In the latest announcement for their Crimson drivers, AMD took steps to show how they’ve listened to the community and improved the user experience for gamers. “The community feedback gave us a clear list of issues,” the company said.
As it turns out, performance in games is a bit of a priority for AMD’s customers. And being able to play GTA 5 and Diablo 3 without crashing: surprisingly high on the list.
The Crimson software is a bit of a big deal for AMD, and there are a tonne of features that AMD users should care an awful lot about. Adding FreeSync support, a new flip queue size (which supposedly reduces latency by around a 3rd from the 15.7.1 Catalyst drivers), frame pacing for DirectX 9, 20% more performance (in the DirectX 12 Fable Legends benchmark) over 15.7.1, support for Ubuntu 15.04, improved power efficiencies and support for frame rate target control in DX9, DX10 and DX11 applications, are all things to cheer about.
But not as much, perhaps, as the news that AMD users should be getting fewer crashes in GTA 5 and Diablo 3.
The crashes in GTA 5 and Diablo 3 were supposedly some of the most demanded by the community, according to the presentation slides AMD sent to the press. “This year with Radeon Software Crimson Edition … we created a list of top 10 fixes for the community,” AMD said.
What’s intriguing about the presentation is the way that the 15.7.1 drivers were used as the baseline, when last week the manufacturer shipped 15.11.1. The Crimson drivers are expected to be pushed out very soon; they’re already available to the press, so a public release can’t be far away.