AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Goes WHQL With 15.12

When AMD launched their new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 3 weeks ago, it was actually using a beta version of the Radeon drivers. Today, AMD has updated Crimson to use official v15.30 WHQL drivers with Crimson v15.12. Along with official WHQL status, the new release also includes a numbers of fixes and improvements over the beta driver bundled with the original Crimson launch.

Chief among the fixes is the one where some AMD cards were stuck at 30% fan speed. This caused some cards to overheat under load and become physically damaged. The WHQL drivers include the hotfix that AMD quickly released to address the issue. You can find the full changelog here.

On the other hand, some other issues still remain. For overclockers, the most galling is one where clock speeds and voltages don’t get applied properly after a reboot. This appears to be an incompatibility between AMD Overdrive and third-party tools like Afterburner.

While the launch of Radeon Software Crimson Edition was pretty good overall and ushered in a new era for AMD, things look like they were a bit rushed. For such an important release, it may have been more worthwhile for AMD to have waited to get WHQL certification before launching.

NVIDIA GeForce 358.50 WHQL Driver Released for Star Wars: Battlefront

The Latest NVIDIA GeForce 358.50 WHQL Driver has been released, bringing with it a new GeForce Game Ready driver for the Beta release of Star Wars: Battlefront, which includes new features and functionality for the GameWorks VR SDK, and support for the latest OpenGL ARB extensions and OpenGL ES 3.2.

Highlights from the NVIDIA GeForce 358.50 WHQL driver release notes include:

GameWorks VR Support
Updated driver support for the GameWorks VR SDK, adding VR SLI enhancements and bug fixes.

Gaming Technology
Supports OpenGL 2015 ARB extensions and OpenGL ES 3.2.

Windows 10
-Added SLI support for ShadowPlay and GameStream.
-Added Stereo support for DirectX 12 SLI and 3D Surround.

NVIDIA Control Panel
3D Settings->Manage 3D Settings page: Added controls for forcing the use of the integrated graphics processor or the NVIDIA GPU on Optimus notebooks.

Application SLI Profiles
Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
• Layers of Fear – DirectX 11 SLI profile added
• Miscreated – DirectX 11 SLI profile added
• Trainz: A New Era – DirectX 11 SLI profile added
• Zui Zhong Bing Qi – DirectX 11 SLI profile added

3D Vision Profiles
Added or updated the following 3DV profiles:
• The Moonlight Blade – Fair
• The Park – Not recommended
• Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide – Fair

3D Compatibility Mode Profiles
These games must be run in DirectX 10/11 mode to see improvements and are not compatible with 3D Vision Surround mode. 
Added or updated the following compatibility mode profiles:
• Mad Max – Excellent
• Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Excellent
• Total War: Arena – Excellent

Software Modules
• NView – version 146.78 c
• HD Audio Driver – version 1.3.34.3
• NVIDIA PhysX System Software – version 9.15.0428
• GeForce Experience – version 2.5.14.5
• CUDA – version 7.5

The NVIDIA GeForce 358.50 WHQL driver can be downloaded here.

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