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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  • TheITS - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    It would be wonderful if they could fix overdrive so that lowering a memory overclock (to higher than stock) doesn't require a reinstall.
  • AS118 - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    I agree. I ran into this problem myself even on the latest 16.1 update, and I had to uninstall and reinstall to fix the problem of ram never un-overclocking (even at idle) once you overclocked it even once.

    I even told AMD Care about it on Twitter. I like how they're trying so hard with Crimson, but to be honest, I would have preferred that they'd just stuck with Catalyst until they made sure Crimson was stable.

    The last "beta" Catalyst driver worked just fine for me.
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    To be fair, if they kept plugging away at Catalyst while trying to support Crimson, then both products would have suffered. A clean break was needed and that's what we've got. Despite some quirks, Crimson has been really slick to use by comparison to Catalyst. I haven't upgraded since the first release, so I don't know if this is fixed, but what I found really strange was that the HDTV Overscan settings in Crimson actually open up the old CCC panel. Hopefully they have migrated all the menus over to the new platform by now.
  • bug77 - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    You do realize Crimson is just a rebrand and a new GUI, don't you? Underneath it sits the same driver.
  • extide - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    Yeah but his point is still valid, supporting two control panels in full swing means only half the effort on each one. And yeah some stuff hasn't been migrated to the new Radeon Settings tool yet, but I am sure they will eventually move it all and the old CCC will be gone for good.
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    Yes, this. It's the lack of thoroughness that bugs me. First thing I heard was "CCC is gone, long live Crimson!" Then the first thing I did in Crimson brought up CCC. LOL
  • mindbomb - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    I have to disagree. The first crimson driver fixed a lot of seemingly intractable bugs I had with the catalyst drivers.
  • D. Lister - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    Crimson still apparently has a long list of "known issues":

    StarCraft II: Flickering may be observed in the ‘Episode 3’ campaign
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Flickering or poor performance may be experienced when running in AMD Crossfire™ mode
    Call of Duty Online – The game may crash if the Print Screen key is pressed on a 4K monitor
    A system restart may be experience when waking the system from sleep mode on some systems with Intel processors
    Star Wars™: Battlefront – Texture corruption may be experienced if the game “Field of View” setting is > 100
    Star Wars™: Battlefront – Some users may experience minor flickering or corruption at different game location or while viewing the in-game cinematics
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Building textures may be missing on some AMD Freesync™ displays with VSync enabled
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – The game may crash if the Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay” is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay”
    Total War™: Rome II – Choppy gameplay may be experienced
    Gaming Evolved client does not initiate when launching Metro Last Light if AMD CrossFire™ is enabled
    Far Cry 4 – A crash may occur after performing (ALT + Enter) to switch between windowed/full screen modes with the AMD Gaming Evolved “Video Capture” feature turned on
    Talos Principle – A crash may occur while changing Gaming Evolved Video settings or pressing ALT + Enter when “In Game Overlay” is enabled
    Mad Max – Low FPS performance may be experienced in game when AMD FreeSync™ and AMD CrossFire™ are enabled
    Battlefield Hardline – A crash may occur when changing graphics settings from “Ultra” to “High” during gameplay
    Some games may experience brightness flickering with AMD FreeSync™ enabled
    Radeon Settings – AMD OverDrive™ clock gauge needles for the secondary GPU may be in wrong position when the system is idle and the secondary GPU is inactive
    Radeon Settings – AMD OverDrive™ Power setting changes on the secondary GPU are not immediately displayed. This is seen only on dual GPU graphics cards, such as the AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 and Radeon R9 295×2
    Game stuttering may be experienced when running two AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2 graphics cards in AMD CrossFire™ mode
    Display corruption may occur on multiple display systems when it has been running idle for some time
    Star Wars™: Battlefront – Corrupted ground textures may be observed in the Survival of Hoth mission
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Flickering may be observed is task switching is used during gameplay
    Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Building textures are missing and game objects stutter if VSync is enabled in Quad AMD Crossfire configurations

    18% market share, and dropping...
  • Creig - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    Hey genius, guess what? Nvidia has their own long list of "known issues".
  • D. Lister - Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - link

    Of course, no piece of hardware is perfect. It is just that some are more imperfect than others. Either that, or Nvidia has hired dark elves to mind-control the public into buying something more buggy for a higher price tag.

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