AMD's Catalyst 15.10 Beta Optimizes 'Ashes Of The Singularity' DX12 Performance

AMD's latest Catalyst driver for Radeon graphics cards is a Beta driver that tackles a handful of issues. It is the 15.10 Beta driver (15 because 2015, 10 because October), and it is most interesting if you're playing Ashes of the Singularity due to some new DirectX 12 quality and performance optimizations. Additionally, the driver has a handful of other resolved issues and remaining known issues, listed below.

Resolved Issues:

  • [77786] Video playback of MPEG2 video fails with a playback error/error code message
  • [77754] A TDR error or crash is experienced when running the Unreal Engine 4 DirectX benchmark
  • [77073] Star Wars: Battlefront is able to use high performance graphics when launched on mobile devices with switchable graphics
  • [76930] Intermittent playback issues with Cyberlink PowerDVD when connecting to a 3D display with an HDMI cable
  • [59403] Ashes of the Singularity -- A 'Driver has stopped responding' error may be experienced in DirectX 12 mode
  • [58435] Driver installation may halt on some configurations
  • [76924] A TDR error may be experienced while toggling between minimized and maximized mode while viewing 4K YouTube content

Known Issues:

  • [77970] Ashes of the Singularity may crash on some AMD 300 series GPUs
  • [59528] Core clock fluctuations may be experienced when FreeSync and FRTC are both enabled on some AMD CrossFire systems
  • [58233] Ashes of the Singularity may fail to launch on some GPUs with 2 GB Video Memory. AMD continues to work with Stardock to resolve the issue. In the meantime, deleting the game config file helps resolve the issue
  • [77255] The secondary display adapter is missing in the Device Manager and the AMD Catalyst Control Center after installing the driver on a Microsoft Windows 8.1 system
  • [59475] Elite: Dangerous -- poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode
  • [59792] A black screen may be encountered on bootup on Windows 10 systems. The system will ultimately continue to the Windows login screen


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