AMD Releases Adrenalin 19.12.3 Drivers: Stability Updates and Fixes Inside

 On December 10th, AMD released its now annual major driver update to introduce its Adrenalin 2020 driver. The new software promised, and delivered, performance improvements along with a lot of new and updated features. With these new features and YOY (year over year) performance enhancements, came some user complaints about stability from the driver and even installation problems. While we are not sure how many actually ran into issues, there was a fair amount of chatter in tech forums and it felt like more than the usual grumbling. 

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Today’s release, Adrenalin 2020 19.12.3, is said to correct some of these issues, with AMD stating the focus is purely on improving stability and resolving end users issues following the Adrenalin 2020 launch. In fact, AMD lists 24 fixes, including the aforementioned installation problem some users experienced when a certain (not listed) Wi-Fi adapter is enabled, per-game fixes for Rocket League and Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries, along with several more end-user fixes. Though AMD cleaned things up a bit, the release notes list 15 issues that are still a work in progress. The full list of fixes and known issues are listed below.

Fixed Issues

  • Game and boost clocks may be incorrectly reported for Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics products in Radeon Software.
  • Radeon Software Install may experience an error and fail to detect AMD graphics hardware when a certain WiFi adapter is enabled in the system.
  • Rocket League™ may crash or experience an application hang after performing a task switch.
  • A black screen may occur when Performance Metrics Overlay is open and changing game resolution.
  • After disabling Radeon Software Overlay users may still see the toast messages for the overlay shortcut while in fullscreen games.
  • Audio from custom scenes may continue to play after recording or streaming has been stopped.
  • Installer audio has been reduced as it was too loud on some system configurations.
  • Some users may be unable to select drop downs in graphics settings for Tessellation Mode.
  • Radeon ReLive may appear to be missing or not available to install on some system configurations with Hyper-V enabled.
  • Newly added game profiles may fail to enable the currently selected global graphics settings options in their profile.
  • Performing an auto update from web to Adrenalin 2020 Edition from Adrenalin 2019 Edition may fail with an error code.
  • Improved Radeon Chill experience when using a gaming mouse.
  • Switching between borderless and fullscreen in some games when Performance Overlay is enabled and Radeon FreeSync is enabled may cause stuttering.
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries™ may experience black corruption near the bottom of the screen close to the player model.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag may fail to enable for DirectX® 9 applications when enabled in the global graphics settings options.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag may fail to enable for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive™.
  • The custom stream option may fail to present users with a url box to choose their endpoint.
  • DirectML Media Filters may fail to apply Upscale and Denoise when attempting to do both at the same time on one image.
  • Some Radeon FreeSync enabled displays may experience LFC intermittently enabling mid game causing poor performance or stutter.
  • A grey box may prevent users from setting custom hotkeys in the scene editor.
  • Performing Auto Tuning for graphics clocks on Radeon RX 5700 XT may result in an extremely high OC or unstable OC.
  • Some games may experience instability and screen loss or control loss when performing a task switch when the Gaming profile is set in Radeon Software which enables Radeon Enhanced Sync.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening may fail to enable in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™.
  • HDCP 2.2 enabled content may fail to play on some Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.

Known Issues

  • 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.
  • Trials Rising™ may experience excessive fog/smoke in some areas of the game.
  • CPU usage may remain sometimes remain high once Radeon Game Advisor has been invoked during a game.
  • 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.
  • Controls for vertical sync may be hidden or disappear when Radeon Enhanced Sync is enabled.
  • Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent size or may not keep it’s 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.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay may appear to lock frame rate at 60 fps when performing a task switch in or out of a game.
  • Battlefield™ V may experience an application hang when changing settings in game with Radeon Boost enabled on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Performing a resolution change while Radeon Software overlay is open may cause an application hang or TDR.
  • Enabling Radeon Image Sharpening on HDR enabled displays may cause colors to become washed out.
  • Mortal Kombat 11™ may experience an application crash after the splash screen on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • SETI@Home may be provided incorrect results from Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.

While we are certain a majority of users are happy with these drivers, those who did run into issues may now have a fix. As far as our experience, we did not run into issues during video card testing, however, during the CPUs tests, a couple of issues arose running the AMD 3400G during low res gaming testing (game/mouse froze - turns out anti-lag being enabled seems to be the cause).

You can find these drivers now at the AMD website with for Windows 10 64-bit and one for Windows 7 64-bit

Joe Shields
Motherboard Reviewer

Joe Shields is a Freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He reviews motherboards.

  • gdmaclew
    Radeon Adrenaline 2020 v.19.12.2 doesn't know that 19.12.3 exists. Check it out on the Settings page. Click on "Check for Updates".
  • TJ Hooker
    gdmaclew said:
    Radeon Adrenaline 2020 v.19.12.2 doesn't know that 19.12.3 exists. Check it out on the Settings page. Click on "Check for Updates".
    I believe there's a setting that affects whether the update checker looks for "optional" driver updates, or only "recommended" (WHQL) driver updates. If you don't have it set to look for optional driver updates it won't find 19.12.3.
  • drinking12many
    Fixed my issue with Eve Online. I have multiple monitors and if I switch monitors the game screen would lose the ability to click anything when I went back, I would have to exit the game and launch it again. Fixed with this update.
  • XtraRice
    the update fixed my CTD issue with majority of the AAA games im playing now. before the update i keep getting "amdkmdap stopped responding" . i tried all solutions given but to no avail, but after updating my drivers to the new Adrenalin all my issue disappeared.
  • jonuschak
    admin said:
    AMD Releases Adrenalin 19.12.3 drivers addressing several issues from the 19.12.2 up.

    AMD Releases Adrenalin 19.12.3 Drivers: Stability Ups and Fixes Inside : Read more

    I keep getting this failure......

    gpu fail image