent titles quite well due to its extreme performance.

PHYSX

Some PhysX games will not work at all with Radeon cards. Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason will not run with Radeon cards.

ISSUES

Forums galore are flooded with problems, none of which are reproducible by us. If the games are not working properly, backup and install Windows fresh. One of the best new features of Windows 8.1 x64 Professional is the Refresh Windows. This preserves libraries but its otherwise the same as a clean install. Drivers are hard to debug at the best of times.

With all the problems we have found; it clearly demonstrates that WHQL is rather pointless from a gaming perspective. No wonder our site is so popular.

CONTACT

Contact us if your have driver issues. Fee Liable.