In December, AMD released its Adrenalin 2020 driver. Though this major driver release touted stability among other things, there was a notable amount of complaint across forums. The new 20.1.1 drivers list a total of 27 fixed issues including per game fixes and other updates.
There are several known issues that still exist, including an issue with the popular RX 5700 graphics card that sees users intermittently experience a black screen while gaming or on the desktop (the workaround is to disable hardware acceleration in apps running in the background, like Web browsers or Discord).
The full list of fixes and known issues, as per AMD, are below.
- The audible beeps at game startup from Radeon Chill, Radeon Boost and Radeon Anti-Lag have been removed. These features now offer audible indicators only when activated or deactivated via hotkey.
- The Radeon ReLive on screen timer indicator during recordings has been disabled by default but can be enabled in Radeon Software settings.
- Controls for vertical sync may be hidden or disappear when Radeon Enhanced Sync is enabled.
- Radeon ReLive may experience freezing or pausing issues during recordings when a high resolution camera is connected and in use.
- CPU usage may sometimes remain high once Radeon Game Advisor has been invoked during a game.
- Some users may experience an error message “Another instance is running” during download of a software update through the Radeon Software home screen.
- The DuplicateDesktop process may sometimes cause high CPU usage while a game is running.
- Radeon Software may close or may experience a crash upon resuming from sleep.
- The toast message detailing the hotkey to open Radeon Software’s Overlay may still show up in some games after Radeon Software Overlay has been disabled.
- Lost Ark may experience stuttering intermittently during gameplay.
- Using a custom stream key with Radeon ReLive may fail to stream your content.
- The ‘Stream’ button may remain active when in the process of choosing a region to stream even when a region has not been selected or chosen.
- Some Radeon R9 200, Radeon R9 300 and Radeon R9 Fury series graphics products may experience instability with a limited number of DirectX®9 or DirectX®11 games when using a high refresh rate 120hz+ display. A workaround if you are experiencing this issue is to lower your displays refresh rate.
- Some mjpeg clips may experience a green tint on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products when using Windows® Media Player or the Movies & TV application.
- MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries may experience a game crash and DXGI dialogue error when running the game using HDMI and Radeon FreeSync display configurations.
- Live streaming using the DouYu application with hardware acceleration enabled may cause video corruption on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
- Trials Rising™ may experience excessive fog/smoke in some areas of the game.
- Missing text or corruption may be experienced in the right eye when playing the VR game Boneworks.
- Fixed result overflows that can be experienced with Radeon RX 5700 series when using SETI@Home.
- The ‘Shop AMD Products’ button may open the AMD.com homepage instead of the proper shopping web link.
- The scrolling arrow options may intermittently fail to work during Radeon Software installation.
- Up and Down arrow keys don’t work when using the search bar in Radeon Software.
- Enabling HDR enabled displays in Windows® may cause colors to become washed out.
- Radeon Software sidebar appears behind the Windows® taskbar when the taskbar is set to the same side of your display.
- Playing Tom Clancy's: The Division 2 with HDR enabled and performing a task switch may cause display color corruption that persists even once the game is exited.
- Mixed Reality Portal may experience color corruption or distortion near the edge of viewing areas on some headsets.
- Resident Evil 2 may experience screen flashing when launching the game using DirectX12 API.
- he Radeon Software Overlay hotkey notification may sometimes be displayed during video playback in web browsers or launching some video player applications.
- Integer Scaling option is not showing up or available on some Windows®7 system configurations.
- Factory Reset install may keep previously configured Radeon Software game profiles. This can cause mismatch between global graphics settings and per profile settings.
- Text overflow in some UI boxes or toast messages may be experienced in some language localizations.
- Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent size or may not keep its previously set size when opened.
- Some Vulkan gaming applications may crash when performing a task switch with Radeon Image Sharpening enabled.
- Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.
- Some Radeon RX 5700-series graphics users may intermittently experience a black screen while gaming or on desktop. A potential temporary workaround is disabling hardware acceleration in applications running in the background such as web browsers or Discord.
If the fixes benefit your use case (or you simply want to update to the latest versions), the 20.1.1 drivers are available for download now on the AMD website. Per usual they come in two flavors, one for Windows 10 64-bit and one for Windows 7 64-bit.
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It's horrible if you have a 5700 XT. Most games would crash within 5 minutes. Some requiring a hard reset, others with the game aborting and the graphics driver having to be restarted by windows. This wasn't the black screen they talk about either - on the crashes requiring a reset the Num Lock key on the keyboard would no longer respond. I rolled back to the latest stable drivers and haven't crashed again so far.Reply
The only issue I have had is when I set a custom fan curve, the fans spin to 100% intermittently then back down again. It looks like they aren't even acknowledging this issue - but I know Steve from GN was also making a bit of a stink about it.Reply
I'm not complaining too hard though, a customer fan curve is a bit of a luxury item.
gblack said:It's horrible if you have a 5700 XT. Most games would crash within 5 minutes. Some requiring a hard reset, others with the game aborting and the graphics driver having to be restarted by windows. This wasn't the black screen they talk about either - on the crashes requiring a reset the Num Lock key on the keyboard would no longer respond. I rolled back to the latest stable drivers and haven't crashed again so far.
Sounds more like you have a GPU problem. I've had zero issues with Radeon drivers for a long time...then again im still on Vega so maybe Navi is the issue.
Same issue on RX 5700 XT. I have already 20.1.1 driver and now can't even play games. Monitor shutting down and weird noise from the system block.Reply