16.3.0 CRIMSON

The Radeon 16.3 Crimson driver was released March 8, 2016. AMD has been slow to fix problems suggesting they need lots more developers working on their drivers.

When installing AMD drivers, make sure you do not install the AMD Gaming Evolved app.

FESTERING PROBLEMS

GAMEISSUE
Ashes of the SingularityDirectFlip (WDDM 1.2) is not implemented yet
R9 300 seriesCFX problems, works with a single card fine
Doom 3 BFGSmart sync problems, changing to ‘enabled’ fixed this issue
Far CryGame loads to black screen but does not start
Frontlines: Fuel of WarNewer versions PhysX are incompatible
Metro 2033PhysXLoader.dll may need to be copied to the game folder

OUR CURRENT MACHINE SPECS

CHASSIS iCute Mid Tower Chassis
MB MSI 970A-G43
CPU AMD Athlon II 250 65W
RAM 8 GB DDR2
GPU Sapphire HD 6970
PSU Corsair CS450M
MON Asus PA238QR (1920×1080 60Hz)
KB/M Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 & Wacom Bamboo Capture
HD Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750826AS
OS Windows 10 Processional x64

REVERT TO PREVIOUS DRIVERS

If you need to revert back to a previous driver release you can remove the Radeon driver from the control panel and you will need to reboot. The the desired driver can be installed which will require another reboot. Be careful not to remove chipset drivers.

Never use the driver to force game options. Use the in game settings only. Game engines are not designed to be operated that way.

Windows 8 users will need to install the 8.1 updates and platform updates to be able to install this and subsequent drivers.

LEGACY CARDS

For those with the older HD 4000 and older series, AMD has put the cards into legacy support for Windows 8 and above with WDDM 1.1 level support with driver 12.6. Our Toshiba A210 notebook with the x1200 requires the 9.2 driver. Upgrading driver packages will not disable the legacy support once installed.

Our HD 5450 and HD 6970 both have WDDM 1.3 driver support. The HD 6970 can still play recent titles quite well due to its extreme performance.

PHYSX

Some PhysX games will not work at all with Radeon cards. Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason will not run with Radeon cards.

MANTLE

AMD introduced a new API for console and the PC to improve performance. The Mantle API will give way to DX12 once Windows 10 matures with gamers purchasing new video cards galore.

BACKGROUND

We have used Radeon cards for many years. The HD 5450 is helpful for testing and its passively cooled.

  • x300 (divested)
  • x600 (divested)
  • x1200 (integrated)
  • HD 2400 (divested)
  • Asus EAH5450 512MB HDMI
  • Sapphire HD 6970

Radeon cards have flooded the market on eBay driving prices down considerably following a decline in Bitcoin values. We bought our HD 6970 for only $51 with an aftermarket cooler installed. The HD 6970 is a power hungry card but we have a suitable PSU to cope easily.

ISSUES

Forums galore are flooded with problems, none of which are reproducible by us. If the games are not working properly, backup and install Windows fresh. One of the best new features of Windows 8.1 x64 Professional is the Refresh Windows. This preserves libraries but its otherwise the same as a clean install. Drivers are hard to debug at the best of times.

With all the problems we have found; it clearly demonstrates that WHQL is rather pointless from a gaming perspective. No wonder our site is so popular.

CONTACT

Contact us if your have driver issues. Fee Liable.