AMD's latest GPU driver aims to dramatically improve Fortnite performance
Just in time for the Fortnite Season 4 update, which features a bunch of Marvel heroes, AMD released a new GPU driver optimized to improve game performance. And not a little bit, either.
According to the release notes, the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.8.3 driver package increases performance by 12% on PCs equipped with a Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card. This is not on average a top designation either.
This claim depends on running Fortnite in DirectX 12 and the Epic graphics setting. It is also based on AMD’s own internal testing on a PC running a Ryzen 7 3800XT processor and 16 GB of DDR4-3200. Not to be overlooked, AMD in the past has often made performance claims based on testing with an Intel processor, which I’ve always found a bit odd. But not this time.
In addition to boosting frame rates in Fortnite, the 20.8.3 driver package is optimized for Project Cars 3 (now available) and Marvel’s Avengers (released September 4 for everyone and September 1 for those who have pre-ordered. Deluxe edition).
As for bug fixes, there are a few (less than usual). They understand:
- Mortal Shell may experience a game or application crash when opening the in-game inventory window.
- Enabling HDR on certain Radeon FreeSync 2 displays may intermittently cause the display refresh rate to be forced to the minimum refresh rate of FreeSync ranges during gameplay.
- Surviving Mars may experience an application crash or hang at launch on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
- eFootball PES 2020 may experience an application crash at launch on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
- Radeon Overlay may not be available or may not be invoked on hybrid graphics system configurations when playing Hyper Scape.
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive may experience intermittent stuttering when certain applications are running in the background, such as third-party matchmaking or Discord ™ clients.
- YouTube playback may crash with Microsoft Edge player and Chrome when viewed on extended screen on certain AMD Ryzen 7 3000 Series and AMD Ryzen 4000 Series APU system configurations.
Of the known issues that have yet to be resolved, the one black screen issue that is particularly important to AMD relates to Enhanced Sync. Disabling it serves as a temporary workaround, if necessary. Apart from that, AMD says it continues to investigate complaints of black screens and system freezes “during long periods of gaming.”
The best thing you can do in these situations is to submit a bug report, which can be done directly through the Radeon Software utility. And if your games stutter or freeze, you might be lucky to turn off Windows 10’s game mode.
You can apply driver version 20.8.3 through the Radeon Software utility, or nab and install it manually from AMD’s Driver Site.