AMD Adds DirectX12 Support to Fortnite for Smoother Gameplay

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AMD has listed its new Adrenaline Driver 19.11.3. It's a small release but brings a sweet new feature: DirectX 12 support in Fortnite.

With DirectX 12, Fortnite is said to perform at higher framerates with reduced stuttering, thanks to DirectX 12's improved ability to distribute workloads across your gaming PC's (opens in new tab) CPU cores (opens in new tab). Epic Games will be adding more DirectX 12 features to Fortnite in the future, but did not specify which.

And that’s all that AMD has added in this driver release. 

Note that the driver also comes with a few known issues, as detailed by AMD: 

  • Radeon RX 5700 (opens in new tab)-series graphics cards may intermittently experience loss of display or video signal during gameplay and stutter in some games at 1080p (opens in new tab)and low game settings.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay may report incorrect VRAM utilization and cause stutter or screen flashing on some applications.
  • Toggling HDR (opens in new tab)may cause system instability during gaming when Radeon ReLive, AMD's game capture, streaming and sharing tech, is on.
  • Invoking Radeon Overlay may cause games to lose focus or become minimized when HDR is enabled within Windows.
  • AMD Radeon VII (opens in new tab) graphics cards may experience elevated memory clocks at idle or on desktop.

So, if you don’t play Fortnite, just go ahead and skip this driver. However, if you are a Fortnite fan, you can find the driver for download here (opens in new tab)

Of course, do note that to get the DirectX12 support working you’ll also have to update Fortnite to the latest version (v11.20) and have a supporting graphics card (opens in new tab).

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.