16.12.1 CRIMSON

The AMD Radeon Crimson 16.12.1  was released on December 7, 2016 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10.

We are now testing drivers with the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 which uses the AMD Pitcairn GPU and its GCN architecture.

  • Fixes some Wattman issues

Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the API and Windows 10 is not yet complete. Might be waiting for Q2 2017 for DX12 issues to be resolved.

CFX is also an ongoing issue with several games.


AMD ReLiveDRM issues with Doom and other games
Rise of the Tomb RaiderDX12 mode may crash, use DX11
Ghost in the ShellGame crashed and flickers
MantleUse DX11 instead
VulcanUse DX11 instead
AMD Gaming EvolvedUse MSI Afterburner which is more stable for OSD
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


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. Windows 7 users will need to have SP1 installed.

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