AMD launches one of the biggest updates to its graphics card software ever


Although AMD has been a worthy competitor to technology giant Nvidia with its Radeon graphics cards, some users have long complained about the quality of AMD’s software and drivers for their Radeon cards.

Thankfully though, the US company has been making steady improvements over the years, and 2016’s “Crimson Relive” software update did go a long way to make PC users of Radeon graphic cards happy by adding a slew of new features, better performance and improved stability.

And AMD has gone a step further this December with the launch of Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, the most significant update to its graphics card software in a very long time.

Amongst other things, the new driver will make your games respond better, and AMD itself has given some concrete examples of this on its website. For instance, a game like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sees its latency (the time between you hitting a mouse button and the game responding to your command) drop by almost 20 %, making for a smoother gameplay experience.

The new Radeon Overlay has additional features, such as letting you see how many frames per second you are getting in your game at any given time, meaning you won’t need third-party apps to view your in-game performance anymore. The overlay also gives you plenty of options to customize some of the features introduced in last year’s Crimson ReLive update, meaning you will have more control over features like gameplay capture and screenshots, for instance.

But perhaps the most noteworthy thing about the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition is the new AMD Link mobile app. This is a handy way of accessing all of the new features in AMD’s new graphics card software, and will certainly be a boon for those who play their PC games on the couch, being able to “monitor their gaming performance on their phone, and in an instant, share their best highlights to their streaming platforms and social networks of choice”, according to AMD.

It is great then, that those running an AMD Radeon graphics card will be able to get more out of their card thanks to this new software update, which you can download here. And after launching its disruptive Ryzen processors this year and pleasing its fans with the new Vega graphics cards, it will surely be interesting to see what AMD has in store for PC gamers in 2018.