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Time for some heart-pounding action with AMD's new Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition

AMD's Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition is now available. (Source: AMD)
AMD's Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition is now available. (Source: AMD)
The 2017 annual major release of AMD's Radeon Software has arrived, called the Adrenaline Edition. In addition to a refined UI, the main features it brings are an in-game overlay that allows performance monitoring and on-the-fly setting changes, as well as a mobile app that can be used to monitor performance or handle recording and streaming settings.

When AMD redesigned and renamed their Catalyst software in 2015, they started a new period of focus on improving the software and driver experience associated with their cards. The AMD Radeon Crimson Edition also brought more frequent updates for improved performance in new titles and promised a more stable experience. Given the increasing satisfaction ratings that the Radeon software has received over the last couple of years, it appears to be living up to their vision. AMD also commits to major improvement releases annually, with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive in 2016 and now Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition in 2017.

The new Adrenaline Edition brings a new game overlay which allows users to track GPU statistics such as FPS and utilization, as well as modifying driver settings in real time while the game is still running. The overlay also integrates ReLive for recording and streaming, Radeon Chill/FRTC (set an FPS cap to lower GPU workload and heat), FreeSync, and driver color tweaks.

Today also marks the arrival of the AMD Link mobile app that Radeon graphics cards owners can link to their PC using a QR code. The app then streams performance monitoring data, like FPS, over your network. This might not seem so useful by itself, but AMD has also linked the app to ReLive that includes one-touch initialization of capture, streaming, instant replay, and screenshot sharing. So, it appears to us that the benefit is in being able to monitor performance without having an overlay that appears in your video footage. There is are also notifications of new drivers for those who absolutely must know as soon as a new driver is released, even if they aren't on their computer to download the update.

Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition 17.12.1 is now available via AMD’s website or through the software update. AMD Link can be found on the Google Play Store with an average rating of 4.7. An iOS version is listed on AMD’s website, but we couldn’t get it to load yet on an iOS device.


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Craig Ward, 2017-12-12 (Update: 2017-12-13)