Radeon Settings: Crimson Edition Performance Analysis

Introduction


To coincide with the recent Radeon Settings: Crimson Edition release, here is our full look into the performance side using our base Windows 8.1 test system. As we all know by now, Radeon Settings is the official release name of the recently discontinued Catalyst Control Center software and comes from the newly formed Radeon Technologies graphics division.

Radeon Settings: Crimson Edition sets out to put AMD back on the map with drivers and customer support, something that has let them down in the past and ridiculed on many forums and member bases. Moving from sporadic releases of non-WHQL certified drivers, the aim is to now release 6 WHQL drivers a year with interim updates, which isn’t as many as the Green team, but it’s a vast improvement from recent years and a huge step in the right direction.

Putting stability as the core of this software, four main pillars of User Experience, Features, Performance and Efficiency are what will make the bulk of the software.

From the first look, we saw a decent improvement in performance for the sample cards and tests, but now it’s time to test our entire catalogue of AMD graphics cards from the Fury and 300 series to see how this driver really stacks up.

Unity Technologies Collaborates With Qualcomm

Unity Technologies announced today that Unity Technologies will be optimizing its multi-platform engine in the coming months in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. These modifications will help improve the performance of Unity-authored games and applications running on mobile devices powered by a wide variety of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm Technologies. As a result, developers will have a unique opportunity to create and deploy dynamic gaming experiences with high-end visuals on various Snapdragon processor-based devices. As part of this collaboration, Unity Technologies also will be making available enhanced and optimized mobile games for certain Snapdragon processor-based devices. Snapdragon users can look forward to new, Unity-based games later this year.

To date, Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, with integrated Adreno GPUs, can be found in more than 770 commercially available or announced products, with another 450 product designs in the pipeline. Available in a range of features and configurations, Qualcomm Snapdragon processors enable great gaming experiences across a large spectrum of devices, from entry-level smartphones to high-end smartphones and tablets. As a result, this collaboration will help empower Unity Technologies’ global community of more than 1.5 million registered developers to create better mobile gaming experiences with advanced graphics for many Snapdragon-based Android and Windows devices across the world.

“Qualcomm Technologies is passionate about mobile gaming, so we’re very excited to be working with an industry leader in game engine and tool technologies such as Unity Technologies,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice-president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “This collaboration will allow the two companies to optimize the strength of Unity’s powerful rendering engine with the integrated OpenGL ES 3.0 compliant Adreno GPUs and high performance multi-core CPUs of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. As a result, this will help bring exceptional gaming experiences to consumers.”

“As an industry leader in mobile gaming, Unity Technologies is constantly looking to improve the quality and robustness of its multi-platform engine and development tools for Unity’s developer community,” said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies. “We’re excited to work with an innovative global mobile technology provider such as Qualcomm Technologies and support their incredible Snapdragon processors, which are at the heart of many Android and Windows mobile devices across the globe.”