Just last month we saw the release of AMDs new Radeon Software Crimson Edition. This release included the brand new Radeon Settings and promised a new commitment to more frequent driver updates alongside better support for WHQL certification. To that end, today AMD has released a new driver set, Crimson 15.12.

Functionally there is nothing new here and the display driver version number is identical. Aside from fixing two minor Crimson control panel issues, all AMD has done today is removed the beta status from 15.11.1, renamed it 15.12 (following their year.month naming scheme), and endowed WHQL certification. While not ground breaking by any means one difference here is that AMD is officially moving a driver from beta to release, which has not happened for a while and will be a welcome change moving forward.

As always those interested in reading more or installing the updated WHQL drivers for AMD’s desktop, mobile, and integrated GPUs can find them either under the driver update section in Radeon Settings or on AMDs Radeon Software Crimson Edition download page.

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  • Flunk - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    You know you can have the Catalyst Control Center and the new control panel installed at the same time right? You can just switch to that until they add whatever feature you're complaining about.
  • RussianSensation - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    What experienced PC gamer overclocks their AMD/NV graphics from a built-in native driver panel? The first issue is easily fixable and frankly it's far better to use MSI Afterburner or Sapphire Trixx to overclock AMD graphics cards. These programs allow you to customize various settings, set up custom fan profiles, adjust voltages, etc. MSI AB is especially superior to AMD's overdrive and always has been.

    For videos, try going into Video -> Custom. There you will see 2 options: Custom Sharpness and Custom Colour Vibrance.
  • Makaveli - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    Why don't you just modify your bios with the right clocks so you don't have to bother messing with Overdrive at all? And why are you getting washed out video and mine is fine?
  • aliquis - Saturday, December 19, 2015 - link

    Sounds like people who use equalizers for recordings made by someone else.

    I've seen tips to increase saturation / vibrancy in CS:GO but really if your monitor is shit and can't provide the saturation of color you want then a digital adjustment to bring out more color isn't the best solution. I assume most of the users don't want to use such a setting anyhow.

    I guess quality and details isn't an issue for people who want to see the most "macro details" / action in CS but what about getting a wide gamut monitor and spread the colors over that range possibly? I don't know if the OLED ones will be wide gamut but maybe that will improve things. Monitors has been doing well in the development area and becoming better for regular consumer monitors, maybe larger color space together with higher contrast is the next thing?
  • Mozee - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    The bigger question, and the reason I'm still running on 15.7, is have they addressed some of their performance issues in games?

    Since 15.11/15.11.1 released, there was the 20% fan speed issue. I think that was fixed with 15.11.1. But in addition I play SWTOR and MWO. Both have had multiple reports of graphics issues by users that upgraded to 15.11/15.11.1. With SWTOR, all of your special effects (lightsaber graphics/blaster fire graphics/etc) have disappeared unless you turned your AA down to medium or below. With MWO, the menu screens (non-mission) have been blinking and flickering. I haven't seen anything that says they have addressed these issues, so I'm sticking with 15.7 until it is confirmed that they are fixed.
  • jragonsoul - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    The MWO issue was an issue with MWO and the fact that they changed things in the background. I was able to remedy it by changing to dx9 from dx11. New driver update and I tried to go back to dx11 and same issue but I just lived with it.. THEN Piranha Games releases an update and issue is fixed. It wasn't an AMD issue to start with.
  • IEC - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    I can confirm. The issue was with MWO (PGI), as expected. The gameplay was fine it was just the loading screens where PGI messed up.

    So far so good with both 15.11 and 15.12 for me on Radeon 290s. The recent Crimson changes are a step in the right direction.
  • atlantico - Saturday, December 19, 2015 - link

    So, you "think" the obscure fan speed issue was fixed in 15.11.1 (which it was, as reported here on anandtech and prominently in the release notes at AMD) and yet you are aware of "multiple reports" of issues that don't exist - and you're going to wait until AMD releases a confirmation that issues that don't exist have been result. That you "know". Jeez man, read. Screw "multiple reports".
  • nathanddrews - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    Oddly enough, the new Crimson suite is shiny and all, but when I went to adjust overscan settings last night, it popped up the old CCC options window. It would be nice to make it all consistent.
  • looncraz - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    It takes a long time and a lot of work to replace a piece of software that has been evolving for over a decade. They'll get there.

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