This week AMD has pushed out their first video driver release of the year, Crimson 16.1 Hotfix. Between this latest hotfix and their previous Crimson update, AMD is making a solid showing, as the company has assembled rather sizable quantity of bug fixes for only a month's work.

Crimson 16.1 Hotfix brings AMD's drivers to version 15.301.1201, and contains several fixes for multiple games, including Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, and Just Cause 3. Also mentioned in AMD's release notes are a number of display-related fixes, with some FreeSync issues addressed and several Eyefinity setup/configuration edge case issues taken care of. And though none of us have encountered this issue with prior drivers, AMD notes that frame rate target control support has been tweaked to be more consistent - just be sure to disable V-Sync.

As always, those interested in reading more or installing the updated hotfix 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.

Source: AMD

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  • kuttan - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    For your Trolling Attempt look else where.
  • D. Lister - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    For your writing attempt, look right here >>
  • bill.rookard - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    I wound up getting rid of the Crimson drivers - they kept causing BSODs on my system. Yes, I'm running closer to legacy hardware (dual 6000 series cards in Crossfire), but the rest of my system is very up to date, and the fact that they were beta drivers and weren't going to be updated ever meant a permanent problem.

    Since removing the drivers and rolling back - no BSODs.
    (system: Gigabyte Z97 board, i5-4670k, 16GB RAM, Samsung 830 SSD, assorted other drives, dual HD 6770s in Crossfire, Win7 Ultimate)
  • PrinceGaz - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    I didn't think the HD6000 (and everything back to the HD4000) series drivers were being updated either, but they are included as supported in this 16.1 beta version.

    I may be wrong here, but it looks like all AMD has done with these older cards is to no longer provide WHQL versions of the updated drivers for them: the 15.12 WHQL did *not* support the HD6000 series, despite the non-WHQL but otherwise identical 15.11.1 beta release officially supporting them.

    Presumably a WHQL version of this new driver will be released at some point and again they will not support HD6000 cards, but the beta driver it is based on will still be listed as the most recent driver for it.
  • extide - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    I bet we will see some form of support for the VLIW cards until the next major/semi-major driver branch.
  • tarqsharq - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    From AMD in November:

    "AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series (HD 8400 and below), Radeon HD 7000 Series (HD 7600 and below), Radeon HD 6000 Series, and Radeon HD 5000 Series Graphics products have reached peak performance optimization as of November 24th, 2015. These products have been moved to a legacy support model and no additional driver releases are planned. This change enables us to dedicate valuable engineering resources to developing new features and enhancements for graphics products based on the GCN Architecture", says Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

    I think this means you'll not want to download the latest drivers like Crimson anymore...
  • PrinceGaz - Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - link

    The question that leaves is: why are AMD suggesting that the latest beta is the most recent driver for those cards? It's a big 300+MB download that I've downloaded three times now (15.11, 15.11.1, now 16.1). They must be fixing something, otherwise it's a waste of bandwidth for everyone involved.
  • Colin1497 - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    Comments on why this is a "hotfix?" Normally I think of a hotfix as an release to fix a specific problem that is outside the normal release cycle and that may not be fully regression tested.
  • geogan - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    Anyone know if this Hotfix fixed the problem of Star Wars Battlefront not actually being able to use more than a single AMD GPU at all without total corruption and extremelly low framerates???? It's a disgrace having one GPU sitting at 0% while the other is being battered at 100% trying to get anywhere near 60fps on a 1920x1200 display... seriously looking at replacing this AMD card with a 980Ti at this stage...
  • BrokenCrayons - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    There's not a lot of effort put into multi-GPU configurations for either AMD or NV at this point by game developers because of the very small number of systems where more than one GPU is present. In addition to the tepid acknowledgement from developers, there are a lot of additional bugs introduced by attempting to use a second GPU as listed by the manufacturer in their known issues publications. Adding a second card always exposes you to those additional problems. With DX12 pushing multi-GPU support out to game developers, it seems like there's never been a better time to just go with a single graphics card regardless of what company's logo is on the cooling fan sticker.

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