Latest Radeon 17.7.2 graphics software adds Enhanced Sync and other optimizations
AMD has made available its latest Radeon software that introduces new features and improves upon existing ones. Called the "Crimson ReLive Edition", the 17.7.2 version update adds Enhanced Sync as a new alternative to vsync with a revamped UI that promises to be less cumbersome than the existing Catalyst Control Center.
New AMD Graphics driver brings meaningful optimizations
Laptops with Dual Graphics or dedicated AMD GPUs have had a clunky UI to say the least. Different settings and features were split across multiple layers of windows. The new Crimson ReLive Edition merges all GPU-related settings to one convenient window to reduce the time spent navigating through different menus. The Radeon ReLive recording feature has also been doubled in bitrate from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps.
AMD Chill gets Dual Graphics support
AMD Chill is the chipmaker's power-saving feature for extending battery life on laptops. Unfortunately, owners of AMD notebooks with Dual Graphics support have had to wait until now for the feature to become available. The 17.7.2 update allows Chill to work with both DirectX 12 and Vulkan multi-GPU setups.
Vsync without added input latency is the next step up from traditional vsync. Similar to Nvidia's Fast Sync technology, AMD Enhanced Sync works by lifting the FPS limit in order to output the last rendered frame within the native refresh rate of the display. While this would normally introduce tearing, Enhanced Sync will automatically deactivate once frame rates fall below the refresh rate and reactivate again once frame rates are higher. The end result is a decrease in input latency with no tearing. Nvidia fans have been enjoying the benefits of Enhanced Sync or Fast Sync for over a year.
The complete patch notes for Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 can be found through the link below. The download comes at approximately 360 MB or 450 MB depending on the notebook/PC and operating system. Here's hoping that AMD didn't slip in any adware this time around.